Stories in books give you the space to imagine the scenes. But the shows made based on those books give you more to watch than you could ever imagine. TV shows depict the books in a way, that you would want to watch again and again.
Here are 10 TV shows that you can watch on Netflix that are adapted from your favorite books.
Mindhunter – (IMDb – 8.6)
Mindhunter is a Crime-Thriller TV show based on the Nonfiction book “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker (1995). The show is created by Joe Penhall. Mindhunter, the TV show stars FBI Agents Holden Ford played by Jonathan Groff, Bill Tench by Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv as Wendy Carr. The show talks about the FBI Agents working in the Behavioral Science Unit of the Department and trying to understand the psychology of imprisoned serial killers to help and apply it to their present cases.
The show is set in the time period of 1977 1981. Throughout the episodes, the FBI Agents Holden, Bill, and Wendy try to understand their cases with the help of former serial killers who help them understand how the mind of a killer works. Several known actors played the roles of former serial killers of America that assisted the FBI Agents to help solve cases. Mindhunter has two seasons to date. The show perfectly gives justice to the real-life stories from the book.
The Queen’s Gambit – (IMDb – 8.6)
The Queen’s Gambit is a historical miniseries based on the book of the same name by Walter Tevis (1983). Scott Frank wrote and directed the show and created it along with Allan Scott. The show is about an orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon, who sets out on the path to rise on top of the Chess world, while simultaneously having drug and alcohol problems.
The show The Queen’s Gambit stars Anya Taylor-Joy in the leading role as Beth Harmon along with Bill Camp who plays Mr. Shaibel who teaches Beth the game of Chess. The timeline of the show is set around the 1950s to 1960s. The show talks about the young orphan girl who is left in an orphanage, where she learns to play Chess and proceeds to go to higher levels in the world of Chess. The show has only one season with 7 episodes, which will motivate you to have ambition and works towards it.
The Haunting of Hill House (IMDb – 8.6)
The Haunting of Hill House is a horror TV show on Netflix that is based on the novel by the same name by Shirley Jackson (1959). The show is created by Mike Flanagan and is adapted from the first book of The Haunting series.
The show is set between two timelines which follow 5 adult siblings whose paranormal experiences at hill house continue to haunt them and the present day and the flashbacks that depict the events that led to the eventful night in 1992 when the family left the house. Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Timothy Hutton along with others star as members of the family who decide in the Hill house. The show depicts the horror field events of the hill house any experiences of the members of the Crain family. The show has only one season and is followed by its sequel The Haunting of bly Manor which is adapted from the second book of The Haunting series.
The Witcher (IMDb – 8.2)
The Witcher is a fantasy television series on Netflix which is adopted from the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski (the 1990s). The show is created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
The Witcher, played by Henry Cavill is set on a journey to find Princess Ciri by Freya Allan, along with Anya Chalotra who plays Yennefer, a sorceress. He finds out that they’re connected by destiny and that nothing can avoid it. It is set on fictional land called The Continent. The first season of the show is all about the journey of Geralt of Rivia aka The Witcher. The show has one season to date and is set to have a second season.
The Originals (IMDb – 8.2)
The Originals is a fantasy TV show on Netflix that is based on the book by the same name by Julie Plec (2015). The show revolves around the Original Vampire family the Mikealsons.
The show stars Joseph Morgan as Klaus Mikelson, Daniel Gillies as Elijah Mikelson, and Pheobe Tokin as Hayley Marshall in the lead role. The story of the TV show revolves around the Mikelson family who was the first-ever vampire in the world. It shows us how the characters fight their enemies as a family and hold the motive of teaching the values of unity. The show is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans and the supernatural politics of the Quarter.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (IMDb – 7.8)
The show is based on the book of the same name by Lemony Snicket (1999). It is created by Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld.
Neal Patrick Harris stars as Count Olaf, a failing actor who is determined to claim a fortune for himself. Patrick Warburton narrates the events of Lemony Snicket. The show revolves around a mysterious fire that destroys the home of Baudelaire’s children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, who are later placed in the care of their distant relative, Count Olaf, who aims to claim the fortune of the Baudelaire family. The show consists of 3 seasons.
Shadow and Bone (IMDb – 7.8)
A fantasy drama series based on a book of the same name by Leigh Bardugo (2012). The show is created by Eric Heisserer. It is based on two series of books in the Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo. The first season is adapted from the first book of the series, Shadow and Bone, and Six of Crows.
The show revolves around Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), an orphan cartographer who later discovers that she is the sun summoner, a rare Grisha, who has the ability to control light. Ben Barnes stars as General Kerrigan, also known as the Darkling, who is also known as the shadow summoner. He serves as the main antagonist of the show. Archie Renaux stars as Mal, who is Alina’s best friend. The show currently has one season and is now renewed for the second season.
Lupin (IMDb – 7.6)
Based on the books created by Morris LeBlanc, this show is a mystery French mystery thriller. The show is created by George Kay and Francois Uzan.
Omar Sy stars as Assane, who portrays the role of a thief and is on a journey to avenge his father’s death. Ludivine Sagnier stars as Claire, who portrays Assane’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his child. Assange’s father is framed for the robbery of an expensive necklace, by his powerful employer, Hubert Pellegrini.
The show currently consists of one season which has been divided into 2 parts, with a total of 10 episodes.
The 100 (IMDb – 7.6)
The 100 is based on the novel series of the name by Kass Morgan. It’s a show which deals with science fiction. The show has been created by Jason Rothenberg. It stars Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin and Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake. Paige Turco also stars in the show as Abigail Griffin, who plays the role of Clarke’s mother.
This show is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where thousands of people live in a space station that orbits planet Earth. The name of the space station is Ark. The authority holders of the Ark embark on a new mission where they send one hundred juvenile detainees back to Earth to examine whether it has been left habitable or not. The 100 people were led by Bellamy and Clarke in an attempt to survive the harsh conditions of the surface of the Earth.
The show currently comprises 7 seasons spanning over 100 episodes.
Bridgerton (IMDb – 7.3)
A period romantic TV show based on the books of the same name by Julia. Quinn (2000). The show is created by Chris Van Dusen.
The show stars Rege-Jean Page who portrays the role of Simon Basset. It also stars Phoebe Dynevor and Jonathan Bailey as Daphne and Anthony Bridgerton. The drama takes place during the Regency Era in the city of London, set in the year 1813. It revolves around the aristocratic and powerful Bridgerton family.
Unlike the structure of the novels, this series is actually set in an alternate history with a plethora of racially diverse people in London, who are members of the ton. The show currently consists of 1 season and the second season is now in production.