Top TV Shows Based on Books

Top TV Shows Based on Books

The intricate detail and extended time to get through a book allows readers to become completely engulfed in the novel, feeling more connected to the characters and the storyline. It is difficult to compare when this excitement is compiled into a 2-hour sitting window in a movie.

However, TV shows can be more comparable to a book due to their ability to be extended through unlimited episodes and seasons. Beginning a series involves a similar amount of commitment to the book, the detail is not compromised and the suspense can be built as watchers wait for the next episode or season to find the answers to their many questions.


It is popular opinion that reading a book is better than the movie or TV Show. As book lovers ourselves, we tend to agree. However, these top TV Shows based on books has definitely made us question this:


Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies is based on Liane Moriarty’s story of murder, petty jealousies and big secrets. With stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, the darkly comic series keeps you on the edge of your seat as you watch three mothers’ lives fall apart.



Based on Caroline Kepnes thriller, ‘You’ follows Joe, a bookstore manager and his obsessive relationship with Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer. Stalking, lying and even murdering are just a few of his many tactics to ensuring their relationship is unharmed.


The Handmaid’s Tale

Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, the show is set in a near-future American totalitarian society, in which fertile women are seen as property. Assigned to homes of the elite, they must become handmaids to have children for these wealthy men and their wives.


Pretty Little liars

Pretty Little Liars is a seven-season series run on ABC family, based on the book by Sara Shepard. It is about four high school girls who come together after the disappearance of an old friend. Each girl receiving anonymous and threatening texts, they work together to find out who is behind them.


Game of Thrones

The epic fantasy show is based on the first book of George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series. The story of a medieval country’s civil war with battles and dragons, has become an extremely popular series for fantasy lovers or not.


Normal People

Sally Rooney’s Normal People is a complex love story that follows two high school students relationship over time and the social and economic challenges they face as they grow into adulthood.


Gossip Girl

Gossip girl follow’s the life of NYC most elite. Based on the book by Cecily Von Ziegesar, all seven seasons are filled with tension and drama caused by secrets, romance and exclusive parties on the Upper East Side.


With so many amazing TV series out there, it is hard to deny that occasionally the show can be as good as the book. With each episode becoming like a ‘chapter’ in your favourite book, it can show a detailed storyline and allow the characters to come to life.


A great idea for a book club read would be a novel that has been turned into a TV show. Carryabook App allows you to match with like-minded readers so that you can create your own book club with new friends. Reading the book and then watching the TV show in your book club is a perfect way to create meaningful discussion around the themes and ideas and may even start your own debate about whether you think the book or the TV show is better…