Hello, all the bibliophiles! Have you recently read a book and wanted it playing on the screen – those epic wars, steamy romances, those kickass action scenes and heartbreaking breakups and the unforgettable epic dialogues? But often a 2-hour movie cannot do justice to those 300-500 pages of epic-ness, but a 4 or 5 season TV show could, right?

So here’s our list of 10 iconic TV shows that are based on some of our favorite books.

10 Must-Watch TV Series Adapted From Books

1) Game Of Thrones

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Game Of Thrones TV series is based on the novel series A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin. This show has become a rage among the viewers because of its true to life characterizations and terrific direction and a near perfect adaptation.

2) Sherlock

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Sherlock TV series is based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s humongously famous Sherlock Holmes book series but with modern twists, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the iconic characters of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson respectively.

3) Dexter

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Dexter TV series is based on Darkly Dreaming Dexter and the following series of books by Jeff Lindsay. Dexter circumnavigates around Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter pattern analyst for Miami Police Department, living under the cover of a serial killer to hunt down murderers who slipped through the justice system.

4) Orange Is The New Black

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Orange Is The New Black TV series is ased on the 2010 Piper Kerman book, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. It’s the story of Piper Chapman who is sentenced to fifteen months of prison for committing the crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.

5) Hannibal

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Hannibal TV series is based on the 1999 Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter novel series. It is the story about the early relationship between a renowned scientist and his patient who is an FBI profiler, haunted for his tendency to empathize with serial killers.

6) Sex and the City

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Sex And The City is an epic TV series based on the 1997 Candace Bushnell book Sex And The City. It’s a story of four female New Yorkers who gossip about their sex lives and come up with new ways to deal with the life of a 90s woman.

7) Shadowhunters

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Shadowhunters TV series is based on Cassandra Clare’s 6-novel series The Mortal Instruments, Shadowhunters is about Clary Fray and the whole new world she confronts after her mother gets kidnapped.

8) The Vampire Diaries

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The Vampire Diaries, based on L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries series, is about Elena Gilbert, who is torn between two vampire brothers. Not only that but all her friends are somehow connected to the supernatural world and their town is a hotspot for all things fantastical.

9) Outlander

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Outlander TV series is based on the 1991 Diana Gabaldon novel series of the same name, Outlander. The story surrounds Clarie Rendall, a combat nurse who is mysteriously taken from 1945 and thrown to 1743 into an unknown world which becomes a threaten to her life.

10) Pretty Little Liars

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Pretty Little Liars  is a TV series based on Sara Shepard’s book series, Pretty Little Liars. It’s about four friends uniting against a common anonymous enemy who threatens to reveal their darkest of secrets and also unraveling the mystery behind their best friend’s murder.


What are your favourites out of these TV series adaptations? What other series do you think should be included on this list?

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