While binge-watching your favorite series, you may wonder what the series is based on. It could have been entirely made up and created in someone’s mind, or it could have been based on something previously created. Oftentimes, you’ll find that many TV series are based on books, and you’ll be surprised by some that made this list.
1. The Handmaid’s Tale
Based on a novel written in 1985 by Margaret Atwood, this show is about a future where women are severely controlled. The main character is forced to be separated from her daughter to live with a man and act as a wife. She hopes to one day be free again and to be reunited with her daughter.
2. Orange Is the New Black
This popular TV series is based on the book Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman. In this series, a woman is indicted for a crime she committed 10 years prior and had spent the more recent years of her life as a law-abiding citizen. Leaving behind a fiance and loving family, she turns herself in and is sentenced to a 15-month prison sentence.
While in prison, the woman experiences many struggles. Fans of this series are able to watch along as she navigates prison life and meets many characters along the way.
3. Game of Thrones
This series first aired in 2011 and is based on a book series called A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. The TV series is by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and is about nine families who fight for control of the land. Meanwhile, an entire race that had disappeared thousands of years before suddenly reappears.
4. 13 Reasons Why
This series is based on the book Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher in 2007. The first season of the series is about a teenage girl who takes her own life after many events of gossiping, bullying and even sexual assault take place amongst her peers. She leaves behind a box of tapes that she recorded to give details about what happened leading up to the decision to end her life.
5. Pretty Little Liars
Based on the book called Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard, the TV show was developed by I. Marlene King. The story is about a group of teenage girls and, early in the story, one of them goes missing. After a year of little contact, the rest of the group comes back together when they all start receiving weird and sometimes scary messages from someone who calls themselves “A”.
The mysterious “A” threatens to expose the girls’ secrets, forcing them to go to extremes to keep the secrets hidden. The book turned series takes you on a ride of blackmail, secrets and plot twists.
A good number of the TV series you watch are likely based on books. When the series is over, reading the book may make up for the series ending.