From our Shelves to Television

TV producers have always looked to great books for inspiration for new series. This season is no exception, with at least three new series based on books beginning this winter. Library patrons have raved about Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments fantasy series. Look for the TV series Shadowhunters; it premiered in January.

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A long-time favorite of fantasy readers is the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. Terry Brooks drew much of his inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien, but his imagined world has its own spectacular characteristics and well-developed characters.


Can you imagine a school of magic for college-aged adults, rather than kids the age of Harry Potter? The books in Lev Grossman’s Magician trilogy have all been best-sellers. Here’s what George R.R. Martin had to say about the first book: “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this.” The Magicians TV series premiered in December of 2015 and has already been renewed for a second season.


In addition to these new series, here are some long-standing series based on books. The books shown are the first book in each series.

  • Bones: The Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs
  • Rizzoli and Isles based on the books by Tess Gerritsen
  • Castle: The Nikki Heat Mysteries, supposedly written by Richard Castle
  • Game of Thrones: The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
  • Pretty Little Liars based on the books by Sara Shepard

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Of course, Masterpiece Theater also produces many shows based on books, including Poldark, which will be returning to TV later this year. We have those books, now, to tide you over until Aidan Turner is back on the screen.