Binge-Worthy Shows to Watch After the Book

In the age of Netflix, Hulu, and DVR, do people still watch TV shows the times that they’re on and wait a week for the next episode? I would much rather jump into a show late in the game so I can binge-watch as many episodes as I can, one after the other, without waiting for the next one. It’s because I have no patience; it’s the same reason I read the last page of every book I get first to see what the outcome will be and if the book will be worth my time.

I’m not even sorry.

Did you know that many of the most binge-worthy shows on television and television platforms were actually based on books first? If you’re anything like me and need to know what happens before it happens to the characters, check out these books before watching its television counterpart! The Aurora Public Library District also owns several of these shows (look for the *) as well for you to check out on DVD.

On Netflix:

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Shannara Chronicles series by Terry Brooks

House of Cards by Michael Dobbs*

Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar

A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket

Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard

The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith*

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman*

The Walking Dead comic book series by Robert Kirkman*

Dexter series by Jeffry Lindsay

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Longmire series by Craig Johnson*

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (ILL)

Anne with an E (Based on the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery)

Sherlock (Based on the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)*

Mindhunter by John Douglas

Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy (ILL)

Hulu:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen

Bones (Based on the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs)*

Castle Rock (Based on stories by Stephen King)

HBO:

True Blood (Based on the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris)

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin*

Starz:

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon*

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The White Queen series by Philippa Gregory

Amazon Prime:

Poldark series by Winston Graham*

Call the Midwife (Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth)

Justified (Based on the Raylan Givens series by Elmore Leonard)*

Epix:

Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard

Regular Television:

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Instinct (Based on Murder Games by James Patterson)

The Terror by Dan Simmons

Lucifer (Based on the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman)

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle (ILL)

Midnight, Texas series by Charlaine Harris

Elementary (Based on the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)*

The 100 series by Kass Morgan

More:

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger*

Under the Dome by Stephen King*

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Miniseries)

Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell

Castle series by Richard Castle (Tie-in novels)*

New Shows Airing in 2018:

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (HBO)

C.B. Strike (Based on the Cormoran Strike series by J.K. Rowling HBO)

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (PBS)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (HBO)

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (Starz)

What is your favorite television adaptation from a book? Mine is a toss-up between Outlander and Gossip Girl. Allegedly Hulu bought the rights to Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series to be made into a television show; if you know anything about me, you know that I’m still jumping up and down with excitement.

Interested in more? Check out this blog on Goodreads for more movies and television shows based on books coming out this spring.

Happy Reading (and Watching)!

TV Shows From Books: A Discovery of Witches

 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery, so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks, but her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries–and she’s the only creature who can break its spell. ~ Goodreads.com

Finally, the film adaptation of Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy is under way. If you have not read the New York Times Bestselling author’s “The All Souls Trilogy” including:

 A Discovery of Witches,

 

 

 

 

 Shadow of Night,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and The Book of Life, then stop by the Aurora Public Library or Dillsboro Public Library and pick up a copy. We also have digital copies available on the Indiana Digital Download Center.

 

Deborah Harkness, magical history scholar and professor, invites us into a world where vampires, witches, and daemons have coexisted with humans without raising the suspicions of humans, but only because of the covenant. The covenant is an ancient pact between vampires, witches, and daemons to never interfere in human religion or politics, as well as, never allowing the species to intermix. When Diana Bishop comes in contact with the manuscript, Ashmole 782, the entire community of creatures take notice. Most significantly Matthew Clairmont, geneticist scholar, professor, and antiquated vampire, is determined to discover the secrets Ashmole 782 has been hiding. His determination is diverted by his surprising curiosity and attraction to Diana. When Diana is then threatened by another witch over the whereabouts of Ashmole 782, Matthew’s protective instincts are activated and the epic saga of Matthew and Diana’s alliance begins.

To stay current on all things “All Souls” check out Deborah’s website. With input from Deborah, the television show is being produced by Bad Wolf studios based in Wales and although we do not know when or where it will be broadcast we do know that Bad Wolf has agreed to work with the partnership of SKY and HBO. Also, being published on May 8, 2018 is The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life , which gives insight into Deborah’s creative process, and includes fun facts, fan art, and character inspiration. Although the “All Souls Trilogy” is a completed story unto itself, Deborah has spoken about working on more novels to be added to the universe. I am beyond excited to see Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode depict the magic of Matthew and Diana, so keep checking out Deborah’s Facebook page for insider tidbits.

Books Adapted for the Big and Small Screens in 2017

2017 is gearing up to be a great year for awesome books to be adapted into movies and TV shows, whether you watch on streaming platforms, like Netflix and Hulu, or on regular cable. In the past, we’ve all seen some amazing (and not-so-amazing) shows and movies that had previously been a book or book series, such as Game of Thrones, Outlander, Orange is the New Black, The Vampire Diaries, and the Twilight, Harry Potter, Divergent, and The Hunger Games sagas. But if you want to read the book before you watch the movie or become invested in a show, then the Aurora Public Library District has just what you need!

Television and Streaming

Here are some new series coming to the small screen in 2017 that were books first:

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket became available for streaming on January 13 on Netflix, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Patrick Warburton.

Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies began airing on HBO on February 19, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley.

The highly-anticipated Young Adult novel 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher will become available to stream on Netflix on March 31.

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale will become available to stream on Hulu on April 26, starring Alexis Bledel and Elizabeth Moss.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods fantasy series will premiere on Starz on April 30.

Other shows coming later in 2017:

Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas series on NBC

Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects on HBO

Dan Simmons’ The Terror on AMC

BBC: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass series and J.K. Rowling’s (as Robert Galbraith) Cormoran Strike series

Film

There are plenty of wonderful books coming to the big screen this year, almost too many to count!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly was released on January 6 (One of the most amazing movies I have ever seen!).

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane was released on January 13.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron was released on January 27.

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James was released on February 10.

The Shack by William P. Young and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver were both released on March 3.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman will be released on March 31.

The Circle by David Eggers will be released on April 28.

Other books-to-movies coming in 2017:

May 19: Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything

June 2: Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants

July 14: Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel

July 28: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

September 8: Stephen King’s It

October 13: Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman

November 17: R.J. Palicio’s Wonder

November 22: Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

TBD:

Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle

Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach