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: Outlander

I know you’re probably wondering if I talk/write about anything else except Diana Gabaldon’s amazing Outlander series, and the answer is: Not much else. But this is important! Season 3 of the television series premieres on Sunday, September 10 at 8 p.m. on Starz (Finally! No more #Droughtlander!).

I’m a slow reader, so I know I won’t have enough time between now and September 10 to reread Voyager (the third book in the series), but there are several ways around this with help from the Aurora Public Library District.

We have Seasons 1 and 2 of the television series available for check out! Re-watch your favorite episodes or binge-watch the first two seasons (No judgement here!) so you’ll be ready to go for Season 3! DVDs check out for one week without renewals, but if you need more time, you can always bring the DVD back to the branch and we’ll check it back out to you.

Reread your favorite scenes from Voyager by checking out a hard copy of the book or a digital copy from the Indiana Digital Download Center. You can also check out an audiobook if you don’t have the time to sit down and read. The Aurora Public Library District has recently acquired new paperback copies of the first four books that are just dying to be checked out by you!

Maybe you need to reread the last few chapters of Dragonfly in Amber to remind yourself what happened in the last few episodes (Because it’s been so long since the end of Season 2 and so much happened!) so you’ll be prepared for the first episode of Season 3!

The September 1 issue of Entertainment Weekly featured the cast of Outlander to make people like me even more excited for the new season. Magazines are available for checkout for two weeks with up to two renewals, just like books.

You can creep obsess scroll through the actors’ various social media accounts to see pictures, videos, and captions promoting the new season or what they’re up to in their day-to-day lives. I recommend searching Instagram and Twitter for the actors’ names.

If you want to take it to the next level of fandom, there is actually a Scottish festival in Columbus, Indiana during the same weekend (September 9 and 10). That will really get you in the mood for the premiere of Season 3! Follow the link for ticket information, driving directions, schedule of events, and more.

Season 1 follows the events of the first book, Season 2 follows the second book, and Season 3 will follow the third book. As far as I can tell, both seasons have followed the books rather closely and I’m sure Season 3 will be no different. I’m having a viewing party with some others who are as obsessed excited as me and I can’t wait!

Happy Watching!