Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Television Shows Based on Books

My book list is getting a little light and since I burn through books so quickly, I have been trying to find some series to get into that I can enjoy for a while. I was surprised to see some popular television shows that were actually books while doing my research. I did know about some of these but some of them were a pleasant surprise!

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I have never seen a single episode of True Blood but this is the series that the show was loosely based on. The reviews are all over the place on this series but it could be a fun romp. I mean, vampires…so…

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I tried to watch one episode of this and while it isn’t based on any one Stephen King Novel, it would give me an excuse to revisit the town in some of his best books; Pet Sematary, Needful Things, Cujo…

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I had no idea that one of my favourite television shows was based on a book series! There are loads of books too, I cannot wait to dive into these and see what the characters are like in the book series.

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This one is obvious but I don’t think that I have ever read a Sherlock Holmes mystery. I know of the more popular ones but never once have I picked one up, there are tons of these too.

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America’s favourite high-functioning sociopath with a heart of gold is based on a book character!

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I have read these books and while there is already a mini-series, I would go back and revisit both before checking out the new Anne with an E series that is in the works or recently premiered.

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I can’t lie, the television show was a little eh and the books are apparently bestsellers so I am hoping that the show was just a poor adaptation of some great books.

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Again, I wasn’t super into this show but maybe Walt Longmire is more interesting on paper 😀

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While it did not run for very long, I really enjoyed this series. It is based on a series of memoirs about a group of real midwives in London during the 50’s and 60’s.

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I have only read Silence of the Lambs which isn’t even the first book in the series but it was very good, I bet that these are good reads.

It’s pretty amazing how many great shows are based on books – have you checked any of these out?

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11 Comments

  • ayrgalaxy

    I watched true blood BECAUSE I read the books lol. I didn’t even realize that it was based on books until my godmother handed me the first two books for me to read. The series is good in my opinion but the tv series wasn’t what I was expecting but it’s good in itself I guess.
    I also didn’t know dexter was based on books. My husband loves dexter and I tried watching it once or twice, I didn’t get very far, I just wasn’t interested in watching that kind of show when he showed it to me lol

    • quitesimplystella

      I had no idea but I am more interested now! Not sure if I would ever get into the television series but checking out the books for sure!!

      The show is OK, it’s a bit repetitive because he does the same thing over and over. It’s fun but I’ve never watched it all the way through!

      • ayrgalaxy

        I hope you like the books. I was hooked almost immediately and read all the books in a month and a half or so. I kid you not, I read two books every week that’s how much I liked the series and the books are pretty short, easy reads lol.
        I’ll be sure to check out the show once more, hopefully to get interested if not I’ll try to get the books instead and see if I can get into them lol

        • quitesimplystella

          Me too! I picked up the first one this weekend and hope to start reading it this weekend. Good to hear!! I have been in need of a new series 😀

          Yea, maybe reading the books would add more substance to the story. I wish they would have done more character development with Dexter, you will have to let me know if you check it out!!

          • ayrgalaxy

            Well let me know how you like them 😉

            And I will! ☺ thanks for doing this post, I would have never known dexter was originally based on books lol.

  • hoiyinli

    Wow I had no idea that some of these were books! Would never have guessed about Dexter or Bones. I knew about Hannibal because that kinda stuff has to be a long written piece lol. I bet that series is an amazing read as much as it is an amazing watch.

    • quitesimplystella

      Right?! I’m listening to the first Bones book now – it’s good!! Agent Booth isn’t in the books, the lead make is still good though. I’m sure it is, no idea why I’ve never checked them out!

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