There are a couple of TV shows showing on Netflix that have amazing books behind them. As most readers will testify, TV shows and movies hardly ever do justice to books.
If you’re a fan of Netflix and chill, here are a couple of TV shows you may love that you should find time to read the books.
Writer Gillian Flynn is best known for her best-selling 2012 novel Gone Girl, which was turned into a 2014 movie. However, it was her novel Sharp Objects, that was adapted into the HBO miniseries of the same name.
While the TV series has stayed mostly true to Flynn’s novel, subtle character and plot changes were made to dramatize the show’s plot, including the relationships between the main characters and the creation of “Calhoun Day,” a fictional celebration of the Missouri town’s controversial, Civil-War era past.
This HBO TV series is based on Tom Perrotta’s 2011 novel of the same title. Both the novel and the book follow a group of people who are left on earth following a “rapture,” in which millions of people suddenly disappear from the planet without explanation.
While the concept of the TV series is based upon the novel, the show has transformed the main character Kevin Garvey (played by Justin Theroux) from a mild-mannered businessman into a fiery police chief. The series ran for three seasons, from 2014 to 2017.
Big Little Lies
This TV show is based upon Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel of the same name. This popular HBO series features A-list cast members, including Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, and is based on a weaving tale of murder, mystery, and mischief.
The show was originally billed as a short miniseries, but it became so popular with viewers that HBO renewed it for a second season, which is set to debut in 2019.
Friday Night Lights
The TV show Friday Night Lights spun out of a 2004 movie with the same title, which, in turn, was based on the 1990 nonfiction book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger.
The book follows the true story of a 1988 high school football team from Odessa, Texas, as they make a run for the state championship. While the movie closely follows the book, the TV show, which ran for five seasons on NBC, is only loosely based on the real-life players and coaches; their lives and backstories are fictionalized for dramatic effect.
Sex and the City
The controversial HBO series Sex and the City, which ran from 1998 to 2004, was based on writer Candace Bushnell’s 1997 essay collection of the same name, which also later generated a 2008 film and 2010 sequel.
The series, which launched the career of lead actor Sarah Jessica Parker, followed the New York City-based escapades of Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw and three of her friends. While the series is only loosely based on Bushnell’s collection of essays, the author has described Carrie Bradshaw as her “alter ego.”