Top Ten Tuesday: Book-to-TV Adaptations on My Watchlist

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for September 4th, 2018 is: Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies. Since I started work I’ve had almost no time for watching TV shows and I’ve really fallen behind. Instead of making this a recommendations post, I decided to talk about the TV shows I want to watch that also happen to be adapted from books.

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1. Orange is the New Black

Based on: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman

Available on: Netflix

This is one of my real life friend’s favourite shows, which is also critically acclaimed. Although I have no time to watch a show as long as this, I do want to slowly make my way through this.


2. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Based on: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Available on: Netflix

A classic of children’s literature which I never read got its TV adaptation back in 2017 but I really want to read the books first before I watch the show. I believe 2 episodes cover one book, so I want to experiment by alternating between the books and the show.


3. Riverdale

Based on: Archie Comics

Available on: Netflix

I never got into this when I was a teenager because I preferred novels over comics. However, the show has also garnered quite the hype and I’m interested to see what it’s like as I have no idea about the storyline. I’ll probably binge-watch it whenever the mood strikes.


4. Big Little Lies

Based on: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Available on: HBO

Again with this one, I have very little knowledge on what it’s actually about and I prefer to keep it that way. The cast has some big names and the show was very well received. I want to finish the book and then watch the show because I have a feeling I’ll not bother reading it if I watched first.


5. The Handmaid’s Tale

Based on: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Available on: Hulu

Both the book and the show have received a ton of praise, which makes me a little apprehensive because my expectations are sky high. I may not get to them in the immediate future as I want to wait for the hype to die down, and then read the book before watching the show.


6. American Gods

Based on: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Available on: Amazon Prime

I’ve already read the book for this one, so there’s really nothing stopping me from watching the adaptation except for time constraints. I feel like the fall season would be the perfect time to start it, if the show is a faithful enough adaptation of the book and brings to life its eerie atmosphere.


7. C. B. Strike

Based on: Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith

Available on: Cinemax

I’ve read nothing but Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling and I want to check this series out. The synopsis sounds like the run-of-the-mill mystery, so I’m not if it’ll be worth my time. I’d love to hear thoughts if you’ve read and/or seen this!


8. Altered Carbon

Based on: Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

Available on: Netflix

My interest in watching this show was renewed when a good friend recommended it to me. I like the fact that it hasn’t been hyped much so I can watch it without the burden of expectations. I think I’ll skip the book for this one though. Guilty as charged!


9. Anne with an E

Based on: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Available on: Netflix

This is another children’s classic I regret not having read in the years I was growing up. I’m willing to give both the books and the TV show a try, but it’s not on top of my priority list simply because I feel like I’ve outgrown the phase where the book would appeal to me. If you can convince me otherwise, please do so in the comments!


10. The Lord of the Rings prequel

Based on: The Lord of the Rings and related works set in Middle Earth by J. R. R. Tolkien

Available on: Amazon Prime (TBD)

Yes, it’s still in the conceptual stage and yes, I’m already excited for it. I love the movie adaptation by Peter Jackson of the trilogy enough to re-watch every year. I really hope that they retain the same vibe and hire someone exceptional for the soundtrack because otherwise it’s not going to work for me.



Have you watched any of the shows on my list? If so, what did you think? What shows would you recommend for me? Let me know in the comments section below.

32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book-to-TV Adaptations on My Watchlist

  1. I may be biased as I read and loved the Anne of Green Gables books as I child but I still enjoy re-reading them. Not an absolute must read but they are out of copyright so you could try a few chapters at Project Gutenberg and see if you like it.

    The only one of the TV-series I’ve seen is A Series of unfortunate Events but I really like that one. I wasn’t as taken by the first book (haven’t read the others) but I think I would have liked it more if I had read it before I saw the series.

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    1. I’m so glad you love it! I’ve been getting quite a few comments from avid fans and I’m intrigued now. Oh I didn’t know it was available on Project Gutenberg. Thank you for the info! I’ll surely give it a try. πŸ™‚

      Again with this series I’m sure I could have related more if I’d read it as a child but it seems a bit dark for a children’s story so I’m assuming I’ll still like it as an adult. It’s a good sign that everyone I know seems to be enjoying this show. I’m going to put this on my priority list now. πŸ™‚

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  2. Orange is the New Black is worth the binge and amount of time it will take you to get through it. I have loved seeing the characters grow and develop throughout the seasons. The Handmaid’s Tale is also phenomenal. The first season runs pretty closely to the novel.

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    1. I’ve heard really good things about Orange is the New Black! I think I’ll start it soon as I’m not really interested in reading the book before I watch the show.

      It’s good to know that the adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale is staying faithful to the book. I always prefer it when adaptations do that rather than go off on their own tangents. Thank you so much for your comment! πŸ™‚

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  3. I loved Anne of Green Gables, and I was obsessed with the adaptation starring Megan Follows as Anne. I have only watched the first 45 minutes of the first episode of Anne with an E, and I am in love. It’s not an exact replica of the book, but the spirit of the story remains. Every time I re-read Anne of Green Gables or any of the sequels, I remember so many things from my childhood. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. I think it’s something you need to read at least once in your life.

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  4. CG @ Paper Fury

    I’m sooo unsure of how they’re going to continue LOTR type show without Peter Jackson directing though?! And like getting that composer! Ahh. But yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.πŸ˜‚I LOVE the Netflix version of A Series of Unfortunate Events. It’s actual perfection and I’m so sooo excited for what they’ll do next season ahhh. And I’m the same as you with Anne With an E. I’m curious but don’t remember the book and feel i’m not in the right space for it anymore.πŸ˜‚

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    1. They better not murder it! No adaptation is better than a bad adaptation. 😭
      Ooh, now I’m very curious about A Series of Unfortunate Events! The books are really short and I think I’m not too grown up yet for them so I’ll definitely try to scratch that one off the list soon. Thanks for sharing your opinion, Cait! 😊


  5. evelynreads1

    Some of my favourite series are on here! ORange is the new black and Riverdale are AMAZING!
    I also watched anne with an E and a series of unfortunate events which I both enjoyed!


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    1. Thank you for sharing your opinion! 😊 I was hesitant to try because I love Harry Potter so much that I was afraid how I might find her other books. I’ll definitely try to get to the books someday. 😊

      Sure, I’ll do that! Thanks for leaving a comment. ❀


  6. Yeah… I don’t know how excited I am about the upcoming Middle-Earth adaptation. LOTR in particular is such a special movie trilogy to me (The Hobbit… eh, depends on which film we’re talking about), and the moment I heard about Amazon acquiring rights for a possible mini-series, all I could think was, “Um… why?”

    Ameican Gods, though. That was a GOOD first season, and I’m a little concerned that no news about Season 2 (apart from the show being renewed for that second season) has come out. But if it helps you prepare for the show: Yes, the show is faithful to the book. πŸ˜‰ So if you’re expecting something trippy, dark, and visually stunning (and gory at times), then you should be fine. XD Also, Season 1 covers maybe the first third of the book, while introducing new material that actually works because it fleshes out certain characters further. (For example, we learn a lot more about Laura Moon.)

    I also want to read and watch The Handmaid’s Tale. But like you, I think I’ll also read the book before catching up on the show.

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      1. I’m very bad at keeping track of TV show airing dates but I’m fully aware of book release dates, so I completely understand. πŸ˜‚

        Apparently Amazon was trying to compete with HBO’s Game of Thrones with a sweeping fantasy adaptation of its own, but I really hope they do full justice to the books because otherwise I’m coming at them with a pitchfork. πŸ˜‚

        Wow, that really does help me prepare. I like that they’ve expanded on the canon while also remaining faithful to the story. I hope to watch this one soon! Thanks, Sara. 😊

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    1. Yeah, these streaming services have definitely upped their game recently. I got myself Netflix and Amazon last year when they were pretty cheap, so maybe look out for deals or something like that? I really hope you find a way to watch some of these soon. ❀


  7. Shealea

    Aaaaaah, tbh, I don’t watch any of this series. I’m actually trying to avoid TV series that are heavy or have complicated plots because I can only watch stuff while I work on schoolwork — meaning I can only watch series that aren’t too distracting or aren’t difficult to follow.

    I hope you enjoy them, though! πŸ’–

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    1. Aw that’s too bad. I haven’t been watching TV at all because I feel like I spend all of life working or with books, the blog and bookish community. πŸ˜” I’m not getting the urge to restart either, so I wanted some opinions on what to go for first. I completely understand that, Shealea! ❀ I hope you get to catch up on some good TV when you have holidays or something!


      1. Shealea

        Hmm, maybe you should give what I’m doing a try! Watch series while multi-tasking. In which case, I suggest Community (what I’m currently binge watching) or Brooklyn Nine-Nine (my new fave comedic series). πŸ’–

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      2. I love Community so much! I hope you’re enjoying all the crazy shenanigans, lol. Speaking of crazy, you should try Psych. It’s a fun detective series that doesn’t take itself too seriously and I think it would work really well as a ‘background show’. B99 is next up on my list mostly because everyone I know can’t stop talking about it! Thanks for the recs, Shealea! πŸ™‚


  8. I enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale a lot! I dare say even more than the book πŸ˜€
    Big Little Lies was quite spot on as well.
    Altered Carbon started out good for me, but halfway through it just turned way too dramatic, so in that case i preferred the book. The series was just too Hollywood for me. Good eye candy tho πŸ˜€

    I look forward to watching Anne With an E. Anne was one of my favourite childhood characters ❀

    Riverdale season 1 was seriously awesome. Not sure about s2. It's kind of all over the place… i haven't finished it yet tho.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your views on the shows you’ve watched! I think I’ll prioritise the ones you liked over Altered Carbon. I hope you enjoy Anne! 😊 I’ve heard Riverdale S2 gets better towards the end so maybe your opinion will change once you’re done. Happy watching! ❀

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