From Books to the Small Screen

While we are used to the idea of books being turned into movies, in this “new golden age of television” you might be surprised to learn how many of your favourite, or soon-to-be favourite, TV shows and series originated as books. Whether it’s a graphic novel turned TV series (Walking Dead) or an epic fantasy book series (A Song of Ice and Fire) or simply the TV adaptation of a single book (Big Little Lies), TV has tapped into book inspiration like never before.  To the dismay of movie producers, the financing, acting talent, cinematic techniques and the interest of viewers have all turned to television.  Let’s face it, a really good story has more time to develop over a TV series and you can live in your favourite world for weeks, months or even years.  When you find yourself in that cold dark lonely place anxiously waiting for the next season to start, why not grab the book that inspired the show:

Big Little Lies Book cover

Big Little Lies TV Series coverBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . . A murder? . . . a tragic accident? . . . or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.   But who did what?

Big Little Lies (TV mini-series) : This all-star cast TV mini-series premiered in 2017 and won 17 Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor.




The Walking Dead Volume 1 book cover The Walking Dead TV Series Season 1

The Walking Dead. Volume 1, Days gone bye by Robert Kirkman, Illustrated by Tony Moore.

Police officer Rick Grimes is shot on the job and wakes up a month later to find that the world that he knows is gone. Zombies have taken over and are killing and eating those who are still alive.

With its 8th season premiering this month, The Walking Dead (TV Series) has continued to capture the most 18- to 49-year-old viewers of any cable or broadcast tv series.




Orange is the New Black book cover Orange is the New Black TV Series Season 1Orange is the New Black: my year in a woman’s prison by Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to prison, Piper becomes one of the millions of women who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.

Orange is the New Black (TV series) : Having just completed its fifth season, the series is one of the most-watched original series on Netflix and has already been renewed for two more seasons.




Outlander Book Cover Outlander TV Series Season 1

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Outlander book series is made up of 9 books but comprises one epic story.  Each book reads like a chapter in a larger story so it’s recommended you read them in order. The series begins in 1945 when a former combat nurse is reunited with her husband when she innocently touches a boulder on an ancient stone circle. Suddenly she enters a world of lairds and spies that threaten her life during the Jacobite Rebellion.

Outlander (TV Series) : The third season of this series premiered in September 2017 and it has already been renewed for a fourth.




A Game of Thrones Book CoverGame of Thrones TV Series Season 1A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire Series) by George R.R. Martin

Set in a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne. This is a story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest, and triumph. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die.

Game of Thrones (TV Series) : With a 9.5/10 rating based on over 1.2 million voters on IMDB, the popularity of Game of Thrones is undeniable. The show is not only the most awarded series in Emmy Awards history, but it also holds a record from the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most pirated tv program”.  No need to pirate this series though… Borrow all 7 seasons from the library!