There are certain TV shows that are known for being books first: Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, even The Vampire Diaries. They were all hit teen shows that we watched and obsessed over in the late 2000s, right after collecting all of the books. But what about those shows you didn’t actually know were based on books? The thing that’s so cool about tv shows based on books is the fact that you can read more in-depth storylines and get to use your imagination when thinking about the characters in the books. It’s actually awesome, and there were a ton of TV shows from this year that were based on books, even some you didn’t realize.
I’m not saying that books are better than TV shows, since they do take up a little more time, and you can’t just have a book on in the background (well, I guess you could have an audio book, but whatever). But, if you happen to like reading and TV show, you should familiarize yourself with these tv shows that came out this year that are actually based on books. If you want, read the books, then watch the series to compare. It’s actually really fun! Check out these 2017 TV shows you didn’t know were based on books.
13 Reasons WhyThe controversial drama about a teen's suicide hit Netflix in march, but the book was released in 2007. Selena Gomez mentioned it was one of her favorite books, and eventually produced the series that became an unexpected hit. It also brought the world's attention to teenage suicide, which is a big issue in America. You can catch this show on Netflix. 13 Reasons Why
Anne With An EAnne With The E is a Canadian TV series that recently came to Netflix this month. It's based on the ~classic~ 1908 novel Anne Of Green Gables, which follows an 11-year-old orphan with a big imagination who struggles to fit in at a new school where everyone judges her. You can watch Anne With An A On Netflix. Anne With An E
Big Little LiesThis TV show is empowering AF, and it's based on a book that's just as good. It follows three mothers and their families in a California town that thrives on drama and lies, all starting with a little girl getting attacked by a classmate of hers. The series, which may or may back come back for a second season, is based on the 2014 book of the same name. You can check it out on HBO Go. Big Little Lies
The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid's Tale is a scary fictional story based on not-so fictional issues, like women's rights to their own bodies and corrupt government. Not only is this story pretty relevant to right now, it's also an important show for any girl to watch. If you'd rather not watch the show, you can always read the book of the same name, which was released in 1985. You can catch the show on Hulu. The Handmaid's Tale
Famous In LoveBefore Bella Thorne became Paige in the TV show, she was a huge fan of the book, which came out in 2014. It follows a teen who becomes a world-famous celebrity after starring in a TV show, and all of the drama that she goes through. You can catch this show on Freeform. Famous In Love
GirlbossGirlboss follows Sophia, a sarcastic and mean twenty-something who begins selling clothes online. You might not have known that the story is actually true, and it's based on a biography written by the former CEO of the famous clothings store Nastygal. The show itself is pretty good, as long as you look past Sophia's bad additive. You can check it out on Netflix. Girlboss
RiverdaleOkay, technically these are comics but, the way I see it, if you can sit down, read the story and flip pages, it's a book. Riverdale is based on the entire Archie comics universe, which includes Betty, Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and many others. The writers of the show even said that the murder-mystery drama might bring in Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the future seasons. That would be...amazing. You can watch this show on The CW. Riverdale
Have you watched any of these, or read the books? Tell us in the comments!