If you spend the last thousand of your savings on Netflix, you probably have at least five shows you keep tabs on. And if you’ve seen familiar book titles around, you’re not the only one. Though books are considered better than their TV and film adaptations, the trend of turning best-selling novels into shows has proved to work well.
To make it more relevant to the audience, TV shows and movies are made slightly different from the books they are based on. However, some have gone way too far and changed the entire storyline, while keeping the essence of the novel intact. We present to you five shows that stirred away from their books.
1 Gossip Girl
This landmark show of the early 2010s still ranks high on Netflix lists. If catching up with the scandalous lives of the Upper East Side teenagers wasn’t enough, there was also Blair’s incredible fashion, Serena’s insanely long legs and Chuck Bass and his twisted past to look forward to.
What most viewers don’t know, is that Gossip Girl was originally a book series written by Cecily von Ziegesar. While the show followed the characters into adulthood with all of its smoke and mirrors, the book series focused on the life of teenage queen bee Blair Waldorf and how she stays on top of the social ladder when her best friend, Serena returns from boarding school.
If you were one of the countless teenagers who spent every math class skimming through Archie’s comics, the plot of Riverdale probably confused you too.
While Riverdale has a great plot to boast of, for Archie’s fans, it can be a little new. For starters, is it weird that I ship Betty with Jug head after I chose her over Veronica throughout high school? And why is Archie so mature? It adds to his charm, no doubt, but it’s a little confusing. If you want everything you’ve ever known about Archie to change forever, this is the show for you.
3 Thirteen Reasons Why
Before it became one of the most talked about series on Netflix, Thirteen Reasons Why started out as a book by Jay Asher. With its consistently eerie vibe and distinct message, the book was a bestseller worldwide.
While Season 1 followed in the footsteps of the book and traced Hannah Baker’s story through her letters, Season 2 chose to divert from the original storyline to speak about prevalent issues young adults face today like bullying, peer pressure, sexual confusion, and anxiety. Although this season took a detour from its literary roots, it still remains an audience favorite striking an emotional chord with all of its viewers.
4 Sex and the City
Calling ‘Sex and the City’ iconic is an understatement. The show took over television internationally in the 90s with Carrie’s bold choices, in terms of fashion, friends, careers, and men. Women everywhere were introduced to a new brand of sexual exploration and freedom through the lives of Samantha, Charlotte, Carrie, and Miranda.
However, these characters started off as a part of Candace Bushnell’s book of the same name. While the first few seasons did follow the original storyline, later seasons moved on to explore Carrie’s adventures amidst the streets of Manhattan leading up to the grand finale where she finds true love.
5 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
If you’ve read the book by Jenny Han you probably can’t wait for the show to come out as well. While the show seems to follow the book’s plot in the trailer, there are some elements that seem to be missing.
The anxiety of a girl who’s in for a lifetime of embarrassment, the intensity of teenage sexual tension and the strong aura of extreme teenage angst just don’t seem to come through in the trailer. We know, it’s wrong to judge a book by its cover and a series by its trailer so we’re waiting keenly on this show, hoping it’s just as good or even far better than the book.