It was recently announced that the Stephen King novel 11/23/63 will be made into a mini-series to be broadcast on the online network Hulu. This, of course, is not the first time one of King's books has been turned into a mini-series or even into a recurring series. Back in 1994, a four part mini-series of The Stand was aired on ABC and currently the King novel, Under the Dome was just renewed for a third season on CBS.
Books have a long history of having their stories made into movies for television and theatrical release. And there have been many occasions of best selling novels getting the mini-series treatment, most notably the epic Roots in 1977.
Nowadays there is a plethora of television series based on books with many more being announced almost every week. Some are a faithful adaptions, while others are just "inspired by" the original. Below are a few of the choices readers and viewers alike have to choose from!
-- A Game of Thrones
The first book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series, along with the rest of the titles, have been turned into one of the most successful and talked about TV shows on HBO. While there are many changes from the books, Game of Thrones has pleased many fans with its faithful adaptation of the books.
True Blood, the HBO show inspired by the Sookie Stackhouse books, recently ended its run after seven seasons. The show focuses on telepath Sookie and the supernatural world of Louisiana. While the show is still mostly about Sookie, after the first season the show differs greatly from the books.
-- Deja Dead
Dr. Temperance Brennan, is introduced in this 1997 book based on author Kathy Reichs's experience as a forensic anthropologist. Bones, now in its 10th season on Fox, like True Blood, is loosely based on this series. Dr. Brennan is still the main character, but that is about the only similarity between the books and the show.
Is it science fiction, historical fiction or romance? How about, all of the above! This hugely popular book series, from Diana Gabaldon, follows the ongoing adventures of Claire and Jamie Fraser, finally got the television treatment its faithful fans have been longing for for twenty years.
In this 2001 award winning novel from Neil Gaiman, an ex-con, Shadow, becomes the bodyguard of Mr. Wednesday who turns out to be an actual Norse god. Shadow is caught in a fight between older gods, like Wednesday, and the new upstart, modern gods. The Starz series is in pre-production.
-- The Surgeon
The TNT show, Rizzoli & Isles, is based on this long running book series from Tess Gerritsen. Medical Examiner Isles and Detective Rizzoli work together to track down killers in Boston. The show is a bit more light than the books. It also portrays the characters as BFFs, but in the books their relationship is much different.
--Post by Tracy