I take a look at novels that have been adapted for TV.
Having already had a look at novels which have been transferred from Books to Big Screen I thought it would be interesting to see which books have been adapted for television shows and series.
I got the idea while writing my blog on The Walking Dead graphic novels. The American series shown on Fox is now nearing the end of its 7th series with (hopefully) more still to come. The series is based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman.
I have a look at some other books which have had success on the small screen:
‘Roots’ by Alex Haley
Roots has been remade by History into a mini-series and recently aired on BBC 4. The remake of the 1977 series, based on Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, chronicles the history of an African man, Kunta Kinte as he and his decedents are sold into slavery in America.
After airing in the United States last May, the four-part series came to the UK and was shown on BBC4 during February. You can still catch it on Iplayer if you are quick!
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Adapted by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss the television series based on the fantasy novel series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George RR Martin is returning to HBO in July this year for its penultimate 7th series. Game of Thrones has become a hit TV show with a host of British only actors and actress as the main characters. The series is based on the 5 published works by George RR Martin: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast of Crows and A Dance with Dragons. There is a 6th book currently being written named ‘The Winds of Winter’.
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
Into its 3rd series ‘Poldark’ the BBC drama has been a hit with viewers. Based on the novel ‘Ross Poldark’ by Winston Graham, this book to television adaptation regularly hits over 5 million viewers.
The 100 by Kass Morgon
In to its 4th series the TV series is based on the novel by Kass Morgon about humans trying to survive 100 years after a nuclear war killed (almost) everyone on Earth. Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a dangerous mission to recolonize the planet. I have a bit of catching up to do with this one as I haven’t seen the first three series but with viewing figures averaging 2 million per episode, it’s a popular series to watch.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Attwood
Coming to TV channel Hulu which I haven’t actually heard of before but I did some research and it is an online streaming service similar to Netflix. The adaptation of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is premiering on 26th April 2017. The book, which I had to study for A level English Literature focuses on a dystopian society where women must give up their names and men treat them more like objects than actual human beings. It’s a very good story so this is one I hope to catch.
Margret Attwood’s latest novel ‘Hag Seed’ has been long listed for the Baileys Women in Fiction Prize 2017. You can hear more about the long list in my podcast by clicking here.
Coming soon ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton
After flying off the shelves and becoming one of the fastest selling debut novels in a decade it’s no surprise that the BBC have obtained the rights to adapt the novels into a 3 part series produced by The Forge for BBC One. The series, which unfortunately doesn’t have a trailer yet, is due to be shown at some point in 2017.
On the television adaptation of her debut novel, Jessie Burton said in an interview with the BBC: “It’s an almost indescribable thrill to know the characters and story I invented in The Miniaturist are going to be given a new life in such an exciting way.”
You can read more about the adaptation and the interview here.
What do you think of the TV series I have mentioned? Is there another book to TV adaptation that you know of? Let me know in the comments!