5 of the Best TV Adaptations of the Book You Can Stream Right Now
When it comes to inspiration for TV series, books continue to be reliable sources of complex storytelling and memorable characters. Indeed, this year, streaming services have delivered a slew of book-to-screen adaptations — and from fantasy to romance, there’s something for everyone.
Here are five great examples, all of which you can stream right now:
Netflix’s “Bridgerton” Season 2 – “The Viscount Who Loved Me” by Julia Quinn
The Bridgerton series has been one of Netflix’s star attractions since its 2020 debut. The highly anticipated second season debuted this spring and quenched fans’ thirst for Regency-era gossip and romance. At the end of October, it was still the platform’s fourth most popular English TV show, according to Netflix’s weekly rankings.
The series is inspired by a series of romance novels by Julia Quinn that follow the lives of the Bridgerton siblings as they navigate the drama of court life to find love. The second season of the show is based on the second novel of the series, The viscount who loved me (published in 2000), and focuses on the love life of eldest son, Anthony, as he finally decides to actively seek a wife. Although Anthony does it more out of family duty than self-interest, the Bridgerton clan can’t help but hope that he will find love. There are some differences from the novel in the Shondaland adaptation, but the series still captures the essence of the royal court that Quinn evokes in the books.
Netflix’s “The Sandman” – Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman”
fantasy drama The sand man is another show that fans of DC’s long-running comic book series have been waiting years for. Series writer Neil Gaiman resisted a call to adapt it into a film in 1991, and subsequent attempts failed – until it finally debuted as a TV series on Netflix in August. reports Rotten Tomatoes. The show follows the first and second story arcs of the comics.
Although it has not yet been renewed for a second season, The sand man The TV show has a lot more source material to draw from: The sand man the comics ran for 75 issues between 1989 and 1996 and are known for their compelling world-building, dark fantasy themes, and complex characters. The series tells the story of the eponymous Sandman, also known as Morpheus or Dream, the King of Dreams. But Morpheus’ kingdom has fallen into chaos after being held captive for decades in the human world, and the plot follows as he finally escapes and begins to bring order to both worlds, fighting monsters and people along the way.
HBO’s “House of the Dragon” – “Fire & Blood”, by George RR Martin
After the controversial end of games of thronesHBO has thrilled fans of the series by announcing that a return to Game of Thrones is coming in the form of a prequel. Dragon Housethe spin-off series, debuted in August with a record audience of 9.9 million viewers.
Set 200 years before game of thrones, Dragon House tells the story of a civil war that leads to the eventual downfall of the Targaryens. Lines are drawn and sides chosen, as the right of succession to the Iron Throne is disputed within the family. In the ensuing war, the Dance of the Dragons, the kingdom falls into chaos of battle, betrayal and sacrifice.
Whether you’re Team Green or Black, fans of George RR Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood get a good idea of where the series is headed. Martin’s book is the first in a two-part collection that chronicles the rise and fall of the Targaryen family. Beginning with Aegon the Conqueror, the story of generations of Targaryens and their dragons is captured in this gripping tale of one of Westeros’ most powerful families.
Amazon Prime’s ‘Rings of Power’ – Various Works by JRR Tolkien
Another fantastical prequel entry this year takes us back to the sprawling world of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien’s beloved. The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Set in the second age of Middle-earth history, Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power allowed fans to get acquainted with the events leading up to the creation of the Rings of Power. Familiar faces from the original trilogy, like Galadriel, return and new characters created for the series are introduced. The first season recently ended with a massive reveal – hopefully the first of a long series to come.
Tolkien put an immense amount of work into creating the magic of Middle-earth. In the appendices of the final entry of the LOTR trilogy, Return of the King, he included maps, a table of Elvish scripts, family trees, and other supporting information on the background of Middle-earth. The timelines of the first two ages of Middle-earth inspire some of the events in the new show. The series also draws from The unfinished tales and The Silmarillion, both published posthumously by Tolkien’s son, Christopher Tolkien. The sources provide enough history for the producers to piece together the story of what led the nations of Middle-earth to create the rings.
A new book that presents Tolkien’s writings on the Second Age, titled The fall of Numenordue out November 10, 2022.
Netflix’s “The Midnight Club” – Christopher Pike’s “The Midnight Club”
Just in time for spooky season, the new Netflix series from the creators of Midnight Mass and The Haunting of Hill House. The Midnight Club debuted on October 7, kicking off the season for horror fans, and has been a top 10 TV show on Netflix for the past few weeks. The show’s first episode set a record for the most scripted jumps in a single television episode, with 21 terrifying moments in one episode, CNN reports.
The Midnight Club is based on the first book in a popular 1990s young adult horror series by Christopher Pike. A group of terminally ill teenagers living together in a hospice get together every night to tell each other horror stories that end up taking their own lives. The series incorporates stories from Pike’s 1994 novel The Midnight Club and several other works in the series. Pike told Netflix that the inspiration for the story came from a girl who was battling cancer with a real group of friends who called themselves the Midnight Club. The girl asked him to write a story about them, and Pike complied, though the girl died before he could read it.
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