Many of the stories we follow in film and television are inspired by great works of literature. These are books that were published many years ago, others more recent, and that tell incredible stories that yield good audiovisual productions.
These stories can be shown faithfully to the book or just take inspiration in the creation of a new script. Many of the successful series even fit into one of these categories and you may not even know it!
With that in mind, the Canaltech prepared a list of 10 of the best book-based series for you to watch online.
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10. The Curse of Hill House
To start the list, a very scary story: The Curse of Hill House. The plot by author Shirley Jackson was first published in 1959 as The Haunting of Hill House in Brazil, telling the events of the life of a family of five brothers who grew up in a mysterious haunted mansion.
After the younger sister’s suicide, the family ends up returning to the place and has to deal with the memories that haunted the past now in the present. Netflix adapted Jackson’s work and created a terrifying 10-episode scripted series. The series’ cast includes actors such as Carla Gugino (Olivia Crain), Elizabeth Reaser (Shirley Crain), Michiel Huisman (Steven Crain), among many others, and the series was directed by Mike Flanagan.
The Curse of Hill House is a Netflix original series.
9. The Witch
Fans of the Polish book saga The magicianby Andrzej Sapkowski, were awarded a version of the wizard in addition to the texts and the video game. With Henry Cavill as the protagonist and direction by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Netflix has brought to life the monster hunter wizard Geralt of Rivia, which is already heading to its third season on streaming.
the first book of The magician was published in 1993, gaining other titles over the years, conquering more and more fans and opening space for new products inspired by the saga to appear, such as video games, cards and comics. In addition to Henry Cavill, Freya Allan as Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Joey Batey as Jaskier, among many others, were cast in the adaptation.
The adaptation of The magician for television is a Netflix original production.
8. Big Lies
Australian author Moriarty Liane released, in 2014, the book Big LiesWhere Little Big Lies in Portuguese, telling the story of three women from different lives and strong personalities who end up coming together around a common situation. Each one of them has their experiences and problems, and together they try to go through all this in the best way possible.
Big Lies was adapted for television by HBO, with great actresses in the cast: Reese Witherspoon (Madeline Mackenzie), Zoe Kravitz (Bonnie Carlson), Nicole Kidman (Celeste Wright), Shailene Woodley (Jane Chapman) and, in the last season, even Meryl Streep made her appearance as Mary Louise Wright.
Big Lies is an HBO original series available in two seasons on HBO Max.
Another comic book adaptation that came to life on the small screen, watchmakers pleased the critics for its strong script and plot, reflecting very well the text of the comics written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, which always brings more mature themes and deals with economic, criminal and political issues in the United States.
HBO was responsible for the adaptation into a TV series, bringing nine episodes to the streaming platform. The cast of the production includes Regina Kink (Angela Abar), Jean Smart (Laurie Blake), among many others.
watchmakers It has one season and is produced by HBO Max.
In 2006, the world met America’s most beloved serial killer: Dexter. This is because, in fact, the murderer chooses his victims very well and only kills those who have committed very serious crimes. He finds this out by working for the police as an expert in identifying blood marks at crime scenes.
The anti-hero played by Michael C. Hall brought to TV that feeling that it’s wrong to hope he does well, including that he never gets caught. The history of dexter was adapted from a series of books released between 2004 and 2011, two years before the series came to an end after eight seasons.
Recently, the series returned to the spotlight with Dexter: New Bloodthat brought a dignified ending to the story and pleased a lot of public and critics.
Dexter’s cast includes Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan, David Zayas as Angel Batista, CS Lee as Vince Masuka, among others. Directed by Scott Buck and James Manos Jr.
you can watch dexter on Globoplay, Paramount+, Prime Video and HBO Max.
5. Small Fires Everywhere
One of the biggest American bestsellers of recent times, Little fires everywhere also won a miniseries produced by Hulu and shown in Brazil by Prime Video with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington as protagonists. In the story, written by author Celeste Ng, two very different families end up creating bonds that harm everyone’s lives.
Everything happens in the elite region of Shaker Heights, which values everything impeccable and perfect. The life of one of the main residents of the neighborhood changes completely with the arrival of a traveling artist and her daughter. The plot addresses moral, political and racism issues.
Also part of the cast are Rosemaria DeWitt as Linda McCullough, Joshua Jackson as Bill Richardson, Jade Pettyjohn as Lexie, Gavin Lewis as Moddy, among others, directed by Liz Tigelaar.
Little fires everywhere is an original production of Amazon Prime Video.
4. Sharp Objects
Amy Adams plays the protagonist of sharp objectsCamille Preaker, a series adapted from the book of the same name released in 2006, written by Gillian Flynn. In the plot, also known for the translation sharp objectsthe lonely journalist works in the police department of a newspaper as she struggles with her past. Unable to deal with her life and family, Camille ends up needing to return to the city where she was born to investigate murders, triggering her emotional crises and psychiatric disorders.
Alongside Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson as Adora Crellin, Chris Messina as Richard Willis, Eliza Scanlen as Amma Crellin, among others are also in the cast, and the series was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
sharp objects is one of the best drama and mystery series on HBO and can be watched on HBO Max.
3. Anne With an E
Anne with E always appeared on Twitter trending topics when its seasons were released on Netflix. The series was adapted from a series of books by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gablesand had only three seasons, being canceled afterwards.
Fans, however, have never accepted that the story was not continued so much the popularity of the story and the character Anne, played by Amybeth McNulty, and the success of the 1970s book series.
The plot, directed by Moira Walley-Beckett, tells the story of Anne, an orphan who spent 13 years waiting for a family, until finally being adopted. The cast also includes Geraldine James as Marilia Cuthbert, Dalila Bela as Diana Barry, Lucas Jade Zumann as Gilbert Blythe, among many others.
The series Anne with E It’s a Netflix production.
2. The Handmaid’s Tale
The series the servant’s tale debuted in 2017, bringing a story of a disturbing dystopian future to the streaming platform Hulu. The plot is adapted from the book Aia’s Accountby Margaret Atwood, showing how the United States became a nation ruled by totalitarian and theocratic ideals, with a hierarchy in which women are used only for reproduction.
The book was published in 1985 and its main character is June, played by Elizabeth Moss, one of the handmaids who is not willing to bow her head to this new world, even if her life is at risk and never sees her daughter again.
The television adaptation was directed by Bruce Miller, and the cast includes Joseph Fiennes as Fred Waterford, Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy, Alexis Bledel as Emily, among several other actors.
the servant’s tale It has 4 seasons and can be watched on Globoplay and Paramount+.
1. Game of Thrones
To close the list, the most popular series of recent times: The Game of Thrones. The production was brought to television by HBO based on the series of books by George RR Martin, released from 1996, winning fans around the world.
The series needs no introduction, as throughout all seasons, from start to finish, it has made each episode a major event and topic of debate around the world.
The Game of Thrones was directed by DB Weiss, David Benioff, with a strong cast such as Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targarien, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, among others. The series came to an end in 2019.
all seasons The Game of Thrones are available on HBO Max.