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TMP Television Edition: Book to TV Adaptations

Thursday Movie Picks

These Thursday’s sure do roll by pretty quickly since I started taking part in Wandering Through the Shelves’ Thursday Movie Picks! If you didn’t know already, the last Thursday of the month is dedicated to TV Shows. I don’t get to watch as much TV as I used to but I’ve definitely seen enough to recommend 3 great shows today.

I’m giving an honourable mention this week to Game of Thrones, as it’s probably the biggest and most popular example of a Book to TV adaptation, but my love of it has waned over the years. Too many bad decisions were made and although I’m looking forward to seeing the last season this year, I’m kind of glad it’ll all be over soon, to be honest.

Anyway, let’s talk about these 3 great shows!


You (2018 – ) Based on You by Caroline Kepnes

If you haven’t seen You on Netflix yet there’s no doubt you’ll have probably heard of it by now. There’s only 1 season out so far, although a second is in the works, and it’s perfect for binging whilst ill – which is, funnily enough, how I ended up watching the entire lot in 2 days. Penn Badgley plays a bookstore manager who becomes obsessed with a girl and begins to stalk her both physically and digitally. It never goes as dark as you may perhaps wish it to, but it’s definitely worth a watch.


Big Little Lies (2017 – ) Based on Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I love a good mystery story, I love a star-studded female cast and I love the beach, so Big Little Lies was made for me! Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley are the leads in this show which starts with a murder and ends in the answers. I’ve heard a second season is in the works with this one too but I’m not sure how to feel about that, I think it worked perfectly as a one-off. Don’t over-think this one, just enjoy the ride and let it surprise you!


13 Reasons Why (2017 – ) Based on Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This one comes with a warning – I’m only including this one for the first season. I thought 13 Reasons Why was one of the greatest shows to ever grace our screens when it came out. It was compelling and it had such important messages for struggling teens. In the show, Hannah Baker has committed suicide and left behind 13 tapes which record the reasons why she did it. Each episode is a different tape and it works so well. So well in fact that it got renewed for a pointless second season which made no sense, and we’re also getting a third. Sigh!

22 thoughts on “TMP Television Edition: Book to TV Adaptations

  1. There will be a third season for 13 Reasons Why?! Ugh. I really liked the first season (though I have never read the book). It had a strong message and tackled serious issues. Next thing there is a shitty, Pretty Little Liars type season two. I didn’t even get halfway and threw in the towel, and I won’t be going back.

    I did enjoy You, but honestly felt that one season for that would have been perfect. But I suppose we will see what season two brings.


    1. I almost realised I had a theme within a theme by having TV Shows that should have just been left as 1 season specials, but I’m kind of looking forward to seeing more of You! I feel like there’s more story to be told, I don’t know…

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  2. Yikes I haven’t seen any of these though I’ve heard of the last two. I’d consider Big Little Lies for Reese Witherspoon, I could even put up with Kidman but I detest Woodley with a passion.

    I went with specials and miniseries adaptations for my choices this week.

    A Doll’s House (1959)-This Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of the Ibsen story (back when that program was the benchmark for quality TV-years before it became the dispenser of treacle that Hallmark is today) traces the emotional awakening of Nora Helmer (Julie Harris) from her previously unexamined life of domestic wifely comfort. Ruled her entire life by either her father or husband, Torvald (Christopher Plummer) Nora finally comes to question the foundation of everything she believes in when her marriage faces a profound test. Stacked with an astonishing cast, beside Julie Harris & Plummer it includes Jason Robards, Hume Cronyn, Eileen Heckart and an eight year old Richard Thomas this is currently showing on Amazon Prime.

    East of Eden (1981)-Miniseries adaptation of the entirety of the John Steinbeck sprawling novel (the James Dean film only dealt with the final third) of brothers Adam & Charles Trask (Timothy Bottoms & Bruce Boxleitner), Adam’s sons Caleb and Aron (Sam Bottoms & Hart Bochner) and how their lives intertwine with the Hamiltons lead by patriarch Samuel (Lloyd Bridges) and especially the unknowable Cathy Ames (Jane Seymour) throughout the decades of the late 19th and early 20th century. With a who’s who of notable names in support the highlight of this is a riveting turn of nearly unbridled evil by Jane Seymour as human succubus Cathy/Kate.

    Lonesome Dove (1989)-Beginning in the small Southern town of Lonesome Dove around the 1860’s two former Texas Rangers and best friends Gus McCrae (Robert Duvall) and Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) head out to Wyoming on a cattle drive that takes a heavy toll on all involved. Massive, violent and intense adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s epic tale is loaded with talent-Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Anjelica Huston, Chris Cooper and Steve Buscemi to name just a few- won unanimous praise upon its release.


    1. Ahh you’ll struggle with Big Little Lies then, I’d argue that Shailene is probably the main character out of the 3 so it would really annoy you! I haven’t seen any of your picks but Lonesome Dove sounds great!


  3. You know, I started watching Big Little Lies, but I couldn’t stand any of the characters and had no sympathy for their problems, which seemed kind of minor in context:-)


  4. The only one I know about is Big Little Lies and I would like to see it. That 3rd one sounds quite depressing and should have stayed as a basic mini series.


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