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8 Of The Best TV Shows That Were Books First

They say the book is always better than the movie, and we really can’t dispute that. The written word can achieve so much more in the pages of a novel, than can be done in a mere few hours on the big

They say the book is always better than the movie, and we really can’t dispute that. The written word can achieve so much more in the pages of a novel, than can be done in a mere few hours on the big screen; but what about a television series? With multiple episodes and sometimes several seasons, many book-to-TV shows are actually quite impressive. A television series can portray emotions and characters at a deep level, similar to that achieved in a novel. As time is on their side, TV shows can build suspense, pull plot twists on the audience, create cliff-hangers like no other and generally awe us with the characters they bring to life. While the book still might always be better (at least a little) than their movie or television counterparts, we bring you eight television shows that honour their original form well, and that you might not have known were books first.

8 Sex and the City

7 Dexter

6 Friday Night Lights

5 Gossip Girl

4 True Blood

3 The Vampire Diaries

2 The Walking Dead

1 Game of Thrones

The 1996 book A Game of Thrones, the first installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series written by George R.R. Martin, is probably one of the most successful book-to-small-screen renditions ever, with the HBO show having a cult-like following. The mystical, magical setting of the book has captured many audiences watching at home, as the third season brought in 14.2 million viewers. Currently in its fourth season, the book-turned-television-show has already been renewed by HBO for a fifth and sixth, so Game of Thrones fans can sit back and relax while they watch the drama unfold. Or if they can’t wait to find out what plot twist is going to happen next, they can always take to the books.

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8 Of The Best TV Shows That Were Books First