The common debate about whether some books should be adapted to film or television series is a constant! We think a creative spin on some literary works of art should definitely get some love on the silver screen and we thought it would be cool to put a list together of some popular Netflix shows that started out as a book or comic book series.

We tried our best to avoid any spoilers for those who haven’t seen these shows. Plus, you have the links to the book if you’re more 'book worm' than 'couch potato'!

You, based on You & Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Even if you haven't seen You, it's likely that you've come across some Buzzfeed lists or meme around the chaotic story that is Joseph Golden and his romantic pursuits. The chilling psycho-thriller is based on You & Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. The show definitely had the TV world at the edge of their seats and the book is a page-turner too. There has been some creative liberty taken to some of the story, so there is still some mystery left in the book. You can find it on Takealot.

Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabrielle Rodriguez

Over to the supernatural side of things. Some may be surprised to find out that Locke & Key is based on a comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabrielle Rodriguez. An extremely captivating and visually astounding work of art- in our opinion- and definitely something we feel was worthy of a series. The story follows Nina Locke as she decides to move with her three children Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode from Seattle to Matheson, Massachusetts. The family take residence in her late husband’s family home Keyhouse. The story goes on to reveal the house’s hidden mysteries. You can order the comic books via Amazon!

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

When 13 Reasons Why came out with its first season, it was met with a boatload of controversy. The show tackles a wide array of issues affecting teenagers in a contemporary manner, effectively holding up a mirror at society. The first season made it clear that this depiction of the high school experience is ugly, controversial and different to how we've seen high school in TV shows before. You can pick up the novel by Jay Asher on Takealot.

Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman

Dare we say it... Orange Is The New Black is probably the reason most of us know about Netflix! This comedy-drama series brought us a wide universe of characters that helped captivate the less pretty reality of America's women prisons and penal system. Based on the memoirs of Piper Kerman, Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women's Prison, the show ran for seven seasons and took some creative license with certain characters. The book caught a lot of lime light off of the popularity of the show but if you would like to run your fingers through the pages you can pick it up on Amazon.

The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way

We love superheroes at Afrihost and so we thought Umbrella Academy had to be mentioned as it is based on a comic book series by Gerard Way. On October 1st, 1989, 43 women around the world give birth simultaneously, despite none of them showing any sign of pregnancy until labor began. Sir Reginald Hargreeves, an eccentric billionaire adopts seven of these children and raises them as a superhero team. Season 2 is on the way and we're excited. If you're into comics, you can pick them up on Comixology.

If you know of any other awesome shows that are based on a book, please share them with us and tell us why you love it.


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