So we are guessing you have read the first 2 parts which were books to movies adaptations – Bollywood AND Hollywood. Since movies were covered in nearly all of the genres, we decided to write about the books to TV adaptations next. You won’t believe the number of successful TV shows which have been adapted from books. We definitely couldn’t.
The point is sometimes, just sometimes, the TV versions have to deviate ever so slightly from the books possibly because the length of the books is like 3 Rajdhanis put together end to end and/ or the TV series decided on a limited number of episodes/ seasons (hear that Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu thi? LIMITED number of episodes.) But fanatical fans will defend the books and the series if it comes to that (though separately). Let us see which made the cut-
The behemoths of books are written by George R. R. Martin and the 1st one was published in 1996. Supposed to be a 7 part series, 5 volumes have been published till now which is proving a bit of a problem as the series is fast catching up with the latest ‘A Dance with the Dragons’. The fans expressed their dismay as one when Martin announced that the 6th book will be released in 2016 and not 2015. But it is good for us that the directors know the ending and know what is going to happen. Martin is known for ruthless killings of the characters; but he says David Benioff and D.B Weiss are bloodier than he is and they plan to kill off more characters than what Martin has been writing. Sob! With Season 5 currently on air, my Mondays have been pre-booked with all the possible criticism of what not matches the books. Our tip- Don’t look to GoT to plan weddings.
If the short, balding Hercule Poirot was a real man, then this famous Belgian Detective would have borne an uncanny resemblance to actor David Suchet (who plays Poirot). A character who is all class and so 1930s Britain, Poirot has his own quirks like any other eccentric detective. Conceived by Agatha Christie (via pen and paper, people), the mysteries surrounding the detective spread like wildfire and very soon, a series called Poirot developed with David Suchet portraying the detective flawlessly. It ran for nearly 22 years (from 1989 till 2013) and has been the best adaptation of Poirot till date.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have never guessed the mania behind one of his most popular characters in literature. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson give us hope that everything will be revealed in the end and everything will be alright. Though it is not true in real life, seeing fictional mysteries being unravelled give us a high and some hope. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have been portrayed in quite a few forms since the first published story in 1887. The most recent is the TV miniseries called Sherlock. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch (oooh) the series is a definite must see for all Sherlock fans. Martin Freeman plays the role of Watson and does it beautifully. Season 4 will air in 2016, unfortch.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter is the brilliant psychiatrist and a cannibal serial killer. A character penned by Thomas Harris, this is one of the few literary characters who has been portrayed by at least 4 actors in various movies and series. Hannibal TV series premiered in 2013 and Mads Mikkelsen was selected to play the antagonist/ protagonist. Plot – An FBI agent seeks help of Hannibal to capture a serial killer, who unbeknownst to him is Hannibal himself. The cunning, conniving and brilliant psychiatrist gets you hooked, episode by episode.
Serial killers’ serial killer, Dexter Morgan is the blood splatter pattern analyst with the Miami police force. The TV series was adapted from the book series named ‘Darkly Dreaming Dexter’ by Jeff Lindsay. Though the ending of the TV series was a tad disappointing, there is no doubt Michael C. Hall in his deep baritone voice, commanded the actor and took the role of the character as his own. The roller coaster ride of his family and Debra and his inner conscience is what makes this amazingly dark and morbid series a must read and a must watch.
Whether you loved it or hated it, there is no way you could have ignored it. The series revolved around the life of IT girls Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf (even their names sound super posh) and their prep school Upper Eastside Manhattan life. The sex, scandals, friendships, rivalry, and regret all makes up for this awesome daytime soap and you desperately wishing that you could get Serena’s clothes or be more like Chuck Bass (sigh). Based on the series of the same name by Cecily von Zeigesar, the onscreen gossip girl is voiced by Kristen Bell. We don’t mind reruns of it on a lazy afternoon.
The true memoir of her experiences in prison when Piper Kerman was arrested on drug trafficking charges, OITNB exploded on Netflix and subsequently on TV and Torrentz because of its immense popularity. A comedy drama about Piper getting arrested 10 years after the drug money incident revolves around prison life and relationships with the inmates. With the 3rd season premiering in June 2015, the first 2 seasons were remarkably done in every way and we wait with baited breath to see what Season 3 has in store for us.
These are by far the best adaptations from books to the small screen. With loads of actors looking to small screen for more popularity, TV and downloaded episodes are the way to go. More books are underway for future adaptations and we should see more fantasy novels coming to life on a weekly basis. Till then we part- Valar Morghulis.