8 Netflix Original Series Based on Books

As Netflix continues to grow, the company has been able to add more of their own original programming to their streaming service. Do you know which of your favorite shows started out as books before being adapted into television series for Netflix?

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher – When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

Anne with an E (Anne of Green Gables) by Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne, an 11-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso – The founder of “Nasty Gal” fashion shares a manifesto for ambitious young women that explains how to channel personal passion and energy while overcoming insecurities, outlining advice on doing work and garnering recognition.

Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy – In the wake of a young girl’s brutal murder in the woods near an abandoned Pennsylvania steel mill, suspicions surround an escapee from a local biotech facility, a cold-blooded aristocrat and young gypsy who claims to be a werewolf, two of whom reluctantly team up to prove their innocence.

House of Cards by Michael Dobbs – Political mover and shaker Frank Urquhart, willing to do whatever he must to become prime minister, butts heads with Mattie Storin, a tenacious young reporter who has a knack for uncovering the real stories behind the headlines.

The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories Series) by Bernard Cornwell – Captured and raised by Danes in the ninth century, dispossessed nobleman Uhtred witnesses the unexpected defeat of his adoptive Viking clan by Alfred of Wessex and longs to recover his father’s land.

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman – Follows the author’s incarceration for drug trafficking, during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.

About Abby Harris

Abby is the Public Communications Specialist for JMRL.

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