What are the best TV adaptations of books?

We live in a world full of video streaming services where "Netflix and chill" is a universal pass-time. These services keep pushing out movies and TV shows upon movies and TV shows. It is an era where books have become an afterthought, relics of the past. Books will always have a loyal group of readers to serve and cater to. There's just no going around the fact that books are not as popular and widespread as they were before. Books have always been an integral part of history since its early days. They contribute to entertain people way before the advent of music and moving pictures. They are also essential in the recording, preservation, and spread of information and knowledge across generations. If books were not the great medium that they were, who knows how much of history would have been lost and not written down.

Academics through various ages have used books to teach and spread their knowledge to the masses. Artists have taken advantage of books to be able to express and showcase their creative works. In fact, going back to the idea of videos, people tend to forget just how much of an impact that books have had on this popular medium of entertainment. There have been many TV shows based on books that have released over the years. Just to give you a refresher, we've made a list of some of the best TV adaptations of books today. Check it out below and tell us what you thought in the comments section.

asked by Dave - Binge.co Contributor
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    #1Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series produced by the HBO cable network. It is based on the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin. The show has 38 Emmy wins and 110 Emmy nominations. 

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    #2The Witcher

    The Witcher

    The Witcher is a fantasy drama web series starring Henry Cavill based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski. Created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, it follows a mutated monster hunter finding his place in a world of wicked people.

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    Jerry Ross
    Written on February 10, 2020
    "This has been the best TV adaptation of books in recent years and memory. I am a big fan of both the novels and game series I hope the series would do them justice. It was based on the novels and it did not disappoint. Go watch it now if you haven't yet."
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    Sherlock is a 2010 British mystery crime tv show starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. It was released by BBC One network with four seasons last aired in 2017. 

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    Bruce Yang
    Written on February 10, 2020
    "When it comes to tv adaptations of books, we often tend to hear the phrase "the book was better" getting tossed around a lot. Sherlock may not be the most faithful of adaptations but its unique take on the popular Victorian story earns praise in its own right and deserves to be one of the best TV adaptations books because of it."
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    Outlander is a fantasy romance TV show that premiered in 2014 and stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, and Duncan Lacroix. An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time and finds herself in 1743.
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    #5The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is an original Hulu series based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. The story is set in the near future where America is under a theocratic rule that forces fertile women to be impregnated by men from wealthy families. 

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Best What are the best TV adaptations of books
1Game of ThronesTV Shows 19 Paid
2The WitcherTV Shows 11 Paid
3SherlockTV Shows 10 Paid
4OutlanderTV Shows 3 Paid
5The Handmaid's TaleTV Shows 1 Paid

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