Each year the Academy Award hands out an award for Best Adapted Screenplay. This means that a screenwriter took a book or other written material and wrote a screenplay based on that manuscript. It’s hard to adapt a manuscript because fans of the original get very possessive and defensive if the screenwriter doesn’t follow it scene by scene. We all know this is irrational but it doesn’t stop fans from doing it. Here is a list of 10 television shows that we felt honored their precessor. These shows took a book and made it into a popular series.
10. Under the Dome
Probably the most talked about television show of the summer, Under the Dome is based off of Steven King’s book of the same name. King released the book in 2009 and was an instant hit. It follows a small town that wakes up to find that their town is covered by a force field put there by bored adolescent aliens. The television show is loosely based on the book. Some of the characters are the same but the show introduces new characters and new scenarios as well.
ABC Family did realize that would have such a hit on their hands when they premiered Pretty Little Liars. Sure the book written by Sara Shepard had a huge fan base but they didn’t know it would take off like it did. The fanbase extends from tweens to young adults as they try to figure out who exactly “A” is. “A” has been terrorizing four friends after “A” kills their friend. These friends are now on a mission to reveal the identity of “A.” “A” has tricks up his or her sleeve and henchmen to do their bidding, so this is going to be one long ride for the girls. The television show doesn’t necessary follow the book scene by scene but fans don’t seem to mind it. They are loving the suspense of the show.