8 TV Shows You Didn’t Know Were Inspired By Books

  
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Many television producers seem to follow the classic formula of looking to book series for inspiration when planning their next hit television series. Often this method of TV adaption is a foolproof way for success because the characters already have a fan-base when being transformed onto the big screen. At times, these television spin offs even seem to outlive the success of the novel series and take on a life of their own with separate twists and turns than the book initially laid out. Check out 8 successful television shows you didn’t know were inspired by books:

8. Friday Night Lights

Many fans of the successful football drama Friday Night Lights are completely unaware that the story line originally came from a book published in 1988. The series actually tells a true story of the Permian Panthers high school football team in Odessa, Texas, and was written by Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist. The best-selling book later expanded into a movie and then into the successful TV show we know it as today.

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7. Pretty Little Liars

The long-standing teen drama Pretty Little Liars definitely took a few unexpected turns along the way and has finally announced its conclusion during its astounding seventh season. The show began as a popular teen book series by Sara Shepard, featuring brightly coloured book covers with dolls on the cover and the series totals to a surprising sixteen novels. The hit novel series transferred its legacy to the television networks in 2010 and follow a similar plot line of four best friends living in Rosewood trying to solve the secret to their ring leader Alison DiLaurentis’ death. Although the plot line started off similarly, the story definitely spiraled into something that the books did not by the end of season 2 when Mona was revealed to be “A.”

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