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Netflix Originals Based on Books - Suggested by Alison

Transforming books to screen is not a new phenomenon, but with so many networks and the proliferation of streaming services, more content is being developed than ever before. If you turn on Netflix now, you will find a wide variety of series and movies based on books. As long as books are made into movies or television shows, people will debate two questions:

  • Should you read the book before you watch the movie?
  • Which is better—the book or the movie?

Below is a list of some Netflix originals that Alison has found that are based on books. All of the books are available through Overdrive (although some have wait times). Read the books, watch the shows, and decide which is better.

13 Reasons

13 Reasons Why based on the book by Jay Asher

Full Dark No Stars

1922 based on the novella “1922 in Full Dark, No Stars

Alias Grace Book Jacket

Alias Grace based on the book by Margaret Atwood

All The Bright Places Book Jacket

All the Bright Places based on the book by Jennifer Niven

Altered Carbon Book Jacket

Altered Carbon based on the book by Richard K. Morgan

Anne of Green Gables Book Jacket

Anne with an E based on Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Bird Box

Bird Box based on the book by Josh Malerman

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind based on the book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Brain on Fire

Brain on Fire based on the book by Susannah Cahalan


Dracula based on the book by Bram Stoker


Dumplin’ based on the book by Julie Murphy


The Duchess based on the book Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

Gerald's Game

Gerald’s Game based on the book by Stephen King

Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride based on the book by Yangsze Choo

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society based on the book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House based on the book by Shirley Jackson

The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom based on the book by Bernard Cornwell

The Little Prince

The Little Prince based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Locke & Key

Locke and Key based on the book by Joe Hill

Lost Girls

Lost Girls based on the book by Robert Kolker


Mindhunter based on the book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker


Mudbound based on the book by Hilary Jordan

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black based on the book by Piper Kerman

Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night based on the book by Kent Haruf

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events based on the series by Lemony Snicket

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You Based on the books by Jenny Han

Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy based on the book by Gerard Way


Unorthodox based on the book by Deborah Feldman

Virgin River

Virgin River based on the book by Robyn Carr

White Fang

White Fang based on the book by Jack London


The Willoughbys based on the book by Lois Lowry

Witcher Series

The Witcher based on The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny in The Witcher Series by Andrzej Sapkowski


YOU based on the books You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes