Top Ten Tuesday: Best TV Series Based on Books

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about television-related topics. As TV has evolved from sitcoms with standalone plots in favor of long-form storytelling, books are becoming more popular as the go-to place for outstanding content for the small screen.

I’m super excited to finish reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, in anticipation of the STARZ adaptation coming next year, but to celebrate this TTT, here are the best TV series based on books (according to the humble opinions of me and my friends!):

  1. Best wedding scene: “Game of Thrones” (2011-present) based on the series by George R.R. Martin
  2. Best accents: “Outlander” (2014-present) based on the series by Diana Gabaldon
  3. Best six-pack abs: “Poldark” (2015-present) based on the series by Winston Graham
  4. Best Clinton biography: “House of Cards” (2013-present) based on the novel by Michael Dobbs
  5. Best swordwielding: “Legend of the Seeker” (2008-2010) based on The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
  6. Best wardrobes: “Sex and the City” (1998-2004) based on the novel by Candace Bushnell
  7. Best backstabbing: “Gossip Girl” (2007-2012) based on the series by Cecily von Ziegesar
  8. Best for Millenials: “Younger” (2015-present) based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran
  9. Best “Will they? Won’t they?” chemistry: “Elementary” (2012-present) based on the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. Best culinary show: “Hannibal” (2013-2015) based on the novels by Thomas Harris

I’ve listed some fan-favorites, and I’m sure that there will be a lot of overlap on other bloggers’ TTTs, but let me know if I missed a TV adaptation you love!

It’s Debut Time for Little Carrie Bradshaw!

My mom’s third graders and I have just come back from the Fresno Fairgrounds, and while they’re watching some School House Rock, I thought I’d share some news from “The Carrie Diaries” upcoming TV show.

Image via Us Magazine

It’s the first photo of AnnaSophia Robb as a teenage Carrie Bradshaw! I feel very invested in all things “Sex and the City,” and I’ll definitely check out this prequel when it comes out. Doesn’t she look fantastic?

This look is so Carrie: colorful, sparkly, girly, and topped off with an oh-so-cute pair of pointy red stilletos. I said quite a while ago that Robb would be the perfect fit for the role. She’s so charming and fresh-faced. Can’t wait to see if her acting’s just as adorable as her outfit!

So I am alone in my love for Miss Bradshaw and friends? Come on, share your thoughts! Is this show a must-see or a snooze-fest?

PS: I just finished Sophie Kinsella’s latest chick-lit novel, I’ve Got Your Number, so check back again later tonight for my review!!!

“The Carrie Diaries” Casting Update!

I rarely post twice in one day, but I just had to let you guys know about the highly-anticipated CW show “The Carrie Diaries,” based on the novel by Candace Bushnell. I reviewed this “Sex and the City” prequel in September and discussed potential actresses to cast as the teenage Carrie Bradshaw last month.

Such a “Carrie” outfit! (Image via Foam Magazine)

Well, one of those actresses–AnnaSophia Robb–has just landed the lead role, according to Variety.com. Best known for “Bridge to Terabithia” and “Race to Witch Mountain,” this show will be sure to make Robb popular with older teens.

The novel did not include Carrie’s best friends Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte since they did not meet one another until after Carrie moves to New York, but we’ll see if producers stick to the story.

I’ll keep you updated with the latest developments, but I just wanted to let you know I called it! Who knows? Maybe the head honchos at the CW read my blog! Well, I can dream, can’t I?

PS: I’ve now reached 5,000 views! Thanks so much for reading! Love, Book Club Babe