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See popular books that have made it to the small screen

Shaun Harrison
1 of 9 Craig Blankenhorn/Kobal Collection

Sex and the City

We can't mention a successful book to TV adaptation without mentioning Candace Bushnell's collection of essays about the adventures of Carrie Bradshaw and friends. A year later HBO adapted the novel and it became a hit, leading to two films.
2 of 9 Andrew Eccles/ABC Family

Pretty Little Liars

The first of eight novels, Pretty Little Liars writer Sara Shepard tells the story of how a clique begins to change when their queen bee mysteriously disappears. The show comes from the company, Alloy Entertainment, that brought us Gossip Girl, and ABC Family is debuting the premiere season in summer 2010.
3 of 9 Giovanni Rufino/The CW

Gossip Girl

The first of Cecily von Ziegesar's 13-book series was published in 2002, with the CW debuting its adaptation in 2007. Like the novels, the show focuses on the lives of BFFs and sometimes frenemies Serena and Blair, and their complicated relationships with Nate, Dan and Chuck.
4 of 9 Bob Mahoney/The CW

Vampire Diaries

After tales of blood suckers became all the rage, the CW took L.J. Smith's young-adult series that was first published in 1991 to the small screen. While many details have changed, the main narrative remains about the mysterious vampire Salvatore brothers and their love triangle with human Elena.
5 of 9 HBO

True Blood

Informally known as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, these stories by Charlaine Harris about vampires are no teen angst-filled tales. Seven years after the first book was published, HBO debuted True Blood and it became an instant hit.
6 of 9 Guy D'Alema/Lifetime

Army Wives

Before it became the successful series on Lifetime, it was an up-close look at the everyday lives of army spouses. Titled Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives, the nonfiction account by Tanya Biank was adapted a year later to become the TV drama following the lives of four army wives, an army husband and their families.
7 of 9 Randy Tepper/Showtime

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

This 2004 novel by Jeff Lindsay was the first in a series of four that are narrated by serial killer Dexter Morgan. Like the books, Showtime's Dexter follows the protagonist who works for the Miami Metro Police Department by day and murders by night. Dexter is a man who only kills murderers that he believes have escaped judicial punishment.
8 of 9 FX


Prolific writer Elmore Leonard is no stranger to his books being adapted and his Fire in the Hole was no different. The 2001 short story is the basis for the FX drama Justified about U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who likes to enforce his own style of justice which often puts a target on his back with criminals and puts him at odds with his bosses. Leonard serves as an executive producer on the series.
9 of 9 Greg Gayne/Fox


Before viewers fell in love with the will-they-or-won't-they relationship between Temperance "Bones" Brennan and Seeley Booth, there was the real-life anthropologist Kathy Reichs who wrote novels with Brennan as her protagonist. Adapted into the Fox network series, Bones has completed five seasons and Reichs remains a producer on the show.