The best fantasy and supernatural series based on books need to not only captivate any old audience but should win over the original fans as well. When fantastical lands and creatures have been living in full color in readers' heads for years, it can be hard to compete as a TV show. Even so, the best fantasy series based on books do more than just bring the magic to life, they bring more folks to the fold who may never have even heard of the books before. Such is the power of the best fantasy adaptations.
Some of the most popular fantasy shows adapted from books are based on book series, such as Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Shadowhunters. The range of shows and styles is beautifully broad when it comes to fantasy book adaptations - with supernatural series like the Sookie Stackhouse books (True Blood), literary classics such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or Dracula, and more traditional high fantasy like The Witcher. The faithfulness of the adaptation to the original text may vary for each series but each one of these shows was born from a book.
Which of these shows based on supernatural and fantasy books is the best? Vote up the best fantasy series below - whether because they nailed the adaptation or because they were top-notch, quality programming in their own right.
Based on the series of short stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski.The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.... more
- Actors: Henry Cavill, Anna Shaffer, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Jodhi May
- Premiered: December 20, 2019
- Network: Netflix
- Photo: Good Omens / Amazon Video
Based on the 1990 Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman novel of the same name.Good Omens (Amazon Video, 2019) is a six-part television serial based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. After being accustomed to life on Earth, the demon Crowley (David Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) seek to prevent the coming of the antichrist and with it the final battle between Heaven and Hell.... more
- Actors: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean
- Premiered: May 31, 2019
- Network: Amazon
- Photo: Game of Thrones / HBO
Based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series (five published since 1996).Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.... more
- Actors: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen
- Premiered: April 17, 2011
- Network: HBO
- Photo: Outlander / Starz
Based on Diana Gabaldon's novel series of the same name (eight published since 1991).Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore, based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. A married former WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) is suddenly transported back in time to 1740s Scotland where she meets a Highland warrior (Sam Heughan).... more
- Actors: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Duncan Lacroix
- Premiered: August 9, 2014
- Network: Starz