5 Shows on Netflix that are adapted from best-selling novels

Haunting Of the Hill House
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It’s no secret that when it involves binge-watching, Netflix is a limitless well of amusement. Whether it’s inspiring travel series, top Korean dramas, documentary films about true crimes, or vintage cult movies, Netflix never lets its viewers get bored with its constant release of new content. But did you know that Netflix has a reputation for producing excellent book-to-film adaptations?

Following is a list of 5 Netflix films and dramas that have been made from or influenced by bestsellers and the finest works of literature of all time. Whether you’re searching for a new film to add to your upcoming movie binge or simply want to see if Netflix did your fave book justice, there’s something on the list for everyone. Expect romantic comedies, historical dramas, literary masterpieces, and much more.

The Haunting Of Hill House

The Crain family, led by architect mother Olivia (Carla Gugino) and handyman father Hugh (Henry Thomas), is the focus of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. The Crains support their family by renovating and selling old homes, and they believe that the swift flip of the titular manse will result in enough money to fund the construction of their own future “Forever House.” Their five children, sensible Steven (Paxton Singleton), fierce Shirley (Lulu Wilson), perceptive Theo (McKenna Grace), and the naïve twins Nell and Luke (Violet McGraw and Julian Hilliard), aren’t all that sure about the location, seeing as several of them are plagued by ghastly specters and unsettling desires from the second they step foot in the location.

When the family is tragically brought together once again and brought again to the house that sparked it all, the series uses an alternate timeline approach to explore the extremely horrific events that occurred at Hill House back in the day while examining how it has affected the way they live twenty years later.

The Haunting Of Hill House Official Trailer (2018) Netflix [HD]

Altered Carbon

By the year 2384, according to ALTERED CARBON, individuals can live forever. A metallic disc (a “stack”) containing a person’s digital soul is subsequently inserted into a recently deceased body (a “sleeve”). After being unconscious for 250 years, Japanese-Slovakish mercenary Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) awakens in the body of an ex-cop. Police officer Kristin Ortega (Martha Higareda), who is skeptical of Kovacs’ reappearance, immediately puts him under surveillance.

Kovacs lives in Bay City, a dystopian version of San Francisco that is home to drug dealers, gun runners, and other bad guys. The wealthiest individual in the world, Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), is brought to Kovacs to see him. Wealthy people prefer to live in the sky, above the cloud cover. The only way someone can genuinely pass away in this world is by having their stack destroyed, and that is what has been done to Bancroft. Bancroft is, fortunately, one of the few individuals still alive who had access to a backup stack. So, despite being able to continue living, he is unaware of the crime’s specifics or the killer. To find the murderer, he hires Kovacs.

Altered Carbon | Teaser [HD] | Netflix

All The Bright Places

In All The Bright Places, Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) is still grieving the loss of her older sister. When she runs across Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), she is on the verge of breaking. A charming and highly educated student from Violet’s high school named “Finch” also struggles to keep his own troubles under control. Finch, who is kind and resourceful, discovers a means to contact Violet and forces her to work with him on a two-person school assignment. The two fall in love while creating a fiercely safe haven for one another while Violet adjusts to life again. Unfortunately, Violet and Finch quickly come to the sad realization that wounded souls are not always capable of being healed.

All the Bright Places starring Elle Fanning & Justice Smith | Official Trailer | Netflix

Behind Her Eyes

Beginning with the opening scene of the London-based drama Behind Her Eyes, Louise is trying to get back into the social scene three years after her divorce, which left her raising her 7-year-old son Adam (Tyler Howitt) alone, when she meets a dashing Scottish foreigner David (Tom Bateman) by chance in a pub. Sparks flare as they kiss, but he pulls it off to run out into the night. Louise writes it off as a peculiar evening until, to her astonishment, she learns she will be David’s secretary and that he will be the new doctor at her company. Even worse, Mrs. David, the composed and unflappable Eve Hewson, has her own lifetime’s worth of secrets and is unaware of Louise and David’s connection.

Behind Her Eyes | Official Trailer | Netflix

Alias Grace

The basic facts in Alias Grace’s tale, which were taken straight from nineteenth-century headlines, are accurate: Young Irish immigrant Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a maid, was found guilty of murdering Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross), and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper, along with steady hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan). Grace was given life imprisonment but was later found not guilty of the crime after serving 30 years in prison while James was executed. This drama, which is based on the same-named book by Margaret Atwood, focuses on Grace’s imaginary world as well as the actual history of a widely blamed lady during a period in which being a woman—especially a poor woman—was already a fatal condition.

Alias Grace | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix