16 Surprising TV Shows That Were Actually Books First

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I don’t know about you, but there’s something so exciting about reading the books before watching the TV show based off them. I mean, aside from the excuse to get angry at something when the show strays from the way the author wrote the books, you can actually see your favorite chapters acted out in scenes while you snuggle up to a bowl of buttery popcorn.

Fans sometimes forget that shows like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars were even books at all (though they usually remember when Spencer is the one with the evil twin and not Alison). But they’re not the only shows that had really great scenes and characters bound in a book before making it on screen – in fact, sometimes the TV show has completely outshone the books it was based on!