The Walking Dead carried all our dreams on its undead shoulders. We're all hoping HBO's Game of Thrones will also rule. But sadly, television has an even worse record of adapting books than movies. Here are 10 book-to-television embarrassments.
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So there's a huge trend in recent years, of adapting successful books and graphic novels to television — and it looks set to continue, with Ridley Scott making a TV miniseries of Philip K. Dick's The Man In The High Castle, and TV adaptations of The Dark Tower and Locke & Key on the way as well. And according to this AV Club article, there are cable TV adaptations of Carter Beats the Devil and Red Mars in the pipeline. Not to mention The Time Traveler's Wife. But these things don't always work out great.
A few notes: We're not going to list TV shows that are spun off from movies that were, in turn, based on novels — nobody really thinks of the Planet of the Apes TV show as a book adaptation. We're also not going to list every bad superhero TV show, because we already did that — and it's not really an adaptation, in my book, unless it's based on a specific serialized story, the way The Living Dead is.