10 GREAT Miniseries Adapted from Books

Every year the number of miniseries available and produced by the most famous streamings is growing. With short seasons, or even just one with intense episodes, we get to know some stories, many of them based on successful books. To help you reader who is looking for a miniseries to watch, follow below 10 great miniseries adapted from books:

alias Grace (Netflix)

Canada/United States co-production, alias Grace tells the story of a woman accused of killing her bosses. But is she innocent or not? Released in 2018, based on the homonymous work by the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood (who also wrote The Handmaid’s Tale) the miniseries has six episodes.

The Strongest Voice – The Scandal of Roger Ailes (Globoplay)

Starring Oscar Winner Russell Crowe and released in the US in 2019, the acclaimed miniseries with seven chapters brings us a clipping of the last years of the trajectory of Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, mainly on the accusations of sexual harassment that put an end to his career. The miniseries is based on the book The Loudest Voice in the Roomin Gabriel Sherman.

Sharp Objects (HBO Max)

Based on the author’s book of the same name. Gillian FlynnSharp Objectsin the original, and aired on HBO in the second half of 2018, the miniseries tells the story of a reporter who returns to the city where she was born to investigate a disappearance case and ends up having to face traumas from her past.

anxious people (Netflix)

The fine lines between the law and the rules of life. Based on the best-selling Swedish writer Fredrik Backman, Anxious People goes through the surprises of a mystery to reflect on compassion. Available on Netflix, this short six-episode miniseries with about 30 minutes each shows an event that becomes a point of intercession for some people to better understand their own lives. Without pretensions or judgments, the project enchants for its simplicity and the rich between the lines when we think about the laws and rules of a society full of an exaggerated conservatism.

Anatomy of a Scandal (Netflix)

Arguments of a very important subject for us to reflect on. Based on a book of the same name by the British writer and former journalist The Guardian, Sarah Vaughan, Anatomy of a Scandal arrived on Netflix in the form of a miniseries to show us details of a scandal involving sexual harassment and the universe of politics. Over six intense episodes, with a big and also confusing twist, we go behind the scenes, with some flashbacks, of a rape trial. The cast is excellent, with names like: Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend, Josette Simon and Michelle Dockery.

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

In the plot, with seven very intense episodes, we meet Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) as a child and orphan, arriving at a rigid home for abandoned children at age 9. There, she ends up meeting Mr. Shaibel (Bill Camp), the caretaker of the institution who shows her a game called chess. From that day, that she knows this game, Beth never stops playing. She grows up, is adopted, and starts to go through some of the main tournaments in the United States in exchange for experience and money, having at her side, at first, her adoptive mother, Alma (Marielle Heller).

Little Fires Everywhere (First Video)

In the plot, which premiered in the second half of March this year in the United States and soon after arrived in Brazil, we follow the arrival of Mia (Kerry Washington) and Pearl (Lexi Underwood), mother and daughter, who arrive in the city of Shaker Heights in Ohio in a vintage car and with their whole lives in the trunk. After looking for a place to live in the city, they end up meeting journalist and mother of four Elena (Reese Witherspoon), a woman from a prestigious family in the region who ends up renting Mia and Pearl a house that belongs to her family. Gradually, the relationship between Mia and Elena goes from an almost friendship to a total mystery game where the secrets they both hide from their close ones end up leading both to a deep conflict with many consequences.

Normal People (starzplay)

When love translates the complex gaps of the existential void. Based on the best-selling book by Irish author Sally Rooney, Normal People, presents us with the saga of a sometimes reversed Platonism between two young people, through an important period of time in their lives. We walk along with the characters towards the hurts, the skids, the panic, the social chaos, the early maturity, the late immaturity, it’s about 30 minutes divided into 12 episodes that we wish they never end. The miniseries, engaging, intense, which has a fabulous soundtrack, was nominated for four Emmys, with some episodes directed by the competent filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson (Jack’s Room, Frank).


Proof when greed knows no bounds. based on the book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, in Beth Macy, Dopesick is a whistleblower film, a project that screams in our eyes, that shows us how the greed of a pharmaceutical company that created a powerful opioid, prescription drugs for the treatment and pain relief, highly addictive, that kills more than guns in the world. United States, stronger in the same class as morphine and heroin. The absurdities of the entire bureaucratic process of legalization, lying marketing campaigns, the pain of those who get addicted are well detailed in the only six episodes of this intense miniseries

unorthodox (Netflix)

Starred by Israeli actress Shira Haasone of Netflix’s biggest hits, when we talk about miniseries, unorthodox based on the book Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots in Deborah Feldman tells the story of a young woman who runs away from her past and an arranged marriage finding the independence she never had.

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