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24 Binge-Worthy Shows Based on Books Streaming Now on Hulu

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Are you the person who has to read the book first or do you like to wait for the next popular literary title to make its way to the silver screen? 

No matter how you prefer to keep up with popular book series and novels, Hulu has the best TV adaptations of stories by famous authors like Stephen King, Jane Austen, and Margaret Atwood. Plus, Hulu subscribers get exclusive access to new titles book-lovers and TV-bingers alike can’t get enough of, including James Clavell’s Shōgun and Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series. 

Whether you consider yourself a bookworm or you’re just looking for some premium content to watch, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our curated collection of TV shows based on books streaming now on Hulu.

Best TV Shows Based on Books

1. Shōgun

Title art for the new FX series, Shōgun.

Book Title: Shōgun
Book Author: James Clavell
Book Genre: Historical fiction

Like the novel, this 10-episode limited series is set in late 16th century Japan and follows Lord Yoshii Toranaga — a warrior fighting for his life as his enemies unite against him. Meanwhile, a mysterious Englishman and his ship wash up in Japan, harboring secrets that could help Toranaga tip the scales of power.

Learn more about the show with our series guide to Shōgun.

Watch: Shōgun

2. Tiny Beautiful Things

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Book Title: Tiny Beautiful Things
Book Author: Cheryl Strayed
Book Genre: Nonfiction, Self-improvement

Tiny Beautiful Things is a touching story about Clare (Kathryn Hahn) — a young woman grappling with questions surrounding identity, self-discovery, and purpose. Despite feeling lost in her own life, Clare becomes an advice columnist by happenstance. As she helps others navigate their problems and challenges, she, too, learns how to face her own with empathy and grace.  

Watch: Tiny Beautiful Things

3. Saint X 

itle art for the Hulu Original series, Saint X.

Book Title: Saint X
Book Author: Alexis Schaitkin
Book Genre: Murder mystery

Saint X is a suspenseful murder mystery series inspired by the true crime story of a young woman who mysteriously dies on a tropical family vacation. The victim’s sister  revisits the island decades later searching for answers, but the more information she unravels, the more she finds herself in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with those who will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden. 

With stunning Caribbean scenery, compelling characters, and plenty of twists and turns, Saint X is a must-watch series — even if you haven’t read the book yet. 

Watch: Saint X

4. Will Trent 

Book Title: The Will Trent Series
Book Author: Karin Slaughter
Book Genre: Mystery, crime fiction

Special Agent Will Trent is known within Georgia’s state Bureau of Investigation for his dedication and tenacity despite his tendency to isolate himself due to learned trauma from his troubled past. In this series, Trent takes on the toughest cases in Georgia while working on his own healing and mental health. 

Watch: Will Trent

5. Great Expectations

Title art for the FX series, Great Expectations, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Book Title: Great Expectations
Book Author: Charles Dickens
Book Genre: Bildungsroman, period drama

FX’s Great Expectations is the captivating TV miniseries adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name. If you haven’t read the book, the story follows an orphaned boy named Pip (Fionn Whitehead) whose hard times are alleviated by a large sum of money he received from a mysterious benefactor. However, Pip’s newfound wealth leads him to make poor decisions that ultimately complicate his life even further. 

The novel and TV adaptation of Great Expectations explores themes of social class, ambition, and morality through vivid characters and rich symbolism, making it a must-watch (especially for those who are as obsessed with period dramas as we are). 

Watch: Great Expectations

6. The Twilight Saga

A still image of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan in the first Twilight movie.

Book Title: The Twilight Saga
Book Author: Stephanie Meyer
Book Genre: Young adult, fantasy, romance

Even though Twilight is a movie franchise, we couldn’t compile a “based on books” list without mentioning the book series-turned-film saga that made a lasting impact on an entire generation. Stream the entire collection, inlcuding Twilight (2008), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (2011), and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (2012) now on Hulu.

Meeting the Cullens for the first time? Check out our Twilight guide for everything you need to know.

Watch: Twilight

7. Conversations with Friends 

Title art for the Hulu Original series, Conversations with Friends, based on the novel by Sally Rooney.

Book Title: Conversations with Friends
Book Author: Sally Rooney
Book Genre: Coming of age, romance

Conversations with Friends is an emotional and thought-provoking novel about young love, sexuality, and the complexities of the modern relationship. Through the lens of four young adults living in Dublin, Sally Rooney’s expert storytelling translates seamlessly from book pages to the silver screen in this TV miniseries that will leave you deep in your feelings (and with a yearning to book a trip to Ireland ASAP). 

Watch: Conversations with Friends

8. Pretty Little Liars

Title art for the teen mystery drama series, Pretty Little Liars, based on the novel by Sara Shepard.

Book Title: Pretty Little Liars
Book Author: Sara Shepard
Book Genre: Mystery, thriller, teen drama

This isn’t your typical high school drama. Secrets, betrayal, and murder set the scene for this dark, twisted, and addictive mystery thriller that will captivate you right till the very end. 

Adapted from Sara Shepard’s book series of the same name, the Pretty Little Liars TV series on Freeform created a cultural phenomenon, uniting viewers in discussing theories on who the mysterious murder mastermind “A” is. 

Without giving away too many spoilers, the answer will shock you. But you’ll have to watch until the end of the series to find out. 

Watch: Pretty Little Liars

9. Shrill

Title art for the series, Shrill, based on the memoir by Lindy West.

Book Title: Shrill
Book Author: Lindy West
Book Genre: Memoir, feminist literature

Based on the personal stories and reflections of author Lindy West, Shrill is a dramedy series starring former SNL leading funny lady, Aidy Bryant. Similar to the novel of the same name, the TV adaptation of West’s book explores important topics like fatphobia, body shaming, internet trolls, and sexism. 

Through humor and honesty, Bryant’s character, Anne, is learning to accept herself in a society that makes her feel less-than because of her weight. Shrill delivers an empowering message surrounding body positivity and the importance of standing up for yourself to get the respect and dignity you deserve — no matter your body type. 

Watch: Shrill

10. High Fidelity

Title art for the series, High Fidelity, based on the novel by Nick Hornby.

Book Title: High Fidelity
Book Author: Nick Hornby
Book Genre: Contemporary fiction

If you’ve read Nick Hornby’s book, High Fidelity, you might be surprised to see the main character, Rob, reimagined with Robyn (Zoe Kravitz) for the TV-series adaptation. The new point of view creates a story loosely based on the novel while maintaining the original theme of music, love, and self-discovery. 

Watch: High Fidelity

11. The Looming Tower

Title art for the Hulu Original series, The Looming Tower, based on the true events of 9/11 and the novel of the same name by Lawrence Wright.

Book Title: The Looming Tower
Book Author: Lawrence Wright
Book Genre: Historical, nonfiction, journalism

Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Looming Tower, takes a journalistic in-depth look at the events that led up to the 9/11 attacks. The Hulu original limited series adaptation of the same name is a dramatization of Wright’s book, focusing on the miscommunication between the CIA and FBI at the time along with the rise of Al Qaeda. 

Though this limited series is a dramatization, the characters, facts, and timelines are completely true. 

Watch: The Looming Tower

12. The Handmaid’s Tale

Title art for the Hulu Original, The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 4, featuring Elizabeth Moss.

Book Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Book Author: Margaret Atwood
Book Genre: Nonfiction, dystopian

Based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian alternative America — the theocratic Republic of Gilead. Here, freedom is reserved for men while women are completely deprived of independence. 

The Handmaid’s Tale has received several Golden Globe® nominations, taking home awards for Best Television Series (Drama) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Elisabeth Moss). Check out our Guide to The Handmaid’s Tale to take a deeper dive into one of Hulu’s most acclaimed Original shows.

Watch: The Handmaid’s Tale

13. Little Fires Everywhere

Title art for the TV series, Little Fires Everywhere, based on the book by Celeste Ng.

Book Title: Little Fires Everywhere
Book Author: Celeste Ng
Book Genre: Literary fiction, domestic drama

Based on the popular book by Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere centers around two strong and polarizing characters: Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) and Mia Warren (Kerry Washington).

If you like a drama that cuts right to the chase, the miniseries opens with the Richardson house engulfed in flames. A look back at the months leading up to that night reveals that there were, quite literally, little fires everywhere.

Watch: Little Fires Everywhere

14. Pride and Prejudice

Title art for the TV series, Pride and Prejudice, based on the novel by Jane Austen.

Book Title: Pride and Prejudice
Book Author: Jane Austen
Book Genre: Romantic fiction, period drama

Based on the classic love story of the same title by Jane Austen, the ’90s series Pride and Prejudice is a period drama that follows Elizabeth Bennet (Jennifer Ehle) as she navigates England’s high society and falls in love with a rather surprising suitor, Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth). 

Watch: Pride and Prejudice

15. Killing Eve

Title art for Killing Eve, the show inspired by the Luke Jennings novel, Codename Villanelle.

Book Title: Codename Villanelle
Book Author: Luke Jennings
Book Genre: Thriller, espionage

Killing Eve follows Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), an intelligence investigator tasked with capturing Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a dangerous and psychopathic assassin. As the two realize they’re more connected than they originally thought, they each become infatuated with the other, causing them to lose sight of their original missions.  

Watch: Killing Eve 

16. Younger

Title art for the TV series, Younger, based on the book by Pamela Redmond.

Book Title: Younger
Book Author: Pamela Redmond
Book Genre: Women’s fiction, “chick-lit”

What would you do with another shot at your twenties? 

From the mind of New York Times bestselling author, Pamela Redmond, and the creators of Sex and The City, comes the hit series, Younger, which follows 40-year-old Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) who passes herself off as 26 to land a new job. Seasons 1 – 7 are streaming now.

Watch: Younger

17. Nine Perfect Strangers

Title art for the Hulu Original series, Nine Perfect Strangers, based on the book by Liane Moriarty.

Book Title: Nine Perfect Strangers
Book Author: Liane Moriarty
Book Genre: Psychological thriller, contemporary fiction

At Tranquillum House, people are healed and transformed. Guided by unorthodox healer Masha (Nicole Kidman), a group of nine guests take part in a 10-day wellness retreat that promises to fix them. With a stacked cast led by Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, Nine Perfect Strangers follows the group as they learn just how difficult healing can be, especially under Masha’s care.

Check out the Insider’s Guide to Nine Perfect Strangers for more on the popular series. 

Watch: Nine Perfect Strangers 

18. Looking for Alaska

Title art for the TV series, Looking for Alaska, based on the book by John Green.

Book Title: Looking for Alaska
Book Author: John Green
Book Genre: Coming of age, young adult fiction

Set at a sweltering boarding school in Alabama, Miles (Charlie Plummer) is a new student trying to get a deeper understanding of himself and life in general. Upon his arrival, Miles is immediately drawn to the enigmatic Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth). When a prank war erupts between Miles’ friend group (including Alaska) and the wealthy students at school, things quickly begin to go awry and escalate to levels no one saw coming.    

Watch: Looking for Alaska 

19. Normal People

Title art for the TV series, Normal People, based on the novel by Sally Rooney.

Book Title: Normal People
Book Author: Sally Rooney
Book Genre: Coming of age, young adult fiction

Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) have been in an on-again, off-again complicated relationship since high school (where Marianne was a misfit and Connell was a popular jock). Normal People explores the way relationships shift and change as two people grow up and grow into their adult selves. 

Watch: Normal People 

20. Dopesick

Title art for the TV series, Dopesick, based on the novel by Beth Macy.

Book Title: Dopesick
Book Author: Beth Macy
Book Genre: Narrative nonfiction, journalism

With claims of a “less than 1%” addiction rate, OxyContin quickly earned a reputation as the pain medication of the futureand Purdue Pharma took all the credit. But, when users of the seemingly non-addictive drug end up with dangerous opioid addictions, things aren’t quite so positive. The award-winning miniseries examines the effects of OxyContin in America and the start of the opioid epidemic still running rampant today. 

Watch: Dopesick 

21. Castle Rock

Title art for the show, Castle Rock, based on Stephen King’s novels.

Book Title: Multiple titles
Book Author: Stephen King
Book Genre: Horror, suspense, supernatural fiction

For Stephen King superfans, Castle Rock probably sounds familiar. The spooky locale has appeared a number of times in King’s works — including in The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and others. While the first season centers on a mysterious suicide at King’s iconic Shawshank Prison, the second is largely focused on Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan) from King’s 1987 novel Misery.

Castle Rock delivers what we’ve all come to expect from Stephen King: twisted, heart-pumping, leave-the-light-on entertainment.

Watch: Castle Rock

22. Shadowhunters

Title art for the TV show, Shadowhunters, inspired by the book The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

Book Title: The Mortal Instruments
Book Author: Cassandra Clare
Book Genre: Urban fantasy, young adult

Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) is a normal teenager — or so she thought before her life changed forever on her 18th birthday. Not only is Clary not a normal teenager, but she’s not even fully human. 

Clary comes from a long line of demon-hunting, human-angel hybrids called Shadowhunters. When her mother is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into a world of magical creatures and dangerous adventures in order to save her. The series follows Clary as she learns her new role as a Shadowhunter and everything that comes with it.  

Watch: Shadowhunters 

23. Justified

Title art for the TV series, Justified, inspired by the novel, Fire in the Hole.

Book Title: Fire in the Hole
Book Author: Elmore Leonard
Book Genre: Novella, crime fiction, thriller

U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), the beloved hero of the FX series  Justified, was born from New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard’s novella, Fire in the Hole. When Deputy Givens finds himself back in his home state of Kentucky, his Wild West style of seeking justice gets him into trouble. All six seasons of the Emmy®-winning series are streaming now.

Watch: Justified

24. 11.22.63

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Book Title: 11.22.63
Book Author: Stephen King
Book Genre: Horror, suspense, supernatural fiction

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if JFK hadn’t been assassinated? So did Stephen King. When Al Templeton (Chris Cooper) discovers a closet that can send people back in time to 1960, he convinces his close friend Jake Epping (James Franco) to use it to prevent the shooting of President John F. Kennedy. But what happens if the past doesn’t want to be changed?  

Watch: 11.22.63

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