Watched the Adaptations, Don’t Want to Read the Books

More often than not, the posts I write are either about the books that I read or the ones that I want to read at some point in time. Not today! I frequently watch adaptations before reading the books, having discovered truly great novels this way. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Atonement by Ian McEwan are just two examples. Not all adaptations leave me eager to read the books they are based on, however. There are at least eight adaptations whose source material I don’t intend to read.



I loved the first season of Outlander, but my enjoyment of this TV series, which mixes historical fiction and sci-fi, has been decreasing with each following season, reason why I’m not interested in reading the book series by Diana Gabaldon. Caitríona Balfe plays Claire Randall, a Second World War military nurse who unwillingly travels back in time to 1743 while in Scotland. She ends up meeting and falling in love with a Highland warrior, Jamie Fraser, who is played by Sam Heughan.



A British TV series based on the novels by Winston Graham, Poldark tells the story of the return of the title character to Cornwall after the American War of Independence in 1783. Although I was enjoying following the life of Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, I have never finished watching the TV series and don’t remember how many seasons I did watch. I still want to one day watch the entire series, but I have no interest in picking up the twelve books. There are just too many of them.



Set in London in the Regency era, Bridgerton is based on the book series by Julia Quinn. The main character, Daphne Bridgerton, is one of the debutantes that are presented at court. During her first season, she meets Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings. I was not expecting to enjoy this TV series as much as I did, perhaps for that reason I have no interest in the books.


The Queen’s Gambit

This miniseries created for Netflix is based on a novel by Walter Tevis. It revolves around the life of Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy that struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. Though I’m not even remotely interested in chess, I found it compelling, thanks to the great performances.


Enola Holmes

When I watched the film Enola Holmes I had no idea that it was an adaptation. Based on a series of Young Adult books by Nancy Springer, it has as main character the teenage sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. After the disappearance of their mother without an explanation, she goes to London to search for her. Although I found the film funny, I don’t feel like reading YA anymore.


The Hunger Games

The film series The Hunger Games is what I like to call Sunday afternoon entertainment. It’s something I watch without paying too much attention to. I don’t even remember if I watched the last film. They are set in a dystopian future in the nation of Panem. A boy and a girl from each of the nation’s districts are forced to compete on a fight to death that is televised. Due to my lack of enthusiasm for the films, it’s not surprising that I don’t have any intention to read the books by Suzanne Collins.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This coming-of-age drama is based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky, who also directed the film. It has as main character Charlie, who faces many tribulations during his first year in high school without realising that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. I enjoyed the film, but not enough to pick up the book.



To be honest, the only reason why I decided to watch Submarine was because it features music by Alex Turner, the vocalist of Arctic Monkeys. It is another coming-of-age story, this time about 15-year-old Oliver Tate who is smitten by his classmate Jordana. I liked the film, the performances made it enthralling, but the story didn’t grip me to the point of wanting to read the novel by Joe Dunthorne.


What adaptations have you watched whose books you don’t plan to read? Tell me in the comments!


7 thoughts on “Watched the Adaptations, Don’t Want to Read the Books

  1. Janakay | YouMightAsWellRead says:

    I’ve watched only two of these series, Hunger Games & The Queen’s Gambit, in full. I’ve also watched most of the first season of Outlander. I read the Hunger Game books and must say they’re far better than the movies and do raise some interesting & serious issues if you look for them (unnecessary to enjoy the books, however). Unless you have a taste for dystopian sci-fi, however (I do, very much) they’re probably not worth your time. Walter Tevis’ novel The Queen’s Gambit is an old, old favorite of mine; I first read it long before the TV series. It’s one of those books that probably doesn’t rank as great literature but it’s a very enjoyable and well-written read. I re-read it perhaps every decade or so, when I’m in a nostalgic mood. Tevis is an interesting writer BTW; several of his books were adapted into successful films (The Hustler; The Color of Money & The Man Who Fell To Earth, as well as Queen’s Gambit). I read most of Gabaldon’s first book in the Outlander series. It had its moments but on the whole was pretty boring, which sums up my feeling about the series (I watched part of the first season).
    I’m (very) mildly interested in the Bridgerton & Poldark series, which seem interesting but will probably never get to them; they have lots of viewing competition and — there are tons & tons of books on my TBR shelves!

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    • Susana_S_F says:

      I had never heard about Walter Tevis before watching The Queen’s Gambit.
      I think the latest seasons of Outlander were pretty boring. I’ve only continued watching it because of Sam Heughan to be honest 🙈

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  2. MarinaSofia says:

    I read Poldark in my teens, since my mother had been smitten with the old TV series. And it is actually rather good, a lot more nuanced (although I enjoy the charismatic leads of the new series)

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  3. sarehlovasen says:

    I’ve seen The Queen’s Gambit, Hunger Games, Enola Holmes, and Bridgerton, really enjoyed all of them. However I haven’t seen Outlander yet and I think that’s one of the books to TV series I want to eventually read and watch both!

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