Diptych photo of Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew and Nathan Dean and Jeanine Mason in Roswell, New Mexico.
Photo Credit: Kharen Hill/The CW (Left); Marc Hom/The CW (Right).

Check out the books that inspired these eight TV shows!

By Nate Millado

Hey, bibliophiles: Need a breezy summer read? Check out the books that inspired these eight TV shows!

If you loved these page-to-screen adaptations—and are jonesing for more of your favorite characters, you'll want to stock up on the source material. Just in time for National Book Lovers Day on Aug. 9!

Under The Dome

Residents of the fictional town Chester's Mill in Under the Dome

Barbie (Mike Vogel) and the Chester's Mill residents in Under the Dome.

Photo Credit: CBS.com.

Based on Stephen King's best-selling novel

For three summers (2013–2015), the CBS sci-fi series uncovered the mystery of why and how an impenetrable dome descended on small town Chester's Mill, Maine. At a whopping 1,088 pages, Stephen King's epic is a serious commitment. But the prolific horror author is such a visual storyteller that it's worth reading for the first 100 pages alone, where King describes in shocking detail the post-dome murder and mayhem that befalls Chester's Mill.

Stream Under The Dome on CBS All Access.

The 100

Bob Morley and Eliza Taylor in tattered black jackets on The 100

Bob Morley as Bellamy and Eliza Taylor as Clarke in The 100.

Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW.

Based on Kass Morgan's four novels: The 100, The 100: Day 21, The 100: Homecoming, and The 100: Rebellion

Bummed about The 100 wrapping up its seven-season run in August? Dive into Kass Morgan's post-apocalyptic young adult novels—which actually provide an entirely new experience, given how much The CW's hit series deviates from its source material. Both the books and the show focus on 100 juvenile delinquents sent to recolonize Earth. If you're a fan of Finn, Raven, Murphy, Charlotte, Jasper, and Monty, you'll be heartbroken to know they're absent from the books. However, if you ship Bellamy and Clarke, you'll love that #Bellarke is endgame. Bellamy, in Chapter 30 of Homecoming: "I want to spend eons with you, Clarke Griffin." Swoon!

The 100 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free on Thursdays only on The CW.

Roswell, New Mexico

Nathan Dean Parsons as the deputy sheriff and Jeanine Mason as his love interest in Roswell New Mexico

Nathan Dean as Max and Jeanine Mason as Liz in Roswell, New Mexico.

Photo Credit: JSquared Photography/The CW.

Based on Melinda Metz's Roswell High book series

Sure, The CW's hit series—the second TV adaptation of the Roswell High novels—takes some liberties: It ages the characters into 20-somethings and adds timely political issues. But at its heart, Roswell is about the bond between alien Max and Liz, the human he saves (and falls in love with).

If you like your sci-fi with a side of teen angst, Roswell High is essential reading…and should hold you over until Season 3 of Roswell, New Mexico arrives on The CW sometime in 2021.

Stream Roswell, New Mexicoonly on The CW.

Nancy Drew

Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew

Kennedy McMann plays the amateur teen sleuth on The CW's Nancy Drew.

Photo Credit: Kharen Hill/The CW.

Based on the books by ghostwriter Carolyn Keene

Seeing that the source material is from the 1930s, it's no surprise that The CW updated its gritty Nancy Drew reboot for a new generation (think romance and ghosts).

But those looking for a nostalgic read should check out the old-school mysteries. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice a few Easter eggs based on Nancy Drew book titles, such as a nod to The Secret in the Old Attic in the pilot.

Stream every episode of Nancy Drew only on The CW.


Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes book series

Missing the chemistry between Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) from Elementary? Well, there's certainly a treasure trove of Sherlock to unearth: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned four novels and 56 short stories featuring history's most famous private eye.

The modern-day retelling—which ran for seven seasons on CBS—shifted the setting from London to New York and gender-swapped Holmes' trusty sidekick. Still, it's fun to go back to the source material and spot shared references—e.g., the use of the singlestick as a weapon, "Jamie" Moriarty as Holmes' nemesis, and direct quotes ripped from the pages ("A loaf of bread and a clean collar" is a line straight out of The Hound of the Baskervilles).


A poster for Zoo starring James Wolk and Kristen Connolly

The cast of the CBS series Zoo.

Photo Credit: CBS.com.

Based on the 2012 James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge novel Zoo

The white-knuckle thriller aired on CBS from 2015 to 2017 and centered on rogue zoologist Jackson Oz (James Wolk) as he and his team try to figure out why a wave of violent animal attacks on humans is sweeping the world. The series veers from the book by Season 2. But Patterson and Ledwidge's page-turner uniquely shifts the story's POV to the animals themselves.

Gossip Girl

The stars of Gossip Girl pose in casual suits and dresses on a wall overlooking Central Park

Chace Crawford, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, and Taylor Momsen in Gossip Girl.

Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles/The CW.

Based on Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Narrated by an omniscient gossipmonger (the voice of Kristen Bell), this steamy teen soap—which ran on The CW from 2007 to 2012—revolved around privileged New York private schoolers Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and the guys who obsessed over them.

Can't get enough backstabbing and bed-hopping of upper-crust Upper East Siders? Check out the original young adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, who based her books on her experiences at the Nightingale-Bamford School. So what's different in the source material? For starters, in the book, Chuck Bass is—gasp!—a secondary character! And Gossip Girl's identity is never revealed. But there are enough OMG moments to make this your next guilty pleasure. XOXO!

The Vampire Diaries

Based on L.J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries book series

Just like in the source material, there's a love triangle between Elena (Nina Dobrev in The CW series) a "good" vamp (Paul Wesley as Stefan) and his "bad" brother (Ian Somerhalder as Damon).

But other than the names of characters, the books and the TV adaptation couldn't be more different—and that's not necessarily a stake through the heart. Because if you binged all eight seasons of TVD, you'll be treated to an entirely new tale by reading the books.