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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Mexico only on The CW.

Nancy Drew

Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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By Nate Millado

The CW's The 100 is coming to an end, coincidentally after 100 episodes, and the creator and cast reunited for a socially distant send-off at Comic-Con@Home.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual pop culture get-together was forced to go virtual this year. Executive producer Jason Rothenberg—along with Marie Avgeropoulos (Octavia), Lindsey Morgan (Raven), Richard Harmon (Murphy), Tasya Teles (Echo), Shannon Kook (Jason), JR Bourne (Russell Lightbourne VII and Sheidheda), and Shelby Flannery (Hope)—reflected on their experience with the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights.

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

The Moral Of The Story

Iola Evans as Callie stands in front of a fire ringed by people

Iola Evans as Callie in The 100 prequel episode, "Anaconda."

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Executive producer Jason Rothenberg wanted to make sure "we didn't leave anything on the field" after wrapping The 100. While the prequel episode did "fill in a lot of the blanks"—like why the bunker was empty when they opened it in Season 4—Rothenberg hopes that fans will view the entire series differently after the finale. "The ending of a story is the moral of that story, and we really wanted to say something with this season," he said, adding that the show isn't just saying people are awful and that they would "kill anyone who takes their stuff."


Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia is restrained by guards

Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia.

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Perhaps no other character has gone through more changes than Octavia, and Marie Avgeropoulos says Octavia really got to manifest the "nurturing, self-actualized version of herself," using the tools she learned from Bellamy to parent Hope. Lindsey Morgan says Raven really went through the gauntlet, going from "Miss Morality" last season to a "taste of gray" this season. Richard Harmon relished the chance to play Murphy "falling ass-backward into the reluctant leader" role.

"Should I Be Worried?"

Eli Goree as Wells attacks Richard Harmon as Murphy and puts him in a chokehold

Richard Harmon thought Murphy was a goner in Season 1.

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On The 100, no one is safe! So, did the cast constantly stress over getting killed off? Harmon admitted that he thought Murphy was going to be killed off in Season 1; instead, he was upped to a season regular. Teles braced herself with every script that landed, while Avgeropoulos dreaded seeing Rothenberg's name on her cellphone. Morgan remembers when Raven's brain was starting to deteriorate in Season 4. "The crew started saying goodbye to me, and I was like, 'Should I be worried?'"

Fan Favorites Came Back From The Dead

Isaiah Washington as Jaha

Isaiah Washington as Jaha.

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As we mentioned, The 100 has racked up quite the body count over its seven-season run—and many of those familiar faces made surprise cameos: Sara Thompson (Josephine), Alessandro Juliani (Sinclair), Christopher Larkin (Monty), Chelsey Reist (Harper), Eli Goree (Wells), Michael Beach (Charles Pike), Zach McGowan (Roan), Nadia Hilker (Luna), Isaiah Washington (Jaha), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Lexa), and Paige Turco (Abby) each thanked the fans with some variation of the show's iconic catchphrase, "May we meet again."

Bellamy And Clarke Were MIA

Bob Morley as Bellamy and Eliza Taylor as Clarke in leather jackets

Bob Morley as Bellamy and Eliza Taylor as Clarke.

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Series stars—and real-life couple—Bob Morley (Bellamy) and Eliza Taylor (Clarke) weren't on hand for the pre-taped panel, but Bellarke did send in a heartfelt message to fans: "We both had an amazing time getting to know the fans and seeing you all grow up." They signed off by reminding people to "wear a mask" and saying "may we meet again."

Everybody Loves JR

JR Bourne as Russell VII

JR Bourne as Russell VII.

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After JR Bourne marveled at "the gift" of playing two different characters, EP Jason Rothenberg praised his performance. "Talk about leaving it all on the field," Rothenberg said, adding that the man behind Russell Lightbourne VII and Sheidheda gave editors a lot of options to work with in post-production. Lindsay Morgan (Raven), who had the privilege of directing an episode this season, said it was like getting to "play with all the gears of the Ferrari." Shannon Kook (Jordan) would spy on Bourne while he rehearsed his lines and was inspired by his intensity, while Richard Harmon (Murphy) and Bourne were on-set hug buddies.


Lindsey Morgan as Raven

Lindsey Morgan took home Raven's jacket.

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When asked what they took from the set, Jason Rothenberg revealed that he nabbed The Flame, Lindsey Morgan copped Raven's jacket, Shelby Flannery (Hope) swiped a wooden spoon, and Tasya Teles "took all of your chair backs."

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By Emily Hirshey

I've been receiving fervent recommendations to watch The 100 for ages, so when I got the opportunity to binge it, I was stoked. Until I realized the reality of my mission: 58 episodes (approximately 2,320 minutes sans commercials) in one week.

I suddenly felt daunted and overwhelmed by the commitment I was making to this post-apocalyptic series on The CW, and felt that the only way to attack it head-on would be to complain to as many people as possible about the extremely arduous task at hand.
Vibrant pink smoke clouds surround a soldier in a gas mask with an automatic rifle.

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After a 97-year exile in space, the human race returns to a wildly transformed Earth in Season 1 of The 100.

"What are you doing this weekend?" a friend asked.

"I have to watch TV the whole time and I'm dreading it," I moaned, practically fainting mid-sentence.

"That actually sounds relaxing," the friend responded.

"You don't understand. There's a complicated plot and a bunch of characters. I have to pay attention. I might even have to take notes. There's a real possibility this will kill me," I explained, before my friend deleted me from her phone.

Kane, Abby, and Jaha pose dramatically on board the space station.

Pictured (L-R): Henry Ian Cusick as Kane, Paige Turco as Abby, and Isaiah Washington as Chancellor Jaha on The 100.

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Of course, what doesn't kill you (duh, it's television) makes you stronger (at complaining). So here I am to tell you all about the time I ran (sat) a marathon and lived to tell the tale.


As I begin this journey, I realize I know literally nothing about this show other than that my friends like it and it has something to do with the apocalypse. I quickly learn that about 100 (!) years ago, the earth was destroyed in a nuclear war, and the survivors live on a giant space station called The Ark.

Because supplies are dwindling, the leaders of The Ark send 100 (!) juvenile (hot) prisoners down to earth to determine whether it's survivable.

A grimy man looks dour while wearing a sword strapped to his back.

Ricky Whittle as Lincoln on The 100.

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Spoiler alert: It is... if you can survive two-headed deer, eel monsters, acid fog, warring earth factions (Grounders and Tree People and Reapers, oh my!), biological warfare, being locked in a cage so your blood can be harvested, and, oh yeah, another impending nuclear catastrophe.

A somber faced man glares from within a thick beard and facial tattoos.

Ty Olsson plays Nyko, one of the "Tree People" post-apocalypse survivors on The 100.

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I watch the first season in awe of the physical and mental strength of the main character, Clarke (Eliza Taylor), who manages to survive everything thrown at her. I am 100 percent certain I would've died, like, 1,000 times per episode. I can't fight or throw spears or fix spaceships or make fire. I couldn't decide where I wanted to order lunch from today so I just didn't eat.
Eliza Taylor leans against a moss covered tree.

Eliza Taylor as Clarke on The 100.

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I took a binge break to attend the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Women's March, and it's really given me a new perspective. Not that I now think I would survive the apocalypse by any means—I needed to buy myself Advil and a Gatorade after marching 0.9 miles—but I'm newly aware of how insanely badass the chicks on this show are.

Lindsey Morgan looks out from behind a space station airlock window.

Lindsey Morgan as Raven on The 100.

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There's Clarke, our hero, who regularly fends off danger and who killed her own boyfriend to save her people; Raven (Lindsey Morgan), the expert mechanic who overcomes torture, loss of limbs, and a seizure disorder to save the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE; and Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos), the fearless warrior who voluntarily enters a gladiator-like fight to become the supreme commander of EVERYONE ON EARTH.

Marie Avgeropoulos looks to side with extreme facial dirt.

Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia on The 100.

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And that's only three of the many rock star, take-no-prisoners (though sometimes they take actual prisoners) lady fighters on The 100. It's truly inspiring.

"Women can do anything," I text my husband, as I polish off my second bottle of wine before passing out at 9:28 p.m.

Adina Porter looks off into the distance while showcasing her facial tattos and extensive scars.

Adina Porter as Indra on The 100.

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By the time I'm finally done with my binge, I have six tabs open on my computer: a New York Times article titled "How to Survive The Apocalypse," a wikiHow article titled "How to Survive an Apocalypse" with pictures so I can read it, a French braiding YouTube tutorial (a large part of Octavia's badassness is the increasing complexity of the braids on her head), a sign-up window for an overpriced boxing class so I can fight enemy combatants, a Nike shopping cart filled with spandex to wear to aforementioned boxing class (because my main enemy is exercise itself), and the "Find a Doctor" tool on the Kaiser Permanente website. Because I think I have the flu. From sitting in a room by myself. Women can do anything, you guys.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, May-June 2018.

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


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