Book adaptations are tricky and rarely live up to expectations. However, here’s a list of OTT series inspired by books that are a definite watch.

The debate about book adaptations being watchable or not is never-ending. Comparison has always been drawn with the written material and the moving image somehow always falls short of it. Every avid reader would argue that the book is better than its adapted version of a movie/series.

However, we’ve tried to compile a list with series titles that have successfully broken this notion. These shows have in their own way tried to capture the essence while not compromising on the story. Some might argue that they have even gone a step further ahead than the book. But we leave it up to you to decide that.

Check out the list here:

Book- The Scam, Series- The Scam 1992: A Harshad Mehta Story (SonyLIV)

The book is written by Debashis Basu and Sucheta Dalal while the series is helmed by Hansal Mehta. The series has gained wild popularity and many accolades under its name. It centers around the life of Harshad Mehta, who took the stock market to dizzying heights and had a catastrophic downfall.

Book- Sacred Games, Series- Sacred Games (Netflix)

The book is written by Vikram Chandra while the series with the same name is helmed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. The series received humongous popularity for its sheer brilliant making. It centers around when police officer Sartaj Singh receives an anonymous tip about the location of criminal overlord Ganesh Gaitonde, he embarks on a chase around Mumbai in what becomes a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.

Book- A Suitable Boy, Series- A Suitable Boy (Netflix)

The book is written by Vikram Seth while the series was helmed by Mira Nair. The series received mixed reviews over its adaptation of 1,349 pages into 6 episodes. It centers around 1951 and newly independent India, passionate literature student Lata Mehra is torn between family duty and the promise of romance as three very different men try to win her heart.

Book- Selection Day, Series- Selection Day (Netflix)

The book is written by Arvind Adiga also the writer of The White Tiger while the series is helmed by Udayan Prasad and Karan Boolani. The series by the same name got good reviews after its release. It centers around when a 14-year-old boy tries out for Mumbai’s under-19 cricket team and meets his older brother’s rival, everything in his world begins to change.

Book- Leila, Series- Leila (Netflix)

The book is written by Prayaag Akbar while the series is helmed by Deepa Mehta. The series got a mixed set of reviews over its making. It centers around the forgotten margins of the segregated communities of a dystopian future, a woman searches for the daughter that she lost upon her arrest years ago.

Book- A Married Woman, Series- The Married Woman (ALT Balaji & ZEE5)

The book is written by Manju Kapur while the series is helmed by Sahir Raza and produced by Ekta Kapoor. The series has received a good response over it. It centers around the story of two women falling in love with each other considering one is married.

Book- I Will Go With You, Series- The Final Call

The book is written by Priya Kumar while the series is helmed by Vijay Lalwani. The series received good reception over its release. It centers around the passengers of a flight from Mumbai to Sydney whose lives are endangered after the captain decides to commit suicide on board.

Book- Anti Social Network, Series- Chakravyuh (MX Player)

The book is written by Piyush Jha while his urban crime drama series has been produced by Applause Entertainment. It centers around when college students across Mumbai are murdered in gruesome ways, Inspector Virkar from the Crime Branch discovers a ruthless gang of young, tech-savvy criminal minds, who use social media and the dark web to run a sextortion racket. With his new cocaine addict associate Richard and the beautiful psychologist Naina, Virkar is set to find the killer behind these gruesome killings. But the killer is always a few steps ahead of him.

While most of these books are wildly popular their adaptations also surely haven’t been that much of a disappointment either. But we would urge you to read these books and watch these series and tell us whether these book adaptations have done justice to its written brilliance.

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