5 Types of Book Adaptations

Many books have become inspirations for various TV shows and movies, such as To All the Boys I’ve Loved. However, did you know that books have become inspirations for other mediums as well? Here are five types of book adaptations!


Online comics have been gaining popularity in recent years with the enticing story and beautiful art. Some of the most popular webtoons are actually based on novels, whether they are online novels or paperback books. The Beginning After the End by TurtleMe captures its audience with a captivating story of a king who is reincarnated into a newborn baby. The world he’s reincarnated to has magic and monsters, different from his previous world. With this second chance at life, he plans to live differently, but a powerful force threatens his peace and family. 

TV Show

The popular Netflix show, Mindhunter, was actually based on a nonfiction book by John E. Douglas called Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. Based on true crimes, the book explores Douglas’ criminal-personality profiling of gruesome serial killers and criminals. The book and show will definitely have you at the edge of your seat learning about these horrible crimes and the way these criminals think. 


Studio Ghibli’s famous movie, Howl’s Moving Castle, is actually based on the book by Diana Wynne Jones. The book and movie follow a similar plot with the unlucky Sophie as the main character. She is destined for a difficult life and finds herself trapped under a spell that turns her into an old woman. To turn back the spell, she must find the moving castle and speak to the heartless Howl. However, the book goes more in-depth on Sophie’s journey and creates a wonderful and different narration compared to the movie. Both mediums create their own wonderful twists and turn to create a magical and intriguing fantasy story.


Surprisingly, the hit song “Firework” by Katy Perry was based on the book, On the Road, by Jack Kerouac. Katy Perry found inspiration for the song after reading a passage about how full of life and free the people are in the book. She combined this inspiration with her morbid idea of being shot up in the sky like a firework once she died to create her smash hit. The book itself revolves around the idea of freedom and traveling. Kerouac based the content of his book on his travels with his friends across the United States.  


Mad Tea Party – Salvador Dali

The combination of art and literature has allowed our imagination to come to life. Salvador Dali has perfectly relayed the unique and crazy world of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll in his twelve heliogravures drawings based on each chapter of the book. Dali’s piece, Mad Tea Party, is one of his drawings within this series. He utilizes his mastery of surrealism to create colorful and intriguing illustrations to grab the audience and pull them deeper into the rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *