Shows on Netflix Based on Books

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Put Your Head on My Shoulder (2019)

This rom-com Mandarin (C-Drama) series is light and wholesome. Based on the eponymous book by Zhao Qianqian, this breezy romance is about Situ Mo and Gu Weiyi, who have been set up by their mothers without their knowledge. Watch how two diametrically opposite individuals fall in love.

The Queen's Gambit (2020)

This is a coming-of-age story based on Walter Tevis's 1983 novel of the same name. Beth Harmon is an orphaned introvert—but she's also a chess genius. The masterful storytelling wins by interweaving themes of personal growth, determination, and the cost of being famous.

Leila (2019)

A dystopian drama set in 2040, Leila is about the attempts of a mother, played brilliantly by Huma Qureshi, to find her daughter, in the backdrop of religious extremism that has taken over, Leila, both the book, authored by Prayaag Akbar, and the show, will leave you alarmed but engaged.

Ray (2021)

Based on Satyajit Ray's works, this anthology drama series covers four short stories with different themes, such as satire, psychological thriller, and more. Each episode is a compelling watch featuring veterans like Kay Kay Menon and Manoj Bajpayee and powerhouses like Ali Fazal.

Sacred Games (2018)

An intense series with violence, gore, plot twists, and lots of action, Sacred Games is hard to watch but even harder to miss. Based on Vikram Chandra's 2006 novel of the same name, it's the perfect fix for anyone looking for a gritty, binge-worthy show set in Mumbai.

Alias Grace (2017)

Margaret Atwood wrote the novel Alias Grace in 1996. In 2017, it graced (pardon the pun) our screens with Sarah Gadon in the titular role. Grace is an Irish immigrant convicted of murdering her employer. Dreams and flashbacks are a vital storytelling tool, keeping you hooked.

Goodbye Earth (2024)

If you want to watch a recently added show, this series is the one to watch. Based on the eponymous novel by Kōtarō Isaka, this South Korean series is a dystopian representation of what happens when you know the world is ending in 200 days.

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