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7 Kick-Butt YA Books That Inspired Freeform TV Shows

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By this point, most of us know that Pretty Little Liars, starring Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson, was based on a book series written by Sara Shepard and by now a lot of us have read the books, too.

But actually there are so many YA novels that inspired Freeform television series that you didn’t even know about (especially when they change the name of the TV show to something totally diff than the book title)! Books are a great place to start from when it comes to creating a TV show because a lot of the times when turning a novel (or series) into a movie, the screenwriter has to cut a lot out (like most of Voldemort’s backstory in Harry Potter). On small-screen programs, not only can the writer keep every detail that they like, but they can also add interesting new dimensions and dynamics to the characters and the plot lines.

Freeform is a super-popular network with a bunch of great shows that we love, so a lot of these TV programs you’ll recognize, but how many of the OG books have you read? Keep reading to find out:

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