7 Kick-Butt YA Books That Inspired Freeform TV Shows
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:
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
TV Show: Shadowhunters (2016 - )
The Mortal Instruments was initially intended to be a film franchise in line with other popular YA movie series this decade, like The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games. However, when the first movie, called The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, starring Lily Collins as Clary Fray, didn't perform as well as expected, the film sequel got the axe.
Luckily, people still believed in the story of The Mortal Instruments and decided to turn it into a TV show for Freeform.
Unlike the flick, the television series has been really successful and has attracted a lot of viewers. Although the show has a different cast than the big-screen adaptation, it features new fan favorites, like Kat McNamara, Dom Sherwood and Matt Daddario.