I think that the first book that I watched as a T.V. series was the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, "Little house on the Prairie". It was pretty harsh as a child, to witness the brutality of daily life back in the "olden days". The series did a good job of translating the series, and when I read the books I recognized the characters and felt a familiarity, sympathy and respect for them. Since then, many of my favorite books have been turned into television shows. The latest has hit HULU, it's Stephen King's 11/22/63. We got rid of HULU at our house a while back, but we are going to re-up just to watch this show that stars James Franco. The book was excellent. It looks pretty meaty, but King's dialogue moves things along quickly and it's one of those books that you read at every possible moment because it's so engaging!

My standing favorite book is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon, (actually, it's tied with "Jitterbug Perfume" by Tom Robbins.) I bought the Outlander book when it came out in 1991, and I passed it around to everyone that I knew. Even my brother loved it! It's now a series on STARZ and I have vowed to never watch it and risk having my memories of the book sullied!

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