7 books to read before you binge the TV show

From 'Game of Thrones' to 'Genius,' these TV series are best enjoyed first as page-turners.

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The cover for 'The Handmaid's Tale.' The cover for 'The Handmaid's Tale.' (Photo: The Handmaid's Tale)

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'The Handmaid's Tale'

Canadian author Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel "The Handmaid's Tale" focuses on a dystopian future Americs where a declining birthrate has forced fertile women to become concubines to wealthy families. It's a terrifying and thrilling page-turner, brilliantly brought to life in Hulu's new series directed by Brian Miller.

In an interview with Time magazine, Miller said that the series' deviations from the book were made after only first consulting with Atwood.

"If we changed something, we did it thoughtfully and for a reason," he shared. "We discussed the repercussions of each change with Margaret. It's been a very active conversation back and forth."

Since the series' debut, Atwood's novel has soared once more to the top of several best-seller lists. We recommend picking up a copy and then reserving some time on the couch for Miller's adaptation. This is one dystopian nightmare you won't soon forget.

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