As a way of choosing books, browsing those that Netflix has decided to turn into movies or series should, in principle, be a good way to go—because why spend millions bringing a book to the screen unless it's really something special? Equally, if you enjoyed a Netflix series, it's surely worth looking at the book, because isn't it a truth universally acknowledged that the book is always better than the movie?
The quality of the movie adaptation of a great book is always an interesting subject to debate, and recent Netflix productions are no exception. Despite nine Oscar nominations for the movie of All Quiet on the Western Front—a book that (unusually) tells of the horrors of the First World War from a German perspective—it was absolutely panned by German critics and historians of World War I. The movie was wildly inaccurate and, yet, you can see why the makers based it on the book: there are small moments of veracity that a modern scriptwriter simply couldn't dream up.
Some books recommended on Five Books that have been made into Netflix shows recently: