Sometimes it’s obvious when something has been adapted from literature, like the seven million versions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. But often, we have no idea the storyline of our newest Netflix binge is ripped straight from the plot line of a book or play.
The story could be chosen from a relatively obscure piece of literature most viewers aren’t familiar with. Or, the setting and characters may be updated to the point that the original isn’t immediately recognizable—like Clueless (1995), which sets Jane Austen’s Emma in modern-day Beverly Hills.
So, because we love research, books, and, yes, Netflix, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Netflix shows and movies that are actually inspired by works of literature. What we’ve found will probably surprise you—and maybe inspire you to pick up the original.