6 Awesome CW Television Shows That Are Actually Based on YA Books

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The CW has been making kick-ass television shows for a long time now. Even back when the network was still called The WB, it was churning out iconic programs like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 7th Heaven and Everwood which attracted teen viewers everywhere. Plus, our faves like Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill actually started when The CW was still going by its former name.

While the writers at the network are definitely creative geniuses, we can’t always give all the props to them 100 percent of the time. Several of the hit shows that have aired on the teen-oriented station were stories originally created to be read in a book, not seen on the screen. So which of your favorite CW TV series were actually based on YA novels? See the gallery below to find out!

The Vampire Diaries

Based on: The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

If you've made it through eight years of TVD airing on The CW without reading the books or watching the show then we really cannot tell you how much you've been missing out! The books are great and TBH, the TV show just might be even better.

There was a bit of D.R.A.M.A. between the TV execs and L.J. in 2011, which was when the second season of the show was airing. As the story goes, the author got fired from working on the TV show because she wanted Stefan and Elena to end up together, as opposed to the big guys at The CW who thought Delena was the number one OTP. The feud was nasty enough that they didn't even just sack her from the television job, but also brought in a ghost writer to update the books, too, effectively firing her from her own book series!

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The Secret Circle

Based on: The Secret Circle Series by L. J. Smith

Although there were many big differences between this book series and television show, fans were psyched to hear that The Secret Circle was coming the the CW!

Sadly the small-screen series only lasted one season, but if you haven't watched already, you totally should after reading the books (especially the first three). The supernatural show stars Britt Robertson, Shelby Hennig and Phoebe Tonkin as three of the main female leads and follows a group of teen witches struggling in the fight between between good and evil!

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The 100

Based on: The 100 Novel Series by Kass Morgan

The CW took the first book in this post-apocalyptic science fiction series and transformed it into a popular teen TV show for the network.

While at first The 100 was getting major props for having the first bisexual lead on network television (even though the character isn't bi in the books), it eventually drew some criticism for killing off one of its LGBT characters (we won't say who!), which is seen as a common trope in TV and movies and is seen as perpetuating the idea that queer characters are disposable. The show-runner did apologize, so hopefully they won't run into the same issues again!

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Gossip Girl

Based on: The Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar

Fans were pumped to hear that Gossip Girl was coming to the small screen, especially because it was being adapted by the same guy who made The O.C.. The TV series, like the books, were wildly popular and the author of GG liked the way her books transferred and transformed in the live-action version...for the most part. She actually wasn't enthused about Jessica Szohr embodying Vanessa — because in the books 'Nessa is a hard-core bad-ass with a bald head. Cecily said the show's creator "ruined" the character! Ouch!

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The Carrie Diaries

Based on: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

A lot of people think that TCD was just a prequel to the TV series, Sex and the City, and it is... but actually Sex and the City was based on a book, too, and the author had written a prequel about Carrie Bradshaw's upbringing... meaning the book that the CW decided to adapt!

The novel was published in 2010 and adapted for TV in 2012... by the same guy who made Gossip Girl! Sadly, the show only lasted two seasons.

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Based on: The Roswell High Series by Melinda Metz

Despite its loyal fanbase, Roswell had trouble staying on air, and only lasted three seasons despite the fact that the TV version was based on a book series that consisted of ten sci-fi novels! Even though the franchise is about teen aliens, it's actually inspired by a real event: The 1947 Roswell UFO Incident.

The TV show featured a bunch of young stars who would become big names in the acting world: Katherine Heigl, Shiri Appleby and Colin Hanks... among others!

After the TV show got cancelled, it inspired another spin-off book series with 11 more installments!

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