Books and shows are great, but what's even better? Books and shows with strong female protagonists! Here are 5 (in no particular order) books adapted into a series or movie with female protagonists...

1. Big Little Lies


Big Little Lies follow the lives of 3 mothers -Madeline, Celeste, and Jane- who live in a town that's dealing with a murder case. Despite the tragedy of the plot, this show/book is a witty comedy. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane live in a town that’s fueled by scandal and rumors and the narrator explores the mischief these women get into and the hilarity that ensues with it!

Where To Find It: Hulu/Amazon




2. Handmaid's Tale

This dystopian novel/show takes place during a time when women are completely stripped of all rights and treated like property. The story follows the journey of handmaid Offred and her fight to find her daughter and fight against the society built to tear her down.

Where To Find It: Hulu


3. Ella Enchanted

Who doesn’t love a fairy tale? Ella Enchanted is a light-hearted story about the retelling of Cinderella. Ella has been “gifted” (more like cursed) with the obedience, for she must obey any command given to her no matter what. If this “gift” is made known, Ella is gonna face a lot more trouble than just her catty step-sisters.

Where To Find It: Netflix/ Amazon


4. Hidden Figures

Three female NASA employees- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson- are the untold masterminds behind sending John Glenn into space. This is a true story about the discrimination and misogyny that black women faced during a time when many didn’t believe in their intelligence. Not only did that prove the world wrong, but they made a permanent imprint on our history.

Where To Find It: Amazon


5. 13 Reasons Why

The book/show follows the story of Hannah Baker- a teenage girl who committed suicide. Hannah has left 13 tapes dedicated to different students at her school that explains their part in her decision in ending her life. Clay, the boy who secretly has a crush on her, receives the box of tapes and has to figure out how he contributed to her suicide and the part the 12 other students played as well.

Where To Find It: Netflix