Almost all of Television is an adaptation of a book. While most scripts begin from novels, television is known to pay homage to stories by reenacting them in their episodes. Here's a look at two shows that let books take the lead. 

Game of Thrones

There is always an addicting show that has everyone talking. Currently, that show is HBO's Game of Thrones (GOT). It's the tale of multiple kingdoms in opposition with each other, each vying for the Iron Throne. The show is approaching its seventh season and no one has claimed the throne yet, even though there have been countless deaths of main characters. (Spoilers ahead: Read at your own risk)

One of the most shocking deaths was the death of Shireen Baratheon in the episode entitled "A Dance of Dragons." This adorable and innocent child was burned alive by none other than her father, King Stannis Baratheon.

Why? He wanted to appease the gods to win a war with his enemies. Instead his own army turned against him and abandoned him to death.

This is a strange turn of events, but the inspiration for this story may have come from the Bible. In II Kings 3:26-27, the King of Moab was at war with the armies of Judah. When he saw that the battle was too great for him, he sacrificed his son by burning him alive. This sort of thing is common among the heathens of the Bible and it's often referred to as making the children "pass through fire." It really doesn't matter if the child is good, bad, or even going along with their parents wicked schemes. It can happen to either one. The point is the transference of power. In the Bible there are only two ways to transfer power from parent to child: inheritance or death.

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In the case of the Bible, the son was supposed to reign in his stead. That probably wasn't the case with Shireen, but she met her untimely demise anyway. It does set up an important rule for future GOT death predictions. If you see an evil parent on GOT, the child's survival depends on one question: is the parent looking to create a legacy or are they selfish enough to sacrifice their own child in order to achieve their desires?  

The Simpsons

The Simpsons have been a source of great satire for 28 seasons and every now and then, they like to produce a medley episode, which has a trifecta of stories. In the episode, "Four Great Women and a Manicure," the show told an uncommon four tales. While the first three tales portrayed the stories of Queen Elizabeth, Snow White and Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth, the fourth story focused on Maggie Simpson's alter ego Maggie Roark. It's a take on The Fountainhead's idealistic architect Howard Roark.

The novel was written by Ayn Rand and this adaptation features the younger Simpson as a gifted baby who was plagued by her teacher, Ellsworth Toohey. In solidarity with the book, Toohey's name is taken directly from its pages. At her school called Mediocri-tots, Maggie builds architectural wonders out of building blocks, but every time she does, Toohey destroys it.

His philosophy is that everyone should be indistinguishable from everyone else. After Maggie defies him, she is put on trial and defends herself in a compelling speech voiced by Jodie Foster. "Throughout the ages, the finger painter, the Play-Doh sculptor, the Lincoln Logger, stood alone against the daycare teacher of her time," said Maggie. "She did not live to earn approval stickers, she lived for herself, that she might achieve things that are the glory of all humanity." In the end, Maggie won her trial and grew up to become a great architect. On the top floor of one of her buildings, she included a daycare for other tots like her to explore their creativity.

Of all of the portions in the story, the trial part mirrors the book the most. If you want to see more of Maggie at Mediocri-tots, it's a running gag and was also featured in the silver screen short, The Longest Daycare.