There is a book
Called the same and written by ex politician - Michael Dobbs. It is original to cultural remix in terms of storytelling and distribution model made by Netflix. Action takes place on the other side of the pond, in Great Britain. Names are different, reality around main characters too. The plot recals idea which we all have enjoyed so much and for someone that wants more of such political fiction will be pleased.
Old vs new | Cultural shift in how we consume writing
I'm not very comfortable discussing the future. Uncertainty overwhelms, as it should, my every attempt at it. But clash between the writing in book and weiting and execution in the series is a past for me and as it is - for me it's symptomatic.
Let's start with this: the book isn't bad. It just is worse than masterful work made by team of, I assume, highly talented people that were well governed through whole process from remixing a good writing into excellent and then market it as exceptional.
In this particular case, new medium outperforms the old. Better yet, series of episodes available from the beggining "gets" how people want consume media right now. Feature fil is too short to present complex plots. Standard series demands too much from us, and people still would wait until the whole season is up on torrents. That's the reality of it.
What I really would want to compare is the screenplay written for the series. Because I reckon it is just improved upon the book, and that would be a real contender for Netflix hit.
What was better about the Netflix series?
Upon the things I wholeheartedly can score on: overall tempo of developing plots - in the book it sometimes can be too slow, especially when action should stack and author suddenly wants to describe some gruesome detail; introduction of characters seems to be somewhat chaotic in the book - I couldn't be less interested in some of them, and then I'm expected to remember them half across the book.
On the things that are clearly subjective: to me American setting is more interesting than British one - what can I say; as a political scientist I would say that paradoxically the book reveals less backstage politics than the series; Kevin Spacey - :)
You should check both and then write letter to Netflix with request of the screenplay in pdf.
Please, tell me what do you though about House of Cards