For Reluctant Readers: TV Show Supplements And Complements

On Wednesday, Nafiza talked about how movie adaptations can provide reluctant readers with gateways into the world of books. (I mean, honestly, I’m a bibliophile but I guess I’m not a self-respecting one since I think movie adaptations are great gateways even for not-so-reluctant readers … but that’s neither here nor there.) Today, I want to recommend books for those reluctant readers who have either binge-watched their favourite TV show and now have a long wait until the next season, or have had their favourite shows cancelled, or have given up on their once-favourite, or even just want more of what they’re watching.

I don’t think any of my recommended books match the TV shows exactly— and for good reason, given that they are meant to be different stories that work differently in their respective mediums– but I picked a similarity and ran with it.

Once Upon a Time

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Similarities: Fairytale retellings, power struggles, drama, romance.

Supernatural

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Similarities: Bros before, um, well, lots of people. Also, magic.

Veronica Mars

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Similarities: Female sleuth, untrustworthy adults, romance.

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Extra: Dealing with rape, assault, and bullying.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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Similarity: Female sleuths in fancy, beaded dresses.

Note: Nafiza’s the one who watched Miss Fisher. When she told me about it, my brain went, “Oh, older, Australian Evie?”

Being Human

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Similarities: Makeshift families, defining “human”, redefining “human”.

Sense8

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Similarities: Different people, shared consciousness.

Doctor Who

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Similarities: Lonely, otherworldly people trying not to seem too lonely and otherworldly. They also have a thing for the colour blue.

Lost

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Similarity: Planes are awful. Being stranded on a mysterious island is worse.

Basically Any Reality Show?

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Similarity: You just can’t not look.

Glee

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Similarity: Performance and personhood.

Smallville

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Similarity: Like being in high school isn’t bad enough, now this …

Sherlock

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Similarity: Basically, Sherlock. 

Agent Carter

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Similarity: Badass ladies.

Note: Haven’t read these, but our contributor Laura has.

Orange is the New Black

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Similarities: Ladies and the literal (and sometimes not-so-literal) walls around them.

The Mindy Project

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Similarity: When OTPs take way too long to figure themselves out.

And that’s all I got. For those who would like more TV Show/YA Books recommendations go here. For those who want a general, non-YA recommendations go here or here.

Looking over the list, I feel like I must apologize for a list comprised largely of white writers. I’m working on it! By which I mean, I’m trying to read so much more! In the meanwhile, fellow readers, if you’ve got recommendations relating to any of these shows (or others) leave us a comment or tweet us @TheBookWars!

Happy Friday, unicorns. <3

  • 😀 Clever! I feel this piratical urge to steal the idea…

    • Yash

      It’s certainly not a new/original idea! As long as you aren’t messing with the content, the idea is yours to use as you see fit! ^_^

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  • Great recommendations! I’m an avid reader, and also a huge Doctor Who fan, so I’ll have to give The Bane Chronicles a go!

    • Yash

      Seeing this comment a bit late! Sorry! Unless you’ve read (at least) The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, I think The Bane Chronicles can get a little confusing. What I think is that stories 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 can be read with minimal confusion and, hopefully, maximum enjoyment. ^_^

      • Okay, thanks for the tip! I’ll have to wiggle in The Infernal Devices beforehand, if possible. 🙂

        • Yash

          Please do. I understand Clare’s stuff isn’t everyone’s bag, so if you like you could just borrow the book from the library and read just the stories I mentioned in my previous comment. Also, I’ve written a looong post about Magnus here, in case you needed to know how biased I am: https://thebookwars.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/the-bane-chronicles-i-cant-get-enough-of-adventure/ Hope you’re having a lovely day! Thanks for leaving a comment on my post! It always makes my day. ^_^

          • I actually appreciate biased accounts of stories (either good or bad). It shows the passion of the reader for the story, again, either good or bad.
            I AM having a lovely day, thank you! And it’s always a pleasure to comment.

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    can’t wait to buy cinder

  • I like the cover page for Ash the most!

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  • and for the record, Fables is FANTASTIC!

  • Such good reads, Once Upon A Time is an incredible tv show, the Cinders series is a really good read I’m on the latest one now and definitely recommend it!

  • Reblogged this on Paper Neverland and commented:
    I am, equally, a bibliophile. But also a TV addict. There are so many fantastic cross-media collaborations and partnerships emerging now and I think they can all be great gateways to, or supplements to, written worlds.