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What You Should Read Based on Your Favorite TV Show

I know, how could anyone possibly find the time to read when there is all this great television?! With so many distractions, it can be tough to fit books into your day, no matter how beneficial they can be. Luckily for you, I’ve compiled a list of what you should read based on your favorite show to make the transition positively seamless. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

If you liked Succession, you’ll love ‘The Darlings’ by cristina alger 

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Like Succession, this book will make you feel much better about your own (likely low stakes) family drama. Attorney Paul Ross has married into the billionaire financier Darling family, reaping the glamorous benefits including a gig as the head of the legal team at his father-in-law’s hedge fund, but when sudden tragedy triggers a huge financial investigation Paul must decide between his family and himself. Taking place over the course of a Thanksgiving weekend in New York City, The Darlings offers a thrilling peek into the lives of the wealthy and powerful that you won’t want to miss.

 

If you liked Euphoria, you’ll love ‘Tweak’ by Nic Sheff

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The transition from child to adulthood is tough already… throw in a crushing drug addiction and you’ve got some heart-wrenching material. Like protagonist Rue in the hit HBO series, Nic Sheff has been struggling with dependency from a young age. Real, shocking, and often sad, this memoir takes you deep into the throughs of relapse and recovery in the land of temptations, California. Bonus: this book also inspired the Amazon movie Beautiful Boy starring the incredible Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, which is definitely worth checking out too.

 

 

If you liked Once Upon A time In Hollywood, You’ll love ‘The Girls’ by Emma Cline

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Okay, technically Once Upon A Time is a movie, but I couldn’t not include this book. I’m just looking for any excuse to share it. Besides, there are plenty of shows about the Manson family that this applies to as well. The fictional book revolves around a young outcast and her involvement with the infamous Californian cult in the summer of 1969. Though its plot is interesting enough on its own, the novel is plump with juicy language and thought-provoking observations: “All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles that taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you- the boys had spent that time becoming themselves.” I urge you to read this with my whole heart.

 

If you liked Stranger things, You’ll love ‘Meddling kids’ by Edgar Cantero

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Bound by the memories of their 70’s childhood detective club, four adult friends decide to return home and put an end to the case that’s been haunting them for years since… that of the Sleepy Lake Monster. Ultimately a tale of trauma and closure, Cantero lightens the load with Hardy Boys-Esque nostalgia and nutty horror-comedy. This is pretty much Scooby-Doo for grown people.

 

 

If you liked This is us, you’ll love ‘Far From The Tree’ by Robin Benway

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Perfect for fans of the sweet and sappy NBC drama, Far From The Tree deals with all sorts of touchy topics like alcoholism, teen pregnancy, adoption, and the foster care system. Beginning with adopted only-child Grace, who is inspired to find her birth family after giving her own child up for adoption, the bestseller follows three estranged biological siblings on their journey to reunite. Each sibling goes through unique chapters of development, just like our favorite “Big Three” on This Is Us, and the novel (perhaps unrealistically) overflows with a comforting optimism despite the odds.

 

 

If you liked insecure, you’ll love The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’ by Issa Rae

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If you can’t get enough of leading Insecure actress and creator Issa Rae, I don’t blame you. Thankfully, she’s written a book of personal essays to keep us satisfied between episodes. From dancing and dating to body image and hairstyles, Rae covers what it’s like to be uncool in a world that deems black as cool. Lighthearted, honest, and always hilarious, you will have no choice but to devour this in one sitting.

If you can manage to drag yourself away from glorious series binging for just a moment, I swear that’s all it will take to get sucked into one of these great novels! You’ll certainly be entertained, and you may even learn something. Happy reading, bookworms!

 

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Check Out The Outrageous New ‘The Office’ Kids Book

How would you feel about reading a book meant for kids?  What if I told you that the children’s book is themed around the old show The Office?  Would you want to read it then?

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Robb Pearlman recently wrote a new book titled The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary, with illustrations by Melanie Demmer.  The book is about Michael Scott on a journey to become the “World’s Best Line Leader.”  He and his fellow students in Ms. Levinson’s class spend the day working together to make the perfect line.  The problem for Michael is that he doesn’t know how to lead the line.  He learns that he must ask for help, and this is the lesson in the book: don’t be afraid to ask for help when it’s needed.

 

The book is filled with wonderful, colorful illustrations and is filled to the brim with Easter eggs that fans of the now-canceled show will understand.  The book appeals to all different types of readers despite being marketed as a children’s book.

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With the show’s 15th anniversary coming up, Pearlman’s book serves as an homage to the show and proves how it has thrived.  If you’d like to pick up this book, you can check out the link above!

 

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7 Contemporary Adaptations of Classic Novels

Everyone likes an adaptation, and sometimes the best adaptations are underground. Here are seven picks from YouTube, perfect for marathoning, all based on classic novels and set in the modern era. No matter whether you’re a fan of Jane Austin, William Shakespeare, or Charlotte Bronte, there’s something for every classic book lover. Watch away!

 

1. Nothing Much To Do

 

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If you like Much Ado About Nothing, get ready for Nothing Much to Do, an adaptation from New Zealand in vlog format, this time set at Messina High. All the accusations, the threats, and a few serenades on ukulele, this modern adaptation has all the humor and hatred you love, while also featuring a plastic flamingo. A must watch.

Based on Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare

 

 

2. Autobiography of Jane Eyre 

 

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Fans of Jane Eyre will appreciate the tragedy and measured pace of Autobiography of Jane Eyre. Filmed as a video diary, this series follows nursing student Jane as she leaves school, becomes a governess, and falls for the master of the house. Covering all the original beats of the story with inventiveness and heart, it has all the Gothic appeal of the original. Plus Adele is cute.

Based on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

3. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries 

 

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A classic, and for good reason. Thorough plotting, well paced character development, and silly costumes make this series compulsively watchable. Elizabeth is very much herself, lovable, judgmental, caringJane is sweet and decisive, Kitty is an actual cat, and Lydia is gleeful and wild. Set in California, Lizzie is a grad student with no interest in marriagemuch to her mother’s chagrin.

Based on Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin

 

 

4. In Earnest

 

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Seriously, this web series is good. I’m not joking. You might say I’m Earnest, but honestly, who isn’t? Oscar Wilde’s classic is reimagined probably exactly as he would have wanted itwith everyone confused and overdressed. At just fifty episodes, it’s an excellent binge watch, and relatable, at least if you’ve ever wondered how to propose to someone you’ve given a false name.

Based on The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

 

5. Emma Approved

 

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In this adaptation, Emma runs a PR firm with her brother-in-law, George Knightly. Some great parties, some terrible decisions, and outrageous confidence make this a fun and lighthearted series, despite any low moments. Fans of Austin will be thrilled, and if you’re not yet obsessed, you will be.

Based on Emma by Jane Austin

 

 

6. Anne With An E 

 

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If you can’t wait to return to Green Gablesor visit for the first timeGreen Gables Fables is a delightful and heartwarming take on the classic story. Never discouraged, Anne’s passion and creativity make this series sing, and even at one-hundred-fifty episodes (the longest on this list), it seems too short.

Based on Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

 

7. Jules and Monty

 

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This adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy may have slightly less murder, but it has just as much tragedy as the original. The clash between two warring fraternities reaches new heights. Even with a lower mortality rate, this is still a tear jerker, so be warned. It’s also the shortest series on this list, with only twenty-one episodes.

Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

 

 

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TV Adaptation of Chinese Science Fiction Novel ‘The Three-Body Problem’ Coming!

 

Exciting news for fans of science fiction literature! China’s biggest science fiction novel, The Three-Body Problemis being adapted for television according to The Verge! The science fiction epic novel has become a phenomenon in China and received international acclaim. Written by Liu Cixin, who has won the Galaxy Award nine times, the 2017 Locus Award, and the 2015 Huge Award. He has written numerous acclaimed science fiction books, including The Wandering Earth, Ball Lightningand also two sequels to The Three-Body Problem. A film adaptation of The Wandering Earth, released in February 2019, became the second highest grossing film in China in only two weeks!

 

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The Three-Body Problem was published in 2006 and begins in the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A dissident exile is sent to a remote research facility and makes first contact there with a hostile alien species known as Trisolarans. She learns the aliens are planning to take over Earth. The novel skips ahead to the modern day afterward, following a team of scientists preparing for the aliens arrival. The novels themes not only deal with the alien invasion but the nature of the universe itself.

The novel has been attempted to be adapted before, first as a short film by director Fanfan Zhang but was shelved due to quality issues. However, interest in Cixin’s work picked up again with the release of The Wandering Earth, especially after it was picked up and began streaming on Netflix. Chinese production company YooZoo Entertainment holds the rights to the series and is reportedly developing it for television. The series is planned to run as a 24 part series and is slated (unofficially) to begin shooting this September. While no further information is available at this time, it’s not hard to imagine that Netflix might stream the series as it did for The Wandering Earth. 

We’ll keep you updated as further information comes out. But are you excited to see this Chinese science fiction epic adapted for the television screen? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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