Monday, April 28, 2014

April 29th: Watch this? Read that.

Watch This? Read That.
Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different Top Ten list topic that a bunch of bloggers take and make their own list of those things.
Here's the thing, I watch a crap load of TV shows and movies. I typically prefer books as a storytelling method, but I think there are so many possibilities in  the visual medium for telling beautiful stories. So, I couldn't narrow this down to just one type of suggestion, not when I got thinking about all the books that could easily be paired with some of my favorite shows and movies. And if you love any of these shows, feel free to tell me (and by that please please please let's talk about them and squeal together and stuff) We can be best friends. ;)

But, because I couldn't narrow down the show or type of movie, I'm not giving full explanations for my reasoning. This post would be pages long if I did that. I'll try to give a sentence or two, though.

Here we go.


If you like Romcoms:
AttachmentsFangirl-Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

-Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

These are pretty obvious choices, Rainbow Rowell is a master at getting me to "Awww" (often out loud), while still having beautiful character development.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)-Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

-Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Again, Stephanie Perkins is a master at squeal-worthy romance. These books are beautiful. [Here's a link to my summary of YALLFEST where I got to see Stephanie Perkins and Rainbow Rowell talk about why they love writing good guys as love interests]

If you like Action Movies:
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Legend (Legend, #1)-The Legend Trilogy

-The Maze Runner Trilogy

If you like gritty action, action that is non-stop and often crazy and intense, you'll love these series.

If You Like Marvel Movies:
Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)-Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Humor, action, and insanely high stakes combine into a unique and truly fantastic story. This movie also works to deconstruct many tropes in superhero movies, something that I have always thought Marvel does brilliantly through their brand of snarky humor.

If you like Doctor Who:
The Host (The Host, #1)The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)-The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

-The Host by Stephanie Meyer

These book focus heavily on what it means to be human, much like Doctor Who's main theme. All three of these things examine humanity through the lense of human beings interacting with aliens, both the
hostile and the unexpectedly compassionate.

If you like Avatar: The Last Airbender
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)-The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

-The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

These have the same sort of themes as Avatar. They dissect having power, Mistborn talks about war, they both talk about bias against people who are different than you. Each book has powers that are interesting and awesome, just like in Avatar.

If you like Merlin
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)-Eragon by Christopher Paolini

-The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Both expansive, massive stories about young boys entrusted with powers, or objects, or missions, that they're not quite prepared for, or that they don't believe they are prepared for.

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)
-Song of the Lioness Quartet

This is probably the best fit. I mean, Alanna comes to the capital city, befriends a prince and is entrusted with protecting him. Then she goes on multiple adventures, saves the kingdom multiple times, and grows up.

If you like Sherlock
The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)THIS ONE MIGHT BE A SHOCK BUT

Sherlock books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Seriously. It's so fun getting all the little jokes that are worked into the show, and seeing the original Sherlock and Watson and how different, but the same their relationship is in the books.
So far I've only read A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four, but I loved them both.

If You Like Supernatural
Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2)Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1)Jackson Pearce's Retelling books
Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings, #4)Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings, #3)
These books involve chasing down paranormal creatures (namely, werewolves, mermaids, and ice queens). They have a bunch of sibling relationships, siblings with hard pasts or who are really codependent. There are even quite a few road trips. I think three of the four books include at least one road trip.
These books have action, heart, and fantastic character development.


  1. Well I love Rom Coms and I love every book under your rom com list, so well done!

  2. I love how you have this broken down!! I love Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl rocked my book world. And Anna and Lola are SO RomCom! Great list!

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  3. I love your rom-com category and I totally agree. I almost tackled all the books on your list, I just have to read Attachments.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
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  4. Your list makes me want to start watching Avatar because I LOVE these two Sanderson books but never watched Avatar! :D

    Steelheart is awesome too and fits perfectly in the Marvel universe!

  5. I've never watched Supernatural but LOVE Jackson Pierce's books! They're so twisted and unique. Maybe I should watch Supernatural now! :)

  6. Oooh I love these recs!! I can personally vouch for Steelheart/Marvel movies, Doctor Who/Host, A:TLA/Mistborn and Merlin/LotR - you really did an awesome job matching the shows to books. I still need to read Fangirl, Legend, Maze Runner, The Fifth Wave, Alanna... The Rithmatist, Eragon and the Sherlock books but at least I own those - so i feel like I'm one step closer to reading them XD Oh and I adore Supernatural but I've never read Jackson Pierce's retellings - I'm off to check them out now! Awesome TTT ^^

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews