December 7th, 2011

Books That Inspired Great TV

When I read a book, I don’t really “see” much. Characters are just vague outlines in my imagination, like people seen at a distance without my glasses. Their words are spoken in my voice, making some scenarios a little awkward. Descriptions of beautiful vistas? Consider them instantly forgotten. Perish the thought of having to imagine what a fantastical creature looks like, even with a long string of adjectives to guide me.

This problem makes Fantasy an untouchable genre. Science Fiction is a considerable struggle as well. Remove the setting descriptions in Westerns and it’s just a bunch of faceless cowboys with nondescript guns and war cries that sound a lot like my “ack! a spider!” shriek.

I don’t like being confined to a few genres, particularly because I help people find their next favorite book. So I cheat a little. Watching movies and TV shows based on books helps me see the scenery, hear the characters, and experience the story more fully before I read the book. This ruins things for people with a rich visual mindscape. (You can easily pick them out of a crowd because they say things like, “I can’t believe they casted so-in-so in that movie. He doesn’t look at ALL how he’s supposed to look.”) To them, I tip my hat.

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Check out this list of TV shows based on books and make your own comparisons!

•    Bones (FOX): Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs
•    Christy (CBS): Christy by Catherine Marshall
•    Dexter (Showtime): Dexter Morgan series by Jeffry Lindsay
•    The Dresden Files (Syfy): The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
•    Flashforward (ABC): Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
•    Game of Thrones (HBO): A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
•    Friday Night Lights (NBC): Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger
•    Gossip Girl (The CW): Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar
•    The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (BBC): Inspector Lynley series by Elizabeth George
•    Rizzoli & Isles (TNT): Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series by Tess Gerritsen
•    Kitchen Confidential (FOX): Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
•    Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family): Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard
•    True Blood (HBO): Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
•    The Vampire Diaries (The CW): Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith
•    The Walking Dead (AMC): The Walking Dead graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman

For a list of books that inspired movies, click here.

When you read, do you “see” anything? What’s your favorite book/film/TV show adaptation?


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October 19th, 2011

Let Us Find Your Next Favorite Book

Pile of BooksThe hallmark of today’s nerd tends to be obsession. These obsessions are wide ranging, from Star Wars to Jane Austen, manga to Mythbusters, Legos to zombies, Harry Potter to Angry Bir….well, you get it. I like to consider myself a well-rounded nerd, but my biggest obsession is definitely books. I get ridiculously happy when the new books come in at the library because a new book holds such promise, such potential. It might be the book that you tell all your friends about. The one that you reread every year. The one that makes you snort loudly with laughter while waiting for an oil change. (Yes, I’ve done that.)

But even better than a new book is an old book that somehow slipped past your radar – an author you’ve never read before, a book you never got around too, or a title that was wildly popular a few years ago.

For a book nerd like me, one of the best jobs at the library is doing a Book Mate. Book Mate is a matchmaking service for readers (between readers and books, not readers and other readers—we leave that up to you!).  Answer a few questions about what you like to read and what you don’t and we’ll give you a list of books we think you might enjoy. We’ll wander the stacks looking for that book that just might be your new favorite, the one you tell all your friends about. Need CD books or eBooks?  Not a problem.  Large Print or Teen books? We can do that too. Heck, we’ll even throw in a DVD if you want. No matter what you read or why you read it, we’ll find something for you.  During the month of October, a few lucky readers who fill out a Book Mate will win free copies of local author Ed Okonowicz’s spookiest books. Fill out a Book Mate form, online here or pick up a paper copy at your local library. We’re book nerds here at the library, so let us put our obsession to work for you.

What’s your nerd obsession?


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