December 7th, 2011
When I read a book, I dont 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 its just a bunch of faceless cowboys with nondescript guns and war cries that sound a lot like my ack! a spider! shriek.
I dont 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 cant believe they casted so-in-so in that movie. He doesnt look at ALL how hes supposed to look.) To them, I tip my hat.
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? Whats your favorite book/film/TV show adaptation?
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