Posted on November 20, 2015. Filed under: Fiction, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , |

There are TV series and Movies which are considered “Binge worthy.”  One finishes one episode and feels compelled to start another. Often the original source material are books. Why not check out the books that inspired the show?

book cover for Orange Is the New BlackOrange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison
by Piper Kerman

“With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, the author barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424, one of the millions of people who disappear ‘down the rabbit hole’ of the American penal system.

From her first strip search to her final release, she learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Here she tells the story of those long months locked up in a place with its own codes of behavior and arbitrary hierarchies, where a practical joke is as common as an unprovoked fight, and where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. This is a look into the lives of women in prison; why we lock so many away and what happens to them when they are there” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for A Game of ThronesA Game of Thrones: Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R.R. Martin

“In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for OutlanderOutlander
by Diana Gabaldon

“Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another… In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an ‘outlander’—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Dead Until DarkDead Until Dark
by Charlaine Harris

The TV show “True Blood” is based on this series.

“Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana—except for her ‘disability.’ She can read minds. But when Bill Compton walks into her life, she can’t hear a word he’s thinking—and then one of her coworkers is killed. Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea…” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Olive KitteridgeOlive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout

“At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life-sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition—its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for The Complete Sherlock HolmesThe Complete Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Complete Sherlock Holmes  comprises four novels and fifty-six short stories revolving around the world’s most popular and influential fictional detective—the eccentric, arrogant, and ingenious Sherlock Holmes. He and his trusted friend, Dr. Watson, step from Holmes’s comfortable quarters at 221b Baker Street into the swirling fog of Victorian London to combine detailed observation and vast knowledge with brilliant deduction. Inevitably, Holmes rescues the innocent, confounds the guilty, and solves the most perplexing puzzles known to literature” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for A Country Doctor's Notebook

A Country Doctor’s Notebook
by Mikhail Bulgakov

On TV it is titled “A Young Doctor’s Notebook.”

If you are a fan of Russian humor, you’ll like this. Jon Hamm plays a doctor and Daniel Radcliffe as his younger self.

“Part autobiography, part fiction, this early work by the author of The Master and Margarita shows a master at the dawn of his craft, and a nation divided by centuries of unequal progress.

In 1916 a 25-year-old, newly qualified doctor named Mikhail Bulgakov was posted to the remote Russian countryside. He brought to his position a diploma and a complete lack of field experience. And the challenges he faced didn’t end there: he was assigned to cover a vast and sprawling territory that was as yet unvisited by modern conveniences such as the motor car, the telephone, and electric lights.

The stories in A Country Doctor’s Notebook are based on this two-year window in the life of the great modernist. Bulgakov candidly speaks of his own feelings of inadequacy, and warmly and wittily conjures episodes such as peasants applying medicine to their outer clothing rather than their skin, and finding himself charged with delivering a baby—having only read about the procedure in text books” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Green ArrowGreen Arrow: The Longbow Hunters
written and illustrated by Mike Grell

The TV show “Arrow” is so popular it has spun off two series, and now almost every network has at least one Superhero show. The Longbow Hunters inspired the first season of “Arrow.” The character was re-vamped. Mike Grell dropped all the trick arrows and wrote a darker storyline. For example, Green Arrow kills people on purpose, which is something Batman or Superman would never do (except in the movies).

The storyline involves the Yakuza and another archer named Shado who has a list of people who dishonored her father. Mike Grell’s new costume design was almost directly copied by the TV series.

-posted by Kevin Purtell

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