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We Know What Book You Should Read Based On Your Taste In TV
If you liked Mad Men, you should read Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road. Both feature secretly unhappy, suburban couples living in the 1960s. And like Mad Men, Revolutionary Road paints a detailed portrait of the period with all of its sexual politics and, of course, booze.
If you liked Doctor Who, you should read Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. From space travel to aliens to witty, charming Englishmen, both have a lot in common. (Douglas Adams used to write scripts for Doctor Who and there are even some references to HHGTTG in the show!)
If you liked The Office, you should read Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End, which also hilariously captures the banality of office life. The gossip, office romances, pranks, and quirky characters in Then We Came to the End will appeal to and feel familiar to fans of the show.
If you liked Seinfeld, you should read Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint. Like the show, the book mines its characters' neuroses for laughs, and because of the protagonist's issues with sex and his mother, you'll be sure to have plenty.
If you liked Gossip Girl, you should read Zoey Dean’s The A-List — you'll definitely eat up its world of privilege and drama. While The A-List trades Manhattan high society for glamorous Beverly Hills, protagonist Anna still sticks to Upper East Side roots that would make Blair Waldorf proud.
If you liked The Walking Dead, you should read Max Brooks’ World War Z, which is just as gritty and apocalyptic as the show. Both feature an America decimated by zombies and look at survivors who, against all odds, carry on bravely in the hope of reclaiming their world.
If you liked Game of Thrones, you should read Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind, which is set in a world as fantastical as Westeros, but with more magic. Like Game of Thrones, Rothfuss’s book has a rich cast of relatable characters and a storyline entwining them that will keep GoT fans enthralled. More important, your favorite characters won’t be killed off constantly.
If you liked Sex and the City, you should read Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed, which trades Manhattan for Philadelphia and Carrie for Cannie, but still has a tone and themes that fans of Sex and the City will find familiar. The book follows entertainment reporter Cannie's journey romantically, emotionally, and professionally and is just as hilarious as the show.
If you liked Supernatural, you should read Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, which takes readers on a journey across America that is as dark and filled with pagan gods as the show itself. The protagonist, Shadow, like Sam Winchester, encounters creatures who seem to know more about him than he does, and discovers that his dead loved ones had been keeping dangerous secrets.
If you liked Pretty Little Liars, you should read Sara Shepard’s The Lying Game. In fact, Sara Shepard was the author of the original Pretty Little Liars book series, so expect The Lying Game to be just as thrilling as the PLL television show. Filled with unexpected plot twists and secrets galore, The Lying Game will appeal to PLL fans eager to unravel a new mystery that'll remind them of A's antics.
If you liked The Sopranos, you should read Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. While perhaps less bloody, the book also tells the story of Americans (in the 1970s instead of 1990s) and looks at the life of a wealthy New Jersey man.
If you liked The Vampire Diaries, you should read Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods, which also has a complicated vampire love triangle and an elaborate mythology that will remind you of all that drama with doppelgängers and the Original family. Blue Bloods is as fast-paced and thrilling as the show, possibly even more so because of its setting in Manhattan.
If you liked Sherlock, you should read Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling. Sherlock is a crime drama following a detective solving mysteries in London, whereas The Cuckoo’s Calling is a crime fiction novel following a private investigator solving a murder, also in London. Sound familiar? Beyond this, The Cuckoo’s Calling’s detective, Strike, has a secretary who will remind Sherlock fans of Watson, so what’s not to love?
If you liked House of Cards, you should read William Shakespeare’s Richard III. The original British version of the show was influenced by Richard III in addition to Macbeth, and Francis Underwood is definitely reminiscent of a Shakespearean antagonist.
If you liked Girls, you should read Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. The show often sparks discussion of class, feminism, and race, and Gay's book of essays smartly addresses each of those topics.
If you liked The Big Bang Theory, you should read Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project — both about geeky, socially awkward scientists who try to find love, and the humorous situations that ensue. Beyond this, the nerdy humor in The Rosie Project is a perfect fit for fans of The Big Bang Theory.
If you liked Downton Abbey, you should read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. It's dark, romantic, and full of secrets and twists — a no-brainer for fans of the show.
If you liked Once Upon a Time, you should read Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, which is a mashup of classic fairy tales woven into a complex single story, much like the show. And, Enchanted has a similarly diverse cast of magical characters that will surely resonate with Once fans.
If you liked American Horror Story: Freak Show, you should read Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love. AHS: Freak Show's storyline follows one of the last freak shows in America, so you’ll probably appreciate this novel about a couple who decide to turn their own children into a freak show through drugs and radioactive material.
If you liked Revenge, you should read Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, which is the ultimate story of revenge — and, in fact, the inspiration for the show. Fans of Revenge will recognize Amanda Clarke/Emily Thorne’s complex scheming in Dumas’s tale of a man seeking retribution for his wrongful imprisonment.
If you liked Twin Peaks, you should read Tom Robbins’ Still Life With Woodpecker. Both feature characters who are larger than life and worlds that feel a little surreal. The book is at heart a weird love story that also involves conspiracies and intrigue (what fun!).