Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer Reading List for TV Lovers

Need some suggestions for summer reading? There are a bunch of upcoming new TV shows that are based on books, and if you like to be obsessive thorough like I do, obviously you need to read the books before you watch so that you can be properly prepared and/or ready to be outraged at how much the show changes things.

Show: The Nine Lives of Chloe King, ABC Family, June 14
Books: Nine Lives of Chloe King series by Liz Braswell: The Fallen, The Stolen, The Chosen. You can get them in one volume.
About: Chloe begins to develop special abilities - possibly related to cats, somehow? - and finds out she's actually part of an ancient race being hunted by assassins.

Show: The Lying Game, ABC Family, August 15
Books: The Lying Game and the forthcoming The Lying Game #2: Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard
About: Emma goes to meet her long-lost identical twin Sutton . . . and finds that Sutton has disappeared and everyone assumes Emma is her. (Perhaps this show will be Ringer's little sister.)

Show: The Secret Circle, CW, Fall
Books: The Secret Circle trilogy (The Initiation, The Captive, The Power) by L.J. Smith. The three books are now confusingly published in two volumes.
About: Cassie moves to her mother's hometown and discovers she's part of a lineage of witches.

Show: The Finder, FOX, Fall
Books: The Locator series by Richard Greener. The Knowland Retribution and The Lacey Confession are out of print, but you can get them for Kindle.
About: Walter Sherman . . . finds things. That's why he's The Finder. Or The Locator. The show is technically sort of a Bones spin-off, but the books are unconnected to the Bones books or show.

Show: Revenge, ABC, Fall
Book: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
About: In this loose adaptation/update, a young woman returns to the Hamptons to get revenge on the people who did . . . something unclear but obviously horrible . . . to her family years ago.

Show: The Firm, NBC, in development
Book: The Firm by John Grisham
About: I read this book, but apparently all I remember is that it was about a lawyer, and I think the mob. I can tell you exactly where I was when I was reading it and what the weather was like, though, because apparently that's the stuff my brain thinks is important to remember. Anyway, the show will pick up ten years after the book (and movie), after the main character and his family get out of witness protection. (Apparently they didn't consult Mary Shannon, because she would have told them it was a bad idea.)

1 comment:

  1. Mary probably wouldn't have phrased that so nicely.

    Revenge looks promising! The Count is one of my favorite books - let's see how ABC screws this one up.