Just like on TV

August 18th, 2009 • Kate

madmen_fullbodyI don’t know if you guys saw this little blurb on GalleyCat yesterday, but apparently, avid fans of “Mad Men” can find a list of books as seen on TV, and pick them up for themselves. Now, I’m not saying this is a bad idea — Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything is a classic, and well worth a read if you have any interest in the history of publishing, or are just a fan of the period — but it’s not the first time I’ve seen it happen. “Lost” practically spawned a cottage industry of fans analyzing what the characters were reading on the beach, and now ABC’s “Castle” is taking it one step further, and actually working with their corporate partner to produce the book that the main character of the TV show has been writing all season, Heat Wave. (Leaving aside for a moment the doubt that a book could go from concept through draft to finished product in the length of a year — but I guess it can if you’re Richard Castle. Also: swoon.)

Anyway, I’m curious. Does anything you watch inspire you to pick up something to read? I’m not just talking about tv or movie adaptations of books, although Intern Jenny and I were just discussing Inkheart. Feel free to share recommendations — and their sources — in the comments!

P.S. And if you, too, want to “Mad Men Yourself” a la the image above, go to AMCtv.com.

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7 Responses to “Just like on TV”

  1. Amy B. Says:

    I won't say "absolutely!" but there are times that I have learned of books from shows or movies (if the description is interesting enough). Also watching the vlogbrothers (John and Hank Green) I have definitely been introduced to some pretty spectacular literature 🙂

    Then there are other times when I have a book on my reading list but still haven't gotten to it after a while when they make a movie. That gets me to read the book sooner and see the movie shortly after.

  2. Elisa Says:

    Great question!

    Truth be told, I bought a little anthology that included The Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, and Kennedy's Inaugural speech (to name a few) after Watching *The West Wing*. And the film *All the President's Men* kicked off my fascination w/ all things Watergate. Co-incidentally, both examples dealing w/ the American Presidency.

    I can't think of any examples of reading fiction at the moment, however, although I'm sure there's at least one having nothing to do w/ politics or presidents and more likely to do with something like chocolate, shoes, or writing.

  3. Jen Says:

    When Gilmore Girls was in production, the WB had a section of the website with Rory's book recommendations. I don't remember if I read anything off the list, but I thought it was a great idea.

  4. Suzanne Casamento Says:

    Great question! But I'm embarassed to admit that the characters on most shows I watch aren't exactly the deep reader types. The firefighters on Rescue Me and the penhouse brats of Gossip Girl have yet to mention any books.

    Although on One Tree Hill (Oh yes, I got sucked into that years ago and can't let go. I already admitted embarassment, did I not?) one of the characters is "a writer" and whenever he does a voice over of a quote from his book, I shudder.

    If that "book" goes "Castle" and gets published, I may need to come up with another career. ; )

  5. beth Says:

    I've been meaning to do a post on the Richard Castle/HEAT WAVE thing…I've found it *fascinating* how their promoting the show through the literary world.

    There's not just the book–which I might be buying in the hopes of some Fillion-esque humor–but there's also the Twitter done in character (@writeRCastle, I think). Fans can follow in real time as the character tweets updates on finding a murder. It's fun and funny–the "voice" of the character stays the same through tweets.

    Also: swoon.

  6. ChristaCarol Says:

    I just had to reply so I could agree on the "swoon" factor. I've never been big into buying anything as seen on TV, or you know, like you asked. I've bought and read after seeing the movie, etc. etc., but this "Castle" thing might change that, simply for the fact I totally want to support that show. It rocks my socks.

  7. Jenny Says:

    One show that I love, but have yet to read the book is Dexter. Has anyone picked up the series? Dark, I know, but Michael C. Hall is sooo great!