I 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.