Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Books About TV Challenge 2010

Yes.. I know I know.. another challenge.. What's your point?!?! ;-)

Synopsis of Challenge comes directly from the BooksAboutTVChallenge site post by Callista:

Introducing a new challenge...

Please note this is not for books that were turned into a TV show. This is for books that are about or based on a TV show that was there first.

There are a few different kinds from what I've thought of:

Short novels based on a TV show. These usually have the same characters but the storyline is new. E.g. Charmed: The Legacy of Merlin by Eloise Flood or Sabrina the Teenage Witch #2 Showdown at the Mall by Diana G. Gallagher I know of books like this for Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and many more.

Episode Guides. These usually include a synopsis of each episode of a TV show as well as character information and trivia. E.g. The Complete Slayer: An Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to Every Episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Keith Topping or Finding Lost - Season Five: The Unofficial Guide by Nikki Stafford

In-depth Analysis Books. These aren't just light reading. These books usually make you think and analyze. They may offer criticism of the show. You can learn lots of interesting things from these types of books. E.g. Reading the Vampire Slayer: The Complete, Unofficial Guide to 'Buffy' and 'Angel' (Reading Contemporary Television) by Roz Kaveney or Lost's Buried Treasures, 3E: The Unofficial Guide to Everything Lost Fans Need to Know by Lynnette Porter and David Lavery

Other. I'm sure there are other kinds I don't know about or books that fit under more than one of the above categories. For example I've read The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: Solving Crime with Mathematics by Keith Devlin and Gary Lorden which is nonfiction about how they can really solve crime with math but is by one of the consultants to the NUMB3RS show so he explains how what you see in the show is real but it's done much faster on TV than it would be in real life.

So finally to the challenge:

From January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010 you must read at least 2 books that are somehow about a TV show. It can be all of one kind above, a mix and match or whatever you want. If you find a book and you aren't sure if it counts, just email callista at

To join, just leave a comment here stating your intention. If you make a list of potential reads, please share the URL so others can get ideas. Or if you don't have a blog, share some ideas in the comment if you like, but it's not necessary. Link reviews back to here

My Reading Plans for this Challenge - all based on the Supernatural TV show:

Supernatural: Nevermore by Keith R. A. DeCandido (Completed 4/17)

Supernatural: Witch's Canyon by Jeff Mariotte
Supernatural: Bone Key by Keith R. A. DeCandido
Supernatural Season 1 Companion

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for joining. I was not aware they had Supernatural books. I started watching that but we watched it with my M-I-L and when she passed away we sort of lost the will to watch it. It was a neat show though. Enjoy your reading!