TV Show and Movie Recs Based On Your Favorite Books
I'm always looking for new TV show and movie recommendations based on my favorite books. I frequently find some of the best movies based on what I've been reading. I rely a lot on using books as my guide for the types of movies and shows I will enjoy. It can be easier to go into a movie or show with a comparison and some knowledge about what I'll be watching.
Since I'm such a lover of books and TV, I thought it was time to make another recommendation post based on your favorite books. Today I will be writing up some recommendations for the average bibliophile looking to binge their next show. Because who doesn't need more shows to add to your watch list.
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Dirty Like Me by Jaine Diamond//Celebrity Romance Books
I've read a lot of celebrity, mostly rockstar, romance books in my time as a reader. It's definitely a guilty pleasure genre for me. There's something so appealing about a romance with a backdrop of famous glamor. The stakes seem higher and the prizes more bountiful which heightens the drama.
Dirty Like Me was the most recent addition to my rockstar romance read category on Goodreads. It was one of my latest ventures into Kindle Unlimited books which generally are hit or miss. You find a diamond among the rubble but it takes some digging for sure - and Dirty Like Me was one of those gems you hope for.
The TV series I would recommend for lovers of Dirty Like Me or the rockstar romance genre in general would be Famous In Love. I've loved Famous in Love as a show for a few years, though it only had two seasons. It follows the extravagant life of a celebrity with delicious secrets and romance galore. The show is definitely a depiction of that over-exaggerated excess you associate with fame and the celebrity romance genre.
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
I feel like I've talked a lot about The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell in the last few months but here we are again. The Family Upstairs is a psychological mystery with family conflict and cult style intrigue. It was a really great mystery that stands the test against the likes of Mary Higgins Clarke.
I thought The Family Upstairs was a great look at extremist views, tragic circumstance, and spiraling control. If there was ever a book that showed the progression of insanity it would be this one. You very clearly get to see the characters slip farther and farther from what is right and conventional.
When I was thinking about a movie recommendation for The Family Upstairs, I decided on a recent watch for me, The Devil All The Time. This movie has a lot of the same vibes, even set in polar opposite locations. It follows a similar structure of madness and religious-esque conviction. You see a lot of similar themes in both from a ravaged family to the exploitation of young girls.
Both definitely have their fair share of triggers, many of the same ones in fact. The most prominent ones shared would be murder, rape, and pedophilia. The darkness of these two permeates throughout the entire narrative. Despite these triggers, there is a similar sense of family, biological or otherwise. It is their real backbone.
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
I read quite a few Nancy Drew books in my time as a student. My school library had a surplus of them so I was never short of options. They were some of my favorites and always something I could rely on to enjoy. One of the best books in the series in my opinion was The Hidden Staircase which I still love to this day.
I think everyone has heard of Nancy Drew between the books and various adaptions on TV - the most recent being a CW show. The stories of Nancy Drew are that of a precocious, young woman sleuth. We've all envied her savviness and detective smarts at some point. She truly is the female Sherlock Holmes and an icon for many young women.
My recommendation for readers who love the Nancy Drew books is the new movie Enola Holmes. It follows a similarly witted and resourceful heroine as she solves a puzzling mystery - or in Nancy's case mysteries. I was pleasantly surprised by Enola Holmes and the young woman sleuth reminded me so much of the cultural icon Nancy.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
I've probably mentioned Serpent & Dove too many times on my blog and Instagram but it's a great book so I have zero regrets. In case you're unfamiliar, Serpent & Dove was the witchy debut by Shelby Mahurin who is officially now one of my auto-buy authors. She wrote such a fantastic book that I described as sinfully gothic in my original review.
I would argue I'm not the only one who gushes about this book regularly as it's a popular bookstagram favorite. I can't tell you how many times I've seen this book mentioned on the platform. In fact, I was gifted my copy by a bookstagram friend who urged me to read it after being a little late to the party.
When I think of a witchy show to go along with Serpent & Dove, my immediate choice is Legacies on the CW. Legacies is one of my all time favorite shows as is most of The Vampire Diaries verse, which it is a spinoff of - though you don't need to watch the original to love Legacies.
The series focuses on a school of supernatural creatures with the main female leads all being witches. The way they wield their magic is a bit different than in Serpent & Dove but there's a similar element of the consequences of using magic. I think anyone who enjoyed Serpent & Dove could find some endearing qualities in Legacies.
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