While I was thinking about books and TV yesterday, I thought about TV shows I enjoy that are based on books or feature authors. This Friday Five post is devoted books and authors on TV.
Castle (ABC) is an hour-long drama that follows mystery novelist Richard Castle. After killing off the main character from his best-selling series, he's got a bit of writer's block. A call from the NYPD asking him to help solve a string of murders that seem to copycat those in his novels, leads him to his new muse--Detective Kate Beckett. Using his connections at the mayor's office, Castle gets permission to accompany Beckett to crime scenes and observe her investigations. Their escapades inspire a new character (Nikki Heat) and a brand new series. Castle is one of the best-written, smartest shows on television. The cast is brilliant. The chemistry between Castle and Beckett is explosive. And the show even spawned two novels, Heat Wave and Naked Heat. Even better? Real-life writers (Stephen J. Cannell, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, and Michael Connelly) occasionally make appearances as Richard Castle's poker buddies.
Bones (Fox) is an hour-long drama loosely based on the life of author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. The show's title character, Temperance Brennan, is named after the protagonist of Reichs' crime novel series. Just like Reichs, Temperance is a forensic anthropologist and best-selling author. The show is clever, sometimes gross, and always entertaining.
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) is based on the best-selling series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, which follows best friends Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily. Their clique sort of fell apart after the disappearance of their friend Alison. But then they start receiving startling messages from someone called "A," who knows all of their secrets and threatens to expose them. Trying to figure out who "A" is and what exactly happened to Alison brings them closer together. The books were such a guilty pleasure of mine. I devoured them last summer. And, while the TV show is vastly different from the novels, it has slowly become a guilty pleasure as well.
The Lying Game (ABC Family) premieres August 15 and is based on the novel by Sara Shepard. The show follows Emma, a kind-hearted foster kid who learns she has an identical twin sister, Sutton. Sutton, unlike Emma, was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on the mysterious identity of their birth mother. After Sutton inexplicably fails to return to the girls’ designated meeting place, Emma must decide whether to come clean about her identity and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister's whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place. If it's half as addictive as Pretty Little Liars, it's going to be SO GOOD!
The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) is an hour-long drama that just premiered this week. Based on the books by Celia Thomson, the series follows teenage protagonist Chloe King as she starts developing heightened abilities and discovers she's being pursued by a mysterious figure. If that wasn't strange enough, she learns she's part of an ancient race which has been hunted by human assassins for millennia--and that she may be their only hope for ultimate survival. Intense! I haven't read the books yet, but the show has got me hooked!