The other day my husband and I were watching random TV shows in the afternoon while the kids had their nap and quiet time (the one time during the day I can find my sanity again) and we settled on an episode of The Goldbergs. In case you didn’t know, The Goldbergs is an awesome TV show that started 3 or 4 years ago and it’s about growing up in the 80’s. We absolutely love this show since my husband and I both grew up in the ’80s, so reruns are always fun to watch.
The episode they were playing was called “Stevie King” and it starts being all about Stephen King and how popular his books were. He was the master of horror and Adam, the narrator of the show, decides that he wants to try his hand at writing his own horror story about his “smother” and it all gets a little like Stephen King’s Misery when his mom decides he has to change his story and says he has to stay in his room until the story is changed.
Now, if it hadn’t been for It coming to theatres last year, I probably still wouldn’t have read any Stephen King, but I had wanted to see the movie and saw the book at Costco one day, bought it, started reading it that day, and fell in love. I think Misery was the second book I read. This was around Halloween because I remember the movie was going to be on TV. I loved the book and the movie so this episode of the show was even better because I actually knew what everything was based on!
And when I read It, I remembered that movie of Friends where Joey is reading the Stephen King book and Rachel is reading Little Women. I watched the episode again and saw it was The Shining that Joey had put in the freezer, so I picked up that one next. Of course, I then had to pick up Little Women as well, then rewatch the episode because then I knew all about the books they were talking about (and that those popular lines of “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is actually from the movie and not the book). Now, I find it so much more enjoyable to read the books featured in TV shows because the episode is always so much better!
Going back a little, when I had originally watched Gilmore Girls, I absolutely loved Rory’s character and how she read so much. I had actually bought a lot of books off of the Rory Gilmore book list years ago and am just now reading a lot of them. Maybe this will lead to a rewatch of the series once I’ve read a considerable amount, but who knows. All I know now is that when you’re a reader, bookish episodes of TV shows are so much fun! I’ve even been known to Google that phrase, “bookish episodes of TV shows” just to see what comes up and see if any of my favourite shows were ever based on books because then I would be determined to read the book and watch to get the context fully.
Ultimately, the best is when an entire TV series is based on a book (hello, Outlander!) but episodes featuring books are also so much fun.
Tell me I’m not the only one! What is your favourite bookish episode of a TV show? Have you ever seen a book featured in a TV show and then had to pick up the book to get a better context of the episode?