January 1 - December 31, 2010
Callista is hosting the Books About T.V. Reading Challenge with its own dedicated blog. She writes:
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.
- You don't have to have a blog and you don't have to write a review. Callista will provide a spot on the dedicated blog where you can link to your review if you do one, whether it's on a blog or Goodreads or Amazon or whatever.
- E-books, audio books, crossovers and rereads are fine
- If you read a book that would fit BEFORE you signed up for the challenge, you can count it, as long as it was AFTER January 1, 2010.
- You don't have to create a list beforehand.