From the River Forest Library - "Literary" TV Shows

River Forest Public Library offers up a list of TV shows that may appeal to readers and literature lovers.

Here at RFPL Reads, I talk a lot about books, not so much about other forms of media.  One category that I so woefully neglect, and really should not, are great TV shows tailored towards the reader in all of us.  I was inspired to write this post when I stumbled across this article on BookRiot: Pop Culture Pairing: TV Shows That Should Be Books.  This article names TV shows and then pairs them up with authors that could write the book.  For example, Neil Gaiman was named as the author to write the book for Firefly, a great science fiction tv show that sadly only lasted for one season.  The author of the post said something that struck me: “People who…say they never watch television because they’re too busy reading…are missing out because there are some intensely literary shows out there”.  This is absolutely true–there are some shows out there that are superbly written and contain all the elements of a great novel.  Just to back myself up, check out this article from the Telegraph where author Salman Rushdie says that TV drama is the new literature.  Go to RFPL Reads for a list of shows that I would consider to be “literary”.

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