Spending too much time on Netflix and wondering ‘What book should I read?’ Wean yourself off your Netflix binge and read a book that’s based on your Netflix favorite.
Stranger Things // My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Set in the 80s, My Best Friend’s Exorcism could have been the title to Stranger Things if written from Mike’s perspective. My Best Friend’s Exorcism tells the story of friendship and that high school can be, well, hell. Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since elementary school and share a love of all things 80s – E.T., roller skating, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. Soon Gretchen begins to act a little…strange, and we soon find out that she’s been possessed, naturally, by a demon. The book cover draws upon 80s fonts and visuals and is as good to read as to look at.
The OA // Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
You may be wondering what a sci-fi show and a story of a boy dealing with the death of his father during 9/11 have anything to do with each other. But if you’ve seen the last episode, you’ll know each is a story about trauma and discovering hidden worlds to deal with that trauma.
13th // The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
This one is pretty obvious, given that 13th and The New Jim Croe operate from the same thesis - “mass incarceration is, metaphorically, the New Jim Crow.” Alexander feature extensively throughout the documentary, but even if you have seen it, the book is worth the read for further understanding.
House of Cards // All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Though House of Cards is based on a novel of the same thing, we think you’ll get more out of All the King’s Men. A politician rises to power in the 1930s American South. While elected for his populist platform, his career trajectory is a dark one as he become more and more addicted to power and he falls into total depravity.
Jessica Jones // Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Completely different plot, but if you’re into graphic novels and reimagining superhero narratives – as in Jessica Jones – you’ll love Fun Home. The graphic novel explores Bechdel’s life growing up in rural Pennsylvania and focuses on her identity, relationship with her father and sexual orientation. It has been turned into a Broadway musical and has won the Tony Award for Best Musical.c