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TV series in book form?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Colton, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Anyone else think this idea would work?

    For example, if some series I followed, such as The X-Files, Midnight Caller, NYPD Blue, ER, etc. were available with episodes together in book form, I certainly would buy them.

  2. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Some author has continued the Rockford Files series as novels. Haven't read one yet but picked one up at a used-book shop the other day.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Well, there is an X-Files graphic novel with some original stories and a couple TV adaptations:


    There are a bunch of X-Files books, but they are original stories.
  4. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Sirs, Madames,

    Best example, most successful in literary terms anyway, was the book spinoff of the classic BBC series back in the early 80s, Yes, Minister. Great series about Jim Hacker, a likeable but dense pol who is knocked around like a ping pong ball by a civil servant, Sir Humphrey Appelby, who supposedly works for him. The books based on the series (and its later incarnation, Yes, Prime Minister, in which a slightly more experiened Hacker gets a measure of revenge) were the working diaries of one of the more sympathetic civil servants, Bernard Wooley. Hysterical series and rewarding books.


    YHS, etc
  5. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    YPM was decent. I still hold the BBC responsible, tho, for drastically changing M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series. The books are charming little murder mysteries set in Scotland. The series, while okay, was set in Scotland and had a character named Hamish Macbeth. That's about all they had in common.
  6. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    I have all of these volumes. They are wonderful to read, and I once had a politics major I sang with tell me they helped her a great deal in her studies.

    I give official briefings, you leak, he has been charged under section four of the official secrets act.
  7. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    There are novelizations of episodes of some television series out there. There are also novels telling stories based on existing and cancelled series. This is particularly big with science fiction. I have seen novels like this for Star Trek (in all of its incarnations), Smallville, Battlestar Galactica (the new one) and X-Files, just to name a few that come to mind.

    I would probably read NYPD Blue books, but I would rather see new stories than episodes in novel form. It's a way to continue to follow the stories of the characters once the show is off the air.

    Maybe they can get Sorkin to write a West Wing series now that Studio 60 is gone. :)
  8. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    OOP: Great idea in regards to West Wing!
  9. I can't wait for PTI: The Novel!
  10. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I would read it with others writing it, but hell...Sorkin could just turn in scripts without bothering to put it in the form of a novel and I'd buy it.

    Then again, I loved most of the show's run, even without Sorkin. The last couple seasons dragged a little, but ended strong. Left me wanting more stories.
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