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There are a lot of familiar authors on this week’s New York Times Bestseller List for Fiction.

Interestingly, three of them have inspired very successful television series for three networks.

Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9 written by Charlaine Harris and narrated by Johanna Parker

The Southern Vampire mysteries are the basis for the extremely popular HBO series, True Blood. This installment finds Sookie Stackhouse, barmaid and mind-reader, facing a new breed of powerful non-human beings.

Southern Vampire Mysteries SeriesAfter I wrote about the vampire trend in recent fiction, I picked up the first few titles in this popular series, as well as the first season of True Blood. To my amazement,

I liked the television show better! If you are into the supernatural, do a comparison. I’d love to hear your thoughts… Wait a minute – not like Sookie does…

Dexter by Design written by Jeff Lindsay and narrated by Nick Landrum.

While we’re on the subject of books that have inspired successful television series, let’s talk Dexter. I happen to love these books. Something about a serial killer with a strict moral code – he only kill’s truly evil murderers – is just appealing to read.

I have just started reading this title, having read the previous three, and am watching the first season from Showtime on DVD. This is actually a pretty good pair. I am finding myself picturing the characters from the show as I read. The casting is quite good. I plan to keep Dexter on my must read and must watch lists.

206 Bones: A Novel written by Kathy Reichs and narrated by Linda Emond.

This is the book series that inspired the television show Bones on FOX. This is an instance where the books are very loosely related to the show. In the books, Tempe Brennan has limited success in relationships and has family that is dysfunctional, but not necessarily criminal.

In the series, Tempe is portrayed as intellectual to the point of emotional unawareness. This is played brilliantly by Emily Deschanel, but does not jive with the character from the books. Both the books and the show are good, but don’t expect them to mirror each other. I definitely do not picture the television characters when I read the novels.

Books to Screen

This is a trend that is longstanding and won’t be ending anytime soon. Often, the screen versions are inferior to the books, but, as in the cases above, there are exceptions. Personally, I’m wondering when someone is going to latch onto Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books

This seems like a perfect fit for a cable series, doesn’t it?

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