Many people watch a television series, completely engrossed in the story lines, and don’t realize that they are watching a live reenactment of a book series – one that could potentially be delivering a product of lesser value than the original.
To avoid this horrific accident, here are four book series to read before the next season of these shows come out in 2017.
The Shannara Chronicles
This MTV show is based on the Shannara book series, originally debuted in 1977. The show is based on the second book in the Sword of Shannara Trilogy: the Elfstones of Shannara. There are numerous books set in this universe, but the show focuses on the lives of Wil, Eritrea, and Amberle. These three youths, one a royal elf, one a half elf, and one a rover, are all connected in a destiny to save the Ellcrys, an ancient tree designed to rid the land of demons.
This series is about the history behind the elven kingdom, as well as a young princess who wishes to prove to everyone what she is truly capable of. If you’re interested in elves, all things magic, and fight scenes with demons, this is a book series to read before the start of season two in 2017.
Imagine if your favorite mythical book series – Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones was actually based on a real world. Similar to the main character of this show, Quentin Coldwater, your brain would explode. Added to this newfound information, he also discovers that magic is not only real but he is able to wield it? The Magicians, as cheesy as it may seem, is indeed magical. It shows bourgeoning love, archenemies, and a school of magic that seems to be the college version of Hogwarts.
If you’re already in love with this series, it’s time to crack open the book it’s based on. The series by Lev Grossman was “labeled as Harry Potter for adults” according to the New York Times. If you’re ready for a science fiction novel fueled by magic and adult themes, grab yourself a copy from a bookstore near you before the next season.
This show has an interesting twist on the oldest story known to man, as well as truly interesting and diverse characters. Based on the comic book series, Lucifer, this show is literally about the devil that refuses to be the devil. Lucifer Morningstar has decided to take a vacation from Hell in, of all places, Los Angeles. Despite the more meta story line, there are subplots that make the audience both laugh and cry along with the characters.
Even if you don’t typically read comic books, this series is sure to have you philosophizing and laughing along with Lucifer Morningstar himself. This is definitely a comic book series to read before the next season comes out.
Despite being yet another dystopian novel set in a post-apocalyptic world, the 100 is a book series to read before the next season arrives in 2017. The television show is loosely based on the 100 book series: the 100, the 100: Day 21, the 100: Homecoming, and the 100: Rebellion. However, the television focuses less on romantic interests and more on the actual process of surviving a war-torn Earth and inhabitants that are no longer driven by their humanity.
If you’re interested in comparing one story line to another, and picking up on any back-story that you might have missed out on within the series, then this book series is a must-read.
Whether you read one of these book series, or all four, you’re in for hours of delight and mystery, magic, and suspense. Don’t forget to stay tuned with all of the season premieres of 2017 so that you’re ready for each show.