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Turning Off The TV #3: Supernatural


Welcome to my new Thursday feature, Turning off the TV! In this feature I’ll be recommending books similar to TV shows or films you may have enjoyed, both series and specific episodes.

The TV series this week is: Supernatural.


Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters” fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

This is the second of this feature covering Supernatural, as I hope to be looking at this series in more detail. So many creatures and urban legends are featured that it opens up a choice of so many more books!

Enjoyed ‘Faith’ (Season One, Episode Twelve)?

Then how about Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett, for a more light-hearted look at grim reapers? Or Croak by Gina Damico, about a young girl whose family business is reaping – her uncle is the Grim Reaper himself. And then there’s The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, narrated by Death. The film adaptation has been recently released/will soon be released, depending on where you live. This is one of my definite reads for 2014, perhaps even this month!

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett Croak by Gina Damico The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Enjoyed ‘The Benders’ (Season One, Episode Fifteen)?

This episode was particularly disturbing. It featured a hillbilly family, Deliverance style, with a taste for torturing humans and human flesh. Although it didn’t ever show cannibalism, it was pretty strongly implied. So if you fancy um, reading some books on cannibalism… here you are. Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun series features cannibalism as a ritualistic practice, used to obtain memories of the deceased. Or if you’re after some YA cannibal fiction (I feel someone is missing out on a niche here? In fact me and my best friend at uni were totally going to write a cannibal love story based off the success of teen paranormal romances like Twilight. I think it will be a major hit. It was also going to be a musical) then Peeps by Scott Westerfeld might be what you’re after: a parasite from a comet causes people to become cannibalistic, and repelled by that which they once loved. And how can we forget Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs, that haunting tale of serial killer Hannibal Lecter, immortalised in film by Anthony Hopkins and more recently by Mads Mikkelsen?

The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe Peeps (Peeps #1) by Scott Westerfeld The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Enjoyed ‘Something Wicked’ (Season One, Episode Eighteen)?

This episode features a Shtriga, a vampiric witch of traditional Albanian folklore who sucks the blood of infants as they sleep. I’ve only managed to find one book, or rather series, that features this creature: The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. It also happens to be the series that The Witcher video game series is based on.

The Last Wish (The Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski The Blood of Elves (The Witcher #3) by Andrzej Sapkowski

Have you got any other recommendations based on these episodes? Are you a fan of Supernatural?


17 thoughts on “Turning Off The TV #3: Supernatural”

  1. I have never watch that show but you have an impressive list of books there anyway! I read Silence of the Lambs years ago, kinda wonder how it would hold up all this time later.

    And Gene Wolf’s book is one of the few classics I am almost scared of; i know it has a reputation for needing to be read twice in order to get all you missed.

    1. It’s a good show, good fun although for some reason I can’t marathon it like I do with other shows!

      I haven’t read Silence of the Lambs, but I’d like to. I’ve not seen the film either, I’m a total wimp!

      Ah, does it? I have a copy but I’m not sure when I’ll get round to reading it…

  2. I have been nagged about Supernatural for ages but I haven’t gotten around to it. But I think I will this year I’m sure. I have’t heard of all the books apart from The Book Thief! Great Feature and I love the new blog layout and everything. 🙂 Happy New Year!

    1. My housemates at uni loved it, but I got into it pretty late. I only ended up watching it because my boyfriend at the time knew I was interested in it and bought me the first series on DVD! You can get up to series 5 or so quite cheaply actually, I think you might be able to buy them all in one.

      Thanks Emma, Happy New Year to you too! Hope everything is going okay =)

  3. Oh, I love this idea for a feature, especially since I love TV AND books! Plus, Supernatural is one of my favorite shows–probably my favorite currently-airing shows for sure. I think I’ll skip the cannibalism books(The Benders is still one of those episodes I tend to skip upon rewatch), but the ones about the grim reaper sound intriguing. I’ve been interested in Croak for awhile anyway.

    1. I’m glad you like it! Haha, I know, that episode had me hiding under the covers since it had the potential to be really icky…

      Are you all caught up on Supernatural? I’m still at the end of series four =( I’ve been re-watching Community and Parks & Recreation lately, I should really concentrate on the shows I HAVEN’T finished like Supernatural and Torchwood!

      1. I’m caught up until like six or seven eps back? I was watching the show as it aired this season for the first time, but then they did an episode I really disliked and my enthusiasm waned a bit. I plan to get caught up this month, though!

      2. Ah, so you don’t have too far to go then, that’s good =) I do feel a bit like it’s all about the demons now. I loved the first series where it was a different monster every time, and now it’s demons basically every episode.

      1. Yes I watch it live. This is the only show I don’t watch later on my dvr lol. But I want to make time to rewatch it from the beginning, not sure when that time will happen. But I’ve forgotten a lot.

      2. Haha, so it’s a definite favourite! I have to admit, I’m only on series four and I already feel like I should rewatch the first two series because so much happened. But I should probably finish all the episodes first…

        Have you read any of the books?

      1. Bleh oh no that sucks. That’s probably why they are not very popular. Sometimes a TV show doesn’t translate to books the same way, or they don’t have the right writers working on them.

    1. Yep, it’s a brilliant way to learn about myths and legends too because so many of the episodes are based around existing ones =D

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