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Turning Off The TV #10: Supernatural

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

The TV series this week is: Supernatural.

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 third 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 ‘Provenance’ (Season One, Episode Nineteen)?

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) by Jonathan Stroud

This episode is about a haunted painting that Sam and Dean have to somehow obtain from an auction house, and then dispose of. So what would be a better choice than The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde? This infamous story follows the eponymous Dorian Gray, who sells his soul in exchange for eternal youth and good looks. However, his recently commissioned portrait reflects the extent of his sins, whilst the real Dorian remains perfect – at least in appearance. It was a pretty scandalous book when it was released, and there’s also a fairly recent film adaptation starring Ben Barnes which only builds upon and adds to the scandalous moments. And then there’s The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1), the first in a brilliant new series by Jonathan Stroud, about young members of a ‘supernatural agency’. Like the Winchesters, Lockwood & Co have to deal with many haunted and possessed objects. I reviewed this book earlier in the year.

Enjoyed ‘Devil’s Trap’ (Season One, Episode Twenty-two)?

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates

After their father, John Winchester, is captured, Dean and Sam along with Bobby succeed in trapping the demon Meg, who reveals that their father is in Missouri. Unfortunately, he has been possessed by Azazel, the yellow-eyed demon that killed their mother. There are countless books on demons, demon possession and demon worship – and quite a few episodes to do with Ol’ Yellow Eyes throughout the show, so I’ll just recommend three books for now. Firstly, there’s the super obvious one – The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. Do I really need to explain the plot?? A more recent release, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea tells the story of Violet, who lives in a sleepy little town where nothing much happens – until River makes an appearance. It’s a classic tale of that enticing new stranger being not quite what they seem… And finally, The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates describes how a whole town falls under the influence of a supernatural force. Although it’s part of the Gothic Saga, it can be read as a standalone as the series is more a collection of gothic novels by the same author, rather than novels containing the same characters and similar events.

Enjoyed ‘Everybody Loves A Clown’ (Season Two, Episode Two)?

It by Stephen King Joyland by Stephen King Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The Winchesters investigate a series of murders at a travelling carnival, which turns out to be a Rakshasa (of Hindu mythology), transforming into a clown in order to trick children, before then murdering their parents. Of course, the first book that came to mind linked to this episode was It by Stephen King, which I won’t be reading any time soon thank you very much. Clowns are already creepy enough as it is. Another Stephen King novel with a carnival theme (maybe we should just avoid carnivals and funfairs??) is the more recently released Joyland – now this one I definitely want to read sometime. And now for a non-Stephen King book: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, in which a creepy carnival (*makes a mental note to avoid carnivals in the future*) comes to town, and two young boys have to save their home from its evil clutches.

Are you a fan of Supernatural? Do you have any recommendations to add?

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12 thoughts on “Turning Off The TV #10: Supernatural”

  1. YES GOOD CLASSIC SPN IS THE BEST SHOW EVER NEXT TO VERONICA MARS AND SPARTACUS.

    Whew. I’m sane, I promise. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea sounds so promising. I hope I love it, because most people I’ve spoken to have not. And no I did not enjoy Everybody Loves a Clown, HOW DARE YOU SPRING THAT ON ME. I’m scarred.

    1. Wheeeee =D

      I’ve heard lots about it too – plus I love the cover! The only thing that kind of puts me off is the whole ‘falling in love with the mysterious bad boy’ thing, but it depends how it’s done I guess…

      And sorry! CLOWNS ARE TERRIFYING THOUGH UHGHH

  2. I luuurve Supernatural! As do I love Dorian Gray, It, Joyland, and I hope to read The Exorcist soon. I’m so terrified of clowns though, that one episode was insanely scary. The book It also gave me nightmares, although in my dream It transformed into a huge bloody parrot instead of a clown.. Not sure what that was all about 😀

    1. I assume you’re talking about the book of Dorian Gray – have you seen the recent film? I kind of like it, and also really don’t as it takes things a liiiittle too far, but it’s also pretty entertaining =P

      How was Joyland? I love the cover of it!

      UGH! Not many books scare me but I think that totally would.

      1. Yeah, I meant the book. (: I don’t think I’ve seen the movie. I have seen The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which draws very loosely from the book.

        Joyland is good! Though not the pulpy horror flick you’d expect from the cover. I’ve written a review of it, in case you’re interested (link)

      2. Oh, I didn’t know that! I don’t think that film was very well received though?

        Thanks for linking to your review – I’ll go and take a look! =)

  3. Great recs! I actually just started watching Supernatural last year (a crime, I know). In fact, I’m watching it as I type this. I’ve also read many of the books on that list and I think they’re perfect companions to those episodes. I like the idea of getting people reading by going after their favorite shows. I’ve also been really excited about The Screaming Staircase.

    1. I started it three years ago, and I’m STILL only on season four… it’s not the type of show I can marathon I think. Even though I really like it, I have to really be feeling it to sit down and watch it.

      The Screaming Staircase was absolutely brilliant =) So glad I requested that one!

    1. Aw, thank you Wesley! I have to say, I have a lot of fun with the Supernatural versions of this feature, as there are so many different things to cover. If I added every book I could think of, we would never be able to stop reading 😉

    1. Haha! And nope, I haven’t – although funnily enough, Grimm has been recently added to UK Netflix and is actually on my ‘to watch’ list =D Maybe I should bump it higher up the list, on your recommendation!

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