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 entire series and specific episodes.
The TV series this week is: Game of Thrones.
Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.
The obvious thing here – read the books written by George R.R. Martin. But perhaps you’ve already read them, or for some reason you’re just not prepared to read them (yet!). They are all pretty hefty reads after all! So, whether you’ve read the books or not, here are some recommendations based on Game of Thrones – the covers link to each books’ respective Goodreads page.
The White Queen, The Kingmaker’s Daughter & The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
The Wars of the Roses were a big inspiration for George R.R. Martin whilst writing the series. These three books cover the life of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Consort of England as wife of King Edward IV. Game of Thrones is full of strong female characters, just like Elizabeth, and I think if you like Cersei, Daenerys, Arya et al, you’ll love Gregory’s cast of characters.
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
An adventure story set during the Wars of the Roses, but unlike the books above, this one does not feature royalty as a main character.
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
The first book in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, George R.R. Martin has quoted Tad Williams – and this book in particular – as being a huge inspiration on his work. An epic fantasy published eight years or so before Martin’s own epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire, was published, it has some pretty good ratings and reviews on Goodreads!