Did your favorite make the list?
But I think there’s more than just the numerical difference in available books versus available television shows. Because I am “known” as a reader, it feels somehow deeply indulgent to spend time rereading books. There’s a weird pressure to be up and familiar with a vast array of books — a quantity I couldn’t manage if I spent time revisiting old favorites (this seems silly, but maybe others feel the same way?).
As a television show, Orange is the New Black is a game-changer. We start with Piper as our touchstone, but we quickly find ourselves amidst an ensemble of female leads who are black, white, Latina, old, fat, gay, transgendered, track-marked, meth-teethed, or, in other words, the kinds of women that usually get two lines on NCIS before they are shot or led away in handcuffs. This is truly a feminist’s show. And it’s not just feminism for cute, young white girls (see, well, Girls). It’s feminism for women, all women, we all see ourselves on this show, this show says no matter what we look like or where we come from, we are worthy of being watched and listened to, our stories are worth caring about.
NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood’s MADDADDAM trilogy, and more. What’s on your wishlist?
Neil Gaiman’s beloved book is coming soon to HBO! Whom would you cast?
Gatsby quotes + Arrested Development photos = awesome mash-up. See them all at Book Riot.