BOOK RIOT

The Leftovers Season 1: Tease (HBO) (by HBO)

Tom Perrotta’s suburban satire about what happens after a Rapture-like event mysteriously swipes 2% of the world’s population off the face of the Earth is headed for HBO. Here’s the first look.

Say goodbye to your next couple years’ worth of Friday nights.

Neil Gaiman’s novel is headed for TV, and we’ve picked the dream cast. How’d we do?

We need to talk about this.

Charlaine Harris on True Blood, Stephen King on Sons of Anarchy, and more fabulous author TV cameos.

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?

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