It'a National Book Lover’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with a few literary web series? While there are a ton of amazing web series out there both literary and non-literary, we’ve selected some fan favorites and some you may not have heard of!
1. All For One- If the original musketeers were queer and female, All For One is what you’d get. Set in modern day unversity, this adaptation of The Three Musketeers features a fierce cast and mind blowing story to tell.
2. Carmilla - Perhaps the original Le Fanu novella is less well known but the web series sure as hell isn’t! Carmilla features a broody lesbian vampire, a non-binary character (LaFhooray!), lots of mysteries to solve, a determined detective far too curious for her own good and more!
3. In Earnest - Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest comes to life in this modern day web series featuring a similar storytelling style that Wilde often used. The series takes old Victorian values and fits them into today’s modern culture. It features themes of romance, friendships and all that good stuff.
4. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries - Quite possibly the catalyst in the literary web series space, this modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice really took the internet by storm earning them global recognition and becoming the first digital series to win an Emmy!
5. The March Family Letters - Louisa May Alcott’s classic book Little Women comes to life in this modern day web series following the March sisters as they capture their days via video to send to their beloved Marmie who’s away on deployment. There’s lots of laughs and cries to be had with the series that you won’t want to miss.
6. The Misselthwaite Archives - This modern adaptation of The Secret Garden follows Mary Lennox who moves to her uncle’s large and lonely estate after the death of her parents. She hates everything about her new home but after discovering the hidden glade where her aunt passed away years ago things start to get interesting!
7. The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy- With season three of this epic web series, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy is perfect for any lost boy (or girl!) who loved Peter Pan as a child. We get to follow pretty immature Peter as he sets off to finally becoming an adult and dealing with all the drama that comes with it, including getting his best friend Wendy to fall in love with him.
Have other literary web series to share with us? Sends us a tweet @netTVnow and share some of your favorites with us!
And as an added bonus…The Slutty Book Club! Check out their no-filter reviews on books in an array of literary sections from fiction to Kim Kardashian’s selfie book you’ll give yourself all the laughs!
Here’s the thing about reading a life-changing historical fiction novel. Once you read one, there’s no going back. You need to read another. And another. And another. That’s how we felt after reading SALT TO THE SEA (out in February!) a heart-wrenching story that pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest untold tragedies in history, so we decided to share the love and round up 8 reads that will get YOU hooked on historical fiction:
Four voices. Four secrets. The lives of four young people come together at the end of WWII, weaving a story that brings to light the greatest maritime disaster in the history of the world. It comes out February 2 but you can read the first chapters here!
Who knew medieval France was so…scary? Matchmaker and tavern-keeper Botille has a secret: she’s hiding a branded heretic, Dolssa, in their town of Bajas. But how long can they avoid the wrath of the Church? THE PASSION OF DOLSSA comes out April 12 but you can start reading it here!
Everything changed for 15-year-old Lina one night in 1941, when Soviet officers forced her family apart into Siberian work camps. A tale of survival, strength, and love that will make you want to hug the person next to you.
Two years ago, Judith returned to her village having been permanently mutilated. Now, the town is being attacked and she has to choose: continue to live in silence, or speak out and change the lives around her forever.
Sammy and Andy are headed on the Oregon Trail to the California gold rush…except Sammy and Andy are actually Samantha and Annamae, girls in disguise who find out there aren’t many places to hide on the open trail.
Book club AU where one person in your OTP is a giant book nerd and gets really angry when person B turns up to discuss the book every month, never having read it, but still managing to talk about it better than person A.
Person B who deliberately memorises Spark Notes and goodreads reviews just to rile person A up.
Person B holding the meeting at their house and person A getting super jealous (and maybe falling the teeniest bit in love) when Person B shows them their library, only to get angry again when person B tells them the books have been in their family for generations and they’ve never actually read any of them.
The people in the book club only showing up to the meetings because the UST between person A and person B is worth paying the baby sitter an extra $20 an hour to witness every second Wednesday of the month.
Person B actually working in a book shop and person A being so offended - because who works in a book shop and doesn’t read.the.books? - they storm out the room, making sure to take the plate of cookies Mrs Graceland baked for the group with them despite the fact they hate cookies, knowing person A loves them.
Person B reading person A’s favourite book and person A getting really, adorably confused when person B asks if they want to talk about it over coffee. Just them.
Person B letting person A use their book seller discount and sneaking them free proofs of upcoming books.
Person A not being sure what to do with the fact they still want to punch person B every time they say them; just…more softly, on the mouth, with their lips.
Person A finding out person B does read, they just don’t read books. They read fan fiction. A lot of fan fiction. Person A might now be in love.
Person A finding out person B ships their NOTP, creating a massive argument which ends in person B kissing person A, pulling back a second later saying this isn’t over before running out the door to go home and be confused because…what just happened?
Person A and person B not talking for weeks because you ship my NOTP you are now my most loathed of enemies but really you’re a really good kisser and I you give me butterflies and I don’t know how to look at you without wanting to do something stupid like hold your hand and offer you my favourite mug to drink from.
Person A and person B ending up being the only two people left in their book club because everyone else got tired of them not getting their shit together. It’s been a year. They’re still rooting, just….from a far.
Person B staying late one night at person A’s, falling asleep to the sound of person A’s voice reading to them from the book they never read that month.
Person A asking person B why they still continue to turn up to the meetings if they don’t even like reading. Person B sighing, saying “never mind” before walking out the door because they tried. No one can say they didn’t try.
Person A still sending person B e-mails about “next month’s book” long after person B stops turning up.
Person A seeing person B at a library three months later, getting them both kicked out because person A can’t stop laughing at the irony of person B holding a book called 1000 Books To Read Before You Die.
Person A asking person B to lunch as an apology and person B accidentally kissing person A instead of saying yes.
Person B kissing person A back.
Person A and person B e-mailing their book group, asking them to come back.
The book group wishing they had never accepted the invite because instead of trying to out discuss each other, person A and person B now spend the whole time staring at each other and holding hands, arguing only to start kissing, making everyone nauseous. Everyone apart from Mrs Graceland who finds the whole thing utterly adorable and knits them both matching book sweaters for Christmas.
He makes time to visit the library every week because he’s come to know the little old librarians so well and they worry if he doesn’t come. He walks in and asks them all how they’ve been and if they’ve missed him all week and sometimes brings them flowers. He’s in their book club and brings them gifts on their birthdays. They all say they wish their sons were like him. He says, if it makes them feel better, they’re like mothers to him. He spends hours perusing the shelves and always leaves with a stack of books almost too big to carry out to his car. Most of them are for him to read but sometimes he finds one that reminds him so much of one of the crew that he checks it out and leaves it out for them with a sticky note that reads, in borderline illegible handwriting, “READ IT”. The crew loves getting books from Geoff because it means he’s thinking about them.
Despite the fact that none of us enjoyed this month’s book club book, book club was great last night! We have so many great discussions! And, several people in the book club are also reading All the Ugly and Wonderful things, so we’re having a subgroup book club meeting over lunch in a couple weeks to discuss that one. Apparently, though, I didn’t warn people enough about the subject matter. Part of the reason I liked it is because it is NOT an easy book to read at all. It will probably make you wildly uncomfortable. I’m also now forcing everyone to read Letters to a Young Muslim. Very excited for those upcoming conversations–especially hearing the thoughts of some of my friends who are Muslim.
A friend of mine lives along the Austin Marathon course at mile 19. She and her neighbors get together every year to have breakfast tacos and mimosas and cheer for the marathoners. It’s an awesome tradition that I am so excited that I get to join this year! I’ll be on the lookout for @iwatchtheworldoutside!!
Our gym book club is reading The Vegetarian for our first book… I’m 63 pages in and there’s already mental illness, sexual assault, and family violence. Wow. I guess there’s no easing the not-such-big-readers in with this group. We probably shouldn’t have let Daniele pick the first book. She’s the person who INSISTED that I drop everything and read Spill Simmer Falter Wither. I’m still not entirely sure I’m recovered from that one and it was months ago.
I have decided that I need to reevaluate my Goodreads rating system. It’s way too lax. I give away stars far too easily. This would be fine if it weren’t being seen by anyone, but apparently (at least some of) my Goodreads friends take my stars very seriously, and I have to use them more judiciously and try to make a point of saying what I do and don’t like about a book. I don’t know that I’m in any position whatsoever to be recommending books to people…but I do, so I should take it more seriously.
It is freakin’ gorgeous outside! I’m heading out to meet a friend for a walk in the park with our dogs followed by a patio lunch, a stop at the library to pick up my holds that just came in, and then a bike ride and a catch up phone call with my best friend! :) Happy Friday!
john: [enters room]
sherlock: THE LIBRARY ONLY HAS TWO COPIES OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
john: damn it all, your book club will never succeed at this rate
john: ok wait what’s going on i’m sorry love what is it