Movies and TV Shows for Book Lovers!

I know, I know! Not all of us, but a fair share of us, do have more time to read these days. But does that really mean we are always in the mood for it? I have compiled a list of movies and TV shows that, in my humble opinion, are perfect for book lovers and writers out there. Some are more obvious, others only have a small bookish aspect to it, but I still think they are all worth checking out!

Movies

THE WORDS

The Words is a story within a story within a story. It explores one man’s guilt as he uses another man’s very personal work, a tale that spans decades and is plastered with broken hearts and an amazing cast. Slowly told, but incredibly moving, if you want to dive into the lives of tortured writers, this is the movie for you!

NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING

Everyone knows I am a huge Karen Gillan advocate, so it should come as little surprise that I featured a movie where she portrays a writer, especially a funny one who can only write good books when she is miserable. Is the movie corny and silly? Yes, absolutely! But who doesn’t need something a little lighter and ridiculous every now and then?

YOU’VE GOT MAIL

Two rival bookstore owners (one independently owned, one chain store) falling in love over the internet? It just doesn’t get old! Just think about it … that movie was released in the late 90s and is still pretty relevant today, barring the outdated technology used. And I simply cannot resist a Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks pairing. I just cannot!

SET IT UP

Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch were rumoured to be the new Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks pairing for romantic comedies in our day and age (and no, it is absolutely no conincidence that I mentioned this particular movie right after You’ve Got Mail). Now you may wonder, what is the bookish component to all of this? Well, Zoey Deutch’s character is a writer, but she just plain doesn’t have any time for it. She struggles but ultimately manages to produce some garbage, which is still better than never writing at all. Her journey (however small in this movie) is just so relatable.

TV Shows

YOUNGER

Younger is one of my absolute favourite TV shows ever and one that is sure to suck you in as well. Having worked in publishing but given up her career for her family, Liza now struggles to get back into the workforce. So, she pretends to be in her 20s even though she is in her 40s. Whether you consider that scenario realistic or not is none of my business, I just really love it. It’s fun, has a great female cast, amazing love interests and is ideal if you aren’t looking for anything too long-formatted (episodes are roughly 25 minutes, so sitcom-length).

BEING ERICA

Now, it’s pretty obvious I am Canadian at heart and Being Erica is pretty Canadian, so, I felt compelled to share it. This show, too, takes partially place in publishing. Saying that is really a stretch, because this show is about time travelling therapy. Yep, you heard right! I don’t want you to expect any sort of realistic depiction of the publishing world here, I just thought it would be nice to add something totally different to the list. And this sure is different. The first season is available for free on YouTube, so if you want to check it out, you can do so here.

FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE

Another big stretch for the topic, but one of the characters is a writer and they are poking some real fun at the Young Adult publishing game. Please don’t take it too seriously, it’s not their actual opinion, but rather their take on being funny. In general, it’s a fun show about how adults really don’t have it all together and how you can grow apart from your closest friends over time.

YOU

Again, I added this to give the list some flavor! It’s a reminder that even seemingly charming (although I never quite got the infatuation with Joe … he’s a creep) bookseller can be dangerous. The amount of books mentioned are worth a reading challenge of their own though, so that could be something fun to devise during this time of isolation. Maybe?


Of course, since I added You, I might as well could have added Gilmore Girls too, but this post was getting rather long already. Are you in the need for some new watching material? Have you seen any of the shows or movies mentioned? Let’s chat and stay safe and healthy!

#CurrentlyWatching: Younger

Younger is a show that’s very near and dear to my heart. I stumbled upon it quite by accident, but man, am I glad I did. It’s really surprising I haven’t talked about it more, but since I was threatened with riots if I didn’t make it a topic this week (love it when people are as passionate about TV as I am), I thought, why wait any longer? (Also, I was a little afraid of said riots …)

First, I think this is the perfect show for this community because it is set in the publishing world – what else do bookworms dream about? So, I’d say Younger is a sort of comedy/drama. It airs on TV Land and will go into it’s 4th season later this year, which means there’s quite a few episodes to binge if you are looking for something to really dive into. There’s nothing quite like it in my opinion and that’s always something I very much enjoy. Seriously, so much these days is just more of the same.

A single-mom has to pretend to be in her twenties to get back into her previous field of work and also to stay afloat in today’s dating world!

There are so many reasons why I love this show! On the one side, it is simply hilarious, self-depreciating and incredibly witty. On the other hand it subtly displays how difficult the professional world can be for women. I’ve heard people refer to it as promoting amoral behaviour and lying, which I simply do not believe. Of course, Liza, portrayed by the ever magnificent Sutton Foster, shouldn’t lie about her age and general life. It’s obvious that whatever relationships are being built during this new chapter of her life will always be stained in a way. She lets it go on for way too long, but there are consequences to her actions. It’s not that easy and I would much rather showcase why she has to lie. She gave up her career to care for her daughter, which is an amazing thing to do. There is this stigma on housewives or stay-at-home parents in general and I just don’t get it. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make the most of the time with your kids, just like there is nothing wrong with starting work soon after giving birth. It depends on circumstances and personality, on support systems and many more factors. Re-entering the market after being away for such a long time is near impossible, especially once you’ve reached a certain age. Also, companies want young talent, preferably with years of experience. It’s a struggle and Liza was just trying to get ahead of the situation, even if it might not have been the best way to go about it. Obviously this doesn’t just concern women, but needing to take breaks from your professional career because of a pregnancy does. And it doesn’t just treat the professional world, but also the craziness that is dating and the expectations that are placed on people these days. The cast as a whole is kickass and brilliant. I just consider the show really thought provoking in so many ways.

Lastly, it shows a unique behind the scenes look into the world of publishing. Why do some books get published and others don’t? What kind of marketing measures have to be taken for new releases from famous and debut authors? I am not saying this is all 100% realistic, but it gives you an idea of how it might be. Also, it’s great fuel for your book-inspired dreams.

I find the love interests on this show quite fascinating. There’s Josh (Nico Tortorella), who is about the most amazing boyfriend one could wish for (at least in my opinion). He worships Liza and he is so supportive and understanding in everything she does. He is kind and funny and pretty much down for anything. Do they fight? Sure, but they always make up eventually. Still, I can’t help but wonder if their relationship will really work. I always try not to be ageist with relationships, because who am I to say if people can make it work or not. But they want VERY different things at some point (not going into detail as to not spoil anything) and that’s a real issue. In my mind, Liza, the real Liza, would work better with our other love interest option, Charles.

So, Charles (Peter Hermann) doesn’t appear until a bit later in the series. He is Liza’s boss, which already creates conflict, is roughly in her age-range, single and a father as well. They have so much in common, it immediately creates sparks. Again, this potential relationship isn’t without problems though. While I do believe they fit together better because they are at a similar stage in their life, I am just not sure if he is really into her or the idea he has of her, you know? Love is a deceitful thing sometimes. Ultimately, the tear between those two very amazing guys is just another factor that makes watching Younger so much fun.

You may notice that there’s no section displaying reasons why you shouldn’t watch this show and that’s simply because there are no reasons why you shouldn’t immediately drop everything and binge this. Okay, there are always people who don’t like the same things as me and that’s totally fine, but still, I see no reasons why you shouldn’t give this a shot.

Are you watching Younger? Do you want to?