5 TV Adaptations Better Than Their Books

Hi friends! Do you always read the book before you watch the show? As much as I would like to be that kind of person, that’s not me. I like fantasy and sci-fi in all forms of media and some of the times an adaptation allows me to experience a story I would’ve never picked up to read. Maybe it’s the nerd version of blasphemy, but here are 5 TV adaptations better than their books. 

The Magicians – Lev Grossman 

The Magicians is the inspiration behind this post. Somewhere way, way back in the blog I’ve mentioned this before, but I actually dnf’d The Magicians when I tried to read it. It left no impression on me whatsoever. Of course the description of the show jogged my memory a little and I won’t even tell you how many episodes I watched before I realized that I read part of the original source material. The Magicians show is adult, not young adult like the books, and takes place in a magical grad school. The main characters are all bad people; they’re not morally gray just straight up jerks and losers. It took me an entire season to like Quentin and Julia because of their actions, but the side characters Eliot, Margo, and Penny quickly stole my heart and gained my loyalty. The show is a dark academia fantasy with a dash of portal fantasy and it is available to watch on Netflix. I was unable to watch the final season live and I’ve put off watching it because once I do my favorite TV show will be over. How that boring book gave birth to one of my favorite television programs is a mystery to me.

Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin 

My clickbait title doesn’t really apply here because I know the TV show is not as good as the books, but the page count and treatment of women prevent me from reading this series. The fantasies I usually read are from women, Black women and women of color in particular. Plus Game of Thrones is grimdark and completely not to my tastes. The show let me see Daenerys and her huge dragons so I’ve gotten all I need from this series. Peer pressure is most of the reason I ended up watching the show and I had a love/hate relationship while it was still airing. The ending of Game of Thrones went down as one of the worst in tv history so maybe if Martin ever finishes the series I’ll read the Wikipedia plot summary.

The Witcher – Andrzej Sapkowski 

Same reasons as Game of Thrones. I like the show because it is funny, has good action scenes, and Yennefer is amazing. The Witcher has three timelines blended together and that doesn’t become clear until halfway through the season. It’s short enough to watch twice so I could enjoy the wibbly-wobbly timeline more. I don’t typically like when books have unclear timelines and don’t let the reader know. Actually, the only time I’ve seen this mechanic and liked it is in N. K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season.

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

The Good Omens show was really fun and I loved it; however, even with my enjoyment of the show I would never be attracted to this book in a store and buy them. I don’t think Pratchet’s books, overall, are for me. That type of whimsy is not my style and I don’t tend to pick up books with overt religious tones. If Good Omens ever gets another season I’ll watch and support that way.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

American Gods in those first seasons checks all my boxes for fantasy TV shows. It had whimsy, it had meaningful diversity, there was drama and angst, it was so good. After Orlando Jones was fired from the show I stopped watching and haven’t gotten around to finishing it. Jones played the spider god Anansi and he was a scene stealer. I actually love a lot of Gaiman adaptations and have never read his books. Maybe one day in the future I’ll pick up Anansi Boys or Sandman, but for now I’m fine watching shows based on his works. 


Stay tuned for the movie version of this post! What are the best and worst TV adaptations you’ve seen?

Halloweentown Book Tag

Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to do the Halloweentown Book tag created by Jackie @ BookishCoffeeBlog. Here are the rules for the tag:

  1. Mention the creator of the tag
  2. If you were tagged, mention who tagged you!
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Have fun!
  5. Bonus: watch the movie while you answer the questions

Halloween gives kids ideas about there being magic: Name a book that is full of magic

That Time I Got Drunk and Saved A Demon by Kimberly Lemming had such a fun world with a loosey-goosey magic system. The magic of this world was very casual, spells were cast and elements were controlled without much explanation, and nearly every supernatural creature I’ve ever heard of was included. There was also a magical connection between a human and a dragon for all the monster-lovers out there. 

Halloween is cool: Name one book from your October TBR

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes has a space adventure, alien cats, and a unique sense of humor. I don’t link horror/thriller books because most of the time they’re boring. So my idea of a good Halloween-esque book falls more into the sci-fi/fantasy realm. 

Nobody really appreciates my taste in weird stuff: Name your favorite underrated read

I didn’t do this on purpose but 2021 was my year of urban fantasy. Here are two underrated books: Elemental and Temple of The Inner Flame. I’m always searching for more Black women in fantasy and it seems like the self-published authors have this on lock. 

The Cromwell’s are powerful witches and it took the power of all of them to defeat the evil: Name a powerful fictional family

The Matsuda family from The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang are one of the most powerful families in a country full of strong waterbenders. The Matsuda clan perfected a technique of making ice swords sharp enough to cut through steel, they can manipulate water down to its molecules, and they are master swordsmen. Mamoru Matsuda is my baby and my pride and joy, I love this character. Mamoru has his father’s Matsuda talents and his mother’s Tsusano talents for blood manipulation. 

Halloweentown was written about in a book, so maybe it’s real, maybe it’s not: Name your favorite non-fiction or historical fiction book

Erik Larson’s The Devil In The White City is about a serial killer who hunted women during the 1893 World Fair and about the changes that happened in the city for the fair. The aspects of the book dealing with the fair are more historically accurate than the serial killer side of the story, which is more historical fiction because not a lot was revealed about the killings or true number of victims. Historical fiction and nonfiction are two of my least read genres so I don’t have many recs for this question and had to dig deep. 

Mayor Kalabar wants revenge: Name a book you thought you would enjoy but ended up not

From the description and reviews I thought I would love Truthwitch … that didn’t happen. Truthwitch did not pass the vibe test. There was too much plot stuffed into 300 pages, the characters didn’t have any time to breathe or adjust to what the plot threw at them, and it was too predictable. I prefer character driven stories so this book didn’t meet my tastes. Not a bad series at all, I feel like people who mainly read YA but want an older/more mature series would eat this up. 

Instant witches brew, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t: Name your favorite or least favorite book under 200 pages

Two for one special. A novella I read and loved, The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark, and one I didn’t enjoy, Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor. I loved The Black God’s Drums for the sense of adventure and the alternate-universe New Orleans. Remote Control was literally about a little girl with radioactive powers walking across Africa. Walking. No.

Time works differently in Halloweentown: Name a book that was so good it made time stop

So far this year my favorite romance read is The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Reading this book was a romantic rollercoaster ride and I loved it. 

Mortals see, mortals do: Name a book with non-human characters

Sleepless has a fox and that’s as good as it’s gonna get for this prompt. I feel like human-esque creatures (vampires, fae, etc) should not count for this prompt and I don’t read many books with animal/non-human characters. 

Luke helps save the day: Name a character you thought was bad but ended up having redeeming qualities

Billy Dunne from Daisy Jones and The Six is rude, controlling, at times was a bad husband and father, and is not a good friend. For some reason I ended up liking him anyway. His struggle with sobriety and how hard he works to be a better father and husband won me over. He wasn’t completely successful at turning his life around but I appreciate the effort. 

An Evil Force is at Work in Halloweentown, We Have to put Merlin’s Talisman in the Giant Pumpkin to Save Everybody: Name your favorite fictional villain and hero

Magneto is my favorite villain and my favorite hero is Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing. 

Halloweentown is Saved: Name a book with a really satisfying ending

The ending of The Starless Sea was really good. It’s a hard book to describe in a few words, but I will try. A man finds a strange book that contains fables/stories and one of his own memories, so he goes on a mission to find out where this book came from and if the mysterious library described inside is real. It’s whimsical and magical and while the story at the heart of the book has a definite ending, the ending of the book is open and hints that the characters will continue to have adventures. 


If you want to do this, consider yourself tagged. Here are the questions so you can copy/paste them!

  • Halloween gives kids ideas about there being magic: Name a book that is full of magic
  • Halloween is cool: Name one book from your October TBR
  • Nobody really appreciates my taste in weird stuff: Name your favorite underrated read
  • The Cromwell’s are powerful witches and it took the power of all of them to defeat the evil: Name a powerful fictional family
  • Halloweentown was written about in a book, so maybe it’s real, maybe it’s not: Name your favorite non-fiction or historical fiction book
  • Mayor Kalabar wants revenge: Name a book you thought you would enjoy but ended up not
  • Instant witches brew, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t: Name your favorite or least favorite book under 200 pages
  • Time works differently in Halloweentown: Name a book that was so good it made time stop
  • Mortals see, mortals do: Name a book with non-human characters
  • Luke helps save the day: Name a character you thought was bad but ended up having redeeming qualities
  • An Evil Force is at Work in Halloweentown, We Have to put Merlin’s Talisman in the Giant Pumpkin to Save Everybody: Name your favorite fictional villain and hero
  • Halloweentown is Saved: Name a book with a really satisfying ending

Thanks for reading

My Fashionably Late September Wrap-Up

Hello friends! September was a successful month. One thing I’m proud of is: I joined a book club this month! The B2Weird book club is focused on sci-fi and fantasy written by authors of color. I followed a lot of the people in the book club already so when I was invited to join it was an easy “yes”. There is this donghua on Netflix I watched, The Daily Life of The Immortal King, it’s similar to One Punch Man or Saiki K. The first 11 episodes were funny and I loved it, the final 2 were trash. And in music news I’m going through a Bring Me The Horizon phase at the age of 24. 

What I Read

Eldritch Sparks – Whitney Hill

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I liked this book way more than book 1. I picked up the second book in the Shadows of Otherside. This time Arden is trying to maintain the tentative alliance she created in the first book and fight off a lich (undead sorcerer). Eldritch Sparks solved some of the problems I had with that first book; Arden has an actual stake in the plot and will lose personally if she doesn’t win. Elemental felt so disconnected because most of the plot was happening outside of Arden’s knowledge and she was being used by nearly every other character. Hill made an interesting choice to separate Arden from her family and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book when she has to rely on these new connections. I’m not looking forward to the developing relationship (the author has time to change my mind) but if enemies to lovers spread out over multiple books is your thing, you might like it. 

The Sword of Kaigen – M. L. Wang

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It was the September book club pick for B2Weird. I am not sure where to start or what to say because this book is unlike anything I would’ve chosen to read. TSOK is a book about a family and town impacted by war. The Matsuda family have a respected legacy as warriors, able to create blades of ice so strong they cut through steel. Mamoru is 14 and shaping up to be another legendary Matsuda warrior. Misaki is his mother. She has had to stifle herself and bury her violent past to act as a housewife, so the war unearths a lot for these characters. It doesn’t have a traditional plot and instead follows Misaki and Mamoru as they live their lives in this dangerous period. So many things are explored in this book: propaganda, legacy, family, women’s role in society, and more that I will talk about in my full length review.

Daisy Jones and The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 2 out of 5.

My friend and I are reading this together and we are going to send each other an annotated copy to see our thoughts and reactions. Not sure if I explained that correctly, but I’m going to get her annotations and she’s going to get mine. Daisy Jones and The Six is about a fictional band doing a tell-all interview of why they broke up. It started out as a fun read and I really did feel like I was watching a documentary about a band. As the story progressed and the characters were more fleshed out I began to dislike most of them. A positive thing about this book is how it handled addiction and accurately portrayed different experiences and struggles with sobriety. My biggest issue with the book is the bland feminism, the white feminism, and the complete lack of accountability for Daisy Jones.

People We Meet On Vacation – Emily Henry

Rating: 3 out of 5.

People We Meet On Vacation was one of my most anticipated reads and it sorely let me down. You can see by the 3 star rating that I didn’t hate this book, I just had high expectations. Alex and Poppy are best friends who go on a vacation together every year, two years before the start of the book they had a falling out and Poppy tries to revive their relationship by going on a vacation reminiscent of their time as broke college students. Friends to lovers, mutual pining, obliviousness, and jealousy are some of my favorite romance tropes so the middle of this book was excellent. Poppy and Alex’s friendship felt so natural and seeing their vacations over the years was easily the best part of the book. Unfortunately, the actual romance part let me down. Once they admitted their feelings all the tension dropped and there was a stupid third act conflict. I hate when characters spend large amounts of time away from each other and the eventual getting-together was not convincing. 

That Time I Got Drunk and Saved A Demon – Kimberly Lemming

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this novella on Kindle Unlimited. It’s a cute and quick story about a woman who goes on a journey to defeat an evil witch masquerading as a goddess. Cinnamon frees the humans form the witch’s lies and frees the demons from slavery, which was a huge surprise. The cover gives off the vibes of a very cute book, the writing is lighthearted, but this woman was questing to end the slavery and hunting of demons. Some of the dialogue was “old timey” and then super modern with no warning and that threw me off and took me out of the story. My rating is right in the middle because tone clashed with the writing and some of the subject matter. I still liked it and will read the sequel if I’m still subscribed to KU when it comes out. 

I did not read as many books as I wanted to this month, most of my library haul went unread and I ended up returning them. Charming as a Verb was a DNF because I wasn’t in the mood to read young adult and I didn’t even open Rosewater  or When You Were Everything. Disappointing for sure. Most people need book buying bans and I’m the type of reader who needs library bans. It’s so easy for me to stroll through, pick up books I’m interested in, and then not have the bandwidth to actually read the books. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I should read thick tomes and high/epic fantasy in physical form instead of ebook. 


That’s all from me! Tell me what you’ve watched or read this month.

My October TBR

Hi friends, I hope you’ve been doing well! I’m basically done with my reading challenge for the year and now I’m a little stuck on what I should read. I want to indulge in rereads and ignore all the series I’ve committed to, but I also have new releases that are on my mind. This October TBR is made up of books I need to read for book clubs/tours and books that have been sitting on my shelf making me feel guilty. 

Chilling Effect – Valerie Valdes

Wild Rain – Beverly Jenkins

If We Were Villains – M. L. Rio

American Demon – Kim Harrison

The Bronzed Beasts – Roshani Chokshi

Small Favors – Erin A. Craig

Lobizona – Romina Garber

Flowers For The Sea – Zin E. Rocklyn

Fire Touched – Patricia Briggs

Taken To Vorazia – Elizabeth Stephens 


If you’ve read or plan to read any of these books let me know. Or talk to me about what’s on your tbr for the month.

Memorable Quotes from The Gilded Wolves Trilogy

Today is the release date for The Bronzed Beasts! It’s bittersweet to know that this trilogy is coming to an end, but I fully intend to re-read these books or to pick them up and re-read my favorite passages. I get to have the complete story in my mind and look back for all the foreshadowing I didn’t catch the first time.

I read The Gilded Wolves in a single sitting when I was in a bit of a reading slump and this series has been on my mind ever since. I love the characters, the writing, the plot, the whimsical writing, and the social commentary. Roshani Chokshi has cemented herself as one of my favorite authors and she is on my auto-read list.

Here are my reviews of The Gilded Wolves and The Silvered Serpents

The Gilded Wolves Quotes

They stole histories, swallowed cultures whole, smuggled evidence of illustrious antiquity onto large ships and spirited them into indifferent lands.

Zofia glanced at the forbidding Eiffel Tower … But the Tower of Babel had been built to reach God and the heavens. Zofia was not sure what kind of god the world sought to reach now.

Your imagination hurts you far worse than anything I could ever do.

History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors.

If you get in the way of a woman’s battle, you’ll get in the way of her sword. 

I don’t want to be their equal. I don’t want them to look us in the eye. I want them to look away, to blink harshly, as if they’ve stared at the sun itself. I don’t want them standing across from us. I want them kneeling. 

That boy looks like every dark corner of a fairy tale. The wolf in bed. The apple in a witch’s palm. 

The Silvered Serpents Quotes

To Nicolas Cage, the muse I didn’t ask for.

“I don’t love you,” he said flatly. “Then pretend,” she whispered, her fingers trailing up his jaw now, turning his face to hers.

“All goddesses are just beliefs draped on the scaffolding of ideas. I can’t touch what’s not real.” Séverin looked up at her. His pupils were blown out. “But I can worship it all the same.”

Most myths are just truths covered in cobwebs.

The difference between a diamond necklace and a diamond dog collar depends on the bitch. And they both have teeth, Monsieur.

She understood how the world cultivated malice between girls, teaching them to bare their teeth when they might have bared their souls.

My life, and whatever is left of it, will not be what his soul gnaws on to regain its strength. My death is not in service to his character, and I will not be a sacrifice simply for him to find peace of mind. He is not my responsibility to save.

I wish my love was more beautiful.


Do you mark memorable quotes?