By Natalie Issa
It happens to all of us-- we finish a book, and suddenly there's a void where that book used to be. Where can we find something just as wonderful as that book we just put down??
Fear not. While there might not be any sequels to your favorite books (how cool would it be if The Perks of Being a Wallflower had a sequel?!), there are some TV shows that give off the same vibe as your beloved book. Here are my suggestions:
If you like Pride & Prejudice, you’ll love… Doctor Thorne.
Much like the beloved Pride and Prejudice, Doctor Thorne centers around a couple that obviously should be together. But alas, due to the stupid social constructs of the Victorian Era, their social classes keep them apart. Also much like Jane Austen’s works, Doctor Thorne has a good time poking fun at England’s gentry. Check out this wonderful series out on Amazon Prime.
If you like The Hunger Games, you’ll love… The 100.
Kids struggling to survive in a dystopian society? Check. A kick-butt female main character? Check. The Hunger Games and The 100 have a ton in common. Set in the future, the last human colony living in space decides to send 100 teen delinquents down to Earth to see if it’s inhabitable. But is Earth safe? Watch The 100 on Netflix to find out.
If you like Harriet the Spy, you’ll love… Veronica Mars.
Veronica Mars is basically the grittier, more grown up version of Harriet the Spy. Veronica Mars is the daughter of a disgraced detective turned private investigator. Helping her dad out with the business, she spends her free time trailing persons of interest with her binoculars and trusty camera. You can watch Veronica solve some killer cases on Amazon Prime.
If you like The Great Gatsby, you’ll love… Z: The Beginning of Everything.
Instead of watching Fitzgerald’s fictional characters, this series allows us to observe characters from his own personal life. But here’s the twist—it’s all from the point of view of Zelda, his vivacious and beautiful wife. Z: The Beginning of Everything starts at the very beginning of the fascinating relationship between Zelda and her husband. Watch the pilot on Amazon Prime—the rest of the series will come soon!
If you like Harry Potter, you’ll love… Merlin.
Fantasy lovers enamored with Harry Potter will certainly fall in love with Merlin. When a young and awkward Merlin arrives at court, Uther Pendragon is still at rule with his slightly spoiled son Arthur by his side. With magic banned, Merlin must conceal his still-new powers. And Merlin’s beard, do some crazy adventures happen. Watch the whole series on Netflix.
If you like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, you’ll love… Endeavour.
A brilliant, socially awkward detective. Sound familiar? Endeavour follows the beginning of the famous Inspector Morse’s career. Set in the 1960’s, the audience watches a young Morse solve some truly twisted crimes. But just as important, we watch this brilliant detective navigate around the culture surrounding policemen at the time. You can find Endeavour on Amazon Prime.
If you like Twilight, you’ll love… The Gates.
Who doesn’t love Twilight? When paranormal romance reigned supreme, there were a lot of TV shows about vampires and werewolves. But perhaps the one that had the most Twilight-esque feel was The Gates. Tragically cancelled after one season, it follows a perfectly normal family that moves to a gated community. This series deals with the pitfalls of high school, made all the more complicated with werewolves and vampires thrown into the mix. Watch it on Netflix.
If you like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you’ll love… Freaks and Geeks.
Much like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Freaks and Geeks follows a main character that’s trying to figure out where she fits in high school. After the death of her grandmother, Lindsay Weir finds herself growing apart from her old nerdy group of friends. Instead, she’s drawn to the “freaks” (which includes a young James Franco, Seth Rogan, and Jason Segel). Meanwhile, her little brother still very much remains a geek. Sadly, this cult show was cancelled after one season. You can find it on Netflix.