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Book Recommendations Based on Your Favourite Movies/TV-Shows

Hamnah Kashif, Grade 11


Have you ever wished to read a book with an exciting narrative similar to that of your favourite movie or television show, but couldn't discover the proper novel? We understand how challenging it is to find a book that is as fascinating as your favourite movie or television show. Don't be worried! In this post, we will propose numerous novels based on films from the dystopian, thriller, mystery, and fantasy genres! Bring a pen or pencil, or take screenshots, because we've prepared a list just for you!


Hunger games--- Legend by Marie Lu


If you enjoy a strong female protagonist such as Katniss Everdeen and a dystopian and exhilarating movie like The Hunger Games, then Legend is the perfect book for you. This novel is set in the United States of America and is dystopian fiction. What was formerly the western United States is now the Republic, a nation continuously at odds with its neighbours, much like Panem in the Hunger Games. June is a prodigy born into a wealthy family in one of the Republic's wealthiest areas. Day, a fifteen-year-old from the slums, is the country's most wanted criminal. June and Day are from completely different areas and don't know each other—until June's brother, Metias, is killed and Day becomes the primary suspect. Day is fighting for his family's life, whilst June is out to avenge Metias' death. However, in an unanticipated turn of events, the two learn the truth about what drew them together, as well as their country's horrific secrets. June and Day, like Katniss, will have to choose between survival and humanity, as well as life and love.


Sherlock --- Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson


Do you enjoy intriguing mysteries? Do you want to be on the verge of your seat, and enjoy surprising plot twists? Believe me when I say, you'll enjoy the book, Truly Devious. The story follows Stevie, a young girl, as she begins her education at Ellingham Academy, a boarding school for children who are extremely skilled in one or more trades. Stevie is a private investigator. She seeks to solve the twentieth century's biggest murder and kidnapping at the school, following a trail of evidence as the crimes recommence. Specifically, she will crack the case of "Truly, Devious," one of America's most notorious unsolved crimes. However, something unusual is happening. Ellingham Academy is stricken by death, and Truly Devious makes an unexpected comeback. The past has awoken from its tomb, and a murderer is officially on the loose. Stevie is a brilliant detective who is quite similar to Sherlock Holmes himself. The television show and novel mirror each other with perplexing and mind-boggling mysteries that will leave you stunned.


Avatar: The Last Airbender ----A darker shade of magic by V.E Schwab


While the plots in these two infamous masterpieces aren't identical, the magic systems are similar because they involve fire, water, earth, air, and blood being the five elements. While most people in the world of, “A Darker Shade of Magic,” can only manage one or two of these elements, Kell, our main character, is an Antari who can control all of them. Kell travels between three Londons in three realities as an Antari: Gray London (our London), Red London (his London), and White London (his London). Just like, “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” this novel series contains carefully crafted, visually attractive worlds, and a storyline that captivates the readers' interest.


La Casa de Papel ( Money Heist)---- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Did someone say heists? Where do I even begin with this book? Six of Crows is a truly remarkable and enthralling novel. Featuring intriguing, three-dimensional characters, a unique and grungy location, and a fast-paced heist, this novel is all about a heist, similar to the popular Netflix television show La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), in which six fantasy teenagers try to get into their world's equivalent of the Pentagon, The Ice Court. By all accounts, this is an impossible robbery. Kaz is given the opportunity to take part in a daring robbery that may make him rich beyond what he can imagine. But he can't do it alone, so he recruits a group of teenagers who just might have what it takes to pull off the heist without being killed. A wonderful story for those who enjoy captivating characters and a fascinating global setting.


Us---- The Outsider by Stephen King


Finally, if you liked the horror/thriller film Us, in which a family's insane doppelgängers terrorize them at their beach house. I think that we can all agree that nothing is scarier than being bombarded by your weird alternate self and strange loved ones, then you'll love this book. Stephen King's The Outsider follows an eleven-year-old boy whose body was discovered brutally murdered in a park. Multiple eyewitnesses saw Terry Maitland, a respected Little League coach, English teacher, and loving father, leaving the crime scene. No one wants to believe he was responsible for this horrible crime, even though his DNA and fingerprints are found all over the body. Everyone is perplexed since Terry has a good alibi and several witnesses both employees and strangers can confirm that he was miles away when the youngster was murdered. So, who killed the child? Why are people claiming Terry was nearby? How can he be blamed? When I say that this novel will leave you stunned and on the edge of your seat, I mean it!


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