Some Bookish Television

Ward’s away on his trip to Okinawa, and if anyone had asked what I would be doing while he was away, I would have said, “Why, reading, of course.”

I even stocked up on a few audiobooks: Gambit, by Rex Stout (a reread), A Trick of the Light, by Louise Penny (I’ve been SO looking forward to this new Inspector Gamache mystery) and Outlander, by Diana Gibaldon (another reread, and an unexpected purchase – Audible had it on sale for two days for $4.95 so I snapped it up).

(Nothing in print or ebook, though – I also have a handful of deadlines coming due this week, and I find that when I spend my days staring at PDF proofs, I don’t feel much like staring at a page when I’m done for the day.)

I did get into Gambit – I find both Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Stout’s Nero Wolfe to be excellent companions during kitchen clean-up time.

But surprisingly, I’ve been watching TV series at night!

I’m not really one for television or movies, although when I sit down to watch something, I do usually enjoy it. We made the decision back when my two older kids were young to not do the cable or satellite thing; television time for us meant DVDs and VHS, and nowadays, a lot of online content, too.

The weekend started out, strangely enough, with X Factor auditions on YouTube. Earlier this year my daughter introduced me to The X Factor – we followed along on YouTube – and I really enjoyed them. The new season has just started, and the auditions are actually my favourite part of the series.

Once I’d watched the latest batch of auditions, though, I found myself wanting to watch other things. (This is probably how television addiction starts …)

So I fired up Netflix, something I almost never do. Netflix is Ward’s territory – he loves being able to watch all those reality cooking shows, and of course his action/adventure movies and chick flicks (which he enjoys even more than I do).

Guess what I found on Netflix? BBC’s Inspector Lynley series! I’m a fan of Elizabeth George’s Lynley books, and I ended up watching all four episodes of the show that Netflix had on offer.

And that’s when my eye was caught by Sherlock, also from the BBC. I remembered, vaguely, some Twitter conversation I’d seen last year about this series and how good it was. So last night, I watched the first two episodes.

imageSherlock (Photo credit)

Wow. I loved it! The whole idea of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson solving modern-day crimes is so much fun. I found both the characters and the mysteries very enjoyable.

On tonight’s agenda? More Sherlock – there are two is one more episodes episode right now on Netflix. And I’m hoping Netflix will be adding new episodes soon after they get broadcast. (Netflix for Canada doesn’t have quite the selection that Netflix in the States has, unfortunately).

What am I planning to watch after I finish the two one remaining episodes episode? Miss Marple, of course!

Can you tell? I’m really enjoying my bookish TV.

16 thoughts on “Some Bookish Television

  1. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Oh WOW, I’m so glad that Sherlock is turning out to be good. I adore the books and I loved the most recent movie so I’ve been dying to watch the show though I’m not a big tv person. Thanks for the update!

  2. Peggy @ Peggy Ann's Post

    I’ll be right over with the popcorn! I love all of those series and that is what I have netflix for! Check out Inspector Lewis and right now on instant play is the Midsommer Murder series taken from Caroline Graham’s books. I love Inspector Barnaby

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Drat! I just checked for both of these series, but it looks like they haven’t made it to Netflix Canada yet :( I will definitely keep looking at the recent additions – hopefully they’ll get added soon. Thanks, Peggy!

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      That IS funny, isn’t it? I’m not sure why I’m feeling this TV compulsion either – it’s definitely not something I normally do!

  3. Bernadette

    I thought the Sherlock Holmes series was great fun…really nice way to update the stories but retain the essence of the characters.

    There are loads more of the Lynley mysteries (6 series in all) – I like them OK but fiound it hard at the beginning to cope with TV Barbara who was nothing like Barbara from the books – not nearly frumpy enough. But if I think of the shows as just shows and stop comparing them to the books I can enjoy them :)

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Whenever I read the Lynley books, Bernadette, I always have this little feeling it was just too bad Havers was so frumpy and there was obviously no chance of a relationship between her and Lynley. (His relationship with Helen was always so angst-filled … not my cup of tea, that.) On the show, Havers is quite attractive (I found her more attractive than Helen!) and the idea of a relationship between her and Lynley doesn’t seem as far-fetched after all!

  4. Dorte H

    Choosing TV over books????

    Well, watching Lynley and Miss Marple may be excused, but …

    I received some DVDs last week; BBC productions of the most famous Brontë stories – but purely for work, of course 😉

  5. Anastasia @ Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog

    There were only three episodes of the first Sherlock series– did Netflix split them up, or something?

    Anyway, I really like it, too! I hope the next season is going to be aired soon. They’ve pushed it back to 2012 but there’s some talk of maybe moving it back to late 2011. (I don’t have much hope, honestly.)

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      No, I got that wrong – I discovered to my disappointment the night I wrote this post that there were, as you say, only three episodes. But I loved the third one, too – what an ending! I hope the new season is shown soon.

  6. natalie @ book, line, and sinker

    ant is away most weeks mon-wed and i’m left to my own devices when i get home. i typically do some reading and then watch stuff on netflix. i’ve been on a pride & prejudice kick lately but also watch arrested development. :) maybe i’ll check out sherlock, though, as i’m in need of something new.

  7. Nan

    I love Sherlock! Such a good show. If you haven’t seen Lewis, a spin-off from the much beloved Morse, I think you’d love it. Very intelligent, great setting, and terrific acting. I also watch a lot of regular tv – Castle, Hawaii Five-O, NCIS, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles. I think the good shows are as much fun as a good book. (maybe I ought to whisper that)


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