Weekly – If You Liked This Movie/Show, Read This Book


If you liked Game of Thrones, read…

C. Andrews, Assistant Arts Section Editor

When it comes to movies and books, there are many parallels, and I’ve discovered that I usually enjoy the same genre and plot style in both types of entertainment. The majority of people online recommend to me books that are exact copies of movies that have already been made. People still tell me that if I enjoyed The Hunger Games, I could read the books from which the films were adapted. Instead, I’ve been studying and reading a number of novels and series that I think movie fans will enjoy:

If you liked Game of Thrones, read Lord of the Rings.

Game of Thrones is a long-running television series based on George R. R. Martin’s book series. There are many variations between this TV series and The Lord of the Rings, but if you love high fantasy, action, and suspense in a TV show, this is a great choice. Game of Thrones’s central theme is challenging to pin down, but the show focuses on the fight for dominance as it evolves.

While there are fewer characters in Lord of the Rings than in Game of Thrones, the world of Middle Earth is unlike any other. The continent establishes the basis and plot for fantasy races and journeys. The Lord of the Rings tale is mostly a two-part series written by J.R.R. Tolkien, but it is incredibly long. I don’t recommend this as a beginner’s read unless you have the patience to keep up with several different things going on at once in a world new to the reader. However, if you enjoy Game of Thrones, you will adore Lord of the Rings as a long-term read.

The core premise of good vs. evil is followed in Lord of the Rings but fascinating. The fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries, determines civilization’s future. The quest for it is never-ending for powerful forces. But destiny has set it in possession of Frodo Baggins, a young Hobbit who inherits the Ring and reaches into what he knew to be just a legend. When Frodo becomes the Ringbearer, he faces a difficult task: destroying the One Ring in Mount Doom’s fires, where it was forged.