The Daily Dinosaur
17th August, 2014
Today’s Dinosaur Daily does not come from any media source, but it does talk about media and our reading habits.
Tales of our favorite heroes and villains don’t always come from books. Media, with all of its entertainment and insight, is brimming with stories to be told and shared.
This is a blog where I review books (and other bookish things), but I, and I suspect I am not alone in this, don’t solely turn to books for entertainment . And this is the part where I admit that one thing I’ve denied its virtue for so long – television. I was, and, to an extent, still am one who proudly kept my mind pure with lots of books and very minimal TV. But then, one late night with boredom and tiredness aching all over, I stopped to watch just one episode of Dr. Who. Science Fiction and campy action has always pleased me, but the show became more than that. And that is the beginning, that is my confession of becoming a Whovian. And more, it is how I learned to love the television. I imagined a team of writers and designers bustling over scripts and sets just to bring a story to life. There is something magical in that.
And after making it through all of the new seasons twice, I realized the show extends to all corners. There are books and art dedicated just to the show. So, with a little bit of money I made a trip to the local book store and picked up a book that I am quite excited to read, titled Dr. Who: Tales of Trenzalore: The Eleventh Doctor’s Last Stand. Apparently it is number fifty-two in a series, but no matter. I needed this one.
If you’ve ever watched the show, you will likely understand that the Doctor regenerates when he is about to die, and that this moment is a farewell to the doctor of whom we were growing more and more fond. I needed the book that I chose because it relates directly to an episode I am not ready to watch, “The Time of the Doctor” – and another farewell. It’s interesting isn’t it how I feel more prepared to watch the episode having the supplemented book to complete the picture? And also, I know that after watching the episode, that doctor will still have more stories for me. There’s actually a plethora of Dr. Who themed books, based on each of the doctors and I believe this is something I will be indulging in.
Dr. Who is not the only TV series with book series dedicated to it. Here’s a list of several more, including Pretty Little Liars, Dexter, and Supernatural. There’s something for everyone. My question is – how much are these books used to supplement the series? How are they written? Are they engaging and informative to the series? I can’t help thinking this would make a great weekly feature. Of course, I might need to watch different television shows so I don’t feature a Dr. Who novel every week, but then again, Dr. Who is pretty fantastic.
Has anyone else read this kind of supplementary book? How was the experience?