We’ve been watching Game of Thrones recently. It’s not the type of television series that either my husband or I would usually watch. We are much more likely to watch cop shows like Law & Order Special Victims, Criminal Minds, and The Killing than something like Game of Thrones which defies genre labeling. Yet, we are hooked…by the characters…by the unraveling of the story…by the knowledge that no character is really safe from death or mayhem on Game of Thrones.
While I’ve been enjoying Game of Thrones on TV, I’ve been wondering if I would enjoy books written in a similar vein, and I’ve been wondering how long it will be before the popularity of the TV show started spilling over into the manuscripts I receive.
There definitely is a correlation between popular movies, popular TV, current events, and the manuscripts I receive. The first few years after September 11th I received lots of manuscripts with characters involved in foiling terrorist plots, mostly terrorist plots on American soil. After the popularity of Brokeback Mountain I received more manuscripts for male/male romance.
It’s clear that writers are inspired by current events, popular TV shows, and popular movies. But I wonder, do current events, popular television shows and popular movies impact what you want to read? If you like a particular movie do you look for books that explore the same or a similar theme? Does watching the popular series Grimm make you want to read more stories that take some aspect of that series and run with it? Does watching a documentary about prohibition make you more or less interested in books set in that time period?
How do current events, TV shows, and movies impact your reading choices?