Thursday, March 8, 2012

Books Inspired by Books - Discussion

Have you read a book because it was discussed or a focal point in another story you was reading?  Was the inspiration obvious while reading?  Did you prefer one over the other?

I have noticed that many authors talk about books or the characters love of reading etc during story lines. Those quotes always touch me as someone that loves books and reading also.

Only since blogging within the last 3 years have I also noticed many authors get an inspiration from another book and I think, sweet, what a nice way to acknowledge the book and author. 

Here are the few I have picked up because of the recommendation.  My reviews are linked.


I read After You by Julie Buxbaum which used The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett throughout.  I loved both of these stories.  The Secret Garden is not my genre of choice but it is a beautiful classic that I can't wait to share with my daughter now.  After You is adult women's fiction, one of my favourites.


And To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has to be the #1 mentioned book in other works.  There is no saying you have never heard of TKAM.  I had the joy of reading this for the first time.  It is not one of my favourites but I definitely understand the love others have and the importance of the book.


And recently I read the last in JT Ellison's series Where all the Dead Lie and she was inspired by the classic Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.  This wasn't available on Kindle so I went to the bookstore and brought it, this is another many around the blogosphere love, so I look forward to reading.

 What experiences have you had, share your recommendations please.  If you decide to do a post, let me know, I will include a linky so we can share.


  1. I picked up Wuthering Heights because of the Twilight series and I ended up LOVING it. Great question! :)

  2. It is great when you love the recommended one. I haven't been let down yet.

  3. I know this has happened to me more than once, but I can't think of a specific example.

  4. I know I've done this but I can't think of an example. It is nice when an author mentions another book in their book -- and when they make it a plot point too. I love that photo!!

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  6. Hello there : ) For the life of me I can't think of a single book that mentioned another book! I'm sure there had to be but one that made me think I gotta read that just doesn't come to mind. Of course there's been the mention of the classics such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights Shakespere and such, but no recent books meaning in the last 30 years or so that I can put a finger onto.

    Interesting subject : )


  7. Great discussion topic. This has happened to me a few times. I went through a time where I was reading alot of Dean Koontz books, and I noticed he would mention the poet T. S. Eliot in his stories. So I picked up a copy of The Waste Land.
    In one of my fav films Serendipity, Love in the Time of Cholera is mentioned, I read it because of the film.
    I have To Kill a Mockingbird on Mt.TBR :)

  8. I know it has happened before, but can't think of an example! Well I have a pseudo example - I was reading The Fault in our Stars, and this book was mentioned as the protagonist's favorite. I was just about to look it up, but as I kept reading, it was not a real book :p

    When reading 1222, And Then There Was None was mentioned, but I'd already read that. But it inspired me to look up other lock-room mysteries.

  9. I am a professional writer and I find it fun to reference other books and even movies to my novels. The most fun is being able to satirize other works in a funny way. :-)


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