These television shows would make great chick lit books!

We, and by “we,” I mean my author/blogger friends and I, often discuss what books we could totally see turned into movies. I even cast all of my books as if the screenplay adoption is imminent. But I’ve never heard anyone discuss what movies/television shows they think would make really good books. Since there is a first time for everything and I like to be a trend-setter, I’ve decided to dedicate this blog post to those television shows I think would make really good chick lit and, in some cases, young adult books:

Veronica Mars – I watched this series when it was in first-run and I loved it. To me, it’s a cross between Nancy Drew and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Blonde, petite, and adorable, Veronica is intelligent, has a snarky personality, a wicked sense of humor, and doesn’t take shit from anyone. Her father is the former sheriff of Neptune, California and currently a private investigator. Veronica assists him on his cases and has her own clientele too—most often her fellow classmates. She also has a group of adorable male admirers and the love triangles are very well done. (Team Logan!) I would love to read a book (or series of books) with Veronica at the helm. I also think she’s a great role model for young women as she is wise beyond her years, strong-willed, not prone to peer pressure and just all around the coolest high school chick ever.

Drop Dead Diva –Aspiring model Deb dies in a car crash, but rather than stay in heaven she presses the “return” button and returns to earth just in time to inhabit the body of recently deceased Jane, a plus-sized attorney in a law firm where Deb’s ex-fiancé Grayson is a partner. Of course, Grayson has no idea that Jane is really Deb and Jane is forced to witness Grayson grieve Deb’s death and eventually move on. In my opinion, this series would make the ultimate chick lit book with a touch of paranormal. There is humor, romance, fashion, and even law-changing legal cases thrown in for good measure.

The New Girl – After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, quirky and “simply adorkable” late twenty-something Jess moves into a loft with three bachelors. Typical comedic moments ensue, along with relationship drama. Combine a cute, if not somewhat awkward and self-deprecating young woman with three handsome, single men under one roof and you have a recipe for a great chick lit book. I gave up on the television show when Jess’s quirkiness became a bit over-the-top, but I would absolutely be up for a stand-alone novel based on the television series.

The Mindy Project – The series follows thirty-something obstetrician/gynecologist Mindy as she tries to balance her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small medical practice in New York City. This series, in my opinion, embodies all that is beloved in chick lit—a multi-faceted main female character who, although professionally successful, struggles to get her personal life in order; hilarious dating disasters; an enigmatic and sexy hero who is always just slightly out of reach; well fleshed out secondary characters; and a seemingly revolving door of possible love interests to keep things interesting. I am addicted to watching this show on the small screen, but would love to read it on my Kindle too!

I certainly enjoy other television shows, but I don’t necessarily think they would transfer as well into a novel as well as the aforementioned. For example, I think a character-driven show would make for a better chick lit book than a plot-driven series where the story changes every week without much character development. I also limited my choices to those categorized as comedy, since humor is a key element in chick lit, and romance, since chick lit lovers in general love a happily ever after.

How do you feel about my choices? What television shows would you like to see made into books?

Valentine’s Q&A with Blogger Girl’s Kimberly Long

It’s almost upon us— Valentine’s Day— the “romantic love” holiday. In honor of this festive-for-some-depressing-for-others-day, a bunch of popular chick lit/romantic comedy authors thought it would be fun to feature the more romantic aspects of our books on our blogs all week.

Today, Kimberly Long, the main character in my most recent release, Blogger Girl, answers some questions regarding her love life.

Kimberly Long

Kimberly Long

Meredith: What three qualities do you find most attractive in a partner?

Kim: I’d have to go with sense of humor, sex appeal, and aggressive without being overbearing.

Meredith:  What’s your idea of romance?

Kim:  On a grand scale, I would love for someone to serenade me at Karaoke or write me a love song but in realistic terms, someone who loves me unconditionally and never lets me doubt it for a second.

Meredith: Who’s your favorite on-screen couple (Film or TV)

Kim:  Hmm, well I’m not a fan of the sappy love stuff. I’m also not a fan of the alpha male/meek woman, like Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey. I like couples who challenge each other and make each other laugh. I’d have to go with Harry Burns and Sally Albright. Although I also have a special place in my heart for Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara.  Oh, and Mindy and Danny from The Mindy Project, but they’re not officially a couple…yet.

Mindy&Danny

Meredith: What’s been your most embarrassing moment in regards to the opposite sex?

Kim: Not to toot my own horn, but unless I am so overwhelmed with attraction for someone that I can barely cross my legs, I’m pretty cool around the opposite sex. I’m not one of those girls who gets herself in crazy, awkward situations like spilling things or falling on my face. I have, however, been known to babble too much about Pastel is the New Black, my chick lit blog, and most straight men can only take so much of the book talk.  

Meredith: What was your first impression of your partner or crush? How accurate was it?

Kim: My first impression of Nicholas was definitely that he’s a player. Either a player or too good to be true. Time will tell…

The one!

The one!

Meredith: How have you coped with break-ups in the past?

Kim: Well, my first boyfriend—my high school sweetheart—became my friend with benefits years later. So far, none of my break-ups have been tragic because I don’t think I was truly in love. I have a feeling it won’t be as easy to recover from the next one…

Meredith: Which hot actor would you want to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Kim: Josh Holloway because a) his dimples are divine, b) I am a sucker for scruffy men and he wears it so well and c) after being stranded on “the Island” as James/Sawyer, he could probably take care of both us. 

I heart Sawyer.

I heart Sawyer.

Meredith: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?

Kim: Admittedly, I’ve never been one to make grand gestures. I think I worried too much about being rejected and so I just let it go. But I think someday, if the situation warrants it, I will have to take a page out of one of the fantastic chick lit books I have read and pull out all of the stops. Those chick lit heroines always get their man!

Meredith: PDA: How much is acceptable?

Kim: I think it’s definitely nice to hold hands and tastefully touch your partner in public. Even a few kisses are acceptable. However, unless you are a teeny-bopper at a dive college or straight-out-of-college-bar, full-on sucking face and groping is totally inappropriate. I like to lock eyes with my partner over a drink or dinner in the knowledge of what we will do to each other once we are alone. Flirting in and of itself is an extremely sexy activity. Almost as fun as the main event—but not quite!

Meredith: What is the best relationship advice you’ve ever gotten?

Kim: To have enough confidence in yourself and your appeal to be able to accept and believe a man who says he is interested and acts like he is interested is, in fact, interested until and unless he proves otherwise, rather than letting your own insecurity sabotage the relationship before it has really even gotten started.

I hope you enjoyed my interview with Kim. Stay tuned for tomorrow when I will post an excerpt from Blogger Girl that showcases the flirtier/sexier side of the book!

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I heart television!

I have an unwavering devotion to the medium of television. Over the past couple of weeks, my regular television shows were on a winter hiatus and sadly, the Lifetime and Hallmark Channels ceased broadcasting their corny-yet-I-can’t-get-enough-of-them holiday movies. I’m not a fan of repeats unless they are for shows no longer on the air – I can watch repeats of Beverly Hills 90210 and Felicity from dusk to dawn – and there was no way I was going to forgo watching television until my favorite shows returned. So, what did I do? Fortunately, I own a Roku device which allows me to watch shows on Hulu Plus on my television set. Hulu Plus has episodes of so many shows that are no longer on the air. Without Hulu Plus, I never would have discovered one of my favorite shows of seasons past – Fringe. I love Walter Bishop, and his son Peter was kind of a hottie! I am also fascinated by the idea of an alternate dimension. This time around, I chose Lost since I never got into it when it was originally aired. After the first episode, I became undeniably hooked and am now already halfway through the third season. I even dreamed about Sawyer last night but, unfortunately, it was not one of those types of dreams 😦 I am dying to find out more about “The Others” and “The Dharma Initiative” and whether “Freckles” will end up with Sawyer or Jack.

Since many of the current shows are airing first run episodes again and others will start soon, I will have to limit my time watching Lost at least for a while, but rest assured, I will absolutely watch the entire series at some point. In the meantime, these are some of the current shows I am most excited to get back to:

The Following – I do not believe for a second that Joe Carroll is dead. I’m just really glad they didn’t kill off Mike the way they did Deb. Word to the wise: do not eat while watching this show. It is graphically violent but very addictive!

Revenge – I can’t believe the producers resorted to giving Emily amnesia. They should change the name of the show to Revenge of All of My Children at General Hospital since amnesia is a total soap opera cop-out! But I love it!

The Black List – It’s so obvious that Elizabeth is Red’s daughter but I like their relationship. And I have a huge crush on Elizabeth’s husband and hope he’s not actually a bad guy.

Downton Abbey – I mourned the death of Matthew, but I still anticipate Sunday nights with a fervor. Lady Edith is my favorite.

Parenthood – Every episode of this show moves me. Currently, I am concerned that Julia and Joel won’t be able to work things out. I also hope Drew loses that douche bag “friend with benefits” Natalie – hate her!

How I Met Your Mother – This season is really pissing me off but I’ve already invested so many years in it and I must see how it concludes. I’m hoping it won’t end with Ted simply meeting “the mother” since we’ve known who she is all season. I want to watch them fall in love.

Grimm – I like the chemistry between the characters more than anything else. It reminds me of the “Scooby Gang” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Another show to avoid watching while eating. Really gross!

Criminal Minds – This show is SICK and, once again, if you watch while eating, you might get sick too. But…I am riveted to my television screen.

The Mindy Project – Hilarious. I totally want Mindy and Danny to hook up already but the show would probably jump the shark if they did. The only thing that bothers me about this show is how easily Mindy meets guys in New York City who turn out to be “boyfriends” – completely unrealistic look at dating in NYC. But, again, hilarious. By far my favorite sitcom.

Castle – Nathan Fillion. ‘Nuff said.

Other shows I enjoy and watch when I’m around but don’t necessarily keep up with are:

The Goldbergs

The Millers

Marvel’s Agents of Shield

The Big Bang Theory

Law & Order: SVU

And, of course, there is the train wreck known as The Bachelor. I will admit that I skipped the first episode as the show only gets enjoyable to me when the competition really gets going. I also think I might be outgrowing it. If I hear another twenty-four year old talk about how she’s been looking for her soul mate her “entire life”, I might have to reach inside my television screen and kick her in the gut. I’d like to see a thirty/forty-something version that I might actually be able to take seriously, but I think that would defeat the purpose of the show. Oh, well.

What about you? What are you favorite television shows?