Books inspired by podcasts

Being talked at is one of my favorite past times. Whether someone is telling me a fascinating story about Seattle’s history at work or my husband is listing and ranking his favorite cheeseburgers at home, I love listening. So much so, I listen to complete strangers talking inside my earbuds all the time. In this instance I am referring to podcasts!

Some of my favorite podcasts, as it turns out, have inspired books. As a librarian who loves podcasts, this is the ultimate intersection of my passions. These books go all over the map from graphic novel adaptations to collected stories to further research on true events.

Here are a list of some of the ones I enjoyed:

The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch.
Based on the podcast: The Adventure Zone, Balance Story Arc

This is the graphic novel adaptation of a comedy roleplaying podcast in which the McElroy brothers plus their dad, Clint, play Dungeons and Dragons. What starts out as a funny romp through well-known territory takes a deep dive into original storytelling that will make you laugh and sob uncontrollably. Clint and artist Carey Pietsch do an amazing job in retelling the story from the podcast in a new format.

My Dad Wrote a Porno: The Fully Annotated Edition of Belinda Blinked 1 by Jamie Morton, James Cooper, Alice Levine, and Rocky Flintstone.
Based on the podcast: My Dad Wrote a Porno, Season 1

Podcaster Jamie Morton discovered one day that is dad had written a deeply erotic romance novel called ‘Belinda Blinked.’ With his father’s permission, Jamie, Alice Levine, and James Cooper made a podcast where Jamie reads this glorious novel aloud with Alice contributing hilarious commentary. This podcast had me laughing out loud on the bus, much to the dismay of other commuters. The book is a nice companion piece that allows you to see the novel in book form.

Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor.
Based on the podcast: Welcome to Night Vale

In the Night Vale podcast, each episode is like dialing into the local radio station of a town called Night Vale- a paranormal, alternate universe of sorts. It’s hard to explain, but you don’t have to have listened to the podcast to jump into this original novel written by the podcast creators, Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor. I especially recommend the audiobook to get the full force of spooky storytelling.

And here are three others you might like:

Happy reading!
                                                       ~ posted by Amanda H. 

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