Literary Spin-offs: TV Shows that inspired novel retellings.

We’re all familiar with the concept of books being adapted into TV shows. However, there are also a number of TV shows that have been reverse-adapted into books.

Some of these retellings are strict retellings of the exact story seen on screen. Others go more in-depth into characters back stories and fill in gaps or look at the action from another point of view. While others make changes to the storyline, or take up where the screen left off.

Here are our favourites from our collections

Beauty and the Beast TV Promo Shot

Book: Vendetta by Nancy Holder
TV Series:  Beauty & The Beast

While searching for the truth surrounding her past, Detective Catherine Chandler gets involved with Dr. Vincent Keller. Dr Keller hides a dark secret of his own. They struggle to maintain their unorthodox relationship as they are both pursued by a mysterious organisation called Muirfield.

Doctor Who TV Promo Shot

Book: The Pirate Planet by James Goss  
TV Series: Dr Who

The Doctor and Ramana arrive on the planet Zanak. Looking for the second segment of the Key to Time. Priceless gems are scattered on the streets. The night sky changes with the dawn of each new prosperous age. But the townsfolk live in fear.

Other Doctor who Spin-Offs include: The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter, Harvest of Time by Alastair Reynolds and City of Death by Douglas Adams.

The Blacklist TV Promo Shot

Book: The Beekeeper by Steven Piziks  
TV SeriesThe Blacklist

A former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal voluntarily surrenders to the FBI. He will only work with a rookie profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen to locate the most dangerous criminals in the world.

Revenge TV Promo Shot

Book: Schooled in Revenge by Jessy Lasky
TV Series: Revenge

Ava Winters is young, beautiful, and the heiress to Napa's prized Starling Vineyards. She is also in love with the perfect guy. At least that's what she thinks until he helps take everything that was once hers. With no place left to turn, Ava finds herself on Rebun Island, Japan, the site of Takeda's revenge school. Here she trains to be mentally and physically strong enough to take revenge.

Sons of Anarchy TV Promo Shot

Book: Bratva by Christopher Golden
TV Series: Sons of Anarchy

With half of the club recently released from Stockton State Penitentiary, and the Galindo drug cartel bringing down heat at every turn, the MC already has its hands full. Yet Jax Teller the V.P. of SAMCRO has another problem to deal with. He just learned that his Irish half-sister Trinity has abruptly gone missing. Jax heads to Nevada with Chibs and Opie to search for her and seek revenge.

Homeland TV Promo Shot

Book: Homeland: Carrie's Run by Andrew Kaplan
TV Series: Homeland

Filled with the suspense and plot twists that have made Homeland a must-watch series. This riveting tale reveals the compelling untold backstories of the series' main characters and takes fans deeper into the life and mind of one brilliant female spy.

Criminal Minds TV Promo Shot

Book: Jump Cut by Max Allan Collins
TV Series: Criminal Minds

The Behavioral Analysis Unit, an elite team of FBI profilers, are tasked with examining the nation's most twisted criminal minds-anticipating their next moves before they strike again...

Broadchurch TV Promo Shot

Book: Broadchurch by Erin Kelly
TV Series: Broadchurch

Inspired by the first season of the BAFTA award-winning ITV series, this is the official, unmissable Broadchurch novel. Incredibly moving and containing never-before-seen material, it takes you inside the minds and motivations of the unforgettable cast of characters.

Castle TV Promoshot

Book: Heat Wave by Richard Castle
TV Series:  Castle

The novel written by the charismatic bestselling author Richard Castle, co-star of the hit ABC show. NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat feels sparks from ride-along journalist Jameson Rook. A real estate tycoon plunges to his death. A trophy wife with a past survives a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with motives all have alibis. Dirty little secrets of the wealthy hide until Nikki shines a light.

Want to check out more books and TV shows in our collection? Then be sure to visit us in the Library, or click here to peruse the online catalogue.

Mangaficent! The Top 7 Manga voted by local teens.

Manga are popular Japanese comic books. Read "back to front" these books are growing in popularity. We decided to ask some local teenagers about their favourite Manga. Below are the top 7 from our collection they recommend.

7. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

Light Yagami discovers a supernatural notebook. It gives him the ability to kill anyone whose name and face he knows. Light is now attempting to create and rule the world using the notebook. A detective known only as L is the only thing that stands in his way.

Location: Adult's Graphic novel

6. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

Set in a world where humanity lives in walled cities. Created to defend against large humanoids, known as the Titans. Strange creatures who eat humans for no obvious reason.  Ern Yeager and his friends join the military to fight the Titans after their home is invaded.

Location: Adult's Graphic novel

Saitama, the most powerful of all the superheroes. He has grown bored by the lack of challenging opponent in his fight against evil. He is now on a mission to find a worthy opponent.

Location: Adult's Graphic novel

4. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Naruto Uzmaki is a teen struggling to graduate from Ninja Academy. He dreams of becoming the next Hokage, the leader of his village.  His true destiny may be more complicated than he realised.

Location: Children's Graphic novel

3. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

Monkey D Luffy is a young man whose body has gained the properties of rubber after accidentally eating a Devil Fruit. Along with his pirate crew called the “Straw Hat Pirates”, Luffy explores the Grand Line.  Searching for the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next Pirate King.

Location: Children's Graphic novel

2. Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

Kaneki ends up in hospital after his date is revealed to be a ghoul. During the surgery he is given his dates organs. This turns him into a half-ghoul. Now he needs human flesh to survive. A group of ghouls, who own a coffee shop, take Kaneki in and teach him how to be a half-ghoul.

Location: Adult's Graphic novel

1. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Lucy runs away from home to join Fairy Tail, a wizard’s guild famous for its members' overly destructive antics. She is invited to join the guild by Natsu Dragneel, a wizard with dragon-like abilities who is search of his missing foster father, the dragon Igneel.

They form a team including an ice wizard named Gray, an armoured wizard Erza and Natsu’s cat-like companion Happy. They embark on numerous guild missions, which include subjugating criminals, illegal dark guilds, and ancient Etherious demons created by the dark wizard Zeref.

Want to check out this, and more Manga? Then be sure to visit our Graphic Novel collection in the Library, or click here to peruse the online catalogue.

Changes to our CV Classes. The last session in the current format to be held on 25 July.

July will see the end of our drop-in CV sessions. For six months we have been running drop-ins every Tuesday, to help the community prepare for job hunting with CV assistance and advice. The last session to run in the current format will be on Tuesday 25 July 2017.

A huge thank you to Jay, who has been single-handedly running these sessions. Be sure to keep an eye on our Stepping Up - Free computer classes. We hope in the near future to bring our CV classes to you in this new format.

In the mean time, we still have resources on offer for those wanting to create CVs. Located in Information Services we have free computers to use for word processing. There is no time limit on the use of these computers and they come loaded with CV templates for you to use.

If you have any questions about our Stepping Up classes, or the changes to our CV sessions, then contact our Customer Experience Manager Cynthia on 03 2111 444 or

Updated CV classes now available.

Free family history talks in August. Bring your lunch, and learn!

The NZ Society of Genealogists, Southland Branch, in association with the Invercargill Public Library, is presenting a week of Family History lunchtime sessions.

Each session runs for 45 minutes, starting at 12:15pm in the Library Meeting Room. Bring your own lunch along, and enjoy. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Family History Talk Timetable

Monday 7 August

Introduction to genealogy & family history and how to record your  results.  

Session is run by Roger Washbourn of NZ Society of Genealogists Southland Branch.

Tuesday 8 August

The journey of my whakapapa: How I used the resources available to explore my Māori Heritage.

Session is run by Jay Coote, Community Connections Coordinator at Invercargill City Libraries and Archives.

Wednesday 9 August

Family Research in England and Wales.  

Session is run by Lesley Instone of NZ Society of Genealogists Southland Branch.

Thursday 10 August
Image of a photo in our Archives

Highlights from the Archives Collection. A brief look into what’s new and popular in our Archives.

Session is run by Elyse Clark, Archives Assistant at Invercargill City Libraries and Archives.

Friday 11 August

Gold rushes and Wardens Court Records. 

Session is run by Prue Turnbullof NZ Society of Genealogists Dunedin Branch.


For more information about these session, please contact the event coordinator, Family History and Research Librarian Denise Grant.

Denise Grant

Family History and Research Librarian
Email Denise
(03) 2111 444

Celebrating Matariki. Our list of must-read Matariki Books.

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year.

Matariki Non-Fiction

Together in love : a legend of Matariki by Xoë Hall

The loving embrace of Ranginui and Papatuanuku keeps the land in darkness. When their children discover there is light beyond their parents love, chaos is unleashed. This creates the stars of Matariki. 

He Aroha Pumau Tetahi Ki Tetahi: He Korero Mo Matariki by Xoë Hall

Ka po te ao i roto i te kauawhi o Ranginui me Papatuanuku. Ina puta te mohio ki a raua tamariki he maramatanga kei waho i te aroha nui o o raua matua ki a raua ano, ka wehe te ao, a, ka puta ko Matariki.

Matariki by Sharon Holt

This Te Reo Singalong series follows a family through their Matariki celebrations. Each Te Reo Singalong book includes a song CD, English translation, guitar chords and extension ideas. This book also includes information about Matariki.

Matariki : the Maori New Year by Libby Hakaraia

Matariki marks the beginning of the Māori calendar. It was used as a guide to planting and harvesting and was studied by tohunga. It told whether the food-gathering season would be plentiful or lean.

Celebrating Matariki by Libby Hakaraia

Celebrating Matariki explains what Matariki is. It shows where and when the constellation can be seen and  the importance of Matariki in Maori culture. The book includes 10 Matariki-related activities for children to try. 

Matariki Picture Books

Daniel's Matariki feast by Rebecca Beyer

Starting something new is always difficult. How will Daniel fit in? Luckily for him Matariki is a time of sharing and new beginnings.

The seven kites of Matariki by Calico McClintock

A fictional retelling of the traditional Matariki story.

Te Huihui o Matariki by Toni Rolleston-Cummins

Mitai's seven handsome brothers are bewitched by seven beautiful women. He seeks advice and learns that the women are patupaiarehe. They are given to Urutengangana, the god of the stars, who places them in the far away heavens. Yet once a year he allows them to shine in the Eastern sky. A contemporary myth of love, magic, and adventure that celebrates Matariki.

Matariki by Melanie Drewery

A family celebrate the Māori New Year and talk about what Matariki means to different people. 

Tā Daniel hākari matariki by Rebecca Beyer

Starting something new is always difficult. How will Daniel fit in? Luckily for him Matariki is a time of sharing and new beginnings.

Ngā manu tukutuku e whitu o Matariki of Matariki by Calico McClintock

A fictional retelling of the traditional Matariki story.

The Seven Stars of Matatriki by Toni Rolleston-Cummins

Mitai's seven handsome brothers are bewitched by seven beautiful women. He seeks advice and learns that the women are patupaiarehe. They are given to Urutengangana, the god of the stars, who places them in the far away heavens. Yet once a year he allows them to shine in the Eastern sky. A contemporary myth of love, magic, and adventure that celebrates Matariki.

The little Kiwi's Matariki by Nikki Slade-Robinson

Can you feel it coming? The little kiwi knows a special time of year is almost here. But will she wake up her friends in time?