Did I tell you that I recently discovered David Lynch’s Twin Peaks?
Well, I did, and I love it.
So when I saw this article today, I immediately thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Lincoln Michel over at Vice has put together a great list of books you might want to try if you enjoy Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks is weird and quirky, but sweet. It’s scary, but funny. It’s surreal and out there, but also grounded in small-town dynamics. The tone is a tough one to capture. Each of the books Michel picked fits some aspect of the show. And goodness knows it’s got a plethora of plots, ideas, and characters in the mix, so lots of very different readalikes present themselves.
One of my very favorites, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, is top of the list. I’d suggest any Shirley Jackson if you enjoy Twin Peaks–her stuff is loaded with the macabre, the supernatural, and the weird, but always grounded in the everyday. She also had a knack for quirky characters and humor, as well as a slightly foreboding tone underneath it all.
Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy made the list, as did Duplex by Kathryn Davis and The Shining by Stephen King (all great choices). I learned about quite a few books I’d never heard of before thanks to Michel’s article, and ones I definitely want to try (surrealist Leonora Carrington’s work, for a start).
Here’s the link to Weird Books You Should Read If You Like Twin Peaks. Give it a look, if you’re a David Lynch and/or Twin Peaks fan!