So many times, we watch a movie or a series that reminds us of a book or vice versa. We, humans, love to search for the same feelings we experienced in everything we do. Whether it is the happiness we felt on watching a movie, the feeling of being understood, or a morally gray character that makes us feel less lonely, even if it’s temporary, we love to find bits and pieces of things we love in every new thing we come across.
So, if you are a reader who is searching for a specific feeling or a trope based on the movie you love or last watched, we totally understand you. After watching movies like Purple Hearts and Wedding Season, we ourselves couldn’t stop looking for books that could match those feelings.
Whether it is the tragic story of Romeo & Juliet or the fake dating trope, there’s a book for every specific thing you like.
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Romeo & Juliet: Tragic Love Stories
Starting with the tragic Romeo & Juliet, if you love the movie in an obscenely unhealthy amount or just a normal amount, we’d suggest you give These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong a chance. The book TVD is a Romeo & Juliet retelling based in Shanghai. It is written so poetically and beautifully that you’d forget that the book is supposed to be tragic.
The Kissing Booth: Best Friend’s Brother
If you like your best friend’s brother or just like The Kissing Booth on a normal level, we’d suggest you pick up the cute book To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise. It has the same best friend’s brother trope in an adult and film industry setting. It’s easy to read, and the romance between these two characters is perfect for you if you’re craving something different than The Kissing Booth yet something which is similar to it.
After: In A Non-Toxic Way
If you’re guilty of watching After and loving it, then we would suggest you try the Addicted To You series by Krista and Becca Ritchie and the Off-Campus/ Briar U series by Elle Kennedy, which have the college romances in a non-toxic way. Addicted To You follows Lily Calloway and Loren Hale, who are addicted to two different things, but they fake-date to hide their truths. While Off-Campus series is a sports romance set in a college. We’d highly recommend you try reading these books because they are so much better than After.
Me Before You: Heartbreaking Movie
If you have got your heart broken by this movie called Me Before You, then firstly, we are sending you virtual warm hugs. And secondly, we are recommending a few books that you might like. For the grumpy/sunshine trope, we’d suggest you read It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey. Or, if you want another heartbreaking story, you could read A Thousand Boy Kisses, where one of them will die. But if you want something light, but in a workplace romance kind of way, then you could read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Book Lovers by Emily Henry, or Meet Me in The Margins by Melissa Ferguson. We also believe you might enjoy Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne since it’s about “first and second impressions”.
Dead Poets Society: For The Dark Academia Lovers
If you are a dark academia lover who has pens and poems sprawled across the room as you binge-watch the Dead Poets Society for the hundredth time, then we think you will enjoy If We Were Villains, The Secret History, and Ninth House. There’s also a new book titled If You Could See The Sun coming out super soon, so you could look out for that to be your next read too.
Purple Hearts and Wedding Season
Lastly, since we talked about Purple Hearts and Wedding Season, here are our suggestions. If you enjoyed the fake dating trope in Wedding Season, then you might enjoy The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas, The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazlewood, and The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren. And for the people who crave that MOC trope, we have a whole list of books that you could read, starting from Marriage For One by Ella Maise to many more books.
And if you don’t like reading, then we’d still suggest you pick up these books. Who knows, you might end up falling in love with the beautiful feeling of getting lost in between those pages.