Do you love to watch ABC’s Castle with Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic? As a writer, I can honestly say it’s my favorite show on TV right now. As my brother summed it up for me the other day, “I know I need to watch it. I mean, he helps solve crimes by English majoring at them!” (My brother graduated from college with a degree in English last year.) I didn’t watch Castle from the start. It conflicted with other things we were already watching. But right before we cancelled Netflix, we got caught up on Seasons 1-4 on DVD. What a great decision that was.
When we cancelled Netflix, we started going to the public library more often. And about that time, I saw something online that completely intrigued me. But first, some video clips:
For the Kate Beckett + Richard Castle fans – also known as Caskett fans – here’s a clip from when they finally got together at the end of Season 4.
For those with a few more minutes, I found another great Castle video, this one filled with LOL moments.
Okay. Now that we got that out of the way.
You can actually read the books written by Richard Castle. They really published them. Nathan Fillion’s picture is on the book jacket and everything. There is speculation concerning who the ghost writer is, which just adds to the fun of the mystery. And, as Castle fans, we obviously love both mysteries and fun!
So yeah, you can read all of the books that the character Richard Castle has published on the show. I’m going to make it easy for you by providing the links to buy them on Amazon. I get a small commission if you buy; consider it my “tip” for sharing this information!
Now, I’m not going to say that these books are great literature. That would be a lie. As an author, the character of Richard Castle is a bit of a hack. I’d put him on par with Stephanie Meyer – not a great writer, but able to attract tens of thousands of readers. The aliases he comes up with for each of the people in his life are totally uninspired and completely obvious, although it makes it easy to read the dialogue with the actors’ voices in your head. If you watch the TV show, which would arguably be the only reason to read the book series, you’ll notice that most of the things that happen with Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook (I see what he did there!) are things that happened to Castle and Beckett. In the reality of the TV show, Richard Castle has very few original ideas, and instead only fictionalizes things that happened to him. In our reality, so many of these things are fan service, nods to us as readers by incorporating memorable parts of the TV show.
The books were highly entertaining to me, and I’m pretty sure I laughed out loud at some parts. Definitely good “summer reads,” suitable for reading on the beach. The easy style of writing, compelling characters, and familiar antics made each book hard for me to put down. Deadly Heat isn’t coming out for a few months, as of the time I write this blog post, but I’m definitely looking forward to reading it. Like the end of season 4 of Castle, the fourth book in the series ends on a cliffhanger.
Since we have to wait until fall for the next season to start up, you can get your Castle fix through the written word!