Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Paranormal Telly: A Discovery of Witches .@ADiscoveryOfWTV .@DebHarkness

This was a feature on my previous blog and I want to bring it over. Here I will share my favorite paranormal television shows and of course make it a bit bookish by sharing books I think go along with it. Of course, if there is source material I will also link any reviews to the original books as well.

Show: A Discovery of Witches (Season 1)
Seasons: 1
Run Time: 60 mins
Air Dates & Time: Sundays @ 9pm
Reruns can be seen: Sundance, Shutter, Amazon Prime, AMC

Brilliant historian Diana Bishop is a witch denying her own heritage. But when she unexpectedly calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript from Oxford's Bodleian library, one that was thought by the creatures to be lost and could answer the mysteries of their existence, she finds herself thrown into the heart of a dangerous mystery - and into the path of the enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont. Matthew is driven to solve the looming threat of the creatures' decline and extinction, but their unlikely alliance to find the book before it falls into the wrong hands - and their deepening relationship - threatens to violate age-old taboos and shake the fragile peace that exists between the species.

Tagline: It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with A Discovery Of Witches.


I absolutely loved this adaptation of Deborah's book. I watched this via Amazon prime. I watched it over a weekend and got absolutely nothing done because I was so absorbed.  Starring Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as Matthew and Diana I absolutely fell in love with their dynamic, their chemistry and the way in which they portrayed the characters.

The show is a cast of characters ranging from vampire, Daemons and Witches living within a hidden world right next to ours. Diana has spent her life running from magic until of course magic comes calling in a big way.  I love that this cast of characters are diverse, and you feel the mystery of who each of them are right from the get-go. None of the characters are any less than the others and the potential for betrayal ranges high when so many are seeking to retrieve the manuscript.  Within the book, we don't get as much background about the others as we do in the show, but the show makes all these different threads come together into a wonderful tapestry of a story.

There are a few changes in the show from the book, like when events occur and who gives some information, but the bare bones match and the story doesn't sacrifice anything for the telling. I will say the characters are more real and fleshed out in the show than they are in the book and we get more back story from the side characters in the show than we did in the book, which makes this way better. 

Since this is being told from so many different perspectives and each person has their own agenda you can feel the tension escalating as the story advances. Each episode giving us just enough to make you come back for more. And that final episode??? I almost fell out of my chair. DId they or didn't they make it?? We'll have to tune into next season to find out. 

I highly recommend for my paranormal lovers and for even those who thought they wouldn't love paranormal.  
  • A Discovery of Witches (Review)
  • Shadow Of Night
  • Book Of Life

Here are a few books and shows that would also suit your fancy if you like this one.


  • Midnight Texas
  • The Originals 
  • Vampire Diaries 
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Katie McAlister (rom-com supernatural )
  • Christine Feehan's Carpathian Series
  • Susan Krinard
  • Maggie Shayne 
  • Karen Marie Morning's Highlander Series (This also contains a bit of time travel as well)
What else would you recommend my loves??? Have you had a chance to either read the book or watch the series yet?? Share in the comments down below and I'll see you tomorrow.

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