My three favorite things in this world are books, movies, and TV shows. I wanted to create a post that strung these things together for people. It’s called If You Love… because you know when you buy something on Amazon and it brings you to a “Recommended For You” page? That’s essentially what I’m doing here. If you’ve read/watched/seen any one of the three, then you should check out the other two! I’ve made a list and narrowed it down to the four best book-movie-show pairings.
1. If You Love… Comedy
BOOK: Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler’s first novel explores her life before the fame and is jam-packed with sweet and hilarious advice. This is my bible. I recommend anyone who has ever admired any piece of Amy’s work. She’s got some great old photos in here as well as a sweet tribute to each of her Parks and Rec cast-mates.
TV SHOW: Parks & Rec
Parks & Rec is one of my favorite shows of all time. Think of The Office, except Amy Poehler is the boss instead of Steve Carrell. This show features a great cast (Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt) and will always keep you laughing. 10/10 would definitely recommend.
MOVIE: They Came Together
If you’ve kept on reading thus far, you must love my girl Amy Poehler. She and comedy are the common denominator in this pairing. This movie is a hilarious romantic comedy pairing starring Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and the city of New York.
2. If You Love… Romance
BOOK: The Selection by Kiera Cass
What Goodreads says: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
TV SHOW: The Bachelor
Everyone who’s anyone knows the premise of this show. Sappy romantic game show where the boy picks the girl of his dreams by process of elimination. This show has essentially the same plot as The Selection, except this is “real life.”
MOVIE: Stuck In Love
This If You Love is mostly for hopeless romantics, which is why I know you’ll love this movie. It has a killer cast including Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins and Nat Wolff. Together, they make up a family of writers, all in different romantic places in their life. Bill (Kinnear) pines after his remarried ex-wife Erica (Connelly), Rusty (Wolff) is obsessed with the popular girl and Samantha (Collins) doesn’t believe in love at all. You will find yourself relating to each character as they make their way through love and life over a year.
3. If You Love… Friendship (and a little bit of drama)
BOOK: Paper Towns by John Green
Quentin Jacobsen is literally in love with the girl next door, Margo Roth Spiegelman. After admiring her from afar for 18 years, she finally shows up at his window one night where she takes him on the best adventure of the life. The next morning, Margo is gone, and Q is consumed with one question: Where did she go?
TV SHOW: Girls
You know I can vouch for this show if you read my First Date post. My favorite part about this show is its ability to present friendship in such a real way, which is the same reason why I love Paper Towns. This show is sad without ever being depressing, funny without ever being ridiculous and sweet without being sappy.
MOVIE: The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Perks is also one of my favorite movies ever, based off a book by Stephen Chbosky. This story follows Charlie, a high school freshman struck by depression after his friend’s suicide. He finds a genuine friendship in Sam and Patrick, who guide him through high school, life and love.
4. If You Love… Mystery
BOOK: Looking For Alaska by John Green
Miles starts Culver Creek Boarding School with only one thing to set him apart from everyone else—he memorizes last words. He quickly falls in with a group of rebellious teens who alter his perspective on love and life. He falls in love with Alaska Young, mysterious and free and desperate to seek a Great Perhaps.
TV SHOW: Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars is ABC Family’s prize possession. It follows Aria, Emily, Spencer and Hanna as they attempt to live their life after the death of their beloved friend Ali. Things take a turn for the worse when they begin to receive threatening messages from a mysterious ‘A.’
MOVIE: White Bird In A Blizzard
White Bird stars Shailene Woodley and is set in 1988. Kat’s life is thrown into chaos after the disappearance of her seemingly perfect homemaker mother. When she returns from college, she’s forced to confront the truth about her mother’s disappearance and her father’s imminent silence on the subject.