Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bookworm: Orange Is The New Black

My all time fav place to curl up and read!! 
Like a lot of other books lately, Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman was turned into a TV show. This is how I was first introduced to the world of female prisons. After watching season one of the show (available on Netflix) I immediately went out to buy the book. Most readers say they hate it when a book is turned into a movie or a tv series. Me on the other hand? I love it (most of the time). It gives me another way of enjoying a story I like.

Orange Is The New Black is a memoir about a woman who lived a scandalous life in her early 20s and paid for it in her 30s. Piper was with a woman in her early 20s who happened to be a drug dealer. She didn't get too far into the world of drugs and money smuggling but she did smuggle money cross border one time. It was this incident that put her in jail years later. This book focuses on the events that lead her to her stint in prison and what she actually experienced in prison. Although I imagine the prison system is different in Canada, there are probably some close similarities. It's because of that, I found her prison life to be so interesting. Most of the media that has focused on people in prison has been about the experience that men go through, not women.

If I could go back in time I think I would have read the book before watching the TV show. Although the book was good, the TV show outshines it due to the changes they made from the original story.

I have heard that the second season will be coming out this year and I do plan on watching it, even though I'm sure at this point it will be nothing like the book. If you haven't seen the TV show, GO READ THE BOOK FIRST!! And then come back here and let me know what you thought :)


  1. I loved the show! I can't wait for the next season. Right now I'm reading Game of Thrones and Call the Midwife after watching both of them. I love reliving it too and there's a few extras in both that you don't know about in the show. It sort of feels like a behind the scenes look.

  2. abby - little city adventuresJanuary 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    My boss just read this book and I think she liked it...I just had a hard time getting into the show. I did hear that the book is much better, as usual haha

  3. I loved the show. The book was good but oddly, I think I liked the show better. That could be because *SPOILER ALERT* Piper meets up with her ex in jail in the show, not in the book. Both of them are good though :)

  4. I have the first Game of Thrones book but I haven't read it yet. Maybe I should give it a go! How are you liking them? I've never heard of Call the Midwife... Will have to look it up now! :)