When it comes to TV, New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries has a dirty little secret. Check out her answer below when asked if she watches any shows without wanting to read the books. (GASP! I know.)

“I didn’t read the books.” Yes, it’s a terrible thing for a writer to admit, but I didn’t read the books adapted into certain series of my favorite shows and movies. Worse yet, I don’t really want to.

1)   True Blood—this fantastic series has great characters, twisty plots, and zingy dialogue. From what I understand, it’s very different from the books, but I’ll never know. I got hooked on this version of the world, so I don’t want another completely different one messing with my head. Besides, there’s no half-naked Alexander Skarsgard or Joe Manganiello to admire.

2)   Sharpe’s Anything—there’s a bunch of them, based on novels by Bernard Cornwell. I know I should read the books, but I fear they’ll contain way too much war and battles, and I like the short versions. With the yummy Sean Bean. In period costume.

3)   North and South—Not the Civil War mini-series, but the one based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel, set in Victorian England. I skimmed some of the book. It’s . . . dense. And not as dramatic. And it doesn’t have Richard Armitage in period costume.


I’m sensing a pattern here. Apparently, I’m shallow.