Friday, October 7, 2011

Books That Remind Me of Arrested Development

Arrested Development is one of my favorite shows ever, so I was (and still am!) insanely excited when I found out that there is a mini-series and movie in the works. I am so excited that I needed to find an excuse, even a poor one, to blog about my joy, because oh my gosh, STEVE HOLT! I've made a huge mistake! And that's why you always leave a note! I have been aching to quote the show all week but no one I know watches it, so I must turn to you because if you like the show, you are my friend and we should talk about how amazing it is. 

For those of you who haven't watched it, the show is, in the words of its opening theme, "the story of a wealthy family who lost everything- and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together." It's also insanely funny and witty and bizarre and quirky and simply awesome at all times. You should see it.

There's a few books I love that kind of remind me of it, and because I love them and Arrested Development, I made this post. (Anything to give me a chance to quote Arrested Development.)
1. Likely Story by David Van Etten - Of all the books on the list, this one is the least similar to AD, but the crazy family relationships and ridiculous drama still remind me of all the wild antics and complex family issues in which the Bluth family is involved. 

2. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart - Two of AD's most familiar aspects are the running gags and humorous sayings, and Ruby, the narrator of this series, has so many of her own that I think she would fit in to the Bluth family just fine. Also, she lives on a house boat! The Bluths love their boats.

3. Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford - This is a smart and quirky tale of a family, just like AD portrays the lives of the Bluth so intelligently despite all the chaos that ensues.

4. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson - I think only the Martins could rival the Bluths in terms of crazy. Both families have similar dwindling funds, insanity, and inter-family drama that would make an encounter between them be something I would pay to see.

5. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford - Yep, another Standiford book! Maybe this one only reminds me of AD because I think that Michael Cera would be cast in a film version despite the fact that he fits no roles in it, but this book also has the quirkiness and depth of AD.  Plus, I still think about it even though it's been well over a year since I've read it. Such is its power!

Also, just for fun, some of my favorite AD quotes: "Her?", "There's always money in the banana stand," "Babysit me!", "There are dozens of us!", and oh so many more.

Thank you for indulging me with this post.


  1. "There's always money in the banana stand!" Haha yes, I love AD. This is a great idea for a list, all of these books have gone straight on my wishlist if they're anything like AD.

    Ohmygod, I love AD, and I'm glad to know other people fangirl about it as much as I do :)