“Portlandia” Travel Guide Book in the Works

Travel News — By christinegarvin on February 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

We’ve seen plenty of books become TV shows or movies. But this time, we get to see things flipped around.

Portlandia, IFC’s hit series that makes fun of hippies and hipsters in Portland, is expanding into guide book territory. Now that the show has become a bonafide buzz term on the web, we knew it wouldn’t take long for the publishers to come running.

“PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors” will make its way to bookshelves in late fall of this year, according to Jaunted. The guide book will take visitors to ‘hot spots’ in the city using the show’s stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s humorous take on Portland. Expect to hear a lot about recycling.

Image: Salim Virji/Flickr

What are some other TV shows that had a second life in the print world? Murder She Wrote, the popular-amongst-the-older-crowd show staring Angela Landsbury as Jessica Fletcher, became a series of books. Same goes for another crime-fighting detective, Monk.

Don’t forget the fun – and extremely popular – sci-fi series such as Star Trek, Star Wars, and Roswell, which all have spawned (no pun intended) numerous novels. CSI and Bones also have book spin-offs.

Still, we have a feeling “Portlandia” may be one of the first travel guides that came from a TV show, particularly one that might be useful as well as funny. We’ll just have to wait and see if it’s worth putting a bird on it.


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