What’re You Reading: Jessica Jones from ‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’

Fangirlish writers adore their fictional characters. We all have our favorites from a variety of television shows especially. So in a fit of genius or insanity because we are all fannishly busy stressing over making sure readers have preview guides, recaps and a multitude of opinions on these television universes; now we’re going to combine our passion for reading with fangirling TV — by figuring out what our favorite characters would be reading and why you should be reading those books. Not only that, Fangirlish created a Goodreads account and we will be opening up the discussion there and taking suggestions for which fictional persons you would like bookishly profiled.

When it comes to reading, it seems like Jessica doesn’t find much time between catching bad guys, drinking whiskey and maintaining her full-time sullen demeanor. But I do think now that her mortal enemy Kilgrave is dead and her boyfriend, Luke Cage is going on to have his own TV show, Jessica will have a bit more time on her hands to engage in leisure activities like reading.

So here a few books that we think will be on the Alias Investigations bookshelf:

 

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – While I don’t see Jessica being a keen fan of the New York Times bestseller list, I can see how this excellent Gillian Flynn novel will make it on her list. The protagonist of the novel, Amy Dunne, who goes missing and seemingly frames her husband, Nick for her murder is smart, cunning and always one step ahead of everyone else. She is someone I think Jessica would admire and be wary of, but definitely someone she would want to learn more about.
  2. Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide by Michael James Jackson – Basically this is a guide of everything you would need to know about whiskey from how to store it to what to drink it with and how to make whiskey cocktails. I can easily see this being Jessica’s go-to book when it comes to all things whiskey.



  3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – The series, by JK Rowling but using her pen name Robert Galbraith, follows around a private detective, Cormoran Strike, who returns from war to become a struggling private investigator. As someone who survives a trauma and in turn makes a living as a struggling private investigator, I think Strike will resonate with Jessica.
  4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson – Lisbeth Salamander is an antagonistic, misunderstood genius who was repeatedly sexually abused and uses her skills to help a journalist find a missing girl and avenge years of rape and murder of young girls by a sadistic man. For Jessica, this will hit very close to home, as the only way for her to stop the serial abuser Kilgrave and his influence was to kill him.
  5.  Carrie by Stephen King – Reluctant to use her special powers, the torturous classmates push Carrie a bit too far on the night of her prom and she reigns down on them using her powers to evoke horror and fear. When it came to Jessica’s powers, she wasn’t overt about them, she had a brief stint as an almost hero but other than that she went on her way and only used them when she was in dire need for them. I think she would get a kick out of reading about Carrie’s reign of terror.

 

Do you agree with us with what our favorite private investigator/antihero would be reading? Chat with us on Goodreads about what your choices would have been.

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Caryn Welby-Solomon

Marvel/Game of Thrones Writer

Writer covering Marvel TV and Movies and Game of Thrones. Lover of books, TV, comics and films. Member of Ravenclaw, sworn fealty to House Martell, and worships at the altar of Peggy Carter.

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