I don’t watch very much television but there are one or two series that I absolutely love and one of my very favourites is Supernatural. Watching Sam and Dean Winchester battle ghosts, demons and monsters in their never-ending quest to save the world is my guilty pleasure and one I’ve been enjoying for over five years now. Recently I received a press release about a new book from Insight Editions called The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester and I knew at a glance that I wanted that book.
Insight Editions very kindly sent me the book to review and I was so excited to flip through it and see what it was like. Within a few pages, I was captivated. This book is so much more than just a recounting of the last seven seasons of my favourite television show. With recaps of each season, character profiles and behind-the-scenes information about the making of the show, it has all kinds of little goodies that fans can recognize and appreciate.
While the gorgeous full colour pages of the book were appealing on their own, it was the multimedia layout of the book that was especially intriguing to me. From a hunter’s manual sewn into the center binding to documents tucked into an envelope at the back of the book to the classic pine tree air freshener that is always hanging from the mirror of the Winchester brothers’ beloved Impala, the fact that the book went beyond text made it all the more enjoyable to read. I found the section of the book dealing on the graphic art of the show to be especially interesting, so having little extras like stickers and postcards featuring some of the specially-created brands and settings from the series was so cool. [Read more…]