Richard Castle Joining the Real Literary World
Talk about a perfectly planned promotional tie-in — it seems ABC’s entertaining Nathan Fillion crime dramedy Castle is about to get its own book. Those who watch the show know Fillion’s character, Richard Castle, is a famous crime author, so a real-life novel to go with the show is a nice development … if fans actually read and buy it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the forthcoming publication will have the title Heat Wave, as in the Nikki Heat detective series Castle is working on on the show, which never fails to irk his TV “partner,” NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), on whom the fictional protagonist is based. The stand-alone real-world book is predictably a mystery that features familiar details and characters from the ABC series.
The first chapter from the future Hyperion publication, attributed to author Richard Castle, will appear on ABC’s website (ABC.com) beginning August 10 to help build anticipation for the dramedy’s currently scheduled September 21 second-season premiere. Additional chapters from the first half of the book will then debut online weekly for the next ten weeks, followed by the publication of the complete novel on September 29.
Sounds like a great promotional idea to me. First a renewal and now this. The future is certainly looking good at the moment for me and my fellow Castle fans. I’ll definitely be reading along, too, both online and when the book makes it to print.
Nathan Fillion/Castle photo courtesy of Craig Sjodin/ABC