Pretty Little Liars: Episode Titles That Are Books

Hello there,

Happy Pretty Little Liars day to all the PLL fans out there. To celebrate the return of PLL and the last 10 episode of the series I decided to do a PLL post. This post is on different episode titles that are actual books. Now let’s get into the books…and episodes.

  1. PLL: Season 1 Episode 3- To Kill a Mocking Girl

About: “The girls try to pay tribute to Alison’s memory, but they are still being faced with unresolved issues. Aria has an unpleasant encounter with her father’s former mistress and Spencer must face a vengeful Melissa while Hanna is trying desperately to get her boyfriend to forget the ‘old Hanna.’ But with “A” taunting them every step of the way, the girls will find that leaving the past behind is much harder than they first thought.”

    Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

About: “Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic, Puliter Prize-winning novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus’s children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930’s.”

Connection: The Liars are reading To Kill a Mocking Bird in this episode.

2) PLL: Season 1 Episode 18- The Badass Seed

About: “The four liars remember a frat party and question Alison’s motives that night. Aria uses the school play as a means to get closer to Ezra. Hanna and Caleb are pushed to a new level in their relationship. Spencer and Toby become closer. Emily shares some new information and ‘A’ watches everything closely.”

     Book: The Bad Seed by: William March

About: “What happens to ordinary families into whose midst a child serial killer is born? This is the question at the center of William March’s classic thriller. After its initial publication in 1954, the book went on to become a million-copy bestseller, a wildly successful Broadway show, and a Warner Brothers film. The spine-tingling tale of little Rhoda Penmark had a tremendous impact on the thriller genre and generated a whole perdurable crop of creepy kids. Today, The Bad Seed remains a masterpiece of suspense that’s as chilling, intelligent, and timely as ever before.”

Connection: The Liars are putting on a production of The Bad Seed at school.

3) PLL: Season 1 Episode 22- For Whom the Bells Toll

About: “The Pretty Little Liars use the videos that they found as blackmail against Jenna.  Meanwhile, Aria and Ezra get into another conflict when his ex returns to town, Emily’s father wants the family to move to Texas for a year, and Spencer finds herself in life-threatening situation after life-threatening situation.”

     Book: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

About: “The story of Robert Jordan, an American fighting with anti-fascist guerillas in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, the tragic death of an ideal. It lives for us because of the great disillusionment that grew out of WW II, a war fought with such high hopes and concluded so cynically with a former ally gobbling up half of the Europe we hoped to liberate.”

4) PLL: Season 2 Episode 14- Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares

About: “While all the Liars seem to be at odds with each other, Toby fights to win Spencer back and becomes suspicious of the antics of the supposed best friends. Meanwhile, the Montgomerys receive some worrisome news.”

Book:  Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898 by: Merline Pitre

About:Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares, originally published in 1985, was the first book to make an in-depth examination of the cadre of African American lawmakers in Texas after the Civil War. Those few books that addressed the subject at all treated black legislators en masse and offered little or nothing about their individual histories. Early scholars tended to present isolated events of the violence and political deterrents inflicted upon black voters but said very little about how these obstacles affected black lawmakers.” 

5) PLL: Season 4 Episode 3- Cat’s Cradle

About: “ The girls are curious about Melissa’s return visit to Rosewood. Meanwhile, Hanna meets with Detective Holbrook in an attempt to help her mom; a clue left by Ali leads the girls to an eerie mask maker; and Emily’s mother becomes one of “A”s targets.”

     Book: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

About:Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works and Vonnegut at his very best.” 

6) PLL: Season 6 Episodes 2 &3- Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience

About: 6×2– “While the liars relax, Alison manages her reputation.”

6×3- “Spencer investigates Charles and Aria seeks info about Andrew. Meanwhile, Emily and Alison each acquire a new friend; and Hanna wants her old pals to reunite and put the events of the Dollhouse behind them.”

    Book: Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake

About :Songs of Innocence and of Experience compiles two contrasting but directly related books of poetry by William Blake. Songs of Innocence honors and praises the natural world, the natural innocence of children and their close relationship to God. Songs of Experience contains much darker, disillusioned poems, which deal with serious, often political themes. It is believed that the disastrous end to the French Revolution produced this disillusionment in Blake. He does, however, maintain that true innocence is achieved only through experience.”

7) Pll: Season 6 Episode 12- Charlotte’s Web

About: “Aria starts to look suspicious as she immediately heads back to Boston; Emily continues to lie about her life in California; and the ladies find themselves in familiar territory. Meanwhile, Alison keeps a close eye on her friends.”

    Book: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

About:Charlotte’s Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur’s dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to quite a pig.” 

Those are all the episodes and books that I found. I am sure there are more so let me know of others you find. Also since I haven’t read most of these books are there deeper connections between what happened in the episode and the book? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time book nerds and liars,

Yari

Disclaimer: Episode into from tv.com – Book info from BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com 

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