David Lynch and Mark Frost are obviously the first and second-most important components of Twin Peaks, but there’s a third mind that deserves plenty of credit for shaping and structuring the show’s tone: Angelo Badalamenti. A frequent Lynch collaborator, the book Angelo Badalamenti’s Soundtrack from Twin Peaks by Clare Nina Norelli helps to break down some of the composer’s very bet musical cues across the show and the feature film.
Unlike the other books listed here, Reflections: The Oral History of Twin Peaks by Brad Dukes provides the thoughts and feelings of cast and crew members directly from the source. An incredibly considerate assemblage of interviews, Reflections gives an exclusive look at what it was actually like to be a part of what many consider to be the single greatest television series ever, from the very start to the question mark of an ending.
Written by Lynch’s daughter (err... written by Laura Palmer), The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer is the only text that’s actually referenced on the show and in the film. Considered sacred, this diary belongs to the show’s most important character: Laura herself. It helps to deepen an already complex character’s backstory, allowing for an even richer viewing experience for all who read it.
Co-writer Mark Frost would never be this direct, but it’s abundantly clear that his word comes second to David Lynch’s. Countless times his scripts or ideas have been subbed for last-minute additions by Lynch (always for the best, given the show’s singular nature). Still, it’s obvious that Frost feels these ideas were still worth developing—The Secret History of Twin Peaks and The Final Dossier are effectively the co-writer’s bookends to the series. While some may prefer Lynch’s ambiguous and perplexing storytelling, these books exist for those who demand more answers than the show provides.
Part compilation of the long-running fan magazine Wrapped in Plastic, part episode-by-episode viewing guide for the original series, and part essay collection, The Essential Wrapped in Plastic: Pathways to Twin Peaks by John Thorne is a worthwhile addition to any Twin Peaks fanatic’s library. (Although, to be honest, it’s likely that most already own and pore over this thing on the regular.)