(1 of ) Click through our gallery to see more than two dozen books, movies and TV shows that have used Sonoma County as a part of the story. First up, "Age of Adaline" (2015): In a pivotal scene of the movie, Adaline is driving through a freak snowstorm in Sonoma County when she crashes into a ravine, dies, and is brought back to life when she's struck by lightning. We're still stuck on the fact that there was a fictional snowstorm in Sonoma County.
(2 of ) "Bandits" (2001): One scene in this movie starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Willis and Cate Blanchett show a car crash scene on a Valley Ford road that involves two cars and a Clover Stornetta milk truck. Much of the movie was also shot at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa.
(3 of ) "The Girls," by Emma Cline: Having grown up in Sonoma County, author Emma Cline tells about a cult leader and his female recruits through the eyes of a fictional narrator, using Petalma as part of her backdrop.
(4 of ) "Black Mirror" (2016): The UK drama featuring stand-alone storylines has been described as a “Twilight Zone for the digital age." Now three seasons in, and airing on Netflix, this series has developed a rabid following. In the episode that aired Oct. 21 (Season 3, episode 4), Yorkie tells Kelly that she is really in Santa Rosa as they hang out in the virtual space of San Junipero.
(5 of ) "Divisadero," by Michael Ondaatje: The beginning of this 2007 novel about a single father and his children starts off with a ride across Sonoma Mountain from Petaluma to Glen Ellen.
(6 of ) "Queen of the Damned," by Anne Rice: Both Sonoma and Santa Rosa are mentioned in Anne Rice’s 1988 novel, “Queen of the Damned,” a continuation of The Vampire Chronicles series.
(7 of ) "Into the Forest," by Jean Hegland: Healdsburg author, Jean Hegland, used Sonoma County as the setting in her 1996 novel, “Into the Forest,” which was recently released as a movie. (PD FILE)
(8 of ) "Puppet Master" (1989): The first film in the Puppet Master franchise takes place in 1939 Bodega Bay.
(9 of ) "Sonoma Rose," by Jennifer Chiaverini: New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini chose the Sonoma Valley as the setting for her 2012 novel, “Sonoma Rose.”
(10 of ) "Mythbusters," (2015): In Season 13, episode 9, Adam and Jamie test if a pane of glass dropped from a sufficient height can cut a person, or a dummy, in half. This theory was played out at a training facility used by the Santa Rosa Fire Department. Spoiler alert, a plate glass guillotine was deemed plausible.
(11 of ) "Valley of the Moon" (1913): The novel written by Jack London tells of a working class couple who left the city life behind to find farmland in Northern California. After a long journey, they eventually settle into the Sonoma Valley where they live happily ever after. This book was made into a film in 1914, shot in Glen Ellen and at the Wolf House, and features a bit part by Jack London.
(12 of ) "Scandal" (2012): In Season 2, episode 7 of the TV show, “Scandal,” both Petaluma High and the Sonoma County Airport get a mention.
(13 of ) "Dr. Bloodmoney," by Philip K. Dick: While the 1965 novel mostly takes place in Marin County, Sonoma County also plays a role in the story.
(14 of ) "The Lovely Bones," by Alice Sebold (2002): The novel about a murdered girl and her family after she dies mostly takes place in Norristown, Pennsylvania. But at one point, the girl’s mother runs off and starts work at a winery in Santa Rosa, California.
(15 of ) "The Birds" (1963): Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film tells of an unexplained series of bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay over a couple of days.
(16 of ) "Aaron’s Way" (1988): This short-lived TV show starring the late Merlin Olsen who moves from his Amish family in Pennsylvania to Glen Ellen to be near his coming granddaughter following his son’s death.
(17 of ) "Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp," by C.D. Payne: On the lam after a series of crimes, Nick Twisp leaves Clearlake and hides out with the help of his sister and a friend in Ukiah. The novel’s Sonoma County location was likely inspired by the fact that C.D. Payne now calls this county his home.
(18 of ) "Judy Moody" series, by Megan McDonald: Local author Megan McDonald, made famous by her "Judy Moody" series, gave a nod to Sebastopol’s acclaimed ice cream shop, Screamin’ Mimi’s, in her books. The popular ice creamery also showed up in the movie, “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.” (PD FILE)
(19 of ) "Lost" TV Series (2009): One of the characters, Hurley, resides at the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute when he is not on the island. A location card for the series places this mental hospital in Sonoma County’s Santa Rosa. However, several nearby scenes take place in Los Angeles, which would be improbably since there’s a 400-mile distance between the two.
(20 of ) "Paranormal Activity 3" (2011): The final movie in the PA franchise lands in Sonoma County in 1988 when a family begins experiencing paranormal activity in their Santa Rosa home.
(21 of ) "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943): Created 20 years before “The Birds” put Bodega Bay on the map, Alfred Hitchcock released this psychological thriller, set and filmed in Santa Rosa. Look for several iconic landmarks in this infamous film.
(22 of ) "The Man Who Wasn’t There" (2001): Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Scarlett Johansson and James Gandolfini, this film kicks off in a barbershop in Santa Rosa, though it was filmed in Ventura. Created by the Coen Bros, the film served as a partial tribute to Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt.”
(23 of ) "Smile" ( 1975): This satirical comedy-drama about the fictional Young American Miss Pageant, held in Santa Rosa, and featuring a few newcomers, including a young actress by the name of Melanie Griffith.
(24 of ) "Grand Avenue" (1996): This made-for-TV movie was set on Santa Rosa’s Grand Avenue near the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, telling a fictional story about life in a gang infested neighborhood. The film was based on the book by author and Graton Rancheria tribal chairman Greg Sarris.
(25 of ) "Drop City," by T.C. Boyle (2003): T.C. Boyle’s 9th novel is partly set in the area above the Russian River, featuring a fictional account of a commune very similar to the Morning Star Ranch.