The 68th Emmy Awards are right around the corner! Television is pretty easy to love, but it’s even easier to love when it comes attached to a little reading material. Plus, you know that here at BookTrib, we are completely obligated to only root for shows that are based on books (sorry Mr. Robot). So, without further ado, here are our favorite shows up for an Emmy (and the books they’re based on)!


A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam Reprint, 2011)

This first one is no secret. In fact, the divergences between HBO’s hit show and Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series have caused alternating bouts of outrage and curiosity from fans of the show and the novels alike. The show is up for Best Drama and a slew of supporting acting awards.


House of Cards, Michael Dobbs (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2014)


The Netflix series that essentially started it all, House of Cards is based on a series of novels centered around British politics originally published in 1989. Before the Netflix series, there was a 1990 British miniseries of the same name that was also critically acclaimed (and worth checking out). This year, the show is up for Best Drama and Best Actor in almost every major Drama category.






The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, Jeffrey Toobin (Random House, 2015)


The critically-loved FX drama, The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, was largely drawn from this nonfiction account of the trial itself. The complete chaos of the trial and the events surrounding it is almost unbelievable to people who didn’t live through it, which is part of why the TV adaptation was so fantastic. It’s up against some pretty intense competition in the Best Limited Series category, but is statistically likely to win a few acting awards due to the sheer amount of nominations it’s garnered in those categories.




The Night Manager, John le Carré (Ballantine Books Reprint, 2016)


The sexy spy drama from AMC is (unsurprisingly) based on a story from the master of all spy stories himself, John le Carré. The story follows a British soldier who infiltrates an arms dealer’s inner circle. Based on the trailers for the show, it looks like he does it by being very, very good looking. The show is up for Best Limited Series, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories.







Roots: The Saga of an American Family, Alex Haley (Da Capo Press Reprint, 2016)

This History Channel miniseries, based on the famous novel by Alex Haley, had a lot to live up to. The 1977 original miniseries was a phenomenon when it first aired, and the new interpretation was no different. It’s up for Best Limited Series at this year’s Emmys.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Bantam Classics, 1986)


Newsflash: the hit BBC series Sherlock is actually based on the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mind blown, right? This year’s iteration of the series is actually not based on any of Doyle’s specific writings – it’s an original story that takes place in the original Victorian time period of Doyle’s books. This year, it’s up for Best Television Movie and Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch.







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