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These Emmy Award Nominees Exist Thanks to 6 Amazing Books!

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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…

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The Antiheroes We Love to Hate and Can’t Stop Watching

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We’re so used to instantly recognizing our heroes on television: that do-good attitude, those all-American good looks. Even an initially prickly nature is usually smoothed out in the first few episodes, leaving us with a hero or heroine we will always root for. But what about those characters who never quite get redeemed? The ones who will destroy anyone in order to protect themselves? In this golden age of television we’re running into more and more antiheroes who we simply love to hate. I call them likeable jerks: those characters who are just a little smarter, more cutting and definitely more ruthless than anyone else around them. They use those smarts to succeed in business and relationships, and they don’t…

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What does Kristin Gore have to do with Scandal, West Wing and House of Cards?

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What is it about political television shows that make them so compulsively watchable? Is it the thrill of imagining world leaders as real people, the consistently ambiguous moral codes or all those amazing power suits? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I do know one thing: give me a drama about the White House and I cannot look away. For me, this obsession started around Scandal’s second season, when I got to watch the President of the United States make out with Olivia Pope in a closet. There’s something very sexy about a powerful man getting reduced to jelly by an equally powerful woman. Luckily, there are tons of bingeworthy political dramas out there. Here are three of…

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Hemlock Grove: Netflix’s gothic horrorfest returns for a second season

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While it might not get the accolades of House of Cards or the attention of Orange is the New Black, Netflix features another original series, one that takes a werewolf-sized bite out of its viewers’ appetite for horror. Call it a macabre mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and An American Werewolf in London—it’s Hemlock Grove, and it returns for a second season on July 11. And while the series may not have the media coverage of Netflix’s other offerings, its renewal is bloody good news for its cadre of devoted fans. The series is based on the 2012 horror/thriller novel from author Brian McGreevy. Set in the creepy, fictional town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, the story centers around Peter…

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