The 2012 Emmy Nominees are in, but the awards ceremony isn’t until September 23. While you wait to see tearful speeches, anondyne celebrity-on-celebrity ribbing, and of course the red carpet, I thought I’d pull together some books related to the nominees and their work.
Tina Fey, Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Liz Lemon… I mean Tina Fey’s memoir outlines the beginning of the 30 Rock series, including some of her favorite jokes from the show that had me dying. It was the perfect airplane read.
New Girl, Best Comedy Series
In New Girl, this book was referenced toward the end of the season by my personal favorite character, Schmidt (apparently this is the only book on his Kindle) when he [SPOILER] broke things off with his model girlfriend, saying she should go, be free with her fashion friends who are better than he is. Bonus quote from Schmidt: “I have more than one book on my Kindle. I have a subscription to Cricket. And a lot of PDFs.”
Downton Abbey, Best Drama Series
The tremendous popularity of Downton Abbey (which got something like 19 nominations, despite a definite sophomore slump in its second season) has stirred up something of a literary frenzy for books about the show, set in that time period, or just generally about the very posh and the people that serve them.
Dexter, Best Drama Series
The Dexter series was inspired by Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter, and actually won the 2005 Dilys Award for Book to Television adaptation, presented by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
Game of Thrones, Best Drama Series
The Hatfields & McCoys, Best TV Series or Miniseries
Downton Abbey wasn’t the only show translating to resurgent book sales. The timeless story of the fueding Hatfields and McCoys was translated to the celebrated miniseries, and ignited sales of a few different non-fiction titles, including Lisa Alther’s Blood Feud.
Sherlock, Best TV Series or Miniseries
Sherlock Holmes has been getting a lot of love from television and movies in recent years, and in my opinion the BBC’s Sherlock is the best and most interesting adaptation to come about (sorry RDJ!). But did you know that The House of Silk, by erstwhile children’s author Anthony Horowitz, also came out in November and is the first time the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle approved a new Sherlock Holmes novel? It’s on my TBR pile and sounds really amazing.
Those are some of the literary tie-ins I’ve found among the Emmy noms—what about you? Can you think of any more?