The Emmys are coming, the Emmys are coming! This year’s September 20th broadcast is bound to make up for last year’s travesty, as they’re being hosted by the delicious awesomeness of Neil Patrick Harris (or NPH, affectionately).
A popular subgenre of the tie-in is the ‘academic’ book: a more scholarly look at the science of a show or its place within pop culture. Examples of this are Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: knowledge here begins out there, Planet Simpson: how a cartoon masterpiece documented an era and defined a generation, or The Daily Show and Philosophy: moments of Zen in the art of fake news.
What I find most fascinating is the behind the scenes look. Just out this year is Street Gang: the complete history of Sesame Street by Michael Davis. Another one I’ve found really interesting is Live From New York: an uncensored story of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller. For all you Corrie fans, here’s one option: Access All Areas: behind the scenes at Coronation Street.
Now, as for that last category, I’m primarily thinking of Lost. Within the online culture of Lost fandom, the show’s literary references are often a huge point of discussion, as clues to the everyday and the ultimate mysteries are sought within the pages of the books mentioned or read on Lost.
Characters are given names of famous philosophers, Sawyer’s reading material often parallels the current storyline, and, just to further make our heads explode, one book (Bad Twin) has been both created for and referenced on the show. The online Lostpedia has a page devoted to these literary references: http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Literary_works
To tie everything back to the sublime NPH, if you’re a fan of his hilarious sitcom, How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM), you will want to check out a copy of Barney’s guide to being an awesome wingman, The Bro Code, by Barney Stinson and Matt Kuhn.