Books About TV: For Book Lovers and TV Fiends Alike

Even for the readers who love books intensely or for the TV watchers who like to do it constantly, books and TV alone can get a little boring. Well, these books about TV will be a nice change of pace for the TV lovers, and they’ll be something new to read about for the book fiends. Go check them out!

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Even for the readers who love books intensely or for the TV watchers who like to do it constantly, books and TV alone can get a little boring. A little repetitive. Sometimes you just need something new to do. Well, these books about TV will be a nice change of pace for the TV lovers, and they’ll be something new to read about for the book fiends. Go check them out!

 

 

1. The Revolution Was Televised: How The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Lost, and Other Groundbreaking Dramas Changed TV Forever by Alan Sepinwall

This intriguing book, written by celebrated TV critic Alan Sepinwall, chronicles how twelve innovative TV dramas changed television forever. With incisive criticism and entertaining commentary, Sepinwall will give you a behind-the-scenes and intense look at famous TV shows like The Sopranos, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, and so much more. You’ll also get to read about Sepinwall’s interviews with writers David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, Vince Gilligan, and others. The Revolution Was Televised is an epic choice for both lovers of books and TV. Be sure to go check it out!

 

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2. How To Watch Television (User’s Guide to Popular Culture) edited by Ethan Thompson and Jason Mittell

While it may seem obvious how to do this, watching TV isn’t actually all that simple. Watching television is more than just deciding whether it’s “good” or “bad.” Instead, How to Watch Television will teach you how to do actual TV criticism—exploring a show’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and broader social context. This book is a collection of forty original essays by leading scholars of TV culture. Each essay focuses on a specific show and their thoughts of it. If you want to learn more about media criticism of television, definitely go read How To Watch Television!

 

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3. Season Finale: The Unexpected Rise and Fall of the WB and UPN by Susanne Daniels and Cynthia Littleton

This book takes a more business-y perspective on the television industry. It’s a classic underdog story, ripe with conflicting personalities, relentless competition, and the entertainment business. You’ll also get an insider look at shows like Gilmore Girls, America’s Next Top Model, Dawson’s Creek, and more. Television isn’t only about the media criticism aspect of it, there’s also a lot about what works and what doesn’t with customers and the business angle of TV. For more about that, go check out Season Finale: The Unexpected Rise and Fall of the WB and UPN.

 

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4. The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific by David Bianculli

This book focuses on the quality TV of the Platinum Age, namely shows like The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Sex and the City, Girls, Modern Family, Louie, and so much more. You can learn about the evolution of classic TV genres and read about interviews with some of the most famous auteurs from television history. You’ll learn so much about one of your favorite types of entertainment—second to books, obviously. Go check this out!

 

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5. I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum

In this passionate collection of essays about TV, Emily Nussbaum explores “the rise of the female screw-up, how fans warp the shows they love, the messy power of sexual violence on TV, and the year that jokes helped elect a reality-television president.” And if that isn’t enticing enough, Nussbaum also looks at #MeToo and the question of what to do when your favorite artist is actually a terrible person. I Like to Watch struggles with different ideas of art, beauty, complexity, and what that all means when it comes to television. So if you love television, you’ll definitely love this book. Go read it!

 

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TV lovers, book lovers, these books are absolutely for you. Do you want to learn more about the history of TV, how it came to be where it is today? Or what about some serious issues and themes throughout TV and how they affect and are affected by the world? Do you want more information about some of the best, most critically acclaimed TV shows? Go read these books!

 

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