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7 Popular TV Shows If They Were Made for a Publishing Audience

(So after nearly a year of infrequent posting, TCWT is finally back–for real this time! I’ve missed this blog, and I’ve missed you guys, and I’m really excited to be returning.

To give a quick update: I’ve spent the last two weeks updating old posts in preparation for this blog re-launch, organizing them into archives, and although not all of the posts are updated yet (I have yet to go over the critique partner posts, for example), those that are should hopefully prove to be at least a little bit helpful. We also have a new, cleaner blog design; our list of books by teen authors has more than doubled after I added to it last week; we now have, in that vein, a page for upcoming books written by teen authors (two are releasing from Big Five publishers this month alone, and one of those two has already sold movie rights!); and finally, yes, the blog chain is returning as a monthly occurrence as well. I’ll announce the topic for May’s chain in mid-April!)


So while watching most all of the writing/publishing/blogging community live-tweet the Game of Thrones premiere last night, I remembered Allegra Davis’s bookish reality TV show post from two years ago, and I thought, Well, what if Game of Thrones were remade for a writing/publishing audience? And from there, I starting imagining what it would be like if other popular TV shows were redone for book lovers… and then this post happened. I wish I could say it ended well. 😉

Breaking Books – After getting fired from his job and realizing he is broke, a high school librarian named Walter Write, desperate to make money to support him and his thirty cats, uses his knowledge of books to write and self-publish dinosaur erotica novels. He knows that what he’s doing is wrong, but he has no choice, and dinosaur erotica is a hot sell–pun intended. So hot, in fact, that the money quickly starts rolling in, and Write becomes famous in the underground dinorotica community for creating the finest dinosaur love stories out there (specifically, books involving his trademark blue pterodactyls). Soon, to increase his audience, Write begins working with a mysterious publisher named Gustavo who uses his small press as a front for dinorotica bookselling all across the world. And as the thousands of dollars turn to millions, Write tells himself that he’s merely trying to gather the funds to support his cats for the rest of their lives, but he soon realizes that, in fact, he isn’t: he’s doing it for him. Because, most shockingly of all, he likes writing dino love stories.

Game of Office Chairs – A drama following power-hungry editors from all across the publishing realm, who play an unending game of poaching each other’s authors, blackmailing publicists at other houses until they quit, and doing everything they can to propel their imprint to the top. Fans are still reeling from the shocking third season finale, which ended with the Red Merger, where two of the rival publishers attempted to merge–and their furious employees responded by drenching both buildings in red paint.

Sherlock: A BBC (Book Broadcasting Corporation) series about Sherlock Holmes, London’s best literary talent scout, who investigates books published throughout the web and, with the help of his partner Watson, analyzes the writing and decides whether those authors have what it takes to land a publishing contract. Unfortunately for Holmes, his rival, Moriarty, keeps finding undiscovered talent faster than he can.

Sleepy Hollow: This supernatural thriller takes place interchangeably between the Amazon-Big Five war of 2079 and two-hundred years after the fact when Bezos’ long-dead military commander Ichabod Crane comes back to life and mutant Kindles start terrorizing the town of Sleepy Hollow. The series revolves around Crane and a local small press owner as, through their attempts to save the town, they uncover one of the greatest conspiracies in all of publishing history

Mad Publicists: A group of corrupt publicists works to convince readers to buy books they know to be of poor quality. Famous for drinking and writing vicious reviews of competitors’ books while on the job, Don Draper, the show’s lead, is desperate to hide the numerous secrets from his own dark past–especially a lengthy vampire romance he self-published years back.

The Auth-Bachelor – A group of some of the most prolific literary agents in the industry, who have their own share of personal troubles and are in need of a new client to resolve them, compete to win the representation of an extremely talented, somehow-unpublished writer. As the writer’s initial queries lead to a partial-turned-full with each agent, the reality show teems with romantic one-on-ones. And even after the writer is forced to choose only one agent that he wants to be represented by, things happen fast; after all, one day the two meet, and the next they’re picking out a publishing house together!

The Walking Read – Set in a post-Amazocalyptic world hundreds of years after the fall of Amazon took the rest of the publishing industry with it, where authors everywhere have become so desperate to get their work published that they’ve resorted to attacking everyone they see until the people agree to read the tattered remains of those authors’ books (shameless self-promotion just got serious), a rag-tag team of former self-publishers has to fight their way through the desperate-author-riddled world and into New York City, the heart of the former publishing industry, in their attempts to save the writerly race.


About Michael Waters

I'm Michael, I'm eighteen, and I blog about YA books for Barnes & Noble.

26 comments on “7 Popular TV Shows If They Were Made for a Publishing Audience

  1. Renn.
    April 7, 2014


  2. Miriam Joy
    April 7, 2014

    Oh gosh, we need to add Hannibal onto this list somehow, but I can’t quite work out how. I feel like it would be amusing.

    Glad to see TCWT is back! Was beginning to wonder if you’d turn up again before I leave my teens behind, you’ve been gone so long, ha ha. I mean, technically I’m an adult now, but I’ve got a while to go before 20 … fortunately.

    • John Hansen
      April 7, 2014

      YES. I tried to fit in Hannibal, but I wasn’t sure enough people knew what it was. (And anyway, the best I came up with for a bookish Hannibal plot is a crazy writer who lets his character be his therapist while that character murders people, which… doesn’t quite make sense.)

      • Miriam Joy
        April 8, 2014

        It’s tricky. Maybe writer has publisher who is evil?

      • John Hansen
        April 8, 2014

        Oooh, that could work! That, or an evil agent. And the writer goes to the publisher/agent to mourn how he feels like he is hallucinating all of the books in is bookshelf disappearing, but it turns out his agent/publisher has been stealing them all along. (Or something with higher stakes.) (Also, apparently Hannibal is going to be cancelled? :/)

      • Miriam Joy
        April 8, 2014

        Wait, what? I haven’t heard that. They keep talking about how they have like five seasons planned out.

  3. nevillegirl
    April 7, 2014

    Excellent list!

    I feel like there should be a Doctor Who version too – it could make lots of references to the Library. 😀

    • Miss Alexandrina
      April 7, 2014

      Of course 😉

    • John Hansen
      April 7, 2014

      Thank you!

      I… actually do not watch Doctor Who.

      *runs away as fast as possible* *knows this is a sin*

  4. This is brilliant. Dinosaur erotica is totally going to be the next new thing.

    • John Hansen
      April 7, 2014

      Thank you! And oh god, the concept of dinorotica both terrifies and… sort of… fascinates me. (I don’t want to know what this says about my mental state.)

  5. Holly
    April 7, 2014


  6. julzwrites
    April 8, 2014

    Yay! Welcome back! Looking forward to the posts. This was the perfect one to resume with. The Walking Read, ha! Love it 😀

  7. erinkenobi2893
    April 8, 2014

    This is HILARIOUS. 😀

  8. Cait
    April 8, 2014

    THIS IS BRILLIANT. I laughed so much! (Go The Walking Read!) x) Also I love the new look and I’m glad the blog is back!!

    • John Hansen
      April 9, 2014

      Thank you so much! And yes, I love it too. 🙂 It’s simpler, but it feels much more homely to me.

  9. matttblack42
    April 9, 2014

    You mentioned four TV shows that I happen to be obsessed with. Well done, sir. Well done.

    • John Hansen
      April 9, 2014

      Thank you! *sweeping bow*

      Which shows in particular, out of curiosity? I’m currently addicted to Game of Thrones, personally. (Finally, something to supplement my Breaking Bad obsession!)

      • matttblack42
        April 9, 2014

        Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, and The Walking Dead. I just wrote a review of the GoT season 4 premiere on my blog a few days ago.

        And yes, I was also obsessed with Breaking Bad, having binge watched the first 54 episodes within a couple weeks.

      • John Hansen
        April 9, 2014

        Ha, I did the same with Breaking Bad back in January! I think it took maybe three and a half weeks to watch all of the episodes. But really, once I started, I COULD NOT STOP.

        I’m still catching up on GoT, but I’ll definitely be reading the review once I hit season 4! 🙂

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