Together, the television adaptations of these stories pulled in a whopping 16 statuettes.

By Liz Steelman
Updated September 18, 2017

If you prefer reading a book to turning on your TV, it doesn’t mean you have to skip out on all the excitement from Emmys night. In fact, the biggest winners from last night pulled their source material from wildly riveting novels: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Even if you loved Jean-Marc Vallée’s thrilling, cinematic series investigating what went down at Trivia Night, you’ll love the original novel Big Little Lies. Delve into Liane Moriarty’s juicy exploration of three moms, their relationships, and the lies they tell. And it’s just as addicting as the HBO series that scooped up eight wins last night in the limited series category, including outstanding lead actress (Nicole Kidman), supporting actress (Laura Dern), supporting actor (Alexander Skarsgard), and direction (Jean-Marc Valle).

Prefer a dystopian thriller to a grounded mystery? Check out Margaret Atwood’s 1985 classic The Handmaid’s Tale. The book follows Offred, a “handmaid” whose role in society is to bear children for high-ranking members of the neo-futuristic dystopian society. The Hulu adaptation took home eight Emmys in the drama categories last night including outstanding series, lead actress (Elisabeth Moss), writing (Bruce Miller), supporting actress (Ann Dowd), and direction (Reed Morano).

Already devoured these page-turners? We wouldn’t be surprised if these books one day ended up with Emmy-winning adaptions of their own.