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Behind the Bell Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0981239699 ISBN-10: 0981239692 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Transit Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981239692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981239699
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A tell-all account of Dustin Diamond's life as Samuel "Screech" Powers on the TV show Saved by the Bell, including sexual escapades among cast+crew

About the Author

Dustin Diamond is an American actor, reality TV star, musician and stand-up comedian. He originally won fame for his comedic role as Samuel Screech Powers on the television show Saved by the Bell. He recently appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club.

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I wasn't a huge SBTB fan, but it was dorky fun.
Jeff Rutsch
I think Dustin wants to convince the reader that he's really a nice guy who has just been typecast and misunderstood.
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The book is poorly edited with numerous usage errors and entire paragraphs simply repeated.
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255 of 270 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Dunham-LaGree on November 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's the worst book I've ever read. Ever.

Despite the book itself being horrible, there clearly was no editor. The grammar was appallingly bad. The former copy editor in me wanted to take a red pen to it even though it was a library book. Words were misspelled. He used idiotic words such as douchenozzle to make a point. He also writes moronic, vague sentences, then follows them with the sentence "What I mean to say is this." (Say what you mean! Use your words!) The literary violations extend beyond letting the author have artistic control. The most egregious error: when the word horses*** needed a hypen to split it onto two lines, the hyphen appeared between the s and the h. Yes, horses-hit. How does that even happen in the post-typewriter world?

When I could get past the cringing from his complete misuse of me, myself and I, as well as that, which who and whom, the memoir was unnecessarily mean and condescending to every other human being in the world, past, present and future. Diamond showed no perspective, decency or rationality. He writes off people he met as a child. Yes, I understand you thought Fred Savage was spoiled when he was eight. Does it mean he still is? Perhaps, but none of us can stand the scrutiny of the actions of our eight-year-old selves. He boasted about his own sexual exploits while deriding others for it. Although he is ridiculously misogynistic, he seems to hold sexual adventure against everyone but himself. Yes, this derision includes the women he slept with; he's incredibly hateful to them.

I finished the book, but it was uncomfortable to read. I'm not a prudish person, but it was hard to read the words of someone so clearly unable to let go of his hatred for so many people, places, situations and things. Diamond needs therapy.
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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful By swimgym1285 on February 16, 2010
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Dustin Diamond is obviously an incredibly bitter guy, about stuff that happened around 20 years ago. Although I'm sure some of it is true, and the other cast members were rude to him, after reading this book, who wouldn't be?! Dustin is clearly not a guy in it to make friends. He seems to hate Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiessen the most. Interestingly, Tiffani is the one who probably went on to achieve the highest amount of success - not surprisingly, Dustin has nothing good at all to say about her. In the case of Tiffani and Elizabeth especially, these girls were teenagers when the show was around, I don't think anyone should be judged forever based on their high school years, and I don't think a guy in his 30's should be dissecting the behavior of teenage girls the way Dustin does. Tiffani is 36 years old now, I don't think that Dustin's opinion of her as a 16 year old has any relevence whatsoever, and it certainly doesn't change my own favorable view of her. Dustin calls Tiffani a slut, and then goes on to detail the fact that he has slept with thousands of girls and hooked up on "every bed on the SBTB set"... cool? Good for you buddy. Tiffani is on a hit USA show, married and pregnant, what are you doing Dustin?

I gave the book 2 stars because it is always interesting for me to hear what a castmate of one of my favorite shows has to say about it, but the only interesting parts for me are about the show and they are few and far between. He talks ALOT about being drunk and hooking up at Disneyland - stuff that I couldn't care less about.
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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful By MCM on February 27, 2010
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This is basically a few hundred pages of Screech trying to convince the reader that he is cool.
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68 of 83 people found the following review helpful By M. miller on September 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
this book was absolute garbage! the writing was god awful...not to mention there were multiple typos and even an entire paragraph printed twice in a row! grammatical errors...odd spacing...and just all together awful writing...name dropping...total redundancy....i cannot stress enough it is one of the worst reads ive ever attempted ...i actual started to just skim til i saw mark paul or tiffani's names to possibly get some juicy gossip....however i believe he used to premise of telling lots of behind the scenes stories to sell books when the rest of the cast is not mentioned as often as u would think....lots of time spent on his boring childhood friends and verbal pissing contest with his cast mates that im not sure they are aware they are a part of!! ok we get it screech...you got laid too! grow up
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Darren Margolis on October 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you're reading this book because you're a SBTB fan, you will enjoy it. If you're looking for sex scandals involving the cast, forget it, but there are good stories about what else went on behind the scenes at the show. The problem is that at least one of these stories is so patently false that it calls into question all the others. Several times in the book, Diamond refers to Elizabeth Berkley's participation in the movie Showgirls and its effect on her role on SBTB. According to Diamond, the movie was released during the last season's shooting of SBTB and resulted in Berkley choosing not to continue her role as Jessie Spano in the latter part of the season (the Tori episodes). He also recounts that the atmosphere was awkward for her around the SBTB cast and crew after the movie failed. None of this can be true.

Showgirls was released in September 1995. The last episode of SBTB featuring Berkley was the "Graduation" episode which aired in May 1993...over two years before Showgirls was released. Given that the Tori episodes were filmed months after the Jessie/Kelly episodes, the span between Berkley's final SBTB shoot and the Showgirls release is probably more like three years.

So could Diamond maybe have meant that the Showgirls failure caused her to take a cameo, rather than a full role, in the Saved by the Bell Wedding in Las Vegas movie, and that the atmosphere on that set was awkward as a result of the Showgirls failure? Again, not possible. That tv movie aired in October 1994, almost a full year before Showgirls hit the theaters.

I don't believe that Diamond intentionally fabricated the story, not when it is so obviously false. The only other conclusion to be drawn is that he does not have a very reliable memory, which causes me to wonder how many of the stories in this book are also false.
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