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Behind the Bell 1st Edition

2.8 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0981239699
ISBN-10: 0981239692
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Transit Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981239692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981239699
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Like so many other people of a certain age, I was interested in this book because I grew up watching Saved By the Bell and was somewhat eager to read all the gossip Diamond promised to deliver. Even if you really love the show, there is a certain part of every fan that still wants to know the backstage gossip and real personalities behind the perfect Bayside kids we grew up watching. Since Behind the Bell has been out for at least four years at the time of this writing, most of the more salacious bits have been publicized so nothing here is terribly shocking.

To be fair, I'll focus on the good points first of which there are few. Diamond does a fairly good job describing how the show was filmed and what goes into the production of a half hour sitcom. If you're interested in that sort of thing, it is well covered and you'll learn quite a bit. Diamond is also fairly funny in his own right and is obviously intelligent. Unfortunately, he often abandons writing like an adult and resorts to what can only be described as "frat bro/locker room talk". The words "douche", "jugs", "dong" and "rack" make frequent appearances. Diamond was in his early 30s when he wrote this book which means his vocabulary should have at least broadened to some degree. He had to have known that the majority of his readers would likely be women around his own age who grew up watching the show. The language isn't so offensive that I felt myself getting a case of the vapors but it does show a lack of effort on the author's part. I suppose he was trying to "keep it real" but it came off as juvenile. Despite the infantile language, there are some funny stories in the book.
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