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Behind the Bell 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The seller was great but this book is so poorly written. Towards the end, there is stuff that repeats and is out of place as if it was written drunk and never edited.Published 1 month ago by nichol
I gave Mr. Diamond's book two stars because I didn't find it as terrible a read as some reviewers did, in spite of the bafflingly numerous mechanical errors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Omar Sutherland
I'm torn between the spectrum that this book ensued. First, there are parts that downright disgusting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan C. Turner
This book is funny and entertaining for all of the wrong reasons. However, entertaining is still entertaining. Diamond has not ghost writer on this book and it shows.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a great quick read. I grew up with Saved by the Bell so it was fun to hear stories about the cast behind the scenes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brandi Berg
Could have been an interesting book, but was surprisingly filled with unnecessary profanity that was totally unnecessary.Published 9 months ago by Dennis
I am a HUGE Saved By The Bell fan. Huge is an understatement, so when I learned about this book, I was so excited to read. Sadly, I could not even finish it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jenn