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Days of Our Lives: A Complete History of the Long-Running Soap Opera [Kindle Edition]

Maureen Russell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On November 8, 1965, Days of Our Lives debuted on NBC. The show overcame a rocky beginning to become one of the best-loved and longest running soap operas on daytime television.For 30 years, the story of the show's Horton family has been closely followed by a dedicated audience. Through extensive research, including the first-ever examination of the show's archives, and interviews with cast members, writers, producers and production personnel, the show's history is told here. This reference work provides a complete cast list from the show's debut through 1994, as well as the most comprehensive storyline of the show ever available. Also included are family trees of the show's characters, tracing the often confusing relationships involved in thirty years of developing roles.


Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

"Like sands through the hourglass...." If you are a Days of Our Lives fan, you know the drill. This is the second book (after Lorraine Zenka's work of the same title, LJ 11/15/95) published this year in honor of the soap's 30th anniversary. Russell's book is well researched (the author is an archivist at UCLA) and provides a complete narrative covering story plots from the beginning of the series, an extensive bibliography, unique information on the actors and their fans, and, most interesting of all, background on the early days of the soaps. This section, titled "Beginnings," gives some insight into how particular soap opera writers and creators of TV shows work to produce entertainments that air five days a week. A good addition where similar titles have been popular.?Judy Hauser, Oakland Schs. Lib. Svcs., Waterford, Mich.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

"Well researched...provides a complete narrative, an extensive bibliography, [and] unique information on the actors and their fans...a good addition." --Library Journal

"Dishy and entertaining." --TV Guide

"Enjoyable and accurate." --Soap Opera Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 1561 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786459832
  • Publisher: McFarland (May 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKN912
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's an interesting, informative, trivial book. February 19, 1999
Format:Library Binding
I liked how this book was divided into about 6 chapters. The book explanins about how the show was first started, how the fans have always supported it, and the whole storyline. I have only been watching Days for about 2 years, so when I read the storyline, it was really confusing, but I am trying to follow it. It doesn't have any color pictures, and the pictures it does have are mostly of the older families on Days. This book does, however, give you a good background, and it doesn't really leave anything out dealing with information. It also has family trees in the back so you can be sure about the Days generations. You can learn some real trivia from this book. If you want history, and trivia, get this book. It will soon become one of your most treasured posesions.
This book should be well worth your money when you begin reading it.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! Book is a REPRINT July 17, 2010
By Susan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Thought this would be an updated version of the book, but it is simply a reprint of the 1995 edition with a different cover that was designed this year. VERY disappointed.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good history of plots and stars January 9, 2007
Format:Library Binding
This book is a must have for all you newer Days fans who want to know what happened up to 1995. Also it has family trees and history of the making of the show. It helps explain Patch"s history in the story line and so much more on dozens of other people. Makes you feel like an expert on the whole show.It starts at the very beginning and had to end at 1995, but maybe some one will write part 2 for the years 1996 to 2007, I hope.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading entry August 23, 2011
By egell
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
On the posted listing a date of 2010 was given inferring that this book is recent and up to date,when in actuality it was published in 1995 and only gives history until 1995.This is somewhat misleading, though the book is very good.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All the gossip in one book! April 30, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is a great book for anyone who wants to get caught up on all the action, drama and of course scandals that the Days of Our Lives Soap Opera has never failed to deliver. This is a great book for "Days newbies" who want to dive into the family past and tree of the most loved and hated characters within the soap opera. There are pictures, and great details throughout the book, that start from when the show first aired in the 60's all the way to '95. Grab this book, a bag a popcorn and enjoy the past secrets, plot lines and countless affairs from the palm of your hand!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars out ot date info February 27, 2013
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This book gave a lot of the early history of Days of Our Lives, but nothing from about 1995 forward.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So so and outdated. July 12, 2012
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The book seemed very pedestrian & boring. I appreciated the author's research. But too much detail about how a set is constructed and locales created can get mundane and drag the book down. I would have liked more insight into the casting, contracts, and story arcs as well. For me, people & characters are always more interesting than things.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Days of our Lives fans March 13, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was good for Days fans but not nearly as inclusive as I thought it was going to be. A little disappointing for the price I paid for it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 12 days ago by chuck
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not what expected.
Published 18 days ago by Victoria Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars My sister-in-law fairly recently started watching this, so now ...
My sister-in-law fairly recently started watching this, so now she can get an idea of all that happened before she started watching it.
Published 1 month ago by B. Carney
5.0 out of 5 stars She loved it!
gift for my mom. She loved it!
Published 1 month ago by S. Kucklinca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My husband loved this book so much, he has been a been a die hard Days fan.
Published 3 months ago by Little D
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatch it from the beging keep it going.
Whatch it from the beging keep it going. Only soap i ever watch
Published 3 months ago by Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining as Well as Helpful
I watched "Days of Our Lives" at age 6 with my Grandmother: I was hooked. I watched it when I was home sick and of course every summer all the way through college. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary L. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 4 months ago by Vickie Roush
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have been a fan since 1968 and enjoy going back to see what I've forgotten.
Published 5 months ago by J. A. Langan
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for the great info!
Have lived this show since early on. Probably started watching in 68 or 69. So I'm definitely enjoying finding out how it all started!!! Thank you for the great info!!!
Published 6 months ago by Debby Schlereth
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