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

Maureen Russell
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November 1, 1995 0786401125 978-0786401123
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 shows Horton family has been closely followed by a dedicated audience. Through extensive research, including the first-ever examination of the shows archives, and interviews with cast members, writers, producers and production personnel, the shows history is told here. This reference work provides a complete cast list from the shows debut through 1994, as well as the most comprehensive storyline of the show ever available. Also included are family trees of the shows characters, tracing the often confusing relationships involved in thirty years of developing roles.

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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.


"dishy and entertaining" -- TV Guide

"enjoyable and accurate" -- Soap Opera Weekly

Product Details

  • Library Binding: 286 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786401125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786401123
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! Book is a REPRINT July 17, 2010
By Susan
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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
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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
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
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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 Great Book!
Since I am a charter member, having watched Days of Our Lives since the first day it was on, I found this book such an interesting read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary C. Hankins
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show to Love
Love this show. Been watching since the day it started. Love all the twist and turns. Just keep them coming.
Published 3 months ago by leta blakely
5.0 out of 5 stars DAYS OF OUR LIVES
I have wanted this book for a long time, it seams like it will be very interesting, I can catch up on how it all started, this is the best soap opera I have ever seen.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lillie
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair
Enjoyed the story summary but otherwise the book wasn't what I was expecting. Would have liked more of the story and charactere
Published 9 months ago by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice catch up
It was nice to catch up on all the happenings on Days of Our Lives. Since I worked I was unable to watch it all the time, so it was nice to see what had happened to the Characters... Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Doraine C. Robertson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it would be
This book was nothing like I thought it was going to be. I was looking for a book on Days of our lives that was more of recapping the story line. Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by Julia Rittacco
5.0 out of 5 stars MY SOAP OPERA
Published on December 23, 2011 by BOBO
1.0 out of 5 stars Little or no information of interest
I really want a refund for this book. It stopped at a point before I even started watching the show. In fact, it only seems to be only one chapter long. Read more
Published on December 7, 2011 by Laurel
5.0 out of 5 stars Days Of Our Lives
Great read for Day's Of Out Lives fans. It really gives you a great sonopsis of the soap for the past 40 years. Love the character interactions and opinions.
Published on October 13, 2011 by Lorie Feuerbacher
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