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  • Series: Smart Pop series
  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771137
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–Thomas says that creating the TV show Veronica Mars saved both his career as a screenwriter and his soul. He had all but given up on the possibility of actually selling a teen detective story to the networks when WB bought it. This collection of essays has a mix of writing styles. From why Veronica lies to why audiences love her on-again, off-again relationship with her boyfriend, each selection serves to enhance both Thomas's thoughts on what makes good TV and to provide literary analysis. Yes, pop culture TV can be analyzed, and very well. Pair this with the DVDs of seasons one and two of the series and you won't need a detective to figure out where the materials are. They'll be checked out.–Mary George, Placer County Library, Auburn, CA
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About the Author

Rob Thomas is the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed drama Veronica Mars. He is a former script writer for television shows Dawson's Creek and Space Ghost Coast to Coast and the film Drive Me Crazy. He lives in Los Angeles. 

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Leah Wilson is Editor-in-Chief of the Smart Pop imprint of Dallas-based publisher BenBella Books. She graduated from Duke University in 2003 with a degree in Culture and Modern Fiction, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fall season premiere schedules make her a little giddy.

(Her author blog is the main blog for Smart Pop's website.)

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And there is enough "lightweight" content to make it a good read for all.
John J. Franco
There was one essay that explained the demographics of a Veronica Mars viewer and I smiled.
J. Thompson
I loved the show Veronica Mars and this is a great read for any fans out there.
Susana

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John J. Franco on July 7, 2007
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A bit too intellectual at times, but generally a good read about the philosophical implications of various scenes and episodes from Veronica Mars. Focuses largely on the first season, which is great if you enjoyed it. A bit heavy for a summer read, but if you are into philosophy or want to read some deep thinkers' opinions, definitely a worthwhile read. And there is enough "lightweight" content to make it a good read for all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Fred R. Eichelman on September 2, 2007
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Ordinarily when I read an anthology that attempts to make an analysis of a TV series or film, I find at least a couple articles I cannot agree with. However, in Neptune Noir, despite there being different approaches by the authors I found them all superlative. It may also be that my wife and I are suffering from withdrawal pains of there being no Veronica Mars after this Summer's reruns of season three.

I will not comment on individual articles except to say that each author covered verious aspects of this great show, using examples from the scripts of the first two seasons. Even more interesting was the introduction and commentaries by Rob Thomas. As a retired high school teacher myself I had no problems understanding what he was doing.

I have to say that my wife and I are late blooming fans. In fact we met Kristen Bell at a convention, getting her autograph, before we had seen the series. We picked up the first couple episodes of season one at a video store and that was enough to get us to order the first two seasons. Never have we gone through a collection so quickly as we just couldn't ration them out. We now await our order for season three.

I understand there are movements to revive the show or to at least have a movie. TV Guide even rumored that Veronica Mars could show up on 24 as an FBI agent. That wouldn't work as Jack Bauer couldn't keep up with her. Also, Kristen Bell is a superb actress, as witness the Lifetime film Gracie's Choice. By now she probably has had countless offers.

I do hope that we have not heard the last of Rob Thomas and that his genius will again give us something special.
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44 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Scooter McGavin VINE VOICE on May 28, 2007
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In my adult life, I can count on one hand the amount of books I have read. In fact I could have lost a couple in shop class and still be able to count them. (Before you write me off as having an aversion to reading, I do subscribe to two magazines, Newsweek and Rolling Stone.) And those few I read took me literally years to finish. But when I got a copy of Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigation into Veronica Mars, I went threw all 212 pages within a week.

The book is a collection of eighteen essays, most seemingly written between the second and third seasons, dissecting every aspect of the show and no matter why it is you watch the show, whether it be for the noir, the girl power, or the Veronica/Logan relationship, there is an essay for you. Well unless you are like me and watch the show for the latest Dickisms as only survivor still left in Neptune only gets fleeting mentions. And oddly a whole essay is devoted to the cars of Veronica Mars and what they tell you about the show and the characters that drive them, but no one devolves fully into Ronnie's love life instead the writers side with Logan or Duncan with Troy and Deputy Leo left as footnotes.

The book starts of with an introduction from the show's creator, Rob Thomas, which even at seven pages makes the book worth the price of admission as he recounts his professional life between moving out to Los Angeles up to the point of Veronica Mars getting picked up. Most interesting of this part was the pilot he wrote for Fox in-between Cupid and Veronica Mars, but of course since Fox is allergic to quality programming, they passed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Foster on July 31, 2007
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I ordered this book the day after the last episode, and it's just what I needed for mourning the end of the series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Thompson on January 3, 2011
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So admittedly I am a nerd. I accept this with open arms. As such this book was nerdtastically perfect. There were great insights inside. I devoured it, loving how these authors also enjoyed Veronica Mars and how they explained certain aspects of the show. There was one essay that explained the demographics of a Veronica Mars viewer and I smiled. The series has so much to offer to different groups, being noir and campy but without over arching into either too much. I wish there was a part 2 I would definitely but it. I suggest this for any nerdy VM fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KerrBerr on June 27, 2007
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Although this book made me cry wishing there was still to be more Veronica to come, it was amusing in itself as it dissected the series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seth in SF on April 4, 2013
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As with all the Smart Pop series, the word "unauthorized" is displayed twice prominently on the front cover and again on the spine, but make no mistake: show creator (and frequent episode writer) Rob Thomas edited this collection of essays, penned the opening piece, and provided a half- to one-page response to each chapter. The CW owns the show, but Thomas was its heart and soul, so this is as authorized as most fans care about.

If you haven't seen the show, a few of these essays will seem pointless, but even then most of them will read as well as any media analysis out there. Authors vary from media studies professors to critics, writers, fans, and psychologists.

As expected, the essays are uneven but none fall to embarrassing levels and a few stand out as excellent. Thomas' responses are highlights of the book. He provides the expected anecdotes and "aw shuck"-ing but he adds context that helps interpret the essays.

The book is handicapped by having been published between seasons two and three. Since the show ended after season three, waiting a year would have provided a complete view of the run. As it is, many of the essays are left pondering if or how future seasons will challenge their thesis.

Over those first two seasons, the same episodes and the same lines from the theme appear repeatedly in the essays. This is good: it gives multiple views of the most-effective episodes and draws the (carefully chosen) theme song into most of the character elements in the series. But because of this, these episodes are discussed in detail and the finales of both seasons one and two are the most popular. If you haven't seen these, be aware that you'll know (almost) everything about them by the time you've finished the book.
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