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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770410201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770410206
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The writers clearly know their show lore, utilizing it to examine topics ranging from religion to feminism, fandom to the business aspect of television." —San Francisco Book Review (December 2011)

About the Author

Stacey Abbott is the editor of "Falling in Love Again," "Investigating Alias," "Reading Angel," and the Investigating Cult TV series. David Lavery is a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author of 17 books, including "The Essential Cult TV Reader "and "Joss," as well as the author of numerous essays and reviews. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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A minor thing that most people might not notice but it would be to those few.
Sierra Rose
An enjoyable book with some interesting essays about the excellent and entertaining TV series, Supernatural.
Mike in Elmhurst
Now, don't get me wrong, it's not that the book itself was bad; it was simply not what I had anticipated.
Kelly

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sierra Rose VINE VOICE on December 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's an interesting book with some very unique takes and opinions on things, from the characters, the things they do, etc. However, some details that are crucial, things that huge and dedicated fans will recgonize, aren't always correct. The make of the Impala was stated at a 1968 when it's a 1967 and the quote from the pilot episode where Sam's telling Dean that he needs to update his cassette tape collection is wrong. Several words were replaced from what Sam actually said. A minor thing that most people might not notice but it would be to those few.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By rehabber on December 8, 2011
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I would think since the Impala is a character in the show, the writer would know it is a 67 and NOT a 68. Makes me leary about getting the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N.J. on March 5, 2012
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Yes, there was a typo concerning the brothers' car. It was fixed. Can we move on now? In any case, the essays in this book were very interesting. I'm not afraid to admit some of the terms and points went over my head, but for the most part, I enjoyed seeing the TV show analyzed. Some of the conclusions drawn were fascinating. That such a wide variety of people enjoy the same show is amazing. In all, I'd recommend this book for hardcore fans, casual viewers of the show will probably find the essays a bit dry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike in Elmhurst on June 19, 2012
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An enjoyable book with some interesting essays about the excellent and entertaining TV series, Supernatural. Some of the essays are a written just a little bit over-the-top scholarly (um, that's politesse for "pretentious") but regardless, each one is an interesting read and several are superlative. That there is such serious writing about Supernatural is a tribute to the series and a testament to how well-done Supernatural is. I have enjoyed it very much. It arrived in no time and in excellent condition.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on April 14, 2012
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Have you ever reached blindly into the fridge for your drink , expecting it to be - lets say Mountain Dew - and instead swallowed something else - we'll go with coconut milk? Do you remember the shock? The bit of throw-up you swallowed immediately after? The promise to yourself that you will never, EVER, drink before looking? That's kind of how this went down, with the swapping out of a serious headache in place of the vomit.

I expected a companion piece to the show, Supernatural. A more in-depth look at the show itself, the characters, etc. You know, the hows and whys of it all delivered in a fun, but informative way. Like Ovaltine; tasty, but healthy. What I received instead was a philosophical breakdown of each and every aspect of the show in the format of a college thesis. Now, don't get me wrong, it's not that the book itself was bad; it was simply not what I had anticipated. Geared more towards Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy enthusiast, this books breaks down the show Supernatural and examines the remnants to such a degree that for anyone else to enjoy it, in my opinion, would require a grocery list only Hunter S. Thompson could provide.

So, that being said, the ratings are as follows:

5 - For fans that enjoy sitting around analyzing the layers upon layers of hidden meanings, religious aspects, archetypes both present and absent, and what each reveal about our society as a whole - both past, present, and future- of popular fiction (ie. The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica). I will say, though it was a struggle for me at times, it was very informative; raising some valid questions and answering plenty of lingering ones that I didn't even know I had.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizebeth on January 24, 2013
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Personally, I enjoyed this one being a fan of Supernatural, but there is such a thing as thinking too much. On the plus side the essays in this volume are well written and intelligent. On the downside I believe sometimes a television show is simply that a television show. Yes, Supernatural has a well-written and multi-layered mythology which makes it one of the better programs on television today if you love drama combined with horror and fantasy. Some of the essays comprising this volume though go beyond what the average viewer would be interested in. This is more for the scholar/fan crowd who loves to pick a program apart down to the bare bones and then present theories that sometimes are way out in the stratosphere. If you're that type of fan you will relish every word. If you're an average viewer, man on the street type this one may not be for you.
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