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Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter Hardcover – June 14, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
First, it's a long and winding road before we get to the heart of the book: why soaps matter and the predicaments and challenges of the soaps in the current media market. Hinsey spends a considerable number of pages reiterating the history of soaps, presenting current and past soaps (yet still leaving out many recently cancelled soaps), listing soap staples, describing the work that goes into producing a soap and so on. This is all well, but it's already been done to death--and better--by others, so I would have preferred a new and different angle, which Hinsey more than well could have provided; that of a true soap opera journalist and long-time insider. I would have liked to have seen an introductory chapter with a historical review of soaps (especially from a `why they mattered' perspective), establishing the theme and tone of the book, with subsequent chapters chronologizing the slow decline of the soap industry. Here, Hinsey's anecdotes, observations and personal experiences as an insider would have added great depth to a part of soap history that hasn't been dissected much in literature. As the book is now, I can't decide whether it aims to be a historical review, a general soap opera 101 guide, a memoir, or what. It's all over the place.
Second, at times the book reads like an extended book report or blog. I especially didn't like Hinsey's presentation of present and past soaps where she included "My favorite story".Read more ›
An excellent read from someone who knows the serial genre.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Vital book written by soap expert Carolyn Hinsey! Love it and agree with so much of what she said.Published 7 months ago by kathilderbrand
very insightful and makes me realized even more how much I miss AMC & OLTLPublished 14 months ago by C. Fraioli
This looked like it was going to be a juicy chronicle of the history of soap operas and why they matter, but the book itself feels like a bunch wikipedia articles strung together... Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Butch Queen
I really enjoyed this book! I finally understand what went down before GL, ATWT, AMC and OLTL were cancelled. It felt like closure. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Len
Very insightful and full of interesting tid bits and information. The writer did a good job of making her point.Published on March 29, 2013 by L M V
Anyone wanting to take an inside look should read this. You might disagree with some of the things Carolyn Hinsey says, but I bet you'll agree more than disagree. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Gregory S Bailey
Carolyn Hinsey has been my favorite part of Soap Opera Digest for decades. Wish I could say there's alot of laughter and insight here. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Louise A. Wisinski
this book is a must for any soap fan. i have been watching soaps since i was a liitle kid and i really enjoyed carolyns hinseys creation. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Timothy
Carolyn Hinsey's passion for soaps shines through each page of this great new book. Hinsey explores every step that led to the cancellation of some of daytime's biggest... Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Stephanie R.