- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone (July 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476799083
- ISBN-13: 978-1476799087
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew Paperback – July 7, 2015
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"It's one of those books we needed without realizing it: an oral history of the making of Clueless. . . . A treat for fans." (People)
“For its 20th birthday, the 90s classic Clueless gets a hilarious—and comprehensive—oral history.” (Entertainment Weekly (Must List selection))
"Chaney’s homage does not disappoint. . . . [She] weaves a glittery web, one that’s hard to walk away from once you’re drawn in. . . . For us middle-aged Gen X-ers and our adolescent offspring who still watch Clueless at sleepovers, As If! is a must. In fact, it’s phat! Which is high praise, indeed." (Washington Post)
“In As If!, everyone involved with the picture is interviewed, giving fans a window into how the movie became a classic.” (New York Post)
“[Chaney] seems to have gotten just about everyone involved in Clueless to talk to her about the making of the movie. . . . The behind-the-scenes memories will thrill those who loved the movie, and Chaney makes a good case for its enduring influence.” (Boston Globe)
"This book is a must-read for every girl who ever considered buying a white Jeep in honor of Cher Horowitz." (The Zoe Report)
"Chaney expertly peppers juicy details about the film's making . . . with honest celebrity insights." (Flavorpill)
"Packed with awesome behind-the-scenes shots, old-fashioned Polaroids, and every factoid you'll ever need to know, the book should be a bible for 'Clueless' trivia contestants and uber-fans everywhere." (Refinery29)
“Chaney rounded up the cast, crew and other crucial Clueless players to spill behind-the-scenes secrets about the movie. All the juicy stories are in her new book.” (Metro)
About the Author
Jen Chaney has been a journalist for twenty years and has spent much of that time writing about movies, television, and popular culture. She currently writes reviews, feature stories, essays, and TV analyses for numerous publications, including New York magazine, The Washington Post, Esquire, Salon, and Yahoo.com. Chaney is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, and lives with her husband, son, and beagle just outside of Washington, DC.
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fame. And of course my personal favorite Stacey Dash to this day remains absolutely stunning should also have had much greater fame.
But lightening struck here by a great director and a wide eyed cast most getting their first taste of fame and no idea how this would make them famous for life. If you like/loved the movie, READ THIS BOOK! It's a great revisit and will have you smiling for days till you finish.
It feels like the author scraped this together in a few hours paying very little care or attention to flow, style or editing. The interviews read like they were written verbatim with scarce editing to make them readable (or interesting). Where it really struggles however is in the passages written by the author which are basically sound like the author is parroting some opinion she overheard in passing. The chapters relating to the costumes are particilary offensive with the author pretty much suggesting that Clueless invented ingenue style. Mona May's costume design may be flawless but it's not original and any full buff can see many inspirations appropriated for the movie. In the late 80's early 90's The Riot Girl movement had already adopted Mary Janes, Baby Doll dresses and bright pop colors as their uniform. WAY before that in the 60's was the La Nouvelle Vague movement and Twiggy vehicle The Boyfriend, it would be hard not to see inspirations reflected here.
The author is supposedly a pop culture/movie writer and yet makes no critical allusion to other films.
On further research it appears the work was cobbled together from a series of interviews the author conducted for a paid piece of journalism she was writing. It reads very much like that. Clueless is a masterwork of film and an oral history should have been treated with much more respect, attention and skill.
I don't think it was worth the cover price. True fans of the movie who don't mind sloppy editing and bad writing will find some great quotes in here however.