- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum; 1st edition (1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689111495
- ISBN-13: 978-0689111495
- Package Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,439,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eight years in Another world Paperback – 1981
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But, back to the book... It is surprising that someone who didn't really want to write for soap operas would end up being so good at it and so influential. It is also amazing that he ended up writing so many of the scripts himself. It's understandable, as to why. He wanted the characters to behave consistently and to have a consistent voice. It was also interesting that he didn't particularly care for writing young characters. I agree with him that younger characters can sometimes be somewhat boring. I thought that when I was a teen in high school. I tended to be more interested in the older characters. Pam Long (GL-era) was one of the few soap opera head-writers who could create and/or develop teen characters that I thought were interesting (She developed: Rick, Phillip, and Alan-Michael. She created: India, Harley, etc.).
Lemay's book is a must for anyone who wants to understand how the behind-the-scenes action impacts what the audience sees. He talks about some of the most memorable characters on the show (Mac, Iris and Rachel) but is not afraid to be critical of other audience favorites.
Very glad to see this book in Kindle format.
This is a fascinating, absorbing account of Harding Lemay's headwriting stint on ANOTHER WORLD, whereby he lays bare everything about his life during this period. He examines in great detail his uncertain beginnings writing the show, his tutelage under Irna Phillips, queen of soap operas, success with the soap opera form, dealings with sponsors Procter and Gamble, and, the reasons why he eventually left the show. It is a true page turner, and a book that every soap opera lover, or those who would like to write soap operas, should read. An excellent book from beginning to end.