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About the Author

Will Leitch is a contributing editor at New York magazine, a film critic at Yahoo, and the founder of Deadspin. He is also the author of four books, most recently Are We Winning? He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

Leah Wilson graduated from Duke University with a degree in Culture and Modern Fiction and is currently Editor-in-Chief, Smart Pop, at BenBella Books. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935618563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935618560
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this in the midst of my grieving after the show's final episode and season. I thought it'd allow me to hold on just a bit longer to the characters who felt more like intimate friends. Their passing and the show's end has felt anything but fictional. I never imagined a TV show could be sacred, but this is, offering up a kind of scripture to clear our eyes and fill our hearts. The essays are fun, insightful and, like the show, often deeply heartfelt. You can't lose.
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I received the paperback version as a review copy. I am a HUGE fan of the TV show, so obviously, I'm already pre-disposed to loving anything related to FNL.

This book provided some interesting inside looks and I enjoyed browsing through it. As an avid fan though, I didn't find too much that was 'new' to me--but like I said, I have been a fan since day one, and not much slipped past me on the internet regarding the show.

One thing I would have liked was more about Eric and Tami Taylor. I get that Taylor Kitsch is a hearthrob, but I never saw him as the soul of the show. It was always Coach Taylor with his wife a close second.
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This is a fantastic, in-depth examination of one of the most brilliant TV series ever seen. I love the fact that the writers take such time and put so much effort into explaining the emotions and feelings that we viewers feel and felt while watching the series. It makes me happy to know that so many other people had the same connections and reactions. The "Why we love..." Particular characters section is especially fascinating and poignant, And truly on point, as is the section on the realism and the way the TV series deals with difficult economic financial struggles Americans face daily. Bravo!!
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Mixed in with informative essays and explanations of how the show came to be, details of casting and filming, are short chapters entitled "Why We Love ___," one for each character. It was great fun to remember the stories, crises, interactions, and teen-aged disasters for each person we cared about so much. I often laughed out loud remembering the script or situation, the Texas-weird language. It's a wonderful book.

These are knowledgeable essays, NOT fan talk. Written by reviewers and writers who know the industry.
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This book was very interesting. It kept you in the zone the whole time. Reading it as a football player, you can almost feel what the characters are going through. Even if you're not a football player or an athlete in general, this book you about what each character goes through including a couple episodes at the end of the book. I found it interesting how Tim Riggins, the Panthers Full back, got by on his own with his brother. His parents left him and he took care of himself with a little help from his older brother. There is a lot of drama surrounding this book's story line, and it's a great one too. It captures a perfect Texas high school football in action and behind the scenes from just the football, but school, at home, or at the hangout spots. I highly recommend this book for the fact that it's spot on entertaining. Just read it and you'll find out why.
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i wanna start off by saying i love the tv show. i recently finished it and was watcing it on netflix. this show was so wonderful and i just wanted to watch one episode after another. so i did. until i ran out. i just sat there thinking. "how can this end. i feel like im still in dillon. the show makes you feel as though you are part of the town. this book is a nice way to ease the pain of the show coming to an end. but seriously. watch the show!!!!!! you will not regret it. i promise.
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