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Glamour, Greed & Glory - Dynasty Paperback – August 25, 2005

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About the Author

Judith A. Moose is the President of the Entertainment Publicity firm JM Media Group. As well as handling the PR for several celebrities, Judith has assisted in the production of the A&E Network’s Biography episode on Joan Collins, the NBC 75th Anniversary Special, five VH1’s Where Are They Now Specials, is currently serving as the Director of Media Relations for the feature film Woman’s Story and in 2003 published her first book, Together – A Sitcom Lover’s Guide To Silver Spoons. Her second, Another Time, Another Place: Quantum Leap was published in November 2004. JM Media Group has expanded and launched a publishing division called Signing Stars. Next up on her list of things to do is her fourth book Their Hobby Was Murder: A Look Back At Hart To Hart. Their Hobby Was Murder is slated for a Spring 2006 release. Paul D. Keylock has spent the majority of his life working various capacities in the Entertainment Industry. Having grown tired of working for other companies, Paul has recently branched out to handle various publicity projects for assorted celebrities throughout England and also serves as the full-time personal assistant to Dynasty star Joan Collins.

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In 1977, Aaron Spelling (unarguably the most successful television producer in history) split with longtime partner Leonard Goldberg. Together they had produced the hit series’ Hart To Hart, Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island and Charlie’s Angels. Soon after that split Spelling was teamed with E. Duke Vincent and together they shaped the 1980s decade with shows like Vegas with Robert Urich and ensemble shows such as The Love Boat and Hotel. Despite having a string of hits already on the air, ABC found it couldn’t compete with the outrageously huge success of a CBS series called Dallas. At the bottom of the barrel in the ratings, ABC turned to Aaron Spelling and asked that he discover and produce a series to compete with Dallas. Aaron and Hollywood executive Douglas Cramer set out to do just that.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (August 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419603752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419603754
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,734,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scott A. Humphries on November 6, 2006
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Pity us poor Dynasty fans. While the DVD releases for its old rival Dallas come out thick and fast, the Dynasty DVD release schedule seems to have stalled with just one miserable release. If season 2 is ever released, it seems unlikely that the recent reunion show will be included as an extra. And if Dynasty fans were hoping that maybe a little nostalgia book such as Glamour, Greed and Glory would fill some of the void, then they will be sorely disappointed.

This is an awfully cheap book. I am surprised that Joan Collins wrote an introduction. The book is badly edited and filled with typing errors. It is also printed on very cheap paper.

As for the content - it is nothing less than woeful. I was hoping for a great compedium such as Barbara Curran's excellent 25 Years of Dallas, but much of this book is taken up with rather embarrassing "fan fiction", there are no cast or crew interviews or interesting trivia, and as I believe one other reviewer has already observed, the episode summaries have been downloaded directly from fan sites.

The only thing of vague interest is the good collection of promo ad cuttings.

Don't waste your money on this dreadful book. Try to get a second hand copy of 1984's Dynasty: The Authorized Biography of the Carringtons and Joan Collins' autobiography Second Act instead, and also keep an eye out for the E! True Hollywood Story which I'm sure reruns on pay tv/cable fairly frequently.

I also find it very interesting that many of the people who have written rave reviews of this book and contributed to its totally unworthy overall star rating have only written one Amazon review - could they be friends of the authors one cannot help but wonder? Doubtlessly the same loyal agents will swifty rate my review "unhelpful", but all of the ratings riggings in the world cannot change the fact that this book is a rip-off. Please don't waste your hard-earned money on it.
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I had read the reviews and being a Dynasty fan recently purchased the book. I was very disappointed. A lot the content is available online and the quality of the writing leaves a lot to be desired.

Some specifics. One of the chapters consists of biographies of the main characters. However, they are terribly written. Tenses change back and forth from past to present at random. Typographical errors abound.

There also are holes in the characters' biographies. For instance, the biography of Blake begins by talking about his marriage to Alexis and the tremendous impact that Adam's kidnapping had on them. Yet in the subsequent summary of Blake's life, there is no mention of Adam's return as an adult. There is suddenly a mention of Adam in passing (in relation to the failed Denver Carrington/ColbyCo merger). By contrast, there is a mention of Amanda's arrival. If someone didn't already know the details of the show, they would miss important facts about the characters.

The book contains a summary of each episode, but they appear to be nearly identical to the ones available online at the Soapnet website. Those are brief and relatively incomplete. It boggles my mind that the authors of what is supposed to be an authoritative story of the show have not done their own summaries of each episode in detail. That would have been a nice resource.

Two chapters are devoted to fanfiction stories, one by Judith Moose. That contributes to the sense that the book is more a compilation prepared by a devoted fan and not really intended as a professional work. It would have been nice to include interviews with the actors throughout the book to really provide an insiders' guide to the show.
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To say this book is a disappointment is a massive understatement. Admittedly, at around 700 pages, you immediately think this is a suitably weighty volume and value for money. Only as you look inside the book, you realise what a shallow enterprise this work truly is.

The book has a complete episode guide illustrated with what look like screen captures and indeed there are plenty of photos. However, the book has been poorly printed on really cheap paper, which simply doesn't do justice to the pictures. For a series memorable chiefly for its expensive set decoration, extravagant costuming and overall campy opulence, this book is utterly unexciting in a visual sense.

The large print text and banal, witless prose leave you in no doubt that this is not so much a book, more a cobbled together, really badly written fanzine. The book contains remembrances from Dynasty fans that appear to have taken verbatim from internet sites and message boards which only serves to exacerbate the book's amateurish, thrown together feel. The fan fiction included is simply embarrassing.

For a series as significant as Dynasty was in defining the 1980s "greed is good" zeitgeist, there's absolutely no genuine attempt at any kind of analysis of the Dynasty phenomenon, of placing the series in a cultural context or even a vaguely engaging account of the behind the scenes events surrounding the making of the series. The text we have here is just far too superficial.

Overall, this is not a patch on Barbara Curran's superb book on Dallas. If you're looking for the definitive account of the making of Dynasty and the series' place in popular culture and television history, then I'm afraid you're going to have to look elsewhere.
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