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Glamour, Greed & Glory - Dynasty Paperback – August 25, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first hesitated a little bit to order this book because of the negativity of reviewers before me. But went ahead and ordered it along with other Dynasty books. Read morePublished on February 16, 2007 by Adam
Picked this book up last week and thought it was a good deal for the money. It's got pretty much what the rest of television books have except many more photographs than most. Read morePublished on May 15, 2006 by James Whittaker
I read the comments left by customers who purchased this book and find that I agree with the majority. Read morePublished on May 15, 2006 by R. Charles
If you're looking for a book that's going to tell all of the secrets of who did what to whom then you need to pass this book by because it's not like that. Read morePublished on April 8, 2006 by Eddie B.
Judith Moose and Paul Keylock did an excellent job of putting together a really good reference book for the series. Read morePublished on April 8, 2006 by Mike Lewis
I ordered this book a couple months ago and got done reading it tonight. I've been using it to keep track of the order of episodes and it's a great tool. Read morePublished on April 7, 2006 by Lauren Webster
I bought this book expecting to read an authoritative history of 'Dynasty' similar to Barbara Curran's excellent review of 'Dallas'. Read morePublished on April 7, 2006 by Will_J
Judith Moose and Paul Keylock have a book to be proud of. I read through the book very carefully and was surprised to see how much detail had gone into the manuscript. Read morePublished on February 28, 2006 by Esther