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Hollyhood Paperback – Bargain Price, May 5, 2009
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Hollyhood is written from the point of view of a young African-American man who has made it big in the Hollywood studios - behind the scenes and behind the camera.
Valerie Joyner has a good take on Hollywood and writes very, very well about the inside goings on of producing a successful tv show. As I was reading the table reading scene in the beginning of the book, I could almost feel as though I was there. I love getting the "dirt" on what really goes on behind the scenes of my tv shows and Joyner pulls no punches as she shows us just how much BS there is going on.
This book is extremely character driven and I have to say, at the beginning, I was a tad confused with all the players - who, thank goodness get clearer as the book develops.
There is the pre-requisite amount of jealousy, sex, romances and what passes for schmoozing in Hollywood.
The storyline was a tad slow, it took the author a whole chapter to introduce us to the players, I felt as though it could have been hasten a little bit, yet, the storyline is compelling and interesting.
Its been a long time since I have read such a fun book on the Hollywood insiders and this book is an easy and fun read.
It's all here, the famous Hollywood egos, larger-than-life personalities, the pressure to stay on top and the desire to get ahead. But Joyner doesn't offer superficial Hollywood caricatures, she skillfully develops each character into a person with human frailties and beauty, playing their roles in the often complex and politically charged arena of showbiz.
With comedy and brutal honesty, Joyner gives us an inside look behind the scenes of network television. And I love every page of it!
It's a quick, easy read that is fun, funny and engaging.
If you're looking for a great book to read this summer while you're poolside, at the beach or backpacking thru Europe, Hollyhood is it!
Overall Valerie Joyner did a good job in writing a book that is related to something she knows since she worked behind the scenes in Hollywood.
By: Paula Espinoza
Written from a "fly on the wall" perspective, Joyner hilariously welcomes us into the world of Hollywoods secret neurosis' - from ego's, to eating disorders, to those willing to do anything to get ahead. One can't help but wonder what is truly fiction. Joyner feeds off of her varied experiences working in the industry for many years.
Warning: If reading on a subway, you will laugh out loud!
Can't wait for this author to give us another fun read... QUICKLY!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
too predictable. Even when it was a twist, the twist died down, like it never happen. I was expecting more.Published 1 month ago by Nakia S. Wallace
Valerie Joyner offers prose so crisp it practically crackles in this hard-hitting portrayal of life behind-the-scenes in Black Hollywood. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by T. Faye Griffin
I really enjoyed HollyHood... It's been awhile since I have read a decent book and wasn't tempted to put it down. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by DeeDee
From the first page, this book had me hooked. It has it all -- well-developed, believeable characters; snappy and funny dialouge; an interesting story and plot; and, most of all,... Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by Storm
The entire time I was reading Hollyhood I felt as if I knew the characters...or someone like them. The author does an amazing job of making the people in this book seem very real. Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by Rachel Hodge
Written from an insider's perspective, Hollyhood is a charming and funny look at the experiences of African Americans in working in Hollywood's entertainment industry. Read morePublished on May 25, 2010 by Teresa
What a perfect summer read!!! As Ms. Joyner pulls back the curtain & gives us the good, bad & ugly of television production-it's also a fun, juicy romp thru the inner workings of... Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Jennifer B
Seldom do we get to savor all the juicy little details of what's happening when the lights and cameras are turned off on our favorite Black sitcoms. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Sha
so loved this book! It's so deliciously trashy (in a good way). Valerie Joyner has several years of first hand experience working on Hollywood sitcoms and does a wonderful job of... Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by Ebony Haywood