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My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture Paperback – August 14, 2010
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Told from the point of view of a young woman tackling topics from religion to sex with the guidance of her television role models, the book captures not only the essence of pop culture in the 1990s, but adeptly and wryly explores the perils of coming-of-age off-screen. From her earliest memories of watching "Days of Our Lives" while her mother tended to her dying grandmother to her so-called "May-December" intellectual romance with all things Stephen King, Turchiano takes the reader through the milestones of her early life.
"You're only as good as your examples," says Turchiano recalling the wisdom gleaned from watching countless "destined to be" relationships unfold on the screen, or on the pages of a well-loved novel. Don't be fooled--this is no passive acceptance of entertainment wisdom. Rather Turchiano weaves a tale of risk free trial and error that leaves the reader empathizing with her and cheering her on... and wondering what "Tan Man" is up to today.
I 'met' Danielle Turchiano via Twitter last year and quickly learned that we had lotsa' TV in common...and one particular fake TV boyfriend too. Danielle's TV Tweets led me right to her blog, Made Possible by Pop Culture where I found myself in TV heaven. Recently, Danielle released a book based on her blog...My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. You love TV? You must read her book!
I had the chance to chat with Danielle about the book...juicy details and all!
Jenna: You are a brave girl for sharing such a personal journey. What part(s) did you find the most difficult to get on paper -from an experiential aspect?
Danielle: Well first of all, thank you! In all honesty, though, the hardest thing for me to do as a writer is not to put the stories on paper but instead to self-edit. Especially with this book-- the chapters are memories, not fictional tales, and I found that once I was recalling the situations, the hindsight commentary just flowed.
Since I self-published this book, though, I didn't work with a professional editor, so I found that the challenge became in looking at and revisiting each chapter once I completed it. And I'm not just talking about red-penning a manuscript for sentence structure, spelling, and grammar but also for content and context, as well.
In "Someone With Whom To Eat Cheese," for example, the end result is a handful of paragraphs showcasing some of what I have considered "unsuitable suitors" over the past few years.Read more ›
Extremely well written, Ms. Turchiano's treatise provides a unique insight into the mind of an extremely perceptive and intelligent individual who exudes creativity and common sense. A must read by "children of all ages". A GREAT idea for a series or film, of course, written, produced and directed by Ms. Turchiano