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I always like seeing a fan's perspective on soaps, especially with the genre in (hopefully not terminal) decline in the U.S. The author is a passionate fan and I appreciated her perspective. But what really makes this worthwhile are the carefully chosen video clips related to the topics. The clips were able to play pretty well on my iphone. I've never seen a Kindle work like this, but I hope I will see more in the future.
This was such a fabulous read! I urge all soap fans to buy this loving and state of the art tribute, to our beloved soaps. Alina is a true fan, of this genre and it shows! Concise, well written, for fans and by fans input, innovative and truly enjoyable to read.
This kindle book is everything a fan of American daily serials can ask for! Listed in this wonderful encyclopedia is every important fact of network U.S. soaps including Luke and Laura's wedding from 1981 (still the highest rated hours of daytime TV), Alice and Steve's love story from "Another World, the Barnabas Collin's story on "Dark Shadows", Erica's abortion from a 1973 episode of "All MY Children, Karen's testimony while on the stand from "One Life to Live" in 1979 and so much more.
The authors have interviewed multiple actors, writers and producers who have all had a long history with the most popular form of daytime television since its inception in the early fifties. Here you'll find info not available anywhere else.
Well-written and informative, "The Soap Opera 451" is a must-have.
I downloaded the Kindle reader for PC so I could read this. I enjoyed the reminiscing about great scenes from the soaps I watched and learned about scenes from soaps I never watched. The downside - now I'd like to see some of those long-gone storylines. The upside - interviews with producers and actors about the scenes you loved. Thanks for the memories Alina. I agree with Linda Dano - I never plan to watch that last episode of Another World (it's around here on tape in case I ever wanted to). That would make it over, and it never will be for me.
I enjoyed reading this. Even though I might not have watched every soap, I do know the actors, and that was my favorite part--their memories. Since I was reading this in the middle of the night, I didn't watch the clips--I didn't want to wake everybody up. Now I am going back and picking different ones to watch. It's just fun remembering all the great times in the soaps. I'm glad that I got it.