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Worlds Without End: The Art and History of the Soap Opera Hardcover – September, 1997
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Perhaps when a museum dedicates a three-month exhibit to the subject of soap operas, it's time to hang up our cultural hats and admit that we now occupy a world of overstimulated philistines. With that confession happily concluded, what could we want more than this gorgeous volume documenting the Museum of Television & Radio's soap opera show. Exhaustively chronicling the life of the soap opera, Worlds Without End covers the form from its roots in radio up to the late '90s. It not only reviews the histories of every soap series ever to air (up through late 1996), but also provides a general historical overview of the changes in subject matter, racial casting, and filming styles of the genre as a whole.
Published to coincide with an exhibit at the Museum of Radio and Television, this oversize, heavily illustrated volume surveys soaps from their birth on radio to their television incarnation and tries to explain their continued popularity. To this end, four scholars who study soaps (oxymoronic as that might seem) take a look at who watches and why. Soap lovers may have a laugh at the sometimes heavy-handed analysis; more fun is the individual looks at all the television soaps (dead and alive) and the terrific pictures that will bring back memories for devoted fans. Ilene Cooper
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differentiates the soaps from one another in terms of issues that each tackles and why. It is
interesting to trace how soaps such as "Painted
Dreams" began on radio and what appealed (and didn't) to various audiences throughout
the decades. Eg: Isn't it hard to believe that
"Guiding Light" (On Cable In Sydney) was
orginally a 15 minute radio serial about four ministers? Many soaps mentioned in the book
will probably be unknown to younger Sydney
audiences such as "Search For Tommorrow"
and "As The World Turns" which haven't been on the air for years (decades?) but there is
good coverage on todays lineup as well. If you like this book you may want to check out A book by Jean Rouverol called"Writing For The Soaps" (1984) and "Soapbox" (1990) Hopefully
a television special of a similar nature to this book could be done because the archive material itself would be priceless viewing.
The authors, really scholars of the genre, write about what makes the afternoon suds so popular and why they will forever be a mainstay of afternoon viewing.
Simply a must-have and a treasure trove of info on the most beloved form of story telling TV has ever known.
The book also comes with exclusive pics of behind-the-scenes shots of all the wonderful great dramas that have graced our screens for decades.