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See below for a selection of the latest books from Television soap operas category. Presented with a red border are the Television soap operas books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Television soap operas books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Coronation Street Treasures

Coronation Street Treasures

Author: Tim Randall, Simon Timblick Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

House by house, also calling in at the Rovers, the Factory, Roy's Rolls, The Kabin and the Corner Shop, in this book you'll find all sorts of fascinating lost treasures from the world of Coronation Street, from revealing birth certificates and love letters to divorce papers, personal letters and even Betty's secret hotpot recipe. Coronation Street historians Tim Randall and Simon Timblick thread it all together to paint a vivid and evocative history of each of the premises on the Street, piecing together the stories of the generations that have passed through from the evidence they've left behind. Containing previously unpublished memorabilia, intricately reproduced on the page, plus hundreds of rarely seen archive photographs, this unique album provides an amazing record of nearly 60 years of life on Britain's most famous street.

Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia

Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia

Author: Ryan Lizardi Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/05/2019

From explorations of video game series to Netflix shows to Facebook timelines, Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia helps readers understand what it is actually like to be nostalgic in a world that increasingly asks us to interact with our past. Interdisciplinary authors tackle the subject from historical, philosophical, rhetorical, sociological, and economic perspectives, all the while asking big questions about what it means to be asked to be active participants in our own mediated histories. Scholars and pop culture enthusiasts alike will find something to love as this collection moves from a look at traditional interactive media, such as video games, to nostalgia within all things digital and ends with a rethinking of the potentials of nostalgia itself.

Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia

Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia

Author: Ryan Lizardi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2019

From explorations of video game series to Netflix shows to Facebook timelines, Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia helps readers understand what it is actually like to be nostalgic in a world that increasingly asks us to interact with our past. Interdisciplinary authors tackle the subject from historical, philosophical, rhetorical, sociological, and economic perspectives, all the while asking big questions about what it means to be asked to be active participants in our own mediated histories. Scholars and pop culture enthusiasts alike will find something to love as this collection moves from a look at traditional interactive media, such as video games, to nostalgia within all things digital and ends with a rethinking of the potentials of nostalgia itself.

The Treasures of Coronation St

The Treasures of Coronation St

Author: Tim Randall, Simon Timblick Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Containing a unique selection of removable memorabilia, intricately produced in facsimile form, and hundreds of rarely seen archive photographs, this edition provides an amazing record of 50 years of life on Britain's most famous street.

Holby City

Holby City

Author: Sue Haasler Format: eBook Release Date: 02/03/2018

Lights, camera, action! Take a look behind the scenes of one of the country's favourite TV shows.

Class Divisions in Serial Television

Class Divisions in Serial Television

Author: Sieglinde Lemke Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2017

This book brings the emergent interest in social class and inequality to the field of television studies. It reveals how the new visibility of class matters in serial television functions aesthetically and examines the cultural class politics articulated in these programmes. This ground-breaking volume argues that reality and quality TV's intricate politics of class entices viewers not only to grapple with previously invisible socio-economic realities but also to reconsider their class alignment. The stereotypical ways of framing class are now supplemented by those dedicated to exposing the economic and socio-psychological burdens of the (lower) middle class. The case studies in this book demonstrate how sophisticated narrative techniques coincide with equally complex ways of exposing class divisions in contemporary American life and how the examined shows disrupt the hegemonic order of class. The volume therefore also invites a rethinking of conventional models of social stratification.

Soap Opera Super Couples The Great Romances of Daytime Drama

Soap Opera Super Couples The Great Romances of Daytime Drama

Author: Henrietta Roos Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2016

A television genre best known for romantic storytelling, daytime soap operas have for decades spun tales of couples embroiled in passion, lust and adventure. Yet it was not until the early 1980s that star-crossed lovers became standard and the term super couple was coined by the media, marking a new era of experimentation and growth in daytime soaps. This book documents the phenomenon, tracing its history, legacy and impact on the soap opera industry and on popular culture at large.

The Rovers Return: The Official Coronation Street Companion

The Rovers Return: The Official Coronation Street Companion

Author: Tim Randall Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2013

From the moment The Rovers Return opened its doors to television viewers more than fifty years ago, the iconic public house has witnessed everything from births, deaths, brawls and break-ups, to weddings, wakes and even its own ghost, all under the watchful eye of legendary landladies such as Annie Walker, Bet Gilroy and Liz McDonald. From its early days with the Walkers at the helm and Stan Ogden propping up the bar, to 2013's devastating fire and the subsequent renovations and revelations, this is the story of the many dramas that have played out both in the bar and the back-room through the decades. Central to so many of these dramas have been the pub's barmaids, pot-men and even its cleaners. Queen of them all was Betty Williams, Newton & Ridley's longest serving barmaid who, along with the hotpot that bore her name, was a mainstay of the Rovers for over forty years. The Rovers Return is the hub of Coronation Street and this picture-filled volume is sure to remind fans of many memorable moments. A phoenix rising from the flames - what better time to celebrate more than five decades of tears and laughter inside our favourite backstreet boozer...

Brazilian Telenovelas and the Myth of Racial Democracy

Brazilian Telenovelas and the Myth of Racial Democracy

Author: Samantha Nogueira Joyce Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/03/2012

Brazilian Telenovelas and the Myth of Racial Democracy, by Samantha Nogueira Joyce, examines what happens when a telenovela directly addresses matters of race and racism in contemporary Brazil. This investigation provides a traditional textual analysis of Duas Caras (2007-2008), a watershed telenovela for two main reasons: It was the first of its kind to present audiences with an Afro-Brazilian as the main hero, openly addressing race matters through plot and dialogue. Additionally, for the first time in the history of Brazilian television, the author of Duas Caras kept a web blog where he discussed the public's reactions to the storylines, media discussions pertaining to the characters and plot, and directly engaged with fans and critics of the program. Joyce combines her investigation of Duas Caras with a study of related media in order to demonstrate how the program introduced novel ideas about race and also offered a forum where varying perspectives on race, class, and racial relations in Brazil could be discussed. Brazilian Telenovelas is not a reception study in the traditional sense, it is not a story of entertainment-education in the strict sense, and it is not solely a textual analysis. Instead, Joyce's text is a study of the social milieu that the telenovela (and especially Duas Caras) navigates, one that is a component of a contemporary progressive social movement in Brazil, and one that views the text as being located in social interactions. As such, this book reveals how telenovelas contribute to social change in a way that has not been fully explored in previous scholarship.

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

Author: Harry M. Benshoff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2011

While supernatural events have become fairly commonplace on daytime television in recent decades, Dark Shadows, which aired on ABC between 1966 and 1971, pioneered this format when it blended the vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and witches of fictional Collinsport, Maine, with standard soap opera fare like alcoholism, jealousy, and tangled love. In this volume, author Harry M. Benshoff examines Dark Shadows, both during its initial run and as an enduring cult phenomenon, to prove that the show was an important precursor-or even progenitor-of today's phenomenally popular gothic and fantasy media franchises like Twilight, Harry Potter, and True Blood. Benshoff demonstrates that viewers of all ages responded to the haunted world of Dark Shadows, making unlikely stars out of the show's iconic characters-reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins, playboy werewolf Quentin Collins, vengeful witch Angelique DuVal, and vampire hunter Dr. Julia Hoffman. Benshoff explores the cultural and industrial contexts of the mid-1960s that gave rise to Dark Shadows and how the show adapted nineteenth-century gothic novels and twentieth-century horror films into a televised serial format. Benshoff also examines the unique aspects of the show's casting and performance modes, its allure as a camp cult text, and the function of the show's many secondary and tertiary texts-including novels, records, games, comic books, and the two feature films, House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971). In the years since its cancellation, Dark Shadows' enduring popularity has led to a prime-time NBC remake in the early 1990s, recent talk of a Tim Burton and Johnny Depp feature film, and a popular ongoing fan convention. Benshoff's timely study of Dark Shadows will appeal to fans of the show and all film and television history scholars who are interested in the roots of one of today's most popular genres.

Coronation Street The Complete Saga

Coronation Street The Complete Saga

Author: Katherine Hardy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2010

From the time when Rovers Return landlady Annie Walker first cast a disapproving glance at Ena Sharples gossiping with Minnie Caldwell to the traumas caused by the tangled love lives of the Websters and the McDonalds, the nation has been gripped by the lives of those who live in one street in the northern town of Weatherfield. Just like any other street in the country, the locals living there have changed dramatically over the years since the rest of Britain first paid the area a visit in 1960. There have been many marriages, births and deaths, with characters such as Elsie Tanner, Hilda Ogden, Alf Roberts and Mike Baldwin fading into the past as new faces move into the street. The one man who has remained ever since we first saw him there all those years ago is, of course, Ken Barlow. Despite the changing nature of its residents and the many disasters and tragedies that have befallen them, one thing in the street always remains the same. Defying all the dark intrigue and neighbourhood squabbles, the people who live there maintain a close-knit community, supporting each other through the tough times and celebrating the good times. This is the complete story of Coronation Street, told in the form of a novel.

Days of Our Lives A Complete History of the Long-running Soap Opera

Days of Our Lives A Complete History of the Long-running Soap Opera

Author: Maureen Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2010

On November 8, 1965, Days of Our Lives debuted on NBC. The show overcame a rocky beginning to become one of the best-loved and longest running soap operas on daytime television. For 30 years, the story of the show's Horton family has been closely followed by a dedicated audience. Through extensive research, including the first-ever examination of the show's archives, and interviews with cast members, writers, producers and production personnel, the show's history is told here. This reference work provides a complete cast list from the show's debut through 1994, as well as the most comprehensive storyline of the show ever available. Also included are family trees of the show's characters, tracing the often confusing relationships involved in thirty years of developing roles.