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    Chris Turner(Author)

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D'oh-it's "The Simpsons." And here's the book with the behind-the-scenes story of how America's favorite nuclear family first arrived at a TV near you, how the series grew into a worldwide icon, and who brings it to life so brilliantly week after week, year after year. Since first airing in 1987 as a cartoon interlude on the short-lived "Tracey Ullman Show," "The Simpsons" has deliciously skewered the foibles of American life, evolving into a cultural institution that reaches across the generations. As satire, it's sharp and funny. As a pop phenom, it's in a league of its own. And with Planet Simpson, it finally gets the sprawling, multidimensional critical look it so richly deserves. "Smart and funny, Turner writes with fitting enthusiasm for his subject while working in seemly references to cultural theory and TV-insider politics. His book is just the thing for fellow fans, and for anyone interested in how pop phenomena came to be." -Hollywood Reporter This book was not prepared, licensed, approved, or endorsed by any entity involved in creating or producing the television series "The Simpsons."

Although this unauthorized book "was not prepared, licensed, approved, or endorsed by any entity involved in creating or producing" The Simpsons, Canadian journalist Turner embarks on an encyclopedic exposition of the show's episodes, catchphrases, characters, cultural impact, social commentary, themes and influences. In 1987, 33-year-old cartoonist Matt Groening devised the dysfunctional family during a 15-minute wait before pitching the concept to producer James L. Brooks. Short segments on Fox's Tracey Ullman Show escalated into the full series in 1989–1990, with accolades and awards piling up during the following 15 years. Turner flavors his straightforward Simpsons study with footnotes and facts on everything from Ayn Rand and Columbine to Y2K and Yeats. Unraveling and analyzing plot threads, he views the series as "more anti-authoritarian by far than almost anything else that's ever aired in prime time," and he praises it as a "cultural institution" comparable to the Beatles. Turner's fannish enthusiasm and tsunami of trivia will appeal mainly to devotees, though cultural historians may value it for its vision of Springfield as a satirical mirror reflecting the trials and tribulations of contemporary life. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. On the verge of becoming the all-time longest-running situation comedy, The Simpsons has had unprecedented effect on American popular culture, as Turner convincingly argues. He traces the show's history, from cultural touchstone to beloved institution, and offers lengthy profiles of the characters, elucidated with tidbits from 15 years' worth of episodes. Especially fascinating is his depiction of the online community devoted to The Simpsons, which pores over each episode for arcane references and whose efforts have been subtly acknowledged in metatextual gags on the show. While Turner overstates the case for The Simpsons' cultural importance, even claiming that, since it appeals to all ages, it is in some respects more important than rock and roll, his observations are thoughtful and perceptive, and he conveys them in a breezy, sometimes smart-alecky tone totally appropriate to the subject. Long-winded but never dull, dense but never academic, Planet Simpson may be too much for casual viewers. For the show's sizable hardcore audience, however, especially the most serious-minded viewers, it's a feast. Gordon FlaggCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Chris Turner(Author)
  • Da Capo Press; 1st edition (2004)
  • English
  • 9
  • Comics & Graphic Novels

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  • By Marc Von Ahnen on July 29, 2015

    If you love Simpsons you will like it.

  • By Crash on July 25, 2006

    Perfect book that reflects on the seemingly symbiotic relationship between pop culture and The Simpsons. The author reviews the various characters and situations from the show which reflect the issues of the day in many surprising ways. It gives a view on The Simpsons that most basic viewers never notice. The Simpsons is a lot deeper than you'd imagine and more intricate than only one viewing can show you. Adn in turn, as 'The Simpsons' were a reflection of society, society is increasingly a partial reflection of 'The Simpsons'. Within the pages of this book you can really see how much 'The Simpsons' is a perfect , albeit odd, view of today's realities. The book shows how 'The Simpsons' is a smart show that's funny for everyone from dumb to Einstein. (And based on that bit of horrible English, I'm moving towards the former)Definitely a great pick for a serious Simpsons Fan.Now if they would just hurry and make that movie they've always talked about...

  • By ThatGuy_from_NJ on January 16, 2007

    This is one of my favorite books that I have purchased. The author does an excellent job of comparing either an episode or a character to the subject that he is comparing it to. He adds quotes from the show in his writing that helps one to enjoy reading this book. If you are a fan of the show I am sure that you'll enjoy this book.

  • By Lizzy on January 20, 2016

    Book is perfect. Can't wait to read.

  • By Ed Earl on December 19, 2011

    Nothing special - needed it for class.Be detailed and specific. What would you have wanted to know before you purchased the product?Not too short and not too long. Aim for between 75 and 300 words.

  • By Liz on December 14, 2014

    I'm a bit late in the game here, this book is over 10 years old. But, it exists and others may want to read it at this time. If you love LONG books that go on and on about topics that could have been far better had the author been brief, then this is the book for you. This is a book that is supposed to be about how the Simpsons defined a generation, but it was more about how the Simpsons defined the authors. So much is about pop culture, but it is very skewered to the author's tastes. I am perhaps 3 years younger than the author and wasn't "in" to the same things he was during the 1990s (which is a HUGE part of the book). Does this indicate I wasn't part of the generation, or that only the author was cool? What I would say is if you are interested in an autobiography of Chris Turner and how the Simpsons influenced HIM, then read it. If not, I don't think it is even worth the penny they are currently charging for it.

  • By Guest on August 3, 2009

    This is easily one of the most entertaining audiobooks I have listened to in a long time. The book is filled with quotes from the Simpson, and the narrator does great Simpson impersonations. The narrative has a seemingly endless number of anecdotes from Simpson's episodes (all referenced by episode number.) To a fan of the show, these references bring back fond memories. The book excels when it operates as a Simpsons fan companion.Unfortunately, it falls flat when it tries to dig deeper. The arguments come across as those from a serious fan of the show trying to justify it's importance by placing it in external paradigms. Many of the arguments could easily be applied to just about any other aspect of pop culture. (The Fruit Loops Generation?) The insight that pop culture has become a strong identifying factor in a fragmenting society is interesting, but by no means original. The strange irony is that a corporate entity is needed to provide a unifying force for a youth culture rebelling against the corporatism of society. For a Simpsons fan like the author, Simpsons serves as that force, and the thesis of this book will apply. However, for others, including those that have a shared interest in the Simpsons and other things, the argument falls flat.

  • By Josh C. on January 10, 2015

    I like the Simpsons.I like Canada.I like media critiques, cultural critiques, and especially social analysis of pop-culture phenomena.I work with academic research every day.I deal with plenty of leftist politics, given where I live.But I didn't like this book at all. Two parts Simpsons-fan one-upsmanship, two parts journo trying to overwrite his way to academic credibility, one part irrelevant Canadiana, and one part the "Don't you hate George W. Bush? Man, I hate George W. Bush. Doesn't everyone hate George W. Bush?" trope so common in early-'00s book releases with little topical connection to the U.S. president of the time, more intended to establish the author's cool factor than provide any information.He could've written a great social history by removing himself from the narrative and cutting the overwriting back one notch. I assume he knows this, given his professional success. I'm stuck with the conclusion that he didn't want to.


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