Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era – Saul Austerlitz
Friends, television series, nonfiction.
Many failed ideas finally led to a good one, Friends, was a huge risk and took a lot of time just producing the show idea. Creating the premise as well as the plot of the show was complicated and involved a lot of rewriting. The producers of the new show were given a green light to write a pilot script and later be screen tested with network companies to see if Friends was going to be a good investment for television broadcasting. Casting the perfect actors to portray the six friends wasn’t easy either, there were many actors to consider the roles of each character. These risks that they took had a great outcome. They still had to figure out tweaks and kinks in the characters and the plot, but they all put in a lot of effort. As time goes on, the show grows as well as the actors who played these iconic characters that are to be remembered by many audiences. From the iconic catchphrases and scenes, the show producers and cast created an incredible nostalgic show to be enjoyed by the masses.
I love the television show and my boyfriend knows very well of my unhealthy strange addiction to the show. I could find nothing new ever and somehow yearn to rewatch another Friends episode. My best friend and her family got me into this obsession, and I can’t say much other than I love them for introducing me this great television show. After reading this production like book I have a more appreciation for the show. This show, like many other shows, had gone through a long and strenuous process. Casting wasn’t easy either and I am intrigued by the process of making a show. I do recommend reading this if one is a fan of Friends.
The Perfect Predator: A Scientists Race
to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Disease – Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas
Disease, life altering, life
threatening, survival, nonfiction.
While on vacation, Steffanie and her
husband Thomas, were having a great time and enjoying themselves. Unluckily her
husband had contracted a disease that was not easily treatable at first.
Further into the story, they go to hospitals and this disease that was
contracted was untreatable and this was going to end with her husband possibly
dying. All was a race to survive this disease but along the way, Steffanie
never felt less of her husband nor left his side. She stayed by his side
through thick and thin.
I found this nonfiction book to be very
compelling as well as a page turner. My heart swelled and I had gotten
goosebumps throughout reading this work. I thought, at first, that this was
going to be bland and boring. I was happy I was wrong about my speculations of
this work. I do recommend to read this nonfiction work if one is intrigued to
hear survival stories and other accounts of survival told through other’s
perspectives. This helped gained some knowledge but as a warning, do not self-diagnose
and go see a doctor, no matter what the condition may be.
No One Here Gets Out Alive: The
Biography of Jim Morrison – Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugarman
Jim Morrison, musicians, biography,
To say that Jim Morrison’s younger
years, before his band life career, was uninteresting will be wrong. Jim
Morrison, son of an admiral, had to travel place to place constantly. Morrison
had lived in numerous places and hadn’t maintained long term friendships but
when he did, he got into mischief. Morrison joined a band during his film
school life. Jim Morrison and Sam Kilman discussed starting a rock band, but
Jim did not want to be the lead singer. Venice, California is where The Doors
began. After some convincing tactics, Morrison was now confident to sing.
Slowly as the newborn band get shows, Morrison did have some lovers along the
way to fame. Records went higher and higher as The Doors band was gaining more
popularity. Sadly, currently, Morrison was doing hardcore drugs. Like every
other band, the bandmates had their bickering conversations and had them
resolved. Until he and Pamela took a trip to France, that is where his story
I am a huge fan of The Doors, mostly Jim Morrison. I had been hunting down this biography for a long time, only to find out that this nonfiction book was in my grasp. I had asked my best friend’s brother, who he is also a fan, if I can borrow this book to read. I am thankful he let me borrow this book. Online biographies only have so much about Morrison, this book had a lot from Morrison’s childhood to his end. Some information, I had already known prior to reading this biography. Other information such as his father was in the army and they had traveled a lot. Another fact was when Morrison was in his youth, he was a troublemaker with his friends and sort of weird. Who isn’t? Overall, I enjoyed learning more about my favorite band’s lead singer. Praise the Lizard King.
Educated – Tara Westover
Family, Idaho, homeschooling,
survivalism, women colleges, victims of family abuse, subculture, Christian
biography, rural conditions, Tara Westover, memoir, nonfiction.
Tara Westover wrote a memoir about her
life from a young girl to the woman she became. However, the journey was not
easy for her as her start was from a family in a rural area. Her family was
disconnected from society and the only education Tara had was readings from a
bible. Medication and treatments of wounds was with herbal medicine. Tyler, one
of Tara’s brothers, had went to college and brought back the textbooks. From
that, Tara in between chores had become an autodidact, teaching herself from
the college books. Tara wanted out of this survivalist life and did what she
could to get out as necessary.
I was recommended this nonfiction book.
I thought this memoir was really meaningful as reading about a woman fighting
to survive and to get out of a bad situation. Its sad to see that this sort of
thing does happen all around the globe, not just in the United States, but
everywhere. Education and modern accessible health care should be a top
priority. Extremist religions do annoy me, but their thinking processes are
different because of their faith and their faith doesn’t allow much freedom to
think of other possibilities. I do recommend to read this memoir at least once
in a lifetime because this memoir made me grateful.
Born a Crime: Stories from A South African Childhood – Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah, comedians, United States, South Africa, Television personalities, nonfiction, memoir.
Trevor Noah shares his
childhood in this nonfiction novel with vital stories of his upbringing. The
main importance of this memoir was the fact he was never meant to be, only
because his parents, during an apartheid, had sexual relations. Trevor Noah
tells about the laws that were in place to keep the races from intermingling of
necessary. Noah shares his active childhood that was troublesome and involved a
lot of activities to keep him entertained. Trevor Noah also recounts his school
life and the crushes he has had.
As I had read this
collection of stories from Trevor Noah’s childhood, I wanted to cry and laugh
but mostly I had anger about the whole racism stuff. I enjoyed learning more
about one of my favorite comedians especially this one. I would highly
recommend to read this memoir and to watch the Trevor Noah Netflix specials
A Sucky Love Story: Overcoming Unhappily Ever After – Brittani Louise Taylor
Survival, dating apps, human trafficking victim and survivor, memoir, nonfiction.
Brittani Louise Taylor, shares how her innocent Tinder date that led to her and
her baby son, Rex, to be involved in some sort of human trafficking scheme in a
romance gone wrong. Taylor met Milos on Tinder and they both were mutually interested
in each other. As time progressed, they became closer and she allowed him to
move in with her. Even though she did not want anything to do with him, but
nonetheless he persisted and pursued her. Her and Milos had ups and downs like
any other relationship. Things immediately took a dark turn when Taylor found
out she was pregnant with Milos’s child. The mother of Milos was being utterly
creepy and terrifying, Taylor had to put her foot down and told Milos he and
his mother had to leave the house. When Milos came back, he said he had some
form of cancer, pulling the ultimate scam to make Taylor feel utterly sorry for
him until she saw a flaw in his very lame lie. She had to break up with him and
take Rex with her. The police had to get involved after an incident and Milos
landed in jail. She found out the hard way that she and her son were about to
be human trafficking victims but survived without going through the horrors.
I am a fan of the YouTuber Brittani Louise Taylor and had always loved her unique style and form of entertainment she produced on that platform. I had always wondered about how mysterious her videos became to be and this was the answer in the form of a memoir. I had seen also Shane Dawson’s conspiracy video he included her in, and I had cried. I feel so bad that such an amazing human being went through this. I am glad that she, her mom, and Rex are safe and sound. No one should ever go through that. Be careful whenever one is looking for a date on these dating apps. It can go south easily.
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and
the Novel That Scandalized the World – Sarah Weinman
Sally Horner, kidnapping, United States, Case Studies,
Child Abuse, captivity, Nonfiction.
In this examination case study of Sally Horner, this
is a timeline of her life from beginning to her untimely end. Sally Horner was
a young schoolgirl trying to impress her friends and was caught by a person.
That person told her she should meet his requests, so she doesn’t end up in
jail. Horner was given instructions and asked her mother for permission to
leave to do some business in another neighboring city. The man had kidnapped
Sally Horner and took her far away from home. From eyewitness accounts, one had
said that the little girl claimed the man to be her father. This man went by
the name of Mr. Warner, but he was Frank La Salle by the FBI. Frank Le Salle is
a child molester and he was sent to prison for a while but was released. During
the time of Sally Horner’s disappearance, her mother didn’t expect nothing much
of the disappearance at all and was merely indifferent about it. Eventually it
was six weeks before any serious actions were taken place and even then, Sally
Horner was long gone from that city. During this time, Sally Horner’s family
was devastated, and investigators were doing research as well as using whatever
they had to try to find Sally Horner. Frank Le Salle had made lies, acclaiming
that Sally Horner was his daughter but the truth was kept from the light for so
long. It wasn’t until a woman by the name of Ruth to help Sally Horner in the
dire time. Frank Le Salle was imprisoned, and Sally Horner was saved. After all
the trauma, it is seen that Sally Horner had a passion to live and thrive. Not
long after, Sally Horner was killed in a car accident. This is not a fiction
story. This was a story of a girl who faced horrors beyond the imagination.
When Vladimir Nabokov learned about this case, he was already currently writing
the novel Lolita which is eerily like this case. When he published Lolita,
the case of Sally Horner was pushed from the minds lest was forgotten.
I typically do not read nonfiction literature, but I
had to make an exception with this one because of how the title captured my
attention. I had vaguely known about Lolita, but I had no clue that
there was an actual case study that did happen at the same time. My heart broke
when I read the synopsis and the introduction. As I had continued to read this
case study, I had found myself wanting to know more about what happened to
Sally Horner and I wished that she didn’t die prematurely the way she did. The
details that the author goes in depth left me astonished and amazed. The way
Weinman constructed and wrote this felt like a fictional novel, except it
really wasn’t all fiction. This was all facts with evidence and eyewitnesses. I
hate pedophiles and honestly the way this guy was sent to prison for a long
time satisfied that part of the case. However, the lesson remains is that always
be safe and stay safe. I enjoyed learning about this case and made me want to
read more nonfictional literature.