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Soap Opera Magazines Update Feb 2015

February 7, 2015

What does a reference librarian do when their interest in something deepens? They build a reference library collection of course! So I’ve been collecting books about soap operas and soap opera magazines. I want to create a list as complete as possible. I had been playing around with this idea for awhile and finally decided it was better to share what I had and see if anybody had anymore information.

This is the first update (the second post) and I did get some feedback and corrections last time. My idea is to share information about what resources are available for you own soap opera research. Some of these titles were given to me second hand and it’s possible that titles are remembered slightly wrong and some of these might be duplicates. I’ve added date ranges, publication frequency, soaps covered, and ISSN (older publications came out before this standard came into place and may not have one). If I didn’t have the end of the range, I have included a notice on the most recent copy I personally own. If you have an issue later than mine, please let me know to help me identify a clearer idea of the date range. If I couldn’t find the information for this pass, I didn’t include it, but I’ll keep looking. I also didn’t get the full information copied in for the In Depth publications, so look for that next year. I hope future postings will give better information with your help.

  • ABC Soaps in Depth – 1997 – Present, Every other week publication, ABC Soaps only,
  • Afternoon TV – 1969 – ?, Latest issue I own August 1983 14.12, Monthly Publication, All Soaps, ISSN 0164-6508
  • Afternoon TV Stars – November 1973 – ?, Latest issue I own September 1974 1.6, Monthly Publication, All Soaps
  • The Best of Daytime TV – ? – ? Latest issue I own 1979 No. 4 (Celebration of the 1970s), All Soaps
  • CBS Soaps in Depth – 1996 – Present, Every other week publication, CBS Soaps only, ISSN 1533-967X
  • Daily TV Serials
  • Daylight TV – Continued under the title Soap Opera Stars
  • Daytime Digest
  • Daytime Serial Newsletter
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1696&dat=19740111&id=nDAgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rEYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7044,1207640
  • Daytime TV – 1970 – ?, Latest issue I own March 1997 27.7, Monthly Publication, All Soaps (at least some special one soap issues – Days of Our Lives is the example I own from December 1991), ISSN 0011-7129
  • Daytime TV Super Special – 1974-?, First is from 1974 No. 1, Latest Issue I own 1974 No. 2 (25th anniversary of daytime TV), All Soaps
  • Daytime TV Soap Opera Special – possibly alternate title for Daytime TV Super Special
  • Daytime TV Stars – ? – ?, Latest issue I own January 1974 No. 6, Monthly Publication, All Soaps
  • Daytime TV Yearbook
  • Episodes
  • NBC Soaps in Depth – 1997 – 1999?, Every other week publication, NBC soaps only,
  • Rona Barrett’s Daytimers
  • Soap Opera Digest –  November 1975 – Present, Weekly Publication, All Soaps, ISSN 0164-3584
    http://www.soapoperadigest.com/
    Contact and Back Issues http://www.soapoperadigest.com/contact-us
    Wikipedia Report http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soap_Opera_Digest
  • Soap Opera Illustrated
  • Soap Opera Magazine
  • Soap Opera News
  • Soap Opera Stars – 1975 – ?, Monthly Publication, All Soaps ISSN 0199-3003, Is noted that it was previously published under the title of Daylight TV. It doesn’t say whether the volume, issue started over at that time.
  • Soap Opera Update – 1988 – ?, Latest issue I own October 4, 1994 VII.40, Weekly Publication?, All Soaps ISSN 0898-1485
  • Soap Opera Weekly – 1989 – April 10, 2012 , Weekly Publication, All Soaps ISSN 1047-7128
  • Soap Stars
  • TV By Day
  • TV Dawn to Dusk
  • TV Day Stars – 1972 – ?, Latest issue I own March 1977, Monthly Publication, All Soaps,
  • TV Radio Mirror –? -?, Latest issue I own March 1955 43.4, ?, TV and radio shows in general, but does articles about soap operas
  • Weekday TV
  • Who’s Who in Daytime TV
  • Young and the Restless Magazine

Soaps in Depth Report:
http://archives.jrn.columbia.edu/2010/nyrm.org/2010/05/01/soaps-in-depth/index.html

As I move forward, I want to confirm these names, confirm any name changes (magazines are always changing names, ask any serials librarian) during the run, the run dates (publication start-publication stops), how often it was produced and if that ever changed, the ISSN, and if any library holdings. Sadly I don’t expect too many library holdings, popular magazines are often not collected by academic libraries who archive old copies and public libraries who do buy popular magazines don’t keep deep archives, but we can hope. And maybe if any institution starts collecting in this area we might be able to donate someday for instance the University of Iowa actively collects old zines now based off a collection donated to them. I still have resources to check for some of the information, but if you can tell me a title I missed or provide the ISSN, the run dates, or any other information about soap opera magazines, please comment below or contact me at Robansuefarm@hotmail.com. Watch for future posts.

And for more soap opera research news like Soap Opera Conference on Facebook and on Twitter.

Thanks to @itsonlythesoaps for an addition to the list.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Blake Marler Book Update 2015

February 5, 2015

One of my early projects for this website was to put together a list of books about Guiding Light. It took longer than I thought to find, read, and review each one so I decided to do something I thought would be faster. I decided to put together a list of the fake books that only exist in Springfield. I thought this would be easier to find than the real books, but it’s proven a far harder a task than I thought it would be. Tonight I’m offering up an update of my original post on Blake Marler’s books. I’ve discovered several things over the years that I’ve included as updates to that post, but I think it’s time to reorganize and repost what I’ve found.

Blake Book Signing

Blake Book Signing

Blake “Chrissie” Thorpe Marler, first driven to write while she hung out pregnant at the Bauer Cabin (not wanting Ross to realize he was the father of her baby since she wrongly believed Holly and Ross had developed a romantic relationship at that time). Eventually Blake produced two best-selling novels. Subsequently Blake uses that fame in her investigations aka snooping (like when she discovers Gus’s true identity during Danny’s murder trial). She later used this experience to serve as Henry “Coop” Cooper’s book agent and was considering writing another book herself when the show ended.

I kindly had Blake’s titles confirmed for me by welovekeifer They were published under the pen name Darlena LaCrosse, originally this was to keep Ross from realizing Blake was the author and she kept using the name for her second book to cash in on initial fame.

Blake’s Writing

One True Love – Set during an approximately World War II era romance, OTL told a fictionalized account of the Hoss story where they get a happy ending. Blake’s versions of Holly and Ross often appeared before her on screen to act out scenes from the book as she wrote it. They even talked to her to comment on her writing and how realistic or unrealistic it was and what she should be writing. Blake called the Holly character Clarissa, the Ross character Armand, and the Blake character Christina. Holly accidentally got hold of some chapters and the book was first published as a serial story in the Springfield Journal. Ross eventually realizes Blake wrote the book and deduces to look for her at the Bauer cabin finding her at the cabin just in time to help deliver their daughter, who they name after the Holly character in the book, Clarissa.

http://web.archive.org/web/20030411002010/http://www.soapcity.com/gl/behindthescenes/blake_marler/love.html

Hearts Alone Cover Hearts Alone – (Don’t expect this part to make sense – it was just plot point so swallow hard and just accept it. ) While looking around for a love story to tell in her second book (rather than use any of the incredible Springfield love stories – Manny, Bloss, Quola, and Jeva spring to mind as great novel possibilities) and after discarding writing about Cassie & her experiences with Richard (which Blake had done at least some preliminary work on – see below), Blake chooses to focus on the story of Selena Davis’s (recently revealed mother of Drew Jacobs, currently dating Buzz Cooper) hidden past which involved a long term affair with Danny’s father Miguel Santos (who was married to Carmen at the the time) which produced a much talked about, but never actually seen on screen son. This let us have the few glimpses we had of Miguel on screen. Sadly we’ll never know which image of Miguel was closer to the truth, Carmen’s or Selena’s as we see and hear of him chiefly through their memories and each has a lot of their own self-image tied up in how they saw Miguel.
Unfortunately, Blake failed to adequately disguise the people involved in the book and almost immediately everyone figured out it was about Miguel Santos. That the woman was Selena took a little longer to come out, but out it came with Maria Santos (aka Abuela) realizing Selena was the woman. It’s less clear that Carmen realized it (she was busy with her own troubles at that time) and the goons after Selena were unspecific about who gave the orders. Blake has a book launch party for it at Company and begins her investigation of Gus there. She later apologizes to Danny if the book brought up bad memories. Danny told Blake he had heard from many people it was a good book, but that he hadn’t read it himself because he didn’t want to look back on that part of his life. He felt only bad memories and revelations waited there (and by this point who could blame him) and he was much more interested in his future with Michelle than in revisiting his father’s past. This was during the time that Bloss and Manny were the closest, but sadly they never even really acknowledge the important beat of them being once and future step-siblings and therefore in-laws.

http://web.archive.org/web/20030411001314/http://www.soapcity.com/gl/behindthescenes/blake_marler/hearts.html

The cover above is Hearts Alone. The image above was the closest thing to a clear shot of the cover. It says Darlena La Crosse on the top above the sunset and Hearts Alone below. Attend Blake’s Book Launch Party for the book here:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/blakes-book-launch-party

Apparently Blake used that early research on Rassie to produce a short story she published on her author’s website:

True Romance – SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME: Cassie’s Story – A web publication
http://web.archive.org/web/20021001072758/http://www.soapcity.com/gl/behindthescenes/blake_marler/romance.html

Blake’s Author Website

Thanks to Soap Opera 451 for putting me on this website.

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20030410201729/http://www.soapcity.com/gl/behindthescenes/blake_marler/index.html

A second archived version with a different letter from Blake:

http://web.archive.org/web/20021206055651/http://www.soapcity.com/gl/behindthescenes/blake_marler/index.html

Blake’s Author Bio
http://web.archive.org/web/20021015001920/http://www.soapcity.com/gl/behindthescenes/blake_marler/bio.html

Blake Marler’s Web Diary – Tory Granger
http://web.archive.org/web/20030205231959/http://www.soapcity.com/gl/behindthescenes/blake_marler/diary.html

Scenes from the Show

Conversation about book

Ross Discovers Blake is Darlena LaCross.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/ross-realizes-blake-darlena-lacross

Ross discovers that Blake being Darlena means he’s the father of her baby.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/christmas-1999

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Fake Books on Guiding Light

January 19, 2015

Stories from Jenna This has long been a section of my Books about Guiding Light page (also find real books about Guiding Light, novelizations and literary allusions listed there), but I wanted to pull it out as a separate post to make it easier to find and to maybe encourage people to think of additions to the list.

The following books appeared in Springfield on air, but only exist there. The links to posts take you to a fuller description of the book, sometimes a screen shot of its cover and if possible a link to a clip of them talking about it or reading from it.

Books Only Available in Springfield

The Pirate’s Woman – A romance novel
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/the-pirates-woman

Blake Marler’s Novels One True Love and Hearts Alone
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/blake-marlers-books

The Novels of Phillip Granville Spaulding
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/the-novels-of-phillip-spaulding

“Prom Night” – A short story by Phillip Granville Spaulding
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/phillip-writes-prom-night/

Phillip Spaulding’s Fake Fake books from Harley’s Fantasy
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/phillips-fake-harley-books

Phillip Spaulding’s biography of Lujack
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/phillips-biography-of-lujack

Henry Bradshaw “Coop” Cooper Stories From Jenna
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/stories-from-jenna

The Young and the Restless Fake Books
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/fake-books-on-the-young-and-the-restless-2014-update-2/

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Fake Books on The Young and the Restless 2014 Update 2

September 7, 2014

Newman covers

One of my on going projects is to track down the books that only exist in Springfield. I’m still working on that project, but I thought I’d offer up this list of books that only exist in Geona City, Wisconsin from The Young and the Restless. This is the second time I’ve had enough to warrant an expanded post. I hope you enjoy it.

But first, they have a newspaper in Geona City. It’s called the Geona City Chronicle. The Chronicle was originally edited by Stuart Brooks, but still makes periodic appearances when a newspaper is needed. So far it’s the only soap newspaper I’ve been able to get a copy of, although I would love a Springfield Journal.  Learn more about the Geona City Chronicle and see a sample here:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/geona-city-chronicle

The primary type of these fake books in Geona City are biographies. It’s really surprising that unlike As the World Turns and Guiding Light they didn’t make any move to bring any of these books into the real world. I think they would find an audience.

Katherine Moore Shepard (Kay) Chancellor’s tell all autobiography (from her own point of view of course which means a lot of distortion) was called Live Until I Die and was co-authored with Amber Moore. Of all the fake books on Y&R this is the one I wish I could read most (except Bumpy the Camel). Jeanne Cooper, the actress who played Katherine, did do a life story for real including backstage stories about her time on the soap. It’s called Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir.

Victor Newman was the subject of not one, but two biographies that only exist in Genoa City. Victor’s often referenced unauthorized autobiography is called Ruthless: The Victor Newman Story, and was written by Leanna Love under the pen name Nora Randall. His friend Douglas Austin was working on an approved biography, parts of which Leanna lifted and Austin never finished his book after that scandal hit. After Leanna got to know Victor she felt she hadn’t done him justice and published an authorized and more balanced biography under her real name Victor Newman – The Man and the Myth by Leanna “Love” Randolph.

While Nina Webster worked on at least one other book and did the initial draft for a movie based on Kay’s book Live Until I Die, I have only found the title of one of her books. A Cry in Thin Air was based on Nina’s introduction story where she was pregnant by a juvenile delinquent named Jimmy and the home for pregnant girls where she ended up in Geona City actually ended up being a front for a baby stealing ring (Rose Deville, criminal extraordinaire). Nina spent years hunting for him in real time and eventually he was revealed in the person of federal officer Ronan. Ronan had read the book after discovering his true identity (a nifty feat since his adoptive parents were unaware of Nina’s name and identity and it didn’t appear on the paperwork) and used the information in the book to track down his biological father who had died of the same rare disease Ronan suffered from until he was cured by a transplant from his half-brother Chance.

While I knew Traci Abbott was a writer, I had forgotten she actually got published. So this update includes her books for the first time. I’ve found titles to two of her published novels. Echoes of the Past was a novelized account of her life of living in her sister Ashley Abbott’s shadow. Her second novel was called Epitaph for a Lover. Traci was working on a third novel when she moved to New York. No further progress has been reported on air and the title for the third book wasn’t included in the reference I found.

Much earlier Lorie Brooks (one of the storied Brooks girls that were the focus of the first 10 years or so Y&R’s run) wrote novels. Here’s a bit of that:

Yes, that’s Tom Selleck as Jed with Lorie.

There are also children’s books only for the children of Geona City. The children of Genoa City love the children’s series Bumpy the Camel. The author is still turning out new books in this wonderful series that has sold out on first day offerings at the local Geona City bookstore. The author does not live in Geona City.

I thought for awhile that there was another new fake book thanks to a reference in the May 16, 2012 episode of The Young and the Restless. It showed a new children’s book (probably 48 pages) that Cane read to Charlie. It’s called Dot and the Kangaroo. From the bit he read, the kangaroo lost a baby kangaroo. However, it turns out Dot and the Kangaroo is a real book, popular in Australia, although real version is much longer than 48 pages. (May 16, 2012)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/update-on-yr-fake-books

I’m still looking titles for Nina Webster’s other books, Cole Howard’s novels, other Traci Abbot novels, Scotty Granger’s novel he wrote in conjunction with Shelia Carter, but never finished and published. I’d appreciate your help with any titles or authors that I’m missing.

Update 2014: During Neil’s temporary blindness we learn that at some version of Bumpy the Camel comes as dual English/Braille picture book and Neil reads The Squishy Meatball in the same format.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Michael Zaslow at the ALS Challenge

September 1, 2014
Roger Thorpe After Shooting

Roger Thorpe After Shooting

From the December 22, 1998 issue of Soap Opera Weekly comes this quote:

“I am managing to stay largely blubber-free. Of course, I have my moments when I melt, dissolve, usually at some unexpected show of compassion. Or when I permit myself to ponder what I have lost.” – Michael Zaslow on living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Read more Michael Zaslow‘s career:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0953651/

New York Times Obituary:
http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/09/arts/michael-zaslow-54-soap-actor-publicized-lou-gehrig-s-disease.html

The History of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2014/08/who_invented_the_ice_bucket_challenge_a_slate_investigation.html

I had thought I was being really clever coming up with a post about the connection, but it turns out, as usual, We Love Soaps beat me to the punch. 🙂 Here is a fan’s account of Zaslow‘s struggle and his unfortunate firing. I will add that in addition to Zaslow being fired, according to fan gossip Fiona Hutchison (Jenna Bradshaw Cooper) outspokenness about how unfair the whole thing was, led to her herself being fired.
http://www.welovesoaps.net/2014/08/remembering-michael-zaslow-as-als-ice.html

Read more about Zaslow‘s experience in the book his wife released after his passing Not That Man AnymoreYou can find it on Amazon.

Zaslow had set up a charity called Zaz’s Angels that raised money for ALS research, an organization under the umbrella of the Greater New York Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association that works for a cure. After the death of his wife, it seems to have closed down.

Although I’m very pleased this has led to such a large influx of funding to the ALS Association, as there have now been at least 3 serious injuries, maybe it’s time to skip the bucket and just send the cash. (Even if you dump the bucket, you’re still supposed to donate.)

http://www.alsa.org/donate/

Mail donation to
http://web.alsa.org/site/DocServer/Offline_Donation_Form_National_2014.pdf?docID=114162

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Love on the Air

July 10, 2014

Book Cover Music is an important part of the soap opera experience. A good or bad song can make or break a pivtol moment. Love themes for couples are especially important for their fans, but even bridges and cues can be noticed and appreciated by fans. However, even the best musical directors aren’t exactly household names even with the biggest fans, so judging by what he says in this book and in previous CD liner notes I’ve read A.J. Gundell thinks he’s a little bit more important and famous than he really is. (I really think people would buy this because it was music from their soap, not because it was by A.J. Gundell, but who cares because it means this book exists which is a great thing.)

A.J. Gundell has won 13 Emmy awards for his music including 3 for best song, a record that has yet to be beat. He also manages an array of music. He was musical director of Guiding Light starting in 1985 and was still there when this book came out in 1993. He also appeared multiple times on camera as an extra on Guiding Light. You can read more about him here:
http://www.spiritmusicgroup.com/music/songwriters/aj-gundell

Find a probably incomplete record of his work here:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1598008/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Okun, Milton (Ed.). Love on the Air. Port Chester, NY: Cherry Lane Music, 1993. ISBN 0-89524-807-7  Note: Distributed by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation.

Either way find it on Amazon with CD or with an audiotape.

The book features insider stories by Gundell in general and about each song. It also includes pretty standard publicity type shots of the actors involved in the story related to each son. It also comes with an audiotape that has a recording of each of the included songs. They are NOT however the versions used on the show, just another cover of the same song. From a note on the Spirit Music Group page it was also available with a CD. I got my copy off Ebay so I’m not sure if Hal Leonard is still distributing them or not, but both versions had links on Amazon (see above).

  • Love Like This – Emmy Award Winner, 1991 – Written to be used as a farewell flashback montage when Rick left the show after the help fake Phillip’s death debacle. According to Gundell, it was almost cut from the episode because it was running long.
  • I Knew That I’d Fall – Emmy Award Winner, 1992 – Written to be the theme song of Eleni Andros and Alan-Michael Spaulding. It was introduced at their Greek wedding.
    Recording on YouTube which has been vidded to Sam and Jason on General Hospital:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx452jb_1q0
  • Together – Gundell originally wrote for his own family, but reworked for the happy Jeva family montage in Florida right before Reva drove off the bridge. – 1990
  • Threshold of My Heart – Written for Eleni Andros and Frank Cooper theme. First used when they returned home having discovered Marina was Frank’s. 100s of people contacted him wanting to use it for their wedding. – 1993
    http://www.allmusic.com/song/threshold-of-my-heart-mt0005897158
  • Honestly (I Do) – Written for Johnny Bauer and Chelsea Reardon to sing as a duet at Rick Bauer and Meredith Reade’s wedding. Gundell ended up using in his own real life wedding also.- 1988
  • You Make Loving You Feel So Right – Emmy Award Nominee, 1990 – Originally written for Texas and then used on As The World Turns by a character named Heather. Gundell had given Kim Zimmer a tape of his songs for her to consider for her cabaret act. She was really taken by his recording of You Make Loving You Feel So Right and took it to Pam Long who wrote the romantic field romp when Jeva chose the field they have their wedding in at Cross Creek.
    http://www.allmusic.com/song/you-make-loving-you-feel-so-right-mt0010735131
    See the original montage 45 minutes into this episode
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80_BU2hwnFs
  • One Too Many Tears – Written for Chelsea Reardon when she was at the end of her emotional rope when she decided it was over with Phillip Spaulding. – 1993
  • This is Love – Written for Mindy Lewis and Kurt Corday’s wedding. Another one that he got long term interest in from people wanting to use it at their own wedding. – 1985

From other shows it includes:

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Fake Books on The Young and the Restless Update 2014

May 22, 2014
Newman covers

Covers of the Dueling Victor Newman Biography Covers

One of my on going projects is to track down the books that only exist in Springfield. I’m still working on that project, but I thought I’d offer up this list of books that only exist in Geona City, Wisconsin from The Young and the Restless. The primary interest of these fake books in Geona City are biographies. It’s really surprising that unlike As the World Turns and Guiding Light they didn’t make any move to bring any of these books into the real world. I think they would find an audience.

Katherine Moore Shepard (Kay) Chancellor’s tell all autobiography (from her own point of view of course which means a lot of distortion) was called Live Until I Die and was co-authored with Amber Moore. Of all the fake books on Y&R this is the one I wish I could read most (except Bumpy the Camel). Jeanne Cooper, the actress who played Katherine, did do a life story for real including backstage stories about her time on the soap. It’s called Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir.

Victor Newman was the subject of not one, but two biographies that only exist in Genoa City. Victor’s often referenced unauthorized autobiography is called Ruthless: The Victor Newman Story, and was written by Leanna Love under the  pen name Nora Randall. His friend Douglas Austin was working on an approved biography, parts of which Leanna lifted and Austin never finished his book after that scandal hit. After Leanna got to know Victor she felt she hadn’t done him justice and published an authorized and more balanced biography under her real name Victor Newman – The Man and the Myth by Leanna “Love” Randolph.

Here are the covers of both Victor biographies at the bottom of the post:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/odds-and-ends-13

While Nina worked on at least one other book and did the initial draft for a movie based on Kay’s book Live Until I Die, I have only found the title of one of her books. A Cry in Thin Air was based on Nina’s introduction story where she was pregnant by a juvenile delinquent named Jimmy and the home for pregnant girls she ended up in Geona City actually ended up being a front for a baby stealing ring (Rose). She spent years hunting for him in real time and eventually he was revealed in the person of federal officer Ronan. Ronan had read the book after discovering his true identity (a nifty feat since his adoptive parents were unaware of Nina’s name and identity) and used the information in the book to track down his biological father who had died of the same rare disease Ronan suffered from until he was cured by a transplant from his half-brother Chance.

Much earlier Lorie Brooks (one of the storied Brooks girls that were the focus of the first 10 years or so Y&R’s run) wrote novels. Here’s a bit of that:

Yes, that’s Tom Selleck as Jed with Lorie.

They have a newspaper in Geona City. It’s called the Geona City Chronicle. Learn more about it and see a sample here:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/geona-city-chronicle

There are also children’s books only for the children of Geona City. The children of Genoa City love the children’s series Bumpy the Camel. The author is still turning out new books in this wonderful series that has sold out on first day offerings at the local Geona City bookstore. The author does not live in Geona City.

I thought for awhile that there was another new fake book thanks to a reference in the May 16, 2012 episode of The Young and the Restless. It showed a new children’s book (probably 48 pages) that Cane read to Charlie. It’s called Dot and the Kangaroo. From the bit he read, the kangaroo lost a baby kangaroo. However, it turns out Dot and the Kangaroo is a real book, although real one much longer than 48 pages. (May 16, 2012)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/update-on-yr-fake-books

I’m still looking titles for Nina Webster’s other books, Cole Howard’s novels, Scotty Granger’s novel he wrote in conjunction with Shelia Carter, but never finished and published. I’d appreciate your help with any titles.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Book: Soap Opera Trivia by Editors of Consumer Guide

September 18, 2013

Genovese, John Kelly, Mark Guncheon, Ellen Howard, and Frank Lovece. Soap Opera Trivia. New York: Beekman House, 1985.

I came across this book in an antique shop and I couldn’t resist it. Put together by the Editors of Consumer Guide, it features questions from 37 daytime and nightime soap operas. Each features between 20 and 30 questions, with the answers in the back so it is harder to cheat. They also feature photos from the show, mainly in color. These photos are a variety of sizes some are full slightly oversized pages. The soaps aired between 1960s and 1980s with the storylines stopping around their publication date of 1985. There is also a two page spread of wedding photos.

There are 25 questions specifically about Guiding Light and a wide variety of photos including a full color shot of the complete Bauer family circa 1970 and my beloved Kelly and Morgan’s wedding. Plus some great shots from other soaps from Steve and Betsy’s wedding portrait to Lucinda with the original Lily and lots more rare shots.

Soap Operas included are:

  • All My Children (1970 – )
  • Another World (1964 – 1999 )
  • As the World Turns (1956 – 2010)
  • Berrenger’s (1985)
  • The Best of Everything (1970)
  • Capitol  (1982 – 1987 )
  • Dallas (1978 – 1991)
  • Dark Shadows (1966 – 1971)
  • Days of Our Lives (1965 – )
  • The Doctors (1963 – 1982)
  • Dynasty (1981 – 1989)
  • The Edge of Night (1956 – 1975)
  • Falcon Crest (1981- )
  • Flame in the Wind/ A Time for Us (1964 – 1966)
  • Flamingo Road (1981 – 1982)
  • From These Roots (1958 – 1961)
  • General Hospital (1963 -)
  • Guiding Light (1937 – 2009)
  • How To Survive A Marriage (1974 – 1975)
  • Knots Landing (1979- 1993)
  • Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1967  -1973)
  • Love of Life (1951 – 1980)
  • Loving (1983 – 1995)
  • Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976 – 1978)
  • One Life to Live (1968-)
  • Peyton Place (1964 – 1969)
  • Rituals (1984 – 1985)
  • Ryan’s Hope (1975 – 1989)
  • Santa Barbara (1984 – 1993)
  • Search for Tomorrow (1951 – 1986)
  • The Secret Storm (1954 – 1974)
  • Texas (1980 – 1982)
  • Where the Heart Is (1969 – 1973)
  • A World Apart (1970 – 1971)
  • The Young and the Restless (1973- )

Phillip’s Biography of Lujack

August 28, 2013

I’ve been continuing to work on tracking down the fake books that only exist in Springfield. I’ve already listed the information I’ve found so far on Phillip Spaulding’s novels, his novels from Harley’s fantasy, and a short story he wrote about Prom Night.

As far as I’ve been able to determine so far, this biography of Lujack project was the only nonfiction project Phillip attempted. I’m not sure if Phillip finished it or not. Really Alex got him started to split up Phillip and India and reconnect Beth to the family since Alex had grown close to Beth while she was Lujack. Since she will shortly be distracted with Simon who she will briefly think is another long lost relative (he’s really Lujack and Nick McHenry’s half-brother through their father), I’m not entirely sure whether they ever finish the project or not. They haven’t gotten as far as giving it a title. In the first clip Alex asks Phillip to write the biography.

In the follow up clip Phillip is working on writing at the Spaulding cabin and Beth is working on doing art that will also be included in the project.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RZ_Z7UwOeQ (Part 1)

Two Loves Two Lives

July 15, 2013

I’m slowly working 0n reading my way through the novelizations of Guiding Light back history. Find the complete list here:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/more-on-guiding-light-books

Evans, Francesca. Two Lives, Two Loves. Great Neck, New York: Pioneer Communications Network, 1984. Print. No. 2 ISBN 0916217027

SUMMARY: It opens with Bill Bauer spending money like a drunken sailor on drink, clothes, and stupid stuff for nightclub singer Gloria LaRue who is the main paying client of the PR partnership (Benson and Bauer) where he currently is a partner. Things are tense at home because Bill feels that he has let Bert down, which he has, even though she has stopped really pushing and plotting for Bill’s advancement and mostly is focused on trying to keep Bill from drinking so much and getting him to spend more time at home with her and the kids. We get a good look at how bad things are and Bill’s sadly failing good intentions, then are treated to an extended flashback while Bill remembers when he and Bert first fell in love back in high school (p.18) which is the highpoint of the book. Bert is currently pregnant with Ed (who was called Billy as a child, his full name is William Edward after his father). The next chapter finds Meta and Joe Roberts on their Acapulco honeymoon. Meta must have either accepted some of Ted White’s money after all or something because suddenly Joe, who was very much a working man, suddenly has enough time and money to plan a month’s vacation in Mexico. They are only there a couple of days enjoying themselves when they get word that Joe’s daughter Kathy has run away to New York City because she is jealous of her father’s love for Meta and feels he’s chosen Meta over her. Kathy’s poorly thought out plan actually works out because she manages to brazen herself into a meeting with publisher Bob Lang. Lang hires her partly because she has decent clippings and he actually knows her father by reputation, but mostly because she reminds him of himself when he was young and idealistic before he had foolishly let himself get gambling debts with the wrong people who now really controlled his family’s publishing house that he inherited it and use it as a front to launder money. Lang wants to recapture his own youth and vitality, by taking Kathy’s. Meanwhile back in Springfield, Bill’s partner Sid Benson tries to get Bill to spend more time working on the business and comes up with a new plan. Unfortunately the time this plan required he spend with Gloria finally push Bill over the edge and he actually starts a physical affair with Gloria and by his typical bad timing, it happened just as Bert went into labor with Ed. Bill’s failing good intentions also apply to his business life as he spends way too much time as a sad drunk and mooning at Gloria to work the room and bring in connections as he did in the early years of the business. As Bill’s continued failure meant the failure of the new plan and business didn’t increase Sid considers breaking up the partnership. Kathy had been engaged to young Doctor Dick Grant and even with her new life in New York actually still seems to be in love with him despite the fact she broke the engagement when she threw her temper tantrum and took off for New York. Lang continues he quest for his lost youth by gaining Kathy, but in her inexperience she doesn’t realize what he’s up to. Meanwhile Dick is still missing Kathy, but cluelessly lets Nurse Janet Johnson start to work her wiles to win him over.

Months, let me repeat that MONTHS, after the book opens and Joe is still in New York (apparently on unpaid leave) and been totally unable to find his daughter. It finally dawns on him to hit up an old army buddy who works for a big New York paper for a favor and a full feature story about Kathy and his search for her comes out. Kathy herself sees it and calls home not knowing where her father was in New York. Apparently her father abandoning his new bride and his job and everything for months just to search for her still doesn’t cut it in Kathy’s book, nothing short of his actually divorcing Meta will do, so when Meta answers Kathy’s call home, Kathy feels betrayed and she lets Lang talk her into a spur of the moment marriage. Lang doesn’t give her a chance to think twice getting her in front of a Justice of the Peace that very night and consummating the marriage right after, despite Kathy’s reluctance since she still sees Lang more as substitute father than a romance. Meanwhile Bert has decided that the trouble in her marriage to Bill is partly her fault and has thrown herself into wifedom and motherhood with even more devotion than before. She has also started an even more drastic regime of exercise to lose the baby weight and tried to look pretty for Bill. Her reward is finding a note from Gloria in Bill’s pocket that leaves no doubt what they’ve been up to. Bert considers asking Gloria to let him go for the sake of their children, but one look at the “trashy and vulgar woman” and Bert is convinced that pity has no place in the heart of “the woman Gloria” – as Irna Phillips referred to her on the radio show. Instead Bert takes both boys and goes to stay with relatives in Arizona. Bill finally hits bottom when he discovers that Gloria has thrown him over for a man she thinks is going to marry her who has money and connections to get her own radio show (the man’s thoughts clearly show despite the ring he gives her he has absolutely no intentions to actually do either, but Gloria thinks she’s hit the jackpot and strung Bill along to try to spur the new guy into action). Then Bill realizes what he gave up when he lost his family crawls back to his business partner for help, checks into a detox center, and despite the fact he has been messing around with Gloria for at least a year Bert returns to help in through this crisis. (And if any of that is remotely true this – THIS – is the woman he stabs in the back again abandoning her and starting a second family in Canada, does anyone wonder why I despise Bill Bauer?)

Kathy still hadn’t gotten over her love for or desire for Dick Grant, but settles into life as wife of Bob Lang very quickly. She becomes a partner in the firm, becomes a very successful editor and a better business manager than her husband. She keeps asking questions about business things that don’t add up and Lang finally confesses that due to a long ago gambling debt the publishing house is a money laundering front for the mob. She horrified by this and even more so by the fact that Lang calmly accepts this instead of trying to fight the good fight for right as her father had always taught her to do. He tells her just before they are in a car crash. His actions help save her life, but Kathy takes one look decides he’s dead and terrified the mob will come after her as his widow runs back to Springfield abandoning him in the car, their apartment, everything. The shock of her arrival on top of his weakened condition gives Joe a heart attack. Kathy realizes she pregnant, but decides her father can’t take the shock of hearing everything she’s done and so she decides to marry Dick immediately (since she’s now a widow) and pass the child off as his even though she still loves him.

Commentary: I’m not going to lie. I’m having more trouble reading through these novelizations than I thought I would. Part of it is the writing and part is the choice of characters. In this, book number 2 in the series, Bert is more like the Bert I know and love, but she’s a bit player at best. My beloved Papa Bauer and Mike “Awesome Sauce” Bauer only make cameo appearances. Instead the focus is on Meta (who without saving Chuckie to focus on seems to be a selfish whiner), Joe Roberts (who quickly loses all his cool investigative reporter points by being an idiot plus letting his daughter’s disappearance physically destroy him in a handful of months), Kathy Roberts (who from her background story I want to like, but she acts so bratty I just can’t), Bill Bauer (who is every bad quality of Ed’s, except Ed’s ambition, squared), nightclub singer Gloria LaRue (who goes from nuanced character in the last book to cartoonish in this one), Bob Lang (who is the next thing away from a pedophile and working with the mob), and Dr. Dick Grant (who I actually like, but we only get short bursts of).

I think the title is reflecting an attempt at a theme where it showing people with two lives. Bill has to decide between Bert and Gloria. Joe is torn between his love for his daughter Kathy and his new wife Meta. Kathy has to pick between a life in Springfield with her father and Dick Grant and a glamorous life in New York publishing with Bob Lang. Gloria had to pick between a quiet life as Bill’s mistress and a shot at stardom. That’s as much of an attempt at structure as the book makes. The flashback from the beginning of book 1 remains unresolved.

As far as accuracy goes, this takes place during the period of Springfield history that I’m shakiest on. It wasn’t strong enough story to enter family legend and I didn’t start watching myself until about a decade later at a guestimate although with the time compression that could be really off (at one point the year 1947 is mentioned, but that doesn’t tally with anything else in the story or when the Meta-Ted-Chuckie tragedy played out on the radio, so I’m guessing at least some of this is borrowing from sometime in the 1960s. All of the errors from the first book (setting in Springfield before it should, the compaction of time, and rearranging of events) all still stand. I think the basic points of Kathy running away because she can’t stand another woman taking her father’s focus away from her happened on the show. At least I know Bob Lang and Dick Grant were both connected to her at some point. I think Meta and Joe had troubles mostly having to do with this fight with his daughter, but didn’t he have a son too in the last book? History is additionally re-written to have had Bill working at partnership PR company during Meta’s trial, which really makes no sense because then how was he connected with Ted White at work which helped cause the blow up that lead to Ted’s death in the first place? I think the time compression has also lead the characters to act strangely in some parts it’s like they are doing that sped up film trick they use in TV shows some times.

The writing is OK, but nothing stellar. The sex is mostly eluded to, rather than seen, but as I didn’t like any of the people having sex that was a mercy. I really didn’t form an emotional bond with the characters in the book and those who were enough like themselves to illicit that response from their TV personas weren’t on long enough to carry the book. I was especially disappointed that after a flashback of showing how Bert and Bill got together in the first place that he discarded her over nothing like he did. It just made it worse, although that flashback was one of the best bits in the book. I also like Mike’s reaction to Bert leaving Bill over the affair which was an interesting and well thought of beat although it was glossed over quickly and even Bert’s reaction to Gloria once she found out about it had some interest and drama. However, there weren’t enough good bits to keep you reading and I must admit this took me even longer than the last one. I just couldn’t read too much of it at once.

Frankly I think this series was a wonderful idea, especially in a pre-YouTube world, but someone who didn’t know anything about Guiding Light and its history got a hold of it to make “improvements” somewhere along the process and the execution falls short of the idea.


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