6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Reads like a transcript, but the extras are fun,
This review is from: The Office: The Scripts (Paperback)My only problem with The Office script books is that they don't read like actual scripts so much as word for word, action for action, perfect transcriptions of the events in the show. Reading these really is like reading a description of each episode for people not allowed to own televisions. Personally I would have preferred the genuine original scripts (or outlines - I understand much of The Office is improvised), which would surely differ slightly from the TV show and could give insights into how actors had improvised or interpreted stage directions.
I do understand though that this isn't what the fans of The Office would have wanted or expected from a scripts book, and that the book was only profitable as a reference for obsessives at the time The Office took the UK by storm. Still, it felt like a missed opportunity.
However, there is some fantastic extra material in here that you wouldn't get with a standard script, such as original emails between Brent and the TV company making the documentary, as well as a lot of colour pictures and music for some of Brent's songs in the show.
It was a tough call between three and four stars, because I can see at whom these books have been aimed and I appreciate that whoever has put them together has done a great job. I just don't really see the point of releasing the "scripts" if they're 100% identical to the show to the extent of such detailed directions that they simply must have been retroactively constructed from the programme as aired.