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So Excited, So Scared: The Saved by the Bell Retrospective Kindle Edition
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Sure, reading this will never make Saved By The Bell the same again once you watch a repeat, but reading this, that's okay with me. It will bring back fond memories reading and legitimately laughing out loud at this book.
Go get this now! Even if you have never seen an episode of SBTB in your life.
I was not disappointed. Millard is the perfect Dante to the 90's dayglo teen hellscape that was Bayside High. Previously the most amusing take on the exploits of Zack Morris et al was probably found in Chuck Klosterman's analysis in Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, but So Excited, So Scared surpasses this. A must read if you want to find out about the perverts' charter implications of Zack's Time Outs or revisit the disconcerting inconsistency known as "Tori".
I can now safely say that I know more about Saved by the Bell than I ever wanted.
Also, my guinea pig was called Goro, from Mortal Kombat
Whilst Saved By The Bell contained none of the latter's decapitations, it had its own visceral horrors in day-glo clothes, baffling dance numbers and the machiavellian torture caused by its oil slick protagonist Zack Morris.
This book breaks down the history of the early 90's phenomenon, from inception to rebirth to burial, as well as having a guide dedicating a couple of pages to every single episode of the shows four seasons.
Millard casts a funny and wry eye over the adventures of the Bayside Six, whilst crucially avoiding the lazy cliches of most kids shows retrospectives. Although I planned to dip in and out the book, an episode at a time, I just ended up reading the whole thing in a few days.
Written with an irreverent but admiring eye for the show, So Excited. is a wonderful and painfully true trip down memory lane where all your teachers had comical schtick and you couldn't order a burger with some lame slight of hand being performed.
The book is fast, informative and laugh out loud funny. Recommend for all fans or anyone with even a passing interest in the 90s sensation.
Jessie > Violet > Tori > Kelly
So I'll keep it brief.
If you're looking for a bladder-burstingly funny dissection of early-90s popular culture, then this is the book for you. It serves as both a legitimate reference tool for students of the show (although it's hard to imagine how or why such a tool would ever possibly be required), as well as a hilarious dissection of something that even at the time seemed somewhat other-worldly.
Avoiding the "Ha-ha-look-at-those-clothes-what-were-they-thinking?" pitfalls of many nostalgia-based comedy writers, Millard instead tackles Saved By The Bell in considerably more depth: trawling through every episode of the show with a fine-tooth comb, and ending up with equal part disdain and a certain begrudging affection for his subject.
If you've read any of his stuff before, you'll know what to expect, and you won't be disappointed. If you haven't, then you owe it to yourself to check this out. A blisteringly funny dissection of Saved By The Bell that never once goes for the easy laugh, just the big one.
Just buy it!
The author has done justice to the show with a thorough style of writing, covering every single episode of the hit show with his unique style of detail, character evaluation, humour and smooth sentences. This is a book that is well suited for the Kindle in that it is easy to pick up again and again, making it last longer over a period of time. The author has clearly researched the topic in mass detail, constantly relaying enjoyable stats that compliment each review of individual episodes, some of which he found more enjoyable than others when watching.
I highly recommend this book. Some may find the price tag slightly off-putting but it should be made clear that the book is large in size and therefore represents great value for money, given the effort of the author. I haven’t read any other books by the author but having enjoyed his style of writing and his ability to constantly make me laugh I will be looking out for any future works.
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