Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Interviewing ME...

Recently I have done a media push to promote my new book, "My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture," which is partially based on this blog. Aside from the few news blurbs on websites like SmallScreenScoop or Tina (@tinacharlesTV)'s Summer TV Blog, or my own Examiner page, a few of my TV blogger cohorts have turned the tables and interviewed me about this new endeavor. Check out what I had to say!

Jenna: As I read I had many OMG moments where I was seriously like "I thought I was the only one that did that!" And for the most part, they were 'things' I did that I would never think to share! LOL! Reading your TV experiences reaffirmed that we crazy TV lovers are certainly not alone. What was your mission with this book? To reach the inner TV fan in all of us?

Danielle: Wait, now I want to know which specific 'things'! Because I seriously wrote a lot of moments that I said to myself 'No one is going to "get" this; they're going to think you're nuts'! And I was okay with that. I know my story is very specific when it comes to the details-- the shows I gravitated towards, for example; very few people I talk to today remember California Dreams or Ghostwriter, which I just find extremely sad, but whatever. But what I hope-- and really do believe-- people will take away from it is that sense of trying to find a place in life.

We all went through adolescence, so yes, there is the nostalgia factor, too. There will be readers who start to remember where they were at a certain point in TV history when I bring up an episode or a character or a situation. But more than that, it's a coming-of-age story about figuring out who you are and what you want. We all have outlets for that; mine just happened to be pop culture [MORE]

An excerpt from Heroine TV's interview by Lucia:

You state in the introduction, “mine is a true tale, but it is also somewhat of a cautionary one.” As you explain it, television gave you a skewed perception of romantic relationships (though that was certainly not your only influence). In your writing, however, you show a refreshingly clear understanding of the “ridiculous” and “unrealistic” expectations you had. At what point did you start becoming self-aware in this regard, and realizing that pop culture was at the root of some of these unrealistic standards?

That’s a really good, insightful question, and I wish my answer was going to be as eloquently put, but in all honesty it took awhile—perhaps longer than it should have. I guess I kind of equate it to a little kid whose parents are getting a divorce but that kid does everything possible to try to bring them back together. The kid knows on some intellectual level that they are not meant to be anymore, and if the kid goes back and looks objectively at their relationship over the past x amount of years, there is clear evidence to that fact. However, emotionally, the kid needs to believe something else. I think the point I first became aware that the standards were dated or just plain not realistic for the world in which I was living was when I was in junior high, and it wasn’t just about having first kisses and first dates, but for some of my friends, losing their virginities, going to keg parties, etc. That’s not how things were on ‘Saved by the Bell’! (haha) But even then, I still wanted to believe certain things so I held out hope for a little while longer [MORE]

Intrigued? Pick up a copy of the book here!

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