ECW Press has posted the galleys from the firt 25 pages of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Included are a very detailed Table of Contents and the first chapter and a half. The book, which will be released September 1st is more than 400 pages, and includes and extensive six-season episode guide! Please pass the word and if you like what you see, feel free to comment on the book’s Amazon.com page
A trip down [H]ouse memory lane: “The Socratic Method Revisited” at http://ow.ly/2fo1i . Please retweet if you like 🙂
Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.
Coming September 2010 from ECW Press–and now available for preorder on Amazon.com
A new book about the series House, M.D.!
Also, please visit my author site for updates on the book, excerpts, etc. in the weeks to come.
Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. is the essential companion to one of television’s most popular and fascinating series. Using her unique perspective and insight into the show, writer Barbara Barnett, noted as “one of the industry’s leading experts on the series,” immerses fans new and old into the heart and soul television’s most compelling series. It will be a dog-eared resource for seasoned fans, an indispensable atlas to anyone new to the show, and valuable guide to students of television, film and pop culture.
House, MD is a study in contradictions: straightforward medical procedural on the outside; intricate character drama within. No wonder the acclaimed series is the most watched television show in the world.
Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D takes readers deep within the series’ rich layers—into the heart of its central character and his world:
Who is this medical Sherlock Holmes? Is he simply a misanthropic jerk with a brutal sense of humor–or a tormented romantic hero in the tradition of Byron?
- How do House’s colleagues and patient relate to and reflect him and each other?
- How do the music, settings, even the humor enhance our understanding of the series narrative?
- What does the series say about modern medicine? Ethics? Religion?
Writing about House for Blogcritics magazine, I thought it would be nice to develop a book to serve as a guide for the intelligent fans of the show. Rather than a straight-on episode guide, I wanted to do a book about the series’ character and story narratives and the themes, it would provide intelligent and thoughtful analysis of the complex series.
I’m not really a television watcher, but when I started watching House, I was immediately drawn to the writing and the indelible performance of Hugh Laurie as the central character. Always fascinated by romantic anti-heroes, especially “Byronic Heroes,” I felt that there was much lurking beneath the surface of this “medical procedural drama.”
Like my Blogcritics.com blog “Welcome to the End of the Thought Process,” Chasing Zebras takes readers between the lines and action and takes an introspective look at House and his world.
House demands deeper thinking and analysis than most TV shows. Sure it’s fun to laugh at House’s antics; cringe at his anti-social behavior and grin the interplay between the characters. But the show is much more than that. House is meant to provoke discussion and thought. House offers commentary on everything from ethics to mental illness, race, relationships, family dysfunction, sex. The scripts are fragile and intricate Faberge Eggs and half the fun is getting inside them to poke around and find the inner depths within the writing and performances.
I am doing a very unscientific survey of the House fandom for a very large project, which will become public in the next few months.
Thanks for participating in this. Please let me know if I can quote you or use your name (and which name—screen name or real name).
- When did you first start watching the show?
- What first drew you to it—made you come back and keep watching?
- What do you like best about the show?
- What annoys you (if anything) and why?
- In what ways do you think the show has changed over the past years?
- Do you like it more, less or the same, and why?
- House is really several shows in one. There is the medical mystery, of course, the patients and their stories, the hospital characters and their stories—and then there’s House and his story. Is there one aspect you watch for? Or the show as a whole? Elaborate.
- Do you advocate for any of the various relationships on House? Which one(s)?
- Who are your favorite writers on the series? Least?
- Favorite episodes —try to name one for each season if possible
- Least favorite episodes?
- The since mid-season one, the series has worked through various character arcs and story arcs: Vogler, Stacy, Tritter, Survivor arc, for example. What do you think of these…too long, badly crafted? Wonderful? Please elaborate on what you like and dislike about them?
- Do you read fanfiction? Why? Do you have a particular preference for the type of House fanfic?
New feature in this space, not found on my Blogcritics pages. Best of…House, M.D.
I’m putting something big together right now, and I would love to know what you think are the best. . .
Answer any or all…
Best Musical moments
Best Chase moments
Best Cameron Moments
Best Foreman Moments
Best TAub moments
Best Kutner Moments
Best 13 Moments
Best Wilson moments
Best House moments
Best Cuddy moments
Best clinic patients
Best Guest stars
Best Patients of the week
Please respond below. . . Have fun!
New article up on Blogcritics exploring season five and the run – up to House’s emotional collapse…
Poor House. Sheesh. He’s in a very bad way and not even a good night’s sleep can cure him of his hallucinations. Don’t know what’s coming next, but here’s my review of this week’s episode.
And some great news: I’ll be chatting with Doris Egan (who is the writer of this season’s finale) the morning after her episode airs to talk about the finale, the episode and season six!
Also–Blogcritics magazine, the official home of my House musings (and where I’m a TV editor) has just undergone a major redesign. The new site is here. The newly designed TV/Film Page, which features my House Divided review is here.
And remember–it’s not too late to take the “Huddy Poll.” More than 1100 people have weighed in. Have you?????
New article for all you House and Hugh Laurie lovers—
New commentary on this week’s House episode up at blogcritics.org…right…