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“”Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.” is, perhaps, the ultimate fan tribute to the long running Fox network series, starring multiple Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie. Despite the fact that I had never watched an episode of “House,” I found the book to be very interesting, informative and expertly researched. Clearly author Barbara Barnett is a huge fan of the series and putting together this unofficial guide to “House” must have been a labor of love for her.”
Read more: Pop Culture Guy loves Chasing Zebras
Barry Grey at Suite101.com also has some very nice things to say about the book:
The book’s subtitle is equally revealing: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Since it’s not authorized or sanctioned by Fox or the show’s producers, Barnett doesn’t have to compromise her criticism.
”Just because you’re a fan of the show, it doesn’t necessarily mean you love every minute of it,” she told Suite 101 in a telephone interview. “And yes, I tend to look at the episodes through a more ‘glass is half-full’ versus ‘glass is half-empty’ eye. Because I want to like the show. I want the show to succeed. But it doesn’t always.
“I do watch it with an objective eye. And I don’t like all the characters, and I don’t like all the writing and I don’t like all the (medical) cases.”
House, M.D. Inspired By Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes
Barnett has been writing about House on the internet for three years, calling her blogcritics.org column Welcome to the End of the Thought Process: An Introspective Look at House, M.D. (For the record, there are at least three other books available about the series, including the official one, by Ian Jackman and series star Hugh Laurie, although it’s unclear how much Laurie wrote beyond the book’s forward.)
At 429 pages, Barnett’s book is remarkably comprehensive. Early on, she retraces series creator David Shore’s well-known conception of the misanthropic Gregory House and best friend Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) as equivalents of a pair of fictional sleuth-confederates: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Read more at Suite101: TV’s House Studied With Surgical Precision in Blogger’s New Book http://www.suite101.com/content/tvs-house-studied-with-surgical-precision-in-bloggers-new-book-a311820#ixzz163T72z5N
|From Exclusive Magazine
|Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, MD
By: Barbara Barnett
(Paperback / 352 pages / Ecw Press / ISBN: 1550229559 / $17.95)Description: ‘Chasing Zebras’ is a resource for seasoned fans, an atlas for new viewers, and a guide for students of television, film and pop culture. It combines Barnett’s insights with details from her numerous interviews with the show’s writers, producers and actors.
Verdict: Now, and for the record, House is not my kind of guy – too rude – but the show appealed to me for some reason. This book helped me understand why. House claims he only cares about solving the medical mysteries, yet somehow you sense that he really has compassion for many of his patients. The book explains the subtle comments and signs that indicate he does.
It reflects skillful scriptwriting and acting. In addition, the book’s in-depth analysis of House as a brilliant but troubled person humanizes him and creates a level of sympathy that somewhat excuses his behavior. The other main characters are profiled as well. These profiles are a reminder that the more you know about someone – on TV or in real life – the more connected with them you feel.What this book really did for me, though, was teach me to better understand and appreciate good scriptwriting. Author Barnett, whose own writing I found impressive, explains how the stories and the characters are developed and presented. I plan to watch the show more often, and will be looking and listening more closely for things that reveal motives and insights into the personalites of the characters. I think anyone reading this book will become a smarter viewer, not only of this series, but of other dramas. [JVO]
House Fans in the north/northwest chicago suburbs:
Join me Thursday night 6:00 PM-9:00 PM at SOMETHINGS BREWING’s “BREW AFTER DARK”
1126 E.Washington in Grayslake.
I’ll be there to talk House and sign books!
In other news, Chasing Zebras is now available in Kindle version from Amazon.com
Of course, the print version is available on Amazon and most online sellers, as well as most traditional bookstores worldwide.
First appearing at Blogcritics.org
House, M.D. is still very much a hit series. Still going strong, with star Hugh Laurie, continuing to pour everything into his compelling portrayal of Dr. Gregory House, the show is now in its seventh year. The series is probably closer to the end of its long run than it is to the beginning, with Laurie’s contract up the end of next season.
Having lost its cushy American Idol lead-in a couple of years ago, House is now expected to support Fox’s new and promising ventures, providing an anchor on Mondays at 8:00 (ET).
The series producers have refused to fall back on formula and have played with viewers expectations couple of times over the series’ run. And, in a narrative sense, the last two seasons have seen the central character of House also begin to (at least try to) change.
How does all of that affect the show’s ratings and ultimately its future both on Fox and in syndication? And, why are ratings so important, anyway?
Television networks, producers and starring actors all track them. It’s what the industry lives by: they foretell who will live into syndication and who will die after two episodes. But fans watch the ratings too, and House‘s ratings have always been a hot topic within the fan community. This year is no different.
I did an interview this afternoon on CKWR Canadian radio. MsHouseFan was nice enough to record it :). Thanks!