Soapdom guest contributor and entertainment blogger Danielle "DanielleTBD" Turchiano has released her pop culture memoir, "My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture" based on her blog of the same name. From early contemplations of love to an adult's reflections on the perils of engaging in relationships without a writing team behind her, DanielleTBD's life lessons according to Zack & Kelly, Jesse & Rebecca, and Monica & Chandler and many various characters and cast members from the NBC daytime soap opera, Days of our Lives, is a must read!
"What drew me so deeply to DOOL, as I came to affectionately call the show," Turchiano writes, "were the relationships, and once again I came to wish for what I saw on television in my own life. Here were people who would lie, cheat, steal, and kill for each other; here were people who could survive lying, cheating, stealing, and killing, and despite it all, could still come out the other side virtually unscathed and still together. The difference here was that I was old enough to recognize the melodrama and to know that certain things were just too great to truly forgive—like when Austin married Sami even though he was really in love with Carrie. Carrie waited—pining— as she optimistically assumed he would 'sort things out" and come back to her. And he did— it was a flippin' modern day fairytale— but I certainly did not think it was something that should be expected to occur in reality, and I hoped most agreed with me or else countless women would just sit around waiting for their Prince Charming to come rescue them from the dusty interior of their pre-fab apartments. As quickly as I dismissed Carrie's pining, though, I found myself doing the same thing."
Who did she pine over? Well for a long time, Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric Brady, DOOL and now Dean Winchester, Supernatural)!
Pop culture and its personalities serve as a background for self-discovery-- a vehicle for "virtual" risk-free trial and error—within the memoir. However, it is more than nostalgia that keeps you playing along (though that is present on nearly every page): it's the very real look into the questions that are raised for us all when we realize that the television happy endings (and the expectations that they raise) may not be a given.
More about the author:
"My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture" is a follow-up to Danielle Turchiano's first successful novel, "Stars in Their Eyes," about a soap opera star trying to find a balance between her personal and ever-expanding professional lives. Turchiano is a writer/producer who has worked on over a dozen film, television, and web projects and is currently focused on entertainment writing for numerous online entertainment publications. She lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Madison.
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