Beverly hills 90210 book series
Beverly Hills 90210 (Beverly Hills, 90210, #1) by Mel GildenIm going to blame this on coming off of a slew of Sweet Valley High books and honestly just not caring anymore what I read...
A handful of Beverly Hills 90210 books were in a box of stuff someone gave to me. Initially I was going to toss them in the giveaway pile, but then I remember that my sister liked the show, but I had never watched it. Its odd how now, years after my sisters passing, I find that I try to connect with her by reading things I know she did, or watching TV shows she enjoyed.
I kind of wish Id done that when she was alive.
Anyway, I didnt know what to expect. I never realized that 90210 took what Sweet Valley did...well...at least with some cohesive plot...and stripped it down to vignettes from a harsh life circling around a group of intensely unlikable people.
For the first half of the book I was still trying to decide of Brenda and Branden were the main characters, simply because usually one tries to make the main characters at least sympathetic. Instead I was never able to connect with either of them. I thought Brenda incredibly vapid and shallow, and Branden just kind of a massive jerk.
A lot of the problems were in the novelization, which read as though written by a middle-aged man who got all his knowledge of what high school was like by watching TV shows about high school kids. Nothing connected or even felt remotely real. We never see the classrooms at all, the schedules the kids keep seem a little off, theres vague mention of homework that doesnt make sense (its the second week of school and the kids are done reading Les Miserables?) and crushes are compared to TV and movie stars that are ancient by the standards of the day. Seriously, finding Sean Connery hot in 1991? I was in high school in the 1980s and he was considered old then. And Clint Eastwood? This is not who teens were mooning over in the 90s. Even I know that.
Overall I was severely disappointed and judging from the book, absolutely mystified about why the show was popular at all. Since, again, it might be the fault of the novelization, Im willing to find an episode of the show to watch online. But right now Id give anything to ask my sister why she liked the show. And which characters she liked best.
Beverly Hills, 90210
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