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Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. September 2004

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An intelligent, highly readable, hugely funny dissection of the world's most watched TV programme - The Simpsons --This text refers to an alternate Taschenbuch edition.

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Schon der Untertitel und die Seitenzahl deuten an, dass der Autor Chris Turner mit diesem Buch ein wenig über das Ziel hinausgeschossen ist.
Sicher, "Planet Simpson" bietet für eingefleischte Fans unterhaltsamen und z.T. wissenswerten Lesestoff. Die Charakterisierungen der Hauptfiguren sind ebenso gelungen wie die Analyse der Simpsonschen Kritik am Kapitalismus (am Bsp. Monty Burns). Auch die Informationen zur Entstehungsgeschichte oder zu den Schreibern der Simpsons waren für mich neu und interessant. Auch lenkt Turner die Aufmerksmkeit auf die Funktion scheinbar weniger wichtiger Figuren (wie Kapitalistin Lindsey Naegle oder Troy McClure) und beschreibt, wie der Humor der Simpsons funktioniert.
Doch dass die Simpsons eine ganze Generation definieren, erscheint mir doch etwas weitgegriffen. Wenn Turner Parallelen zu anderen zeitgeschichtlichen Phänomenen zieht, entsteht eher der Eindruck, er wolle in seinen Erinnerungen schwelgen und den Leser daran teilhaben lassen. Doch wen interessieren seitenlange Abhandlungen über Songs von Radiohead oder Turners Konzertbesuche? So zieht sich das Buch ganz schön in die Länge und wenn einzelne Folgen zum x.ten Mal zitiert werden, ist es nicht immer leicht, noch durchzuhalten.
Dennoch würde ich Simpsons-Fans nicht zwangsläufig von dem Buch abraten, denn es ist durchaus möglich, einzelne Passagen oder auch mal mehrere Seiten zu überfliegen bzw. Kapitel nur z.T. zu lesen. Dann erfährt man Wissenswertes und wird sich der Genialität der Serie richtig bewusst.
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99% of the reviewers missed the point of the book. A book that promises a 'sprawling, multidimensional critical look' at "The Simpsons" as seen through the lens of pop culture analysis--what did they expect to read about? Most of them complain about the book's length and criticize the author's penchant for branching off into other pop culture topics. However, these two main complaints are both the central points of the book, and their arguments seem to be very defitions of "sprawling and multidemensional". I enjoyed this book very much, and liked the length of the it, as it meant the author did go in-depth in his analyses. While I did not necessarily agree with all of his points, he did present them very well and it is very obvious the man knows his "Simpsons." Furthermore, I did find many, but not all, of his "tangents" to be related and very applicable to the points he was trying to make using aspects of The Simpsons. As a long-time fan, I've always said that there is very little in life that "The Simpsons" doesn't relate to, so I really enjoyed this book. The reason I didn't give it a perfect is b/c I did find parts to be a bit dry for me, but that's the extent of my dislikes. My advice is this: if you want a more lighthearted read on "The Simpsons," buy one of the many other books about them--BUT if you want a much more in-depth and well-written book delivering what it promises, this is it.
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HASH(0x9bfd057c) von 5 Sternen smells like otto's jacket 15. Februar 2006
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This book isn't a masterpiece, but it deserves better reviews. If you're looking for something more fun in the vein of Simpsons merchandise or don't like to have your pleasures intellectualized, then stay way. But if you're a Simpsons fan and you've always thought it was postmodern but you were absent on the day they taught Jameson and Baudrillard in seminar and so you can't explain why . . . then this book is for you! Sure, the chapters are way too long and the prose reads like it was written by comic book store guy, but it's got its insights and it makes you laugh. The chapters are organized by character so you get a sense of how each represents a little slice of Americana--Homer the working-class oaf, Marge the desparate housewife, Bart the punk rock nihilist skateboarder, Lisa the earnest liberal do-gooder, Burns the wretched capitalist pig. I really like chapter 10, about the show's endless spiral of self-referentiality and media parody. The quiz on p.411 asking if you can guess which was a fake movie with Troy McClure or a real movie with one of the Baldwin brothers is almost worth the price of the book itself.
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HASH(0x9bb0bb28) von 5 Sternen Too indulgent for its own good 2. August 2005
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Ultimately, Planet Simpson tries to be an entirely different beast, but, fails. It tried to be a cultural analysis of the TV series and its impact on society, particularly American society. However, in the end, it indulges in its author's love for the series too much.

The narrative structure is not coherent enough to sustain interest in the book. Turner too often than not tries to start a dialogue on a particular point of fact. That fact being how, in whatever way, that point backs up his belief that the Simpsons in the most culturally important element of the late 20th century. Unfortunately, he never backs up the statements he starts to make. He many times starts off with a good topic, but, diverts off. Punctuated with his own words saying he's about to state an example of what he means, he veers off his topics entirely. The text is reduced to mere catalogues of episodes, moments, details, and the like. He completely forgets the vast majority of his main points and never returns to them.

Because of this somewhat rambling style, the chapter structure just does not fit it. Each seems way too long and bloated for its own good, because nothing is ever established in each section. Just collections of ideas, peppered, of course, with numerous story descriptions and notes.

This might have worked far better as an episode guide, with Turner taking asides to express his commentary. His love for this show and extent of knowledge on it is firmly established within the book. In an attempt to culturally analyze the series, though, he has failed to make a point more often than he succeeds.
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HASH(0xa750b750) von 5 Sternen Essay on Gen X, WTO, and other flashbacks from the 90's 14. November 2006
Von EH - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Turner's book relates a collection of his opinions and personal anecdotes regarding 90's culture/counterculture, and the pivotal role (he argues) the Simpsons played in all of this. While the premise was thought-provoking enough to keep me reading out of curiosity, the book falls short in several ways.

First, you probably won't learn much new about The Simpsons!

Secondly, this book is long and dense; Turner's writing style is not just erudite, but overly sophisticated in a way you'd expect to see from a college student who is really, really, trying to earn that A++ grade. His style often slides back and forth from "academic" to "hipster". You find yourself marveling at his vocabularly... That is, until the umpteenth reference to "American hegemony"... Which brings us to the second problem...

Political bias intrudes all too often. While I'm not at all offended by his taking a liberal perspective on the Simpsons, Turner's unrelenting focus on The Simpsons' supposed fight against "American hegemony" gets old and starts to look downright immature. More importantly, he seems to miss the point -- The Simpsons satire *everybody*, right? The Simpsons writers have always skewered aging hippies and disaffected youth (liberal targets) right along with the "easy" targets such as corporate stooges and lazy Americans.

Turner's impassioned analysis often gets derailed by his own inability to take a break from his own pet concepts. Pages that may have been devoted to something like what The Simpsons says about childhood in America (much could be mined from the whole world of Ralphie, Nelson, Milhouse and others), are instead given to rambling tangents about 90's zeitgeist and such things as the raves and concerts the author attended. In this way (as other reviewers have said here) the book is too often about *Chris Turner*, and not often enough about *The Simpsons*.

Some parts are actually very funny... But it should be noted that these funny parts tend to be in the footnotes, which re-tell in detail various antics from Simpsons episodes that perhaps you haven't seen for awhile... As other reviewers have rightly pointed out, you may as well just put your money toward the DVDs and enjoy it firsthand!

This hefty book is clearly a labor of love. Overall, it's a mildly interesting, sometimes amusing, and often annoying essay. While it's *long* enough to be a good academic treatise on The Simpsons and Society, a disappointing number of pages are consumed by the author's birdwalking socio-political rants and stories.
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HASH(0xa750b900) von 5 Sternen Better than I thought it would be 21. Februar 2006
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After reading all of these negative reviews, I was fairly hesitant about wasting time on this tome; however, as an avid Simpsons fan, I felt obligated. I had to skip over most of the introduction. It seemed too personal, too contrived, and frankly, I felt as if he greatly overestimates the impact of the show at the outset. As I started reading the text proper, I was immediately intrigued. While I take a lot of Turner's social analysis with a grain of salt, I was entertained by the references, and interested in the majority of the material covered. I think I would have enjoyed a book about this subject that was a bit more academic since Turner tends to ramble and lose sight of his focus in his too-frequent tangents. I recommend this book only to hardcore Simpsons fans who are also interested in the popular culture that ran parallel to the show.
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