Monday, April 07, 2008
THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-WRONG
It only took The New York Times half a decade or so to catch on to the fact that soap opera tie-in books have a tendency to be hugely successful (and appear on the Times' very own best-seller list).
Of course, along the way, they also managed to get a multitude of facts wrong.
An excerpt from their April 7, 2008 feature:
In 2002, “Guiding Light” offered “Lorelei’s Guiding Light: An Intimate Diary,” “which filled in the blanks of a character’s life during a period when she wasn’t with the show,” said Ms. Leahey. In 2006, “As the World Turns” came out with “Oakdale Confidential,” which dealt with the past of a character, Katie Peretti, who was credited on the cover as co-author. Perhaps Ms. Peretti was a role model for Marcie Walsh, the police department receptionist on ABC’s “One Life to Live,” who two years ago was credited with “The Killing Club,” a best-selling mystery that was published by Hyperion.
Oakdale Confidential did not deal with Katie Peretti's past, but rather with that of her then-boyfriend, Mike Kasnoff. Katie was not credited as the author until the second edition, Oakdale Confidential: Secrets Revealed (which also didn't deal with her past, but with that of her rival, Carly). The first book was written by Anonymous, and the story of who was the actual author played out on the air in conjunction with ATWT's 50th Anniversary celebration.
Which happened in April 2006, more than a full year after The Killing Club was released in February 2005.
P&G's most recent best-seller was the Guiding Light tie-in, Jonathan's Story.
Posted by Alina Adams at 6:50 AM