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Book Title: My So-Called Life Goes On|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 456 KB
v The author of the book: Catherine Clark
Edition: Random House Children's Books
Date of issue: July 27th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780375801112
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Read full description of the books My So-Called Life Goes On:Catherine Clark has a distinguished career as a writer of teen fiction. A cursory glance at her body of work reveals a number of original novels for teenagers and a couple of novelizations. She actually wrote the novelization of the pilot of My So-Called Life, which probably made her the likeliest candidate to write an original novel featuring the characters.
I mean Ms. Clark no disrespect when I say, despite those credentials, I have a hard time wrapping my head around this book! One of the hallmarks of My So-Called Life was the authorship of its' creator, Winnie Holzman. Holzman is now better known for writing the Broadway play Wicked, but she was heavily involved in the production of MSCL, and won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for the show's only season. It seems strange to have the last word on these characters be from someone who had very little connection to the actual program.
That being said, I am guessing that My So-Called Life Goes On was NOT intended to be the last word on Anglea, Rickie, Rayanne, and company- it just worked out that way. Simply by virtue of scheduling, My So-Called Life Goes On is the LAST time anyone would experience new, presumably in-canon stories featuring these characters. That's a real novelty and one of the reasons I wanted to read the book.
I have issues with the Goes On, but I want to focus on the good stuff first. Clark does an admirable job of keeping the reader involved in a story that clearly has no stakes. Canny readers would KNOW that there was no way the subplots from the show were going to be resolved in a one-off novel. Clark seems to acknowledge this and simply has fun drawing those subplots out even further. In particular, I enjoyed the way Clark continued to tease the story with Angela's father Graham and his flirtation with Hallie Lowenthal. This was a major plot point for Angela's parents in the TV show, and Holzman and her writing staff were presumably poised to bring the conflict up again in the future. Clark uses that plot to great effect.
Of course, for every flash of interesting writing, there's equally awful, crashingly goofy scenes and subplots to boot. The most glaring is the one that a cursory Google search seem to decry: Brian Krakow has sex with Rayanne Graf's mother. In every episode he was a part of, Krakow was a befuddled, puberty ridden mess. It was one of the striking qualities of his character AND the show itself that he was never glammed up or made into a sexy teen. Yet here, Clark turns him into something of a lothario... a ham-fisted lothario, but I never would have thought Brian Krakow would be gettin' any! Not only does he bed Ms. Graf... but he ALSO gets back together with Delia Fisher!
I suppose I can understand WHY Clark (or whoever) made this a plot point in My So-Called Life Goes On. Krakow is constantly getting the short end of the stick on the show, so perhaps it's fair he gets a little play. I can even understand why Brian's virginity was lost in this way. It just seems off-putting and weird to me, given what's already been established with the character. When I think about it, most of the sour notes in Goes On come from the specter of sex. An extended chapter featuring Angela skinny dipping in front of Jordan also seemed quite off to me, although I find that idea a bit more in-character for Angela.
I suppose at this point, you can surmise that I was a fan of the show. I was excited to get to spend a couple hundred pages with these characters again, even if the book in question was altogether goofy and awkward in places. If your a fan of the show, it's worth checking out... if only for the weirdness factor of My So-Called Life Goes On's existence.
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