Review: As If! by Jen Chaney

Review: As If! by Jen ChaneyAs If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by Jen Chaney
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Pages: 336
Published by Touchstone on July 7th 2015
Genres: Biography, Cinema

Acclaimed pop culture journalist Jen Chaney shares an oral history of the cult classic film Clueless in the ultimate written resource about one of the most influential, revered, and enduring movies of the 1990s—in celebration of its twentieth anniversary.
Will we ever get tired of watching Cher navigate Beverly Hills high school and discover true love in the movie Clueless? As if! Written by Amy Heckerling and starring Alicia Silverstone, Clueless is an enduring comedy classic that remains one of the most streamed movies on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes even twenty years after its release. Inspired by Jane Austen's Emma, Clueless is an everlasting pop culture staple.
In the first book of its kind, Jen Chaney has compiled an oral history of the making of this iconic film using recollections and insights collected from key cast and crew members involved in the making of this endlessly quotable, ahead-of-its-time production. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Emma influenced Heckerling to write the script, how the stars were cast into each of their roles, what was involved in creating the costumes, sets, and soundtrack, and much more.
This wonderful twentieth anniversary commemoration includes never-before-seen photos, original call sheets, casting notes, and production diary extracts. With supplemental critical insights by the author and other notable movie experts about why Clueless continues to impact pop culture, As If! will leave fans new and old totally buggin' as they understand why this beloved film is timeless.

For fans of pop culture and oral history books, and obviously fans of Clueless this is a nostalgia filled, fun loving recount of filming the cult classic Clueless. I am a huge fan of Clueless – it is always my go-to film to rewatch. Written for the 20th anniversary, Chaney offers lots of exciting behind the scenes information on how the film was put together with thoughtful insight from the cast and crew that made it happen.

Read this book if you want happy, positive remembrances from the creator, cast and crew. If you are looking for a gossipy book this is definitely not for you.


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