Written by Kelly Dean Jolley, the book Chuck: Real Love in the Spy Life is available from this link.
I have a suggestion for all. READ IT READ IT READ IT!!!
Too subtle? How about READ IT NOW!!! And if you’re still puzzling over how I *really* feel…
A bit more after the jump.
Jolley, whom I just recently realized has been a (valued) commenter here, has written a just-this-side-of-amazing volume analysing the characters, themes and arcs underlying the story we enjoyed (and in my case, continue to enjoy) so much. If that sounds a little “academic”, well, I must admit, that’s the way Jolley’s work struck me too, at first. He seems very comfortable with philosophical concepts and his knowledge of the field is obvious from the first.
And if that happens to be not your cup of tea, fear not. Much like Shakespeare, all it takes is a few pages to get used to the words and fall in love with the language. In my case, that began in Chapter One, especially when Jolley describes Chuck’s birthday party in Chuck vs. The Intersect. After that, every scene outlined in this book would induce memories of those years (gee! Were they really that long ago?) when I would take my lunch-time walks and habitually reflect on those scenes.
Oh, and there was this:
“Recall the mutual pleasures of conversations after the shared watching of a movie or a TV show that you really enjoyed. My ambition for the book is that it support such pleasures that it itself will be part of the conversation about Chuck, that it start and sustain conversations about the show.”
I’ll second that notion. You’d think that after so many years the topics and arcs we saw would have become stale. But NOOOOOOoooooo! I read much I agree with in Chuck: Real Love in the Spy Life, a bit I puzzled over (The idea that both Chuck and Sarah pretend not to be in love with each other, even though the characters are obviously acting and are being played by actors given the impossible task of convincing the audience that the love is real is a kind of meta-idea that makes my head spin!) and even some minor things with which I disagree. All of these things made me relive the times I spent think about the characters and writing about them here.
And that’s a good thing.