Most helpful positive review
Good book because of content, or because of subject?
on November 12, 2001
While I quite enjoyed this book, I wasn't sure if it was because I'm a devoted fan of the show, or because it was actually good. I loved the summaries of the episodes, but thought they could have done away with the online aspects of the fandom (except for the excellent features on jedbartlet.com and the sadly now-missing testytoads sites). Although I'm a fanfic writer, I appreciate the author not including very much detail about sites where fic can be found. A few of Mr. Challen's observations about the series were confusing. He offers wonderful insight into a few of the characters, but some of his critizisms are based on scenes that either didn't happen or weren't in the final script. (For example, he is incredulous that Donna could stroll into the White House and decree herself Deputy Deputy Chief of Staff. (My words, not his. His involve better English than mine :) If I remember "ITSOTG Pt.2" correctly, Donna did this while they were on the campaign trail.) At any rate, a piddling annoyance in an otherwise fine book. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves the West Wing and cannot bear to wait for the 'authorized' novels to be printed.