The book is a text-rich 208 pages. There’s a moderate amount of photos, primarily of sets/locations. A few, like that of the PCPD and the Haunted Star, are strangely a little blurry. Pictures of cast members are sparing, and there are no posters.
The details are in an engaging storytelling format, linking establishments and neighborhoods to plots. Lucy’s point of view takes the lead, but there are sizable, interview-esque accounts from other figures. I greatly appreciated how inclusive the material was. Whether it was past or present (ex. Lesley Webber or Ava Jerome), peripheral or pivotal (ex. Susan Hornsby’s poisoning or the Ice Princess), it was discussed. No character or tale was too small or dated to be featured (even Milo Giambetti was mentioned!). Viewers from every era have something to enjoy and relate to. Events as recent as early 2018 were covered. Connections to the network’s previous soap operas (ex. All My Children, One Life to Live and Loving) are also explored.
GH’s current co-head writer Chris Van Etten was listed as the sole author. He did a great job of capturing Lucy’s essence, with her shady quips and quirky way of explaining things. Although the voicing for other characters was occasionally off, the content was entertaining and humorous. The vivacious approach is what makes the fluff in the back worth reading. Towards the end are passages about PC historical luminaries we’ve never heard of. Naturally, they conveniently have surnames we’d recognize (ex. Hardy, Morgan and Webber). It’s obvious the data was newly made up, but it’s fun. After, are cutesy quizzes that match you with a local family, love interest, and an enemy. I got the Quartermaines and Cesar Faison; I can't remember who my love interest was, haha.
Of all the sections, my favorite is the extensive breakdown of the Quartermaine mansion. Other areas sure to pique fan curiosity include Alan Quartermaine’s “diary” and a couples segment. City blocks that carry the sagas of Luke and Laura, Felicia and Frisco, Sonny and Carly, and Lulu and Dante are highlighted. I wish I could provide you all with a helpful “Table of Contents,” but there isn’t one (also strange). Below is a brief gallery to give you an idea of the book’s aesthetic and components.
I normally don’t do Birdbox buys, so I’m happy this one didn’t come back to bite me. Informative, amusing and incredibly unique, Travel Guide to Port Charles is a must-have piece of television memorabilia.
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