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A confection of a book from Hollywood-s most famous mother, who scaled the heights of Los Angeles from a plain Jane small town life dreaming of the movies, and whose marriage to television powerhouse Aaron Spelling was the ultimate life lived large
- Candy is awesome!
I had the pleasure of meeting Candy at Warwicks for her book signing. She is a very classy lady. She is really down to earth and I enjoyed her stories. I was also glad to meet Madison. I'm very happy to see some of her recipes in the book....more info
- Huge Tori Spelling fan and still liked this book...
As I said in the title; I am a big Tori Spelling fan but I still enjoyed this book. As with all feuds there are three sides to the story: what she said, what her mother said, and what actually happened. I picked up this book mostly to learn more about Tori and found that I actually enjoyed it. While I did find it boring in some parts (I pretty much skipped over the entire chapter about cooking) the book in it's entirety was not bad. It was a quick read....more info
- Uplifting Memoir
Candyland is a book replete with wonderful, and at times outrageous, inside stories about Old and New Hollywood. More importantly, it is the story of a woman, who once hid in Rock Hudson's bathroom in fear of what lied on the other side of the door, that became a philanthropist and now author with a voice all her own. Candy Spelling lifts your heart and your spirits in this memoir. ...more info
I read alot and I love biographies. I also wanted to hear what this woman wanted to say about her daughter. I'm now a little bit dumber now than I was before I started reading this book. No one cares about your doll collection or your wrapping room. No one cares you had a crush on Rock Hudson and then hid in his bathroom the entire freaking night. I got this book yesterday (thankfully at the library) and I couldn't even finish it. I've read both of Tori's books and they were hilarious! She's so likable and funny and seems so down to earth. Then this monster Candy Spelling says awful things about her. Sorry Candy stick to what you know best. Being Silent....more info
- Cotton candy
Candy: It's nutritionally worthless, a brief blast of sugars before fading away from the GI tract as if it had never existed.
The same could be said about Candy Spelling's ephemeral creampuff of a biography, "Stories from Candyland." It's not a very thick book, but almost every page of it is pure fluff: scattered reminiscences in no particular order, clumsy attempts to prove that she's just an ordinary rich trophy wife, and a lot of flat rambling. It's the written equivalent of being trapped in a limo with a rich idiot who won't shut up.
Known for being the wife of late uberproducer Aaron Spelling and the mother of "actress" Tori Spelling, Candy Spelling started out as another star-dazzled girl who wanted to marry Rock Hudson and spent loads of money on fan magazines. But when she met Aaron, she was whisked into a world of endless wealth, glamorous film stars and one hit TV show after another.
You know the rest: they married and permanently entered the world of showbiz and celebrity, they had a pair of rather unattractive children, and lived pleasant and frankly rather uneventful life for many years, until Tori suddenly got her panties in a bunch and some sort of secondhand feud began between mother and daughter.
Briefer summary: Blah blah Rock Hudson blah blah dogs jabber jabber Tori is an ungrateful runt yap yap dogs blah blah hair yammer yammer everyone's so mean to me blah blah showbiz jabber jabber I'm just a sweet ordinary person blah blah did I mention Tori is such a nasty little ingrate?
"Stories From Candyland" does live up to its title -- it's not a real biography, but a cluster of rambling stories that ricochet randomly and confusingly all over the place. Not only does it scramble your brain with the bizarre format, but at the end you end up wondering why Spelling bothered to write a book if she can't manage to actually put something into it. It literally has no content whatsoever -- no love, loss, major life events, or whatever.
Instead we have Spelling rambling on for pages about the most banal topics imaginable -- "Dick and Jane" books, her gift-wrapping rooms (yes, plural), her dogs, her mother's cleaning habits, her Rock Hudson crush (he was gay! Get over it!), her collections (listed over three whole pages), and lasting legacy in the weekly soap "Dynasty" (it involves a piece of jewelry).
And the whole book is written in a flat, unengaging style that rarely has many details, or a you-are-there feeling -- the greatest detail is reserved for her ornamental fan collection. There are a few amusing moments near the start -- such as Spelling locking herself in Hudson's bathroom -- but it soon dissolves into self-indulgent navel gazing and an endless list of all the mean rumors people say about her.
And periodically, Spelling writes a chapter chronicling in great detail how her daughter is totally ungrateful and nasty and petty, but her mum forgives her anyway even though she's a lying ingrate. You can almost smell the simmering resentment.
Spelling herself doesn't come across as a great prize either. She comes across as distant and rather emotionless toward anyone in her life, with only a faint fondness at best. Despite her attempts to portray herself as a loving, down-to-earth, adorably inept trophy wife and mother, she comes across as quite icy and almost constantly self-absorbed -- her husband's death is barely addressed at all, except for the harassment she suffers due to his will.
"Stories from Candyland" is indeed like being trapped in a candyland -- surrounded by fluffy, substance free sugar that may make you ill if you take in too much. Give this a miss, and keep it that way....more info
This book was easy to read however I think Candy lives someplace in LaLa land. She contradicts herself especially when talking about her grandchildren. The stories related for the most part were not interesting . Enjoyed reading about her earlier life, how she met AAron and having the kids and how their life was. She writes alot about her mother and how they were always cooking and doing recipes together and yet a friend from childhood relates toward the end of the book how Candy's mother stayed in bed till 3 o'cock everyday and seemed to be sickly and that's not the picture you get from Candy's writing so what's that all about. You don't really get any insight into her and Tori's relationship at all....more info
- Candy is Supposed to be Sweet
This book is ridiculous. And not in an over-the-top fun side of celebrity, ridiculous. It's a narcisistic view of a sad woman whose whole identity seems to be based on "things." By the end of the book (okay, nearly the end - I could waste that much time) I was certainly enlightened on Candy's excessive spending habits, attention to collections and competitive nature with her daughter. The whole thing is just very sad. ...more info
- Stories from Candyland
Terrible, Terrible book. What can I say - it didn't really tell anything about her life. Who cares about receipes? I don't. I wanted to hear the scoop, instead it was a boring read....more info
- A word for the wise
Note that every single one of the "five star" reviewers has never written another review of another book (or anything else). Except for the two women who also took the time to trash Tori's book. (On the basis that SHE is selfish and likes media attention!) And the one whose other review is of a brand of peanut butter. (Wow, Beverly Hills housewives really do stockpile valuable practical information.) When rave reviews are written by "readers" who have never commented on anything else, it's a pretty safe bet they're a.) the author, b.) the author's friends, or c.) the author's publicists. Probably they haven't even really read the entire book--just skimmed it to see if/where they themselves were mentioned.
I'd comment on the book but the one-star reviewers have said it all....more info
- Absolutely horrendous!
I don't know why I even thought I would enjoy this book. I should have known it was going to be awful (it's written by Candy Spelling, after all). The book makes it abundantly clear that Candy is nothing more than an old women who's only "accomplishments" in life were marrying an incredibly rich man, spending his money, getting lots of plastic surgery, and alienating her daughter (oh, and writing this book, which is inevitably headed for the discount bin at the Dollar Tree). I found this book to be incredibly boring, poorly written, utterly pointless, and a bit narcissistic. Don't be fooled by the title -- STORIES FROM CANDYLAND. There is absolutely nothing sweet about this read....more info
- Not as bad as reviewers are saying
I wasn't expecting much from this book and actually was surprised that I liked Candy. It may be true that her friends are giving the 5-star reviews here, but who cares? The one-star reviews seem to come from fans of Tori (I do agree, Tori writes a more entertaining book). I found it tedious to read the "Dick and Jane" storybook quotes which wasted too many pages. True, Candy glosses over much in her personal life but I found the book fun to read.
- Loved It
I was a huge Tori fan, and judged Candy based on Tori's view. Based on reading both Candy and her Daughter's books, back to back.....Candy impressed me. Tori had only bad things to say, and NEVER mentioned her Brother Randy...is she mad at him as well? Candy may not have been Mother of the Year, but she loves her Family. Very sad that she is moving...would have loved to see pictures of the Manor. Good read.....Tori make peace. Candy please write another book, love the stories! ...more info
- After Reading Reviews, Won't buy this
I bought "STori Telling" here on Amazon and found it a delightful read, so I was looking forward to purchasing Candy Spelling's book. But when I read all the terrible reviews, that gave me pause.
So I flipped through Candy's book at a local bookstore and found the one-star reviewers to be spot on. Unless you like to hear mindless dribble from an extremely privileged and wealthy woman, don't bother with this book. It's not very insightful, and I find it sad she has her friends post positive reviews of her book here on Amazon. Probably those are the only people who like her book, but it is not appealing to the general public, especially during these hard economic times. ...more info
- Thanks for the memories and the fun read
Great and fun read! Nice to know that even people in the spotlight have insecurities and problems like the rest of us. Candy is honest about hers and shares the trials and tribulations of her childhood and early years with a great sense of humor and candidness. She appreciates all that has come her way and seems to want her readers to share and enjoy the great times she has been lucky enough to have had. As you read her adventures, not only do you laugh (sometimes out loud), but you find yourself relating to her memories of childhood and early "Motherhood". It's really a fun ride!!!...more info
- Did you know Candy Spelling is rich?!
Well, she is...and she wrote an entire book to tell you about it. She has more luggage, wrapping paper, lightbulbs and batteries, cooking utensils, antique collectibles, and rooms in her 'manor' than you could shake a stick at...and she wants to tell YOU all about it. I think the editor of this book should be embarrassed. This 'literary work' is chock-full of random thoughts and completely irrelevant information. Instead of talking about the things people might find interesting or endearing--like humble moments, her marriage at 17 and divorce at 19, her supposed working-class upbringing--she mentions COUNTLESS times that her husband created shows in the 1980s and 90s. Oh, and how her daughter doesn't appreciate her. Hard to imagine--a daughter not appreciating her cold, self-absorbed, snobby mother?! Color me impressed...and keep riding the coat-tails of your much-more-talented husband and daughter, Candy....more info
- Terrible/crazy lady
Love Tori..Her books are honest sincere and enjoyable...Her "Mother" on the other hand is a crazy,self absorbed,mean,nasty,poor excuse for a parent/writer...I'm a mom myself and could never treat my daughter the way Candy has treated Tori..
this book is a joke..don't waste your money..buy Tori's books instead...more info
- Stories of a privileged life that's a real page turner! Fun easy read!
During a major airport delay I broke down and bought Tori Spelling's books and devoured them both. I loved the books. I was team Tori! So even though "Stories from Candyland" had terrible reviews on amazon I still felt compelled to hear the other side of the story. I was positive I would read the book, hate Candy Spelling and agree with the other negative reviewers. BUT I was wrong!
I truly enjoyed Stories from Candyland! The stories she shares in the book give insight into a world the majority of us will never be able to comprehend or experience. BUT that's what made the book so great. It was fun to read about the over the top vacations and extravagances. As one negative reviewer stated the book is "unrealistic". True - it is unrealistic to the average Joe but it's the real life Candy lived.
Not a lot of the book is focused on Tori which kind of bummed me out. I'll admit it - I was looking for a mother daughter cat fight in a book of wars. Ha! But Candy Spelling devoted a small section to an explanation of her thoughts on Tori's books. Where as Tori's books mention her mother negatively VERY frequently - Candy's book seemed to do the opposite. Candy's stories focused on the 60,s, 70;s and 80's and gave detail into her personal and social life.
Basically Candy Spelling has lived a privileged life since she was 18 and her book is filled with fun stories to prove it. Don't let the negative reviews scare you off. It's a great summer read. Enjoy!
- it's not a good book, but I totally loved it
Stories from Candyland is one of those books that's really hard to review for a simple reason: it's not good, but I absolutely loved it. I don't think it's a coincidence the reviewers at Amazon are equally divided between 5 stars and 1 star ratings.
I am a huge fan of Tori Spelling's faux reality show So NoTorious, and I read STori Telling and enjoyed it. I've seen a lot of Beverly Hills, 90210 episodes in my time, and I am pretty well-versed in the Spelling universe. I can't say I had much of an opinion of Candy going into the book. From Tori's stories in her first autobiography and the hilarious anecdotes from the show (brilliantly played by Loni Anderson), I gathered she was a little cooky.
Stories from Candyland is a completely bizarre autobiography because it's not even remotely chronological. I imagine her writing it, appearing at the computer, and deciding what to write that day, and keeping the book in the same order. There are ridiculous gaps in what is interesting: how she came to be married at 17, then divorced; how she came to meet Aaron Spelling; the relationship with her former "friend" and alleged lover; her relationship with Tori. Candy merely alludes to these omissions. Is she hankering for another book deal? I hope so!
In all seriousness, I've read a lot of children's literature last semester. A recurring theme was the ability of authors to employ a child as a protagonist and have the reader understand both how the child viewed his or surroundings and knowledge of what was actually going on . Candy Spelling is a child protagonist. Part of the book's joy is hearing her tell stories and knowing what's actually happening, even though I'm confident she has little to no idea. She often speaks directly to Tori in the pages of the book.
Candy Spelling is delightful, and I would hate for her to be my mother. I want to go to her home, drink wine, talk to her, then go home and deconstruct everything she said and did. Stories From Candyland is a small window into her world, and although I don't particularly like her or respect her, I find her immensely fascianting, and I loved the book. ...more info
- UGH!! What a load of poorly written hoeeey!!!
This book stinks!! I am sorry I contributed to Candy's massive fortune by buying it! Let me weep tears for her as she complains about having to downsize to a 17,000 sq foot condo and what is she going to do with all the junk she has amassed as "collections". And do I need details about why her therapist thinks she hums all the time? Are you kidding me??? I thought this would be fun reading like Tori's first book, but I guess I should have known better. Poor Tori. Her Mom is clearly one can short of a sixpack....more info
- Fun and entertaining..
Fun to read about how life is for the super rich. I found it very entertaining. Most people will never know what it it like to to have a lifestyle like that, so it's a quick glimpse. A fun,light read, that was not depressing or full of doom and gloom. There is enough of that in the world already....more info
- Candy Land, indeed
I am not a fan of Tori's but was interested in learning about the family that lived in one of the largest homes in the US. I finished Tori's book, sTori Telling, in 2 days and was completely delighted! What a fun read! I was hoping for more of the same with her mother's book and quite frankly, after 4 chapters I am bored into unconsciousness!! This book seems like Candy is reverting back into her childhood of make believe! Who CARES what she dreams the designs on her fan collection might mean or of her fantasy of being married to Rock Hudson??!??! ho-hum!! And she can't seem to stop taking pot shots at Tori! (but hugs and kisses to brother Randy! smooch, smooch!) The photos are nice and there is some stuff about REAL life in Spelling Manor, however, I am doubtful I will waste anymore time trying to swallow this stuff! I'd rather rearrange my sock drawer!
Sorry Mom, Tori wins this one by a long shot! Looking forward to the release of Babywood!! Keep up the great work, Tori!!...more info
- A Domestic Diva Speaks Out...
Stories from Candyland is an unexpected and seemingly forthright tale of a woman, raised in the fifties to be the best wife and mother she could be, who is catapulted into a Hollywood dream life. She describes herself as a "shy girl," one who fantasized about movie stars and the Hollywood life, and who pored over movie magazines as a teenager.
Told in an organized fashion, this tale glides over the various aspects of this fairytale existence; she very deftly skirts the parenting issues, focusing on the guidance provided to mothers of her day - Dr. Spock, for one - and even offers quotes from his "Baby and Child Care" that "the perfect parent had yet to see the light of day."
She occasionally mentions the very public conflicts aired by her daughter, but instead of going into them in any depth, she simply states that she did the best she could and that if there are issues, she wishes her daughter would address them with her personally. Perhaps this is simply a case of each person having a different view of events.
Clearly, Mrs. Spelling chose to take domesticity to the heights of excellence - there are several chapters devoted to how she decorated and organized their outsized home, including how she managed the social life of a very successful man - and there is a chapter dedicated to her various collections. She even strikes a humorous tone here by demonstrating how her collections are extreme, but well-organized and archived even, but that she is not one who "hoards" objects (This was in response to an Oprah show she saw on "hoarders").
In the final chapter, she shares a letter to her grandchildren (born to her daughter Tori Spelling), and then follows this up with some of her favorite recipes.
In some ways, this author (who described herself as having experienced the "sixties" much differently from many) is another version of the generation in which I grew up - not a protester, she chose to smooth things over; she opted for a life of visual "confection" by surrounding herself with beautiful objects and beautiful people. She made her choices, and in the end, she states that: "I think my baby boomer generation grew up during one of the most fascinating, exciting, and confusing times in history, and I wouldn't trade what I've learned and done for anything."
Her choices were not the same as some of the rest of us made, but they were definitely her choices to make.
Recommended reading for anyone who wants to indulge in a peek into a glamorous, yet sometimes fishbowl world - a world of paparazzi and celebrity stalking and the very public airing of one's personal life. If for no other reason than to be grateful NOT to be part of this world!
Author of: Chasing Stardust, etc.