Chicken Soup for the Soul books

@patgalca (14378)
Orangeville, Ontario
May 26, 2007 11:12pm CST
Have you read any of these books? Do you think they are good? I have read the original book as well as ones for mothers and parents and writers. Today I received an email saying they have now come out with "Chicken Soup for the American Idol" Soul. Yes, this book is written by American Idol competitors and their fans. Could this be pushing the Chicken Soup series a bit too far? I have seen Chicken Soup books for everything under the sun - Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Fisherman's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul... but I think this one really takes the cake! What do you think? Will you read Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul?
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@BarBaraPrz (19839)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 May 07
No, I won't be reading it... I haven't read any of the series, other than a few pages of the original. This series is more like Treacle than Chicken Soup. You *know* what's coming next... Chicken Soup for the Chicken Soup Reader's Soul...
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@patgalca (14378)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 May 07
Chicken Soup for the Chicken Soup Reader's Soul! Too funny Babs!
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@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
27 May 07
That is really crazy, and no I wouldn't read it!! I think they are great books, but American Idol is pushing it a bit, or more than a bit =) I remember reading the teenager ones when I was younger and the expectant moms one when I was pregnant with my daughter. I just found out they have one for the Military Wiifes and I would love to read that one!! But it does seem like they are getting crazy now!
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@patgalca (14378)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 May 07
I agree, Chicken Soup the American Idol is pushing it. But I am sure true American Idol fans would love to read what Carrie Underwood, Reuben Studdard and the others have to say in their little stories.
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• Singapore
27 May 07
I think I have skimmed through a few. Honestly I can't imagine why they are selling like hotcakes. Well, they were. They are just so very average story. You need to be real **(*^(*&)@)(@((!! to enjoy them to the fullest. Oh well, there is money to be made. Stupid people everywhere. You can have chicken soup for the soul for toothpick users even.
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@Stiletto (4584)
27 May 07
I can't understand why they sell so well either. They're not even well-written!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
27 May 07
Since I have NO use for American Idol, I sure have no use for any kind of book about it! I have never seen one episode of it, and I never plan on seeing any.
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@AmbiePam (49079)
• United States
27 May 07
What a good topic for a discussion, patgalca. I will not read 'Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul' because I don't watch the show. Maybe if I did, I'd feel it was a legitimate way to take the Chicken Soup Series. They have written so many that perhaps they are just desperate to find one they haven't done. I have read "Chicken Soup for the Soul", "Chicken Soup for the Teen's Soul" (when I was a teenager), "Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul", and "Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul." They were all very good. I just hope someday I'm not seeing "Chicken Soup for the Redneck's Soul." That would be too much.
@patgalca (14378)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 May 07
It looks like they'll be heading in the direction of "Chicken Soup for The Biggest Loser's Soul", "Chicken Soup for the Survivor Fan's Soul", "Chicken Soup for the Amazing Racers' Soul", "Chicken Soup for the Dancing with the Stars' Soul".... They would be stories of the competitors struggles before they came to be successful on those shows. In some ways I can see that being interesting reads but I think they should not be under the "Chicken Soup" umbrella.
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@AmbiePam (49079)
• United States
27 May 07
You're right. If they want to do that kind of reality thing, fine. But have it be under a different umbrella. Don't sully the simple 'Chicken Soup' titles.
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@tala91285 (1080)
• Philippines
27 May 07
I used to own a copy of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul before though I don't know where it is now. It was a birthday gift from my parents and I really loved it. It helped me appreciate a lot of things better and I think it made me become a better kid hehe..
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@patgalca (14378)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 May 07
My daughter has read both the Pre-teen and the Teenage versions of the book. I think she got #3 for Christmas. She loves them too.
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@tala91285 (1080)
• Philippines
27 May 07
It helps a lot because it makes kids understand things that they are too ashamed to talk about with their parents. Being a teen is a difficult age hehe and friends are not enough because kids rarely know better. So it's good that they came up with these series of books to help people understand and appreciate life better.
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@Swtrose (3399)
• Canada
27 May 07
What are Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen thinking? I enjoyed the Chicken Soup books as I bought a few for my daughter, but I think they are pushing things too far here. The book will not be just about Idols themselves. They are looking for stories about how American Idol impacted your life. Quoting from their call for writers. "The stories must be written in first person but you don't necessarily need to be the person that the story is about. It can be about a friend who auditioned for AI, your grandma who re-ignited her singing career after watching the show or your sister who began working with special needs kids having been inspired by Clay."
@patgalca (14378)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 May 07
Oh, brother!
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@Stiletto (4584)
27 May 07
I read one of them and to be honest that was more than enough for me! Think it was maybe the original Chicken Soup that I read. It was just way too sentimental and corny for my taste. The only bit of it that I did find mildly interesting was the bit about the guy who, when he was a teenager, had written down lots of things he wanted to achieve in life and it detailed how many he actually had achieved etc. That was quite impressive but the rest of it just left me cold I'm afraid. So no - I definitely won't be reading Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul!
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
27 May 07
I love these books, I haven't gotten one in quite awhile though. It's hard to keep track of which ones I have for sure but I think I have the original, more soup for the soul, mother's soul 1&2, Christian soul, Christian woman's soul, parent's soul...or similar, i don't really remember exact titles any more. I think they are really sweet and I'd love to submit something for one eventually. I hadn't heard of American Idol Soul. I probably would get it though. The show has become such a main part of our culture that's it's not surprising they made a book like this. I don't think it's taking things too far. To me the books are about reaching out and inspiring people. Sometimes the only way to do that is by using unique techniques. If American Idol is what it takes to inspire one person then so be it....besides, I also have Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul and a copy of "The Racers Bible" (new testament with a race car on the cover) so I know it takes all kinds to reach all kinds.
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• Philippines
27 May 07
Yes I have read some of the Chicken Soup booklets. I think the one for the American Idol Soul is not appropriate and you will never catch me buying or reading that crap.
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@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
27 May 07
I really enjoy the Chicken Soup books, especially the one for dogs. I think you are spot on though about for he American Idol's soul. Good grief! Is it for the veiwers of American Idol to see how tough theyhad it, or for their fellow contestents. I think it is a bit much, bu then I'm not really a fan of the show, eithe, so maybe I am wrong.
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@mansha (6301)
• India
27 May 07
The guy is minting money out of chicken soup,lol. I never liked any of those books, I only read a couple buit yes its getting too monotonous and too much with chicken soup. I prefer brian weiss over them and stick to his books.
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@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
29 May 07
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I have read them when they first came out; I also read the the one for the Women's Sou; didn't know about the American Idol one though, though I wouldn't be surprised. the last one I bought was the one for the African American Woman's Soul last fall.
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
28 May 07
yes, i have read a couple of their books in the past and i really love them... they are just fantastic... i think you are right... chicken soup for the american idol soul i think is a bit too far and i don't think i will read the book because i'm not really a big fan of american idol as i don't live in america... interesting discussion...
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• United States
28 May 07
Well, I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books but I do have my limitations. I'm not a fan of American Idol and don't watch so that book I can live without. However, I have several of their books, one autographed because I used to run pledge for PBS and got it free. I enjoy the short stories and I like the uplifting messages in them. Since I write short stories, I'm a big fan. Since my time is limited, this is the kind of reading I enjoy because novels are out of the question. Building a business takes a lot of hard work and a lot of time and since I work another job, too, I just don't have the leisure time to sit around and read. I do like most of the books they have out. I think they are trying to keep the series going and encourage people who ordinarily don't read to read. I still want to read the ones for animal lovers. I just haven't had the chance. Maybe I'll get out one of the ones I have and take some time to read them again.
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@koikoikoi (1247)
• United States
27 May 07
Really takes the cake heh that's funny. It really does take the cake though. I do think that that's pushing it too much already. I actually own four of these books. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul 1, 2, 3, and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love and Friendship. They're pretty fun books to read and some stories are quite interesting.
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• United States
8 Jun 07
I seriously doubt I will read it. I think there is really something wrong with the editors if they are going to put a book like that out. That's scary.