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Oprah's Book Club

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Oprah spin-off features books, authors, and mature themes.

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Positive Messages

Reading and writing is celebrated. Themes vary according to the books being discussed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The authors are interesting and creative. 

Violence

Violent events, including the abuses sustained by enslaved people, sexual assaults, etc. are discussed. 

Sex

Relationships are sometimes referenced in the books discussed, the sexual nature of which vary. 

Language
Consumerism

The series promotes the authors and books selected. Apple products are also visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and drunken behavior is discussed within the context of book’s themes. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oprah’s Book Club is a series dedicated to what once was a monthly installment of the original Oprah Winfrey Show. Some of the books they discuss, as well as some of the authors’ personal stories, include mature themes, ranging from things like enslavement, rape, and failed relationships, to substance abuse and other issues. These conversations are offered within the context of each writer’s experience. The show promotes the books featured, and Apple products are visible. 

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What's the story?

A spinoff of the original Oprah Winfrey Show, OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB is a series solely dedicated to one of Oprah Winfrey’s most popular talk show segments. Each episode features the world-renowned host speaking one-on-one to the selected author in front of a live audience. Throughout the discussion, Winfrey introduces some of the viewing audience’s most common questions (requested prior to the interview). Meanwhile, preselected audience members are invited to pose questions to the author directly. 

Is it any good?

This talk show offers viewers an opportunity to learn more about the books they are reading on Oprah Winfrey’s book list from each author’s point of view. It gives an opportunity for wider audiences to understand the author’s writing process, including how they conceived the story, the research required, and the difficulties surrounding writing. As is her style, Winfrey carefully guides the conversation, and inserts her points of view without hesitation. There are some interesting moments (including a few spoilers), and there's no doubt that Oprah fans will be drawn to it. But Oprah’s Book Club might also give aspiring writers some tools for reflecting on their own work. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the books Oprah Winfrey has chosen to feature on her shows over the years. Do they all have something in common?

  • Talk shows are produced to be entertaining while promoting celebrities, brands, and other things. Do you think about Oprah’s Book Club in this way? Is there anything about the show that makes it different?

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