ACS: Versace

As part of the BiblioGal makeover, we will be writing about various forms of entertainment that moves us, in addition to the books. Welcome to the New Age 😉

Yesterday, I sat riveted to my television for the first time in a long while.  I am, by all definitions, a COUCH POTATO.  My tastes cover nearly all types of film entertainment from low brow comedy, daytime soap operas, reality tv, and elevating dramas.  You name it and I have either watched it or read an episode rehash somewhere. Over the last six months or so, I was in a television slump, relying on Hulu to fill my brain with Golden Girls reruns for comfort.  Occasionally, I tuned in to Defenders and Bright on Netflix (which I LOVED), but nothing really grabbed me.  My motives for tuning in to American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, were basic.  I had a friend who was an extra during the filming and I wanted to see if he made the cut (he did 😉 way to go D!)

The show itself was more like a movie than a television show, the drama and suspense hit you within the first 10 minutes and the actors/actresses are mind-blowingly good. I was scared, tense, outraged, and sad all within the span of an hour.  In 1997, I was a preteen who had little interest in the news of the day.  While I’m old enough to remember the events, I didn’t follow them or understand their significance.  All I knew at the end of the day was that a famous person had died and a serial killer did it.  Just watching the first episode alone, I’ve learned so much and I’m thirsty for more.  While I absolutely plan to watch the series, I also believe in self-education and research. Plus, this is a blog that places reading and books up on a pedestal, there is NO WAY I could write this piece without a book to accompany it.

After a VERY QUICK Google search, I found a ton of books on the subject of Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanon.  Here are the ones that piqued my interest:

  1. Vulgar Favors: The Assassination of Gianni Versace by Maureen Orth

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              This book is apparently the basis for the Ryan Murphy series and since I was so blown away just by this inaugural episode, I thought the book it’s based on might also get me excited.  I just ordered it, so I plan to follow up on asap.

2.  The Art of Being You by Gianni Versace, Germano Celant, Ingrid Sischy, Richard Martin, Steven Meisel, Irving Penn

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Published shortly after his death, this is a book filled with Versace’s personal artwork and photos from his various collections and designs.  I couldn’t include a book list without including something by the subject himself.

3.  Do Not Disturb by Gianni Versace, Richard Avedon, Roy Strong

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A compilation of art and photographs showcasing Versace’s various homes and properties.  I’ve looked at the example excerpts and they are GORGEOUS.

4.  The Versace Legend by Minnie Gastel

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A clean and thoroughly researched biography of the designer.  I’m a sucker for biographies.

5.  Death at Every Stop- The True Story of Andrew Cunannan by Wensley Clarkson

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I can’t conclude this list without throwing in a bit about the man who was responsible for THE killing spree of the decade.

Disclaimer: I have NOT read any of these books.  I made this list using the unscientific method of Google research and Amazon review averages.  Any books I end up buying on my own will certainly be discussed once they’ve been read.

No links were included, If you wish to inquire further, all books mentioned can be found online at all of the major book retailers and ACS: The Assassination of Gianni Versace can be viewed Wednesdays at 10 PM EST/US on FX Network in the US.

Certainly, if anyone would like to add their reading recommendations on this topic, please do so!

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