Quicklet on Grey's Anatomy Season 1

by EmmaLee McCrickett

What's in the book?

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    • Season 1 Summary
    • Episode-by-Episode
    • Character List
    • Key Terms and Definitions
    • Major Themes and Symbols
    • Interesting Related Facts
    • Additional Reading

Description

ABOUT THE BOOK

Borrowing the title from a famous medical text, Gray’s Anatomy, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy premiered mid-season in 2005 following Desperate Housewives on Sunday nights, as noted by "When the Scrubs Come Off" in New York Magazine. “Tales of Sex and Surgery” in New York Times calls it a mix of Sex and the City and ER, and praises main character Meredith Grey and her fellow surgical interns for having meaningful work, especially compared to the characters of Desperate Housewives or The O.C., two popular shows at the time of the Grey’s premiere.

As discussed in “Tales of Sex and Surgery”,Grey’s Anatomy taps into the hero-doctor figure, an image lost in an era of 15-minute appointments and medical treatments decided by insurance companies. Unlike Meredith Grey, your surgeon doesn’t care that you both wore the same shoes that day. What is unrealistic about the show makes it successful. Meredith, Cristina, and Izzie are more focused on their career ambitions and less about how to balance their jobs, homes, and boyfriends with time left for themselves. These girls believe they can have it all and go for it.



MEET THE AUTHOR

EmmaLee has been writing since grade school, but professionally since 2009. She enjoys young adult novels, trampolines, and tea parties.



EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

The past and present are irreparably connected in Grey’s Anatomy. This is demonstrated from the beginning, as the opening lines discuss Meredith’s mother, who had been a great surgeon. Throughout the season, Meredith, Izzie, and Alex all reveal bits of their past that have pushed them to become better surgeons: Meredith’s mother told her she did not have what it takes. Izzie grew up in a trailer park and had to wait tables to pay for college. Alex’s father was an addict.

Meredith’s mother represents a deep past. She was a great surgeon at Seattle Grace. The Chief knew her well. Great things are expected from Meredith because she is Ellis Grey’s daughter.  Everyday she walks down the hallways her mother once commanded and has to find a way to live up to that past. At the same time, her mother is losing her present to Alzheimer’s and becoming deeply entrenched in her past, which carries extreme pain for Meredith.



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