In the January issue of O, Oprah explains that her teen obsession with Seventeen magazine inspired her to create her new network, OWN. She says Seventeen was "a space where I could get some guidance, a space where I could be entertained, a space that was fun for me, where I was allowed to feel most like myself," and describes her complete dedication as such:
"When I was growing up, Seventeen magazine was like my bible. It was 50 cents a copy. I was at the drugstore every month — I knew the date that they were dropped because I never had enough money for a subscription, but I saved my 50 cents and I was there. Whatever Seventeen magazine said, I did."
That sounds a lot like how some treat Oprah: whatever Oprah reads, they read. Whatever Oprah buys, they buy. And people treat her word like the bible, too. At least fictional characters — when asked about her religious beliefs, 30 Rock's Liz Lemon infamously replied: "I pretty much do whatever Oprah tells me to."