‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey

October 15, 2015 at 2:44 am 1 comment

bossypantsAm I terrible person for not loving Bossypants? I feel like I’m a terrible person and probably a bad feminist and quite possibly not human since literally everyone I’ve met who read this book, adored it. Bossypants was pretty much universally lauded when it came out — “Hilarious!” “Feminist!” “And so self-effacing, too!” Everyone seemed to rally around this panacea of a book, so I probably should have expected some Toogoodtobetrueitis.

While the book was certainly funny at some times and feminist at all times, it was also very chatty. It felt more like a transcribed autobiographical monologue than a thoughtfully crafted memoir. And maybe that’s my own problem — I went in genuinely excited to learn about Tina Fey and her story, not to read a narrative joke book. Thus, by the end of it, I was left mostly disappointed.

As Kate has written about Mindy Kaling’s entrant into this same genre of “autobiographical comedy books” (as Wikipedia calls it), these books are sort of memoirs and sort of not, but mostly seem preoccupied with being funny, often to the detriment of narrative, meaning, and (in my case anyway) readerly enjoyment. They are funny, so that focus is all well and good if you’re looking for a laugh, but they don’t make for the most engaging, riveting reads ever.

So I’ll end the same way Kate’s review of Kaling did: maybe I’m missing the point. Yes, Bossypants was entertaining (and, magically, the exact length of a train ride from Paris to Karlsruhe, Germany, if you’re ever going that way), but the general smarts and awesomeness of Tina Fey made me hope for something more. But maybe that wasn’t the point?

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Memoir/Autobiography. Tags: , .

‘Plainsong’ by Kent Haruf ‘The Post-Birthday World’ by Lionel Shriver

1 Comment Add your own

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Connect with LT

literarytransgressions (Gmail)

@LitTransgressor (Twitter)

LT RSS feed (Subscribe)

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 132 other followers

Categories

LT Archives

In accordance with FTC regulations…

...we must disclose that we are independent bloggers with no ties to authors, publishers, or advertisers. We are not given books or monetary compensation in return for favorable reviews or publicity.

Where we have received advance or complementary copies of books, it will be noted in the body of the entry, and will not affect our review or opinions in the slightest.


%d bloggers like this: