Bossypants :: Tina Fey

I’m trying out a new succinct format of writing from now and just a heads up: my site will be getting a makeover! For now, let me share the good, the bad and the interesting of Tina Fey’s autobiography, Bossypants.

THE GOOD

Judging from Ms Fey’s track record with Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and possibly the best chick-flick screenplay of all time (see Mean Girls) , I’m sure it comes to no surprise that this book is similarly brings abdominal-pain-inducing laughter. And amongst all the hilarity, lies several nuggets of wisdom making the book a thoroughly enjoyable and easy read.

THE BAD

The book is quite heavily intertwined with her own work and reading some parts of it without familiarity with 30 Rock, particularly, will seem irrelevant and boring. Thankfully, watching 30 Rock is no chore by any means, and watching it will most certainly not be a waste of your time, let me assure you. It does feature quite a bit of M-rated language for those of you who are concerned about it but is not at all, a major part of the writing style.

THE INTERESTING

Having never watched SNL, this book exposed me to a whole new side of comedy. I had always thought that comedy was simply to entertain and naively, to make people happy. This book opened my eyes the knowledge that comedy can be used to subtly used to manipulate peoples’ opinions and perspectives. If you’re still not sure as to how this works, learn it from the master herself:

You all watched a sketch about feminism and you didn’t even realize it because of all the jokes. It’s like when Jessica Seinfeld puts spinach in kids’ brownies. Suckers!

Note: Do not be deterred by the strange/weird/creepy cover. It is only a testament to Tina Fey’s quirky awesome-ness.

Argo

Let me begin by saying, that this film was by far, one of the most original film stories I have viewed in a while and, bonus: it was executed brilliantly. Not only was it related to a part of history that I only vaguely, it was bizarre enough to capture my attention. Simply put – it was a world created from reality, but completely separate from my reality.

The main character was both complex and credible – something I look for in a good film. In fact, all the actors were to some degree, a little complex and most definitely credible. Each and every character and/or social group had some form of justification for their actions and behaviour – whether it be the the ‘hostages’, the dear inhabitants of Hollywood or the classic CIA officers. In particular, the presentation of the population of the population of Iran was balanced (or as balanced as it could have been) and whole – completely contrasting the constant demonising and fear inspiring depicition of them in the media.

Needless to say, its win at the Oscars for Best Picture was surprised and shocking to most. I think what made this film stand out amongst the pack was its balance. Although it was a serious film, it had just the right does of suspense, comedy and irony, creating a fast paced film of depth , meaning credibility (on a human level) and action – who doesn’t love a good car/plane chase? :)

Overall, a wonderful story with a touch of sci -fi for good measure. I hope you have/will enojy it as much as I did!