Look who’s taking book reviews seriously? That would be me! The two books I’m going to peruse belong to the Comedy genre, thus the title of this post. My colleagues and I took turns in reading the first book in my list today. The gesture was influenced by The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, only we shared a book instead of a pair of denims.
Let me give you a brief background on the writer of this book. Bob Ong or Roberto Ong is the pseudonym of a contemporary Filipino author known for using conversational Filipino to create humorous and reflective depictions of Philippine life. His actual name, however, remains unknown.
In Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin (Get Away From Me), the author talks about how stereotypical Filipino movies are. He divided the book into three parts: (1) Bala sa Bala, Kamao sa Kamao, Satsat sa Satsat (action); (2) Shake, Shaker, Shakest (horror); and (3) Asawa ni Marie (romance).
I got bored with the first 30 pages of this book. Having read two of Bob Ong’s works, ABNKKBSNPLAKo?! and Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas, I must admit that I had high expectations on this one. I did laugh at some parts, but not as much as I did with his previous bestsellers. Reading this was such a drag. It seemed to me that the author tried so hard to make the reader laugh while proving out at the same time. He did succeed in justifying his arguments, but they were awfully put in my opinion.
The reviews for this book are at opposite ends of the scale and I can see why. You will either love or hate it. With that being said, I’m giving it two stars.
Fifty Shames of Early Grey
by Fanny Merkin (a.k.a Andrew Shaffer)
Perhaps to my frustration with the previous book, I decided to read another book that falls under the same category. I first learned about this parody of Fifty Shades of Grey from a friend. We both have read the first three chapters of this book in Goodreads even before it hit the book stores. At the time, we thought it was hilarious since we’ve just finished reading the Fifty Shades of Grey series by E. L. James.
Yes, there was a time when I got really hooked with the very controversial series. Unlike the first book I reviewed earlier, this did make me laugh in most parts. I thought the author was witty by nature, and it was pretty evident in the way he’s written this piece. I think it’s smart to be able to make the significant scenes comical, allowing me to recall the actual settings from the series. Like most parodies (in books and movies), however, there was a tendency to exaggerate some parts to the point that I no longer find them funny at all.
Props to the author who may have read the Fifty Shades of Grey series to fairly pull something like this off. Hey, I’m giving this three stars (a notch higher than the former), so it could say something! For the record, I particularly liked the part where Earl Grey punished Anna Steal for stealing mead from The Elf Council’s supply shed. I might have burst into a hearty laughter on this bit. I think I would have enjoyed the story had I watched its film adaptation instead of reading the book. Either that or reading books from the Comedy genre is really not my thing.