Friday, January 24, 2014

Hyperbole and a Half (by Allie Brosh)

So you are a person and you are on the internet, thus you already read Hyperbole and a Half, thus you don't need to tell me this book is awesome. This book is awesome, and when it was done I just wanted a second volume to materialize immediately in the direction of my eyeballs.

The end.



Blogger Chris said...

If I might play devil's advocate for a moment: do you think this book would be interesting to someone even if they didn't know "Hyperbole and a Half" as a website? I guess what I'm asking is, would the book appeal to someone who hasn't followed the website (as I have)? Would it make sense to them as a stand-alone book? I want to read this eventually, but I'm having a harder time imagining this as a book than I was with, for example, Kate Beaton's "Hark! A Vagrant".

Just curious about your thoughts on this!

8:55 AM  
Blogger mo pie said...

Interesting question. It doesn't really coalesce as a complete narrative, and I don't think it's even chronological. But the individual stories are just terrific, as you know. I'm guessing this would bother you more, maybe, if you were coming to it blind?

2:24 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I was just wondering because I feel like the art and the narrative style lend themselves to a long internet "scroll"-style progression (see also: The Oatmeal), and I have a hard time visualizing these pieces in page-turning book form. I don't know. I guess I should just buy the book and find out for myself!

2:34 PM  
Blogger mo pie said...

I see what you mean--on that level it definitely does work, though, I think. Maybe it's the charming font.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it would work for a non-Internet person. My eight year old son was cracking up over it. My favorite is the "salt plus pepper" in the first story.

5:17 PM  
Blogger mo pie said...

Mine was the banana. Oh god the banana!!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I actually am not sure it would work. The funny stuff is still funny, but I am not a regular reader of hers (had only seen the funny bits) and I found myself just impossibly irritated by the navel-gazing parts. I think you might have to care about her as a person/blogger/internet presence in order to appreciate those parts, unless they happen to just really speak to you personally. I think this is a 5-star read for her regular fans and maybe a 2 or 3-star read for everybody else.

12:33 PM  
Blogger mo pie said...

I take your point Beth--I do feel like you could build an investment in her as a person if the stories had a bit more narrative flow and connectivity, which I think could and maybe should have been done.

1:34 PM  

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