Framing the Dialogue

The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today

I have been a fan of the television show Always Sunny in Philadelphia though I have not seen it recently.  The show is extremely “non-PC” to the point of being offensive in many ways…though still funny as edgy comedy used to be.  I’m actually not sure how they get away with some of the stuff they do.  When I saw that the “cast” had written a self-help book, I thought that it had to be funny.  Eh…not so much even though the title is great; The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today.

The excerpts were written from the perspective of the five main characters; Mac, Dee, Frank, Charlie, and Dennis.  The comedy is very very over the top.  I don’t mind over-the-top when it’s funny, but I didn’t find a lot of funny in this book.  Perhaps I wasn’t in the mood for their humor.  The hook is that this book is a quick way for them to make some money with minimal effort.  That’s them in a nutshell and that’s how the book was presented.  Unfortunately, that’s the way the book felt and I didn’t find it hugely funny or entertaining.

“Eventually, however, we realized there was no way we were going to meet our contractually obligated word count on this book unless we started padding it out. So we tossed in anything we could find, no matter how much bullshit it was full of. And so, without further ado, please enjoy Charlie’s ode to Hans Wermhatt, who apparently shoots at him from a biplane in his dreams.”

“I’m a pro, though. I understand that part of becoming a great author is honing your ability to write about bullshit you don’t know anything about and making it seem like you do. And hell, if Malcolm Gladwell can do it, so can I.”

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