That’s right people, I don’t just stare at pretty pictures. I have also dared to make the dangerous journey across the harsh terrain of flipping pages. But let’s be serious, I am no literary genius, so though I feel like I should give you my two cents on these books, I am not going to write as much as I do with films and games. Just short and sweet here.
First up is:
Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek
Olivia Munn may not be Chelsea Handler or David Sedaris, but Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek is a decent attempt at her first collection of autobiographical stories that her fans are sure to enjoy.
For those of you who don’t know Munn is an actress who is best known for being the co-host of the TV show Attack of the Show, as well as her recent addition as a correspondent on The Daily Show with John Stewart, making her a fan favorite for nerds everywhere.
This book will be right up the alley of those who already know Munn’s personality and are used to her sense of humor, seeing as it might be a little abrasive if you aren’t ready for it. She says whatever she wants to, and she doesn’t change this just because it is wrapped up in a nice hard cover packaging. She takes a very conversational writing style in this compilation of personal stories from her life, sticking to a lot of the same overriding topics throughout, including growing up as an unpopular girl with few friends (as most pretty actresses seem to do), awkwardly sexual incidents, and pie. If you read the entirety of the book in one sitting as I did (it is a very quick read, so this really isn’t that impressive) then the lack of variety can start to bog you down a little, and it does read as if an additional read-through/edit would have helped in order to get the flow right moving from story to story.
In addition to this, coming from the female perspective it can get annoying that I am not a member of her main target audience because a lot of it is directed at a male audience (just incase the image on the inside of the book’s jacket doesn’t give that away). However, I figured as much going into the book, but I decided to give it a go anyway because personally I think she is a pretty humorous individual, and this comes across best in the less narrative chapters of the book interjected into the mix that add a breath of fresh air, including a Q&A chapter (where she answers such questions about what color her lightsaber would be, how she would survive a zombie apocalypse, and what she would do if she discovered a clone of herself) and a chapter titled “what to do when the robots invade (yes, when!).”
If you aren’t an avid fan of Olivia Munn then there is no need to rush out and grab the hardcopy version of this book because the price is a little steep for a book that doesn’t take that long to get through (though I got it at over half off, so I can’t complain too much). And though I have some issues with this one, I do feel that her writing will get stronger if she does choose to write a second book in the future.
Final Grade: B (Would have been a B-, but like I said, it’s not like I wasted a large percentage of my life on it)
PS – I realize I wrote more than I originally set out to. My bad…
And if you would like to read what Munn has to say yourself, then you can buy Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek at Amazon.