Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update", before "Sarah Palin",Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both these dreams come true.
At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.
Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
When I first saw this book I was so excited to read it. I figured it would be full of interesting tidbits about Fey's life and make me laugh out loud so many times that the people sitting next to me at the Bucks would think I'm crazy. And, well, I was half right. I did find some of the tidbits somewhat interesting and I did laugh out loud a few times, so I sorta got what I wanted from the book. Except, at the end, I felt as if I should have just skipped this tome altogether. I just feel like a lot of the stories in the book I'd already read in magazines or heard in interviews that Fey has given, so there really wasn't anything that new in it. As for the funny, well, she brought some of it into the book, but not as much as I would have liked.
Overall, the book was okay. There were bits and bobs about how 30 Rock got the go head (Alec Baldwin) to her reluctance about impersonating Sarah Palin for SNL - both of which were interesting to read about (the inclusion of Alec Baldwin's name scattered throughout her 30 Rock stories was funny, as were the excerpts from the scripts themselves). And yes, you can definitely tell what a funny and clever woman Fey is through her writing in this book. However, I just felt like something was missing or maybe my hopes were just too high - either way, I liked the book, but didn't love it. Its weird isn't it? I mean, I can tell she's funny from the book, but I didn't find the book all that funny. Hmmm. Oh well, if I want my funny Tina Fey fix, I still have 30 Rock.