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After watching all of Miranda Hart''s television programs, I thought i would give her book a go. So i bought it for a not too expensive price and began reading. In my opinion, I enjoyed it a lot. That was probably because i understand Miranda''s comedy which some people just can''t seem to grasp the funny side of. I thought it was funny, gripping and fantastic. The book was a tad childish but to be honest, that is Miranda''s style. I wouldn''t have thought of it as a proper autobiography, just as her writing a book for a laugh about funny mishaps. So i would recommend this book to people who understand Miranda''s comedy and who enjoy her and her show. However, if she gets on your nerves, this book definitely is not for you as she is being ''classic Miranda'' constantly causing havoc and chaos wherever she goes. Overall, a good book that isn''t so long that it drags on, but manages to keep me laughing at every page.
After being brought it for Christmas (though I have never really been a huge fan of the show, I watch it occasionally but that's about it!), a few months later I decided to give it a read and see what it was like. Here's my review on it!
What's the book about?
It's not what you would expect, as though it is an autobiography, it isn't a book about her life but just certain situations/topics she has picked out. There's not really much information in the book at all, it's mostly just her laughing at life, society and herself.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes and no. It is very funny at points, I even laughed out load a fair few times, but to get to the funny parts you have to wade through a lot of waffle, if that makes sense. There are a lot of parts that just really aren't needed or are repeated a lot so you find yourself just skimming past that paragraph.
It took me several sittings to make my way through it, because I just got bored trying to read a lot all at once. Not like me at all, as once I start a book you normally have to drag me away from it!
It's priced at £9 right now on Amazon, which is pretty cheap for a 'celebrity' autobiography. If you enjoy her show, I would say go for it as you will probably quite enjoy it and relate to her more. If not, then give it a miss.
Thanks for reading :)
I first came across Miranda Hart from her TV series, self titled "Miranda", a comedy show that follows her life running a joke shop and having various mishaps along the way from run ins with her mother whose aim in life is to find her a boyfriend to her clear love for Gary her best friend. I remember her also appearing in another of my favourite shows, Not Going Out, but she wasn't a major role and didn't know much about her back then.
Her first autobiography was a present I got for Christmas as I normally enjoy reading books that don't need too much concentration and can be a light read at the end of a long day for half an hour before bed and wanted to find out a little bit more about her. This was a great book and was a book I couldn't put down although it's not written in the style I was expecting as it isn't your typical celebrity autobiography where each chapter focuses on their life starting when they were children, growing up and eventually becoming famous. She doesn't go into too much depth about her life and when she does it's in a very light hearted way.
Each chapter instead focuses on a topic, eg marriage, holidays, relationships etc. She tells little stories that she has about each topic that are, on the whole, very funny and a lot of which I found myself laughing out loud to. Some of which I even could relate to (not too often, honestly)! She speaks to her childhood self in the book a lot (there are lots of conversations between little Miranda and Miranda as she is now) which I think
adds to it and makes some stories even funnier - the only thing I could negatively say was that I thought this might have perhaps been done a little too much throughout and after a while you just wanted to carry on hearing about what she had to say about each of the topics. The only other thing was that I was slightly disappointed that it didn't mention her TV show much at all really and I had asked for the book for Christmas
mainly as I was interested about how she got her big break and ended up with her own show.
All in all though it's a great light hearted book and fabulous if you just want to read something when your mind has been occupied with work all day. It probably helps that I've found her BBC series funny and some of the stories are similar to those she tells on the show. It's a book that will definitely make you laugh out loud at some point if you've enjoyed her work on TV.
After watching Miranda Hart's television series (and watching some of her other performances), I was very keen to read this book! Many people have described it as silly or childish, which of course is Miranda's charm! If you are interested in her comedy, or maybe want to get a taste of the Miranda-experience, then by all means try out this book.
The book includes various chapters such as 'Music', 'Holidays', 'Dating', etc., with some hilarious anecdotes, and witty inputs from Miranda's younger self. Some chapters are better than others (for example, my favourite is probably 'Exercise'), and it is probably not a book where you will laugh out loud throughout. Having said that, it's fun and silly and in fact Miranda poses some interesting questions and, in a strange way, makes you step back, think about life and all its foibles, and chuckle to yourself! In relation to this, I found myself agreeing with many of Miranda's observations, which is also why I was drawn to the book, because of its title (Is It Just Me?). Often throughout this book, you'll think to yourself 'No, Miranda, it definitely isn't just you!'; this is one of the book's many charms!
Sometimes Miranda goes off on a tangent, and you might become lost or even a bit bored in parts, but personally, since I particularly love her type of humour, I enjoyed this book on a whole. If you hate silly slapstick comedy, or over-the-top dramatics, then do not read this book, because you will not like it!
I am a huge fan of Miranda in her series on BBC so when this book was published, it went straight on my wishlist. I was bought it for a 'treat' present and, boy, was I in for a treat! I have the hardback edition which can be bought for as little as £9 or a paperback version for around the £5 mark. (I also notice it is available on audio-download. This possibly would get away from my awful impression of her voice which I hear in my head when I read or is it just me that does that?)
Anyway, on with the review!
The whole book is written in the similar way to the television series in that Miranda directly talks to you. She also introduces her 18 year old self and has conversations with her as she pops in and out of the chapters. I love that using this younger character,you start to find out some of her secrets, dreams and desires. I am slightly younger that Miranda but some of the things that the 18 year old talks about really strikes a chord with me. For example, the delights of a having a double cassette player so you could record your own tapes and also it having a CD player even though you owned no CDs.
The chapters are clearly marked out into different topics such as Weddings, Christmas, Exercise and Diets. I strongly advice you to either read this around friends and family that know that you edge on the side of "slightly nutty" as strangers or work colleagues may think you have seriously lost the plot when you start laughing out loud. Also, throughout the book, she will get you to complete tasks which I feel adds excitement to the book. I mean, come on, who doesn't feel the urge to do a forward roll when someone really encourages to revert to your childhood again? Or pehaps being really tempted to gallop into work rather than the supposedly adult way of just walking in?
If you want to laugh hysterically whilst reading, then this definitely is the book to read. I love finding out part of the life that a celebrity has had and seeing whether that has had an influence on what they have become. Her, sometimes in-depth, conversations with her younger self showed that she dreamed of different things for herself like becoming a farmer's wife, a model or lacrosse coach. It leads you on a funny journey through her life and, without giving the ending away, it is very motivational I thought.
I will certainly read this book again purely for its sheer comic genius and that it is so easy to read and understand. Hart has created her own manual (or "Miran-ual") for the way she has dealt with things that have cropped up in her life and gladly passed the over to us. I won't give away too much but her chapter on weddings is absolutely hilarious and I will never look at a marquee again without recalling her musings. FLAPS!!!! ...and I continue with my conclusion
Overall, this is a must read for anyone that loves Miranda or is in a need of a laugh. I would mark it as indispensable as everyone in this life surely needs a bit of light-hearted humour and a Miran-ual to learn from or is it just me?
(also appears on my ciao account under novagirl2911)
First of all, lets get one thing clear. I do not like Miranda the television show. No offence to people who do like it, but I just find that it isn't funny; it's just silly and too 'trying hard to be funny' so much that I find it really annoying. Now don't get me wrong, I am the kind of person who laughs at everything; even the simplest of things and yet I just do not find anything funny in this show. However, for Christmas I was given the book 'Miranda Hart Is It Just Me' book by a friend. Whilst I am not a fan of Miranda, in the past I have found that even if I do not like a particular celebrity (Katie Price, Dannii Minouge etc), I have really enjoyed their autobiographies and ended up liking them after reading about them. So I was quite curious to see what Miranda had to say.
The book is split into a range of topics. Each chapter focuses on a particular topic; Such topics include: Life, Music, Hobbies, Office Life, Technology, Beauty, Bodies, Exercise, Diets, Health, Holidays, Christmas, 'Who's Top Dog', Mothers and Children, Dating, Weddings, Culture and Dreams.
"My Dear Reader Chum, a very hearty hello to you. What an honour and privilege it is to have you perusing my written word. It is nothing short of tremendous to have you to chat to and I hope now that we are on sentence three, you are sitting comfortably. Or maybe you're lying...perhaps you've constructed a small fort out of cushions...lying on the bookshop floor....perhaps you're in a church; maybe you're at a wedding, with this book tucked surreptitiously in the Order of Service"
A major issue which put me off this book is the style of writing. I was expecting a proper autobiography; the usual 'from childhood to adult' kind of autobiography, with the usual 'I was born in...to parents who did (insert job) and (insert job)...went to (name of school) etc. You know, like the normal kind of autobiography. However, with this book, it's completely different to your average autobiography. I was expecting an honest account of Miranda's life; I was actually a little bit excited to find out what her life had been like as a member of an aristocratic family. Instead, what we get is a load of old nonsense. She just gives her thoughts on various subjects - in a silly way which just isn't funny. This book did not make me laugh once.
Another part of the book which I found really annoying was the 'extra character' in the book, in the form of the younger Miranda. I thought that this was just highly irritating and the way the younger Miranda kept interrupting the older Miranda was just annoying as it kept slowing the 'book down' to explain something that the reader already new. For example:
(Big Miranda is talking to Little Miranda about a band).
Big Miranda: I just googled them.
Little Miranda: Googled?
Big Miranda: O yes....it's like a library on a laptop...
Little Miranda: Like a what on a what?
So as you can see it's just pointless stuff. The reader already knows what Google is, it isn't funny and so why do we have to keep going through silly stuff in this book?!
The book is written in a 'posh way' with big words and complicated phrases. I found that Miranda would be in the middle of a sentence and then she would branch off onto something totally different whilst in the middle of that sentence which would end up confusing things and made the sentence long and complicated. This happened continuously throughout the book - so much that I had to re-read a lot of these 'long' and 'complicated' sentences in order 'get' what Miranda was going on about.
One thing which I found about this book was that as I was reading through it, I could hear Miranda's distinctive posh voice in my head. Fans of Miranda may find this amusing. Whilst we are on the subject of Miranda herself; I think that this book is more about Miranda the character rather than Miranda the person as it is very exaggerated. Miranda has even admitted herself that everything is exaggerated, and so I find that a bit annoying and misleading.
I found Miranda to be even more irritating that usual in this book. She just goes too far and way over the top, on something that isn't even funny. I found her to be really cringey and embarrassing. She is really 'hyper' throughout the book; so much that she really got on my nerves. She is also really 'repetitive' throughout the book. The book is very 'personalised'; by that I mean that it really allows Miranda's personality and sense of humour shine through...even if I do find it to be really annoying.
So all in all, would I recommend this book? Well yes, if you are a Miranda fan and no if you are not. I did struggle to continue reading in places, but not wanting to give up on something I had already started, I decided to plough on. Apart from the long and complicated sentences, I would say it is more like a children's book rather than an adults' book due to all the silliness and childish behaviour. I would not read this book again.
Thank you for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
No it isn't just you. It isn't just you that feels the music scene these days has nothing on Jason & Kylie, and that the task of writing a CV and getting to the "hobbies" section causes a mass rethink on your life.
It isnt just you that wishes someone would suggest a game of hopscotch on your office lunch break, or that hiding in the stationery cupboard for a few hours after a heavy night is one of the many perks of office life.
It isn't just you that thinks exercise and diets are a waste of time and energy, and holidays are for sitting on a beach, or lounging by the pool, not risking a broken leg on a ski slope or hiking up kilimanjaro.
It isn't just you that longs for Christmas to come, that jolly time of year when carols are sung and everyone is filled with Christmas cheer, only knowing deep down in your heart there will be a family argument, there will be a drunken uncle, and there will be the return of the monster lurking within your mother that seems to escape this time every year.
I wish I could warn my 18 year old self of things to come, or to relive those emabarassing moments, the first date or the amazing school performance in which you were cast as a dancing man.
I admire you, Miranda, for putting it in writing, that it isn't just me!
Your Dear Reader Chum