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I have fallen in love with this man!
Screen Burn - Charlie Brooker
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Screen Burn - Charlie Brooker
Advantages: Very funny, articles are just the right length, cheap book now online
Disadvantages: Content of articles may seem a bit dated
Charlie Brooker is a well known TV personality and critic, best known for his Screen/Games/Newswipe franchise and more recently ranting on 10 o'clock Live on Channel 4. Before he burst onto our screens, ranting about the problems of modern life, he was writing about them for his Screenburn column in the Guardian paper. This book is a collection of his articles regarding the week's TV schedule (dated from about 2000-2004).
Although the content and television programmes may seem dated now, Brooker's articles are still hilariously funny and dare I say true. If you murmur with disdain at reality TV and how it has corrupted the TV listings, then Brooker is your man. Be prepared for lots of colourful toilet humour, the odd swear word or two mixed in with some very clever similies and metaphors, and you get a wonderful writer who says it like it is.
I find Charlie is one of the few people who manage to clearly articulate what many of think, but find hard to put across. I definitely empathise with a lot of his comments in here about TV, but it's not all doom and gloom. He has articles dedicated to his love of 24, The Wire and The Sopranos. It's also quite nice to read about them in hindsight to see how television has evolved over the last few years (whether it's improved or not is certainly debatable).
This is the first compilation of Brooker's articles (the others being Dumb of the Dead and The Hell of It All), you can get this for about 4/5 pounds on Amazon and sometimes even cheaper in some HMV stores.
A great read and if you feel like ranting against the world, then this book will prove you are not alone.
Summary: Annoyed at the state of television? You're not alone!!
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