Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Book review: Seriously... I'm over Ellen
So, I read Ellen's latest book Seriously... I'm Kidding and I think I can officially say, I'm over the Ellen-loving stage of my life. I used to adore her show and she used to have the ability to make me laugh, but Seriously... I'm Kidding was just too much. It was Ellen overload. It was rambling nonsense from one chapter to the next. The jokes were too obvious or forced or just not funny. I know my friend Cynthia loved the book, but it just wasn't for me. I honestly didn't laugh. There were a few chapters that I really enjoyed where Ellen spoke honestly, with jokes intertwined, about being a CoverGirl model, about being a lesbian, about why she and Portia don't want kids and about the importance of supporting our sisters. But, overall, I was disappointed. Ellen tried too hard to be funny and in doing that she lost the opportunity to write anything meaningful or even remotely interesting.
To be honest (if you've read the book you'll know why it's funny to start my sentence that way!), it was so bad I actually had to force myself to finish it. I literally devoted an afternoon to getting through it so I could move on to my next book. I know I could have just returned Seriously... to my apartment book exchange without reaching the end, but I really wanted to give Ellen a chance. And, I REALLY wanted to like her book — in part because I have a soft spot in my heart for Ellen and in part because Ian mocked me for picking it up in the first place. (Somehow I thought if I finished it and laughed at least once, I could prove his assumptions wrong. Gah. I hate it when he's right!)
Now, although Ellen's book was a pile of turds, I do still respect her a great deal. I think she's a fantastic role model for young girls and women. I think she's a strong woman who chooses a positive, upbeat approach to life and I also think she's super rad for doing things like this:
I just think maybe a whole book is too much Ellen for me to handle. I still watch clips of her show on YouTube from time to time — mostly late at night when I'm avoiding bedtime — and every so often those can make me genuinely laugh. So, I guess all isn't lost for Ellen and I. Now I just know I don't need to rush out and buy her other books.
What are your thoughts on Ellen? Have you ever read Seriously... I'm Kidding?