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Barry Trotter And The Shameless Parody (Gollancz S.F.) [Hardcover]

Michael Gerber
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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19 Sep 2002 Gollancz S.F.
Barry Trotter is 22 and has never left the Hogwash School of Magic - there's been no need; after all, G.K. Rollin's books about him have made him a millionaire, and Barry is perfectly happy to while away his days as a perpetual (loaded) student. The hoardes of Muddles who hang around outside Hogwash desperate to see him, touch him, are a bit of pain but he can deal with that. But then comes news that Hollywood is planning a film of Rollin's first book about Barry. And they all know what that means: loss of creative control; cheap merchandising; millions more Muddles swarming over Hogwash. Barry agrees a plan with Bumblemore: the film must be stopped. BARRY TROTTER AND THE SHAMELESS PARODY is an incisive and hilarious parody of the Harry Potter phenomenon. There are slyly affectionate digs at the books themselves but Gerber's main scorn is directed at the monster that the Harry Potter franchise has become. The book has a creative energy all its own introducing characters and a hilarious take on magic that even J.K Rowling might appreciate.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; First Edition edition (19 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057507454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575074545
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 11.4 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 544,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It had to come. Michael Gerber's Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody does to Harry Potter what Bored of the Rings did to Tolkien--burying the very English original in showers of quick-fire gags, mangled character names, and Americanisms.

It stuck to the plot of The Lord of the Rings, but--probably for fear of lawsuits--Shameless Parody rambles in all directions, poking fun at JK Rowling's characters, her fans, the worldwide Potter phenomenon and moviemakers Warner Brothers too.

The hero of Barry Trotter and the Philosopher's Scone (in America, Barry Trotter and the Magic Biscuit) is now in his 11th year at Hogwash School for Wizards, aged 22. Yes, he should have left long ago, but being famous is addictive. Now the Headmaster, Alpo Bumblemore, has a fresh task for Barry. Already beset by crowds of non-magical "Muddle" fans, the school faces terminal publicity unless our hero can halt production of the scheduled film Barry Trotter and the Inevitable Attempt to Cash In....

Can Barry, with friends Lon Measly and Ermine Cringer, defeat the latest evil schemes and transparent anagrams of Lord Valumart--even with help from author JG Rollins herself? It doesn't seem to matter much since even the "good" characters tend to be crass, stupid, unsympathetic or all three.

Gerber shrewdly builds on the Hogwarts tradition of icky sweets and should appeal to the young in brain with loving descriptions of Snot Chocolate, Dandruff Babies, Diarrhoea Creams, and the like: "Barry chuckled: for him, potty humour was one of life's most reliable sources of pleasure." Naturally there's not a Chamber but a Chamberpot of Secrets, and the toilet-haunting ghost Moaning Myrtle becomes Flatulent Fanny.

The plot, for want of a better word, is too self-referentially silly to describe. It's a toss-up: will millions of young Rowling fans giggle uncontrollably over the lavatory jokes, or lynch Gerber for blasphemy? --David Langford

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BT Fun 9 April 2005
By Taribo
Format:Hardcover
I would recomend Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody for any age group. It is an excellent book about a man called Barry Trotter who is 30 (going on 13) and his wife Ermonie Gringer. Micheal Gerber uses some great phrases through the book. For the price it is an excellent buy and I think anyone with a sense of humour would enjoy it. I found Harry Potter boring and I decided that Barry Trotter was more humorous and interesting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trotter better than Potter? 1 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Barry is a truely brilliant book. It has an excellant humour, that portrays the funnier side of the original book. As a fan of the Harry Potter books, I found that Barry Trotter fantastic, with Bumblemore a personal highlight. But I found that a knowledge of the original books is essential before picking up any Barry Trotter book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 10 Dec 2003
By dwein22
Format:Paperback
I thought after "Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody" that Gerber could not get any better. I had trouble reading this book because of the tears of laughter. I must admit to being a fan of Harry Potter and this book (especially the title) make fun of the entire genre. I hope there's another one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but clever..? 27 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
A shameless parody is exactly what this book is. It's quite fun and entertaining, but I feel it could have been much funnier. Barry Trotter is a perpetual student who is doing everything in his power to avoid leaving Hogwash School and get a job. He uses his celebrity to make money and take advantage of impressionable young ladies! The humour in this book comes from seeing favourite characters portrayed in a slightly less innocent light. The problem with this book is that the joke wears thin very quickly. Yes, there are some funny moments and the sarcastic comments about the Harry Potter merchandising monster are good. I feel that this joke could have made a great article or story in a magazine, but there wasn't really enough material for a whole book.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Harry Potter parody 30 Sep 2002
Format:Hardcover
I am the world's biggest Harry Potter fan, and so when I read an article about this parody in the Chicago Sun-Times I had to get it. What the hell, it's only ten bucks anyway.
I'm so glad I did! It's one of the funniest things I 've ever read. It's not really a parody of a specifc book in the series -- instead, it starts when Barry (Harry) is twenty-two, made incurably lazy by his famous life, and unwilling to leave Wizard school, where everyone caters to his every whim. It's only when he learns that a Hollywood movie is being made out of his life -- and that if the movie suceeds the school will have to close and he'll have to get a real job -- that he is galvanized into action.
What's especially hilarious is seeing the grown up Barry Trotter using magic in ways that any 22 year old guy would if he could -- to meet women, to get out of trouble he got himself into. Also wonderful is the way that Michael Gerber comes up with little bits of magic that are worthy of JK Rowling, except funny... like "Traveling Snuff," something wizards use to fly. Usually with snuff, you see, you stay in the same place and the snuff comes shooting out of your nose... but with magic snuff, IT stays in the same place, and when you sneeze, you go shooting up into the air.
So, if you like Harry Potter, and you like to laugh, do yourself a favor and get this.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trying too hard 8 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Yes, it was amusing but it was also hard going. The author was trying so hard to come up with a 'witty' take on every name in the original Harry Potter that I just felt the plot and writing got forgotton. I plodded on as I don't like to leave a book unfinished but I was glad to come to the end of it. If you want a well written fantasy book, buy Harry Potter, if you want a well written parody - don't buy this!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Barry Trotter 7 Jan 2003
Format:Hardcover
I love anything to do with Potter, so I thought I had to buy this. I was really looking forward to it. But when I started it, I had hoped it would be funnier. Loads of things in it are just daft, typical American name changes, like Bumblemore and Lon, which aren't very inspiring. The storyline is good, however, and will keep you entertained for a while, buts its unlikely you'll want to pick it up again ,or reccommend it to other Potter fans
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barry Trotter and a fit of the giggles 14 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
This book has laugh out loud moments, periods of sniggering childishly and a few silent times of side clutching. This book pokes brutal fun at the Harry Potter phenomenon, meet Barry, Lon and Ermine. The resulting quest sees our heros travelling through a familiar but distorted 'wizarding world'. In the tradition of Bored of the Rings the characters are 2 dimensional and we dont care.
This is not a book with deep psychological insights but a truely wonderful piece of throughaway pulp.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for children!!
I bought this book for my daughter who is a huge HP fan. I didn't see any mention of suitability for children and was quite shocked when she pointed out the swear words to me in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Absolutely love this book, read it a million times and still come back to it again and again. Rediculously funny!
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter and the Thin Line between Getting a Message Out and Being...
I enjoy parodies as a genre, the sillier the better usually, there's been great books like the somewhat outdated Bored of the Rings and in the film industry Airplane and the Naked... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by Riffan
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite disappointed
From the reviews I read before I bought this, I thought it was going to be a light-hearted joke story about Harry Potter. Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by N. Meadows
3.0 out of 5 stars Great one liners, but the plots a bit thin -
Barry Trotter And The Shameless Parody scores with many funny one-liners, but misses with a plot that runs out of steam. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2009 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody
Barry Trotter. Two words. Hours of fun. This is probably the funniest parody I have ever had the guts to listen to, although Gerber's other parody 'Blarnia' is on an even footing... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2009 by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good fun!
A whole lot of "funny ha-ha" spiced with amble amounts of "funny peculiar".
But I don't think it will be as entertaining at all if you haven't read at least the three first... Read more
Published on 13 July 2008 by Steen Lykke Laursen
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok but not for true hp fans
while many people will find the copy very funny, such as myself, a serious hp fan may be slightly offended. Im a hp fan but i like to be open minded. i think the books brilliant. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2008 by Glen Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, but not buying
This is one of thouse books, that although good, is not something you would likley read twice, if you can get it second hand, or as a gift, you can't complain, read it and... Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2005 by dilbert for ever
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise
Having heard about this book i decided to buy it. It definately displays a unique charm. I like the Harry Potter books and this is like a darker, funnier, cruder version. Read more
Published on 25 July 2005 by Katherine Hooper
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