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I Can Make You Hate

I Can Make You Hate [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Brooker
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The hilarious new book from the award-winning writer and broadcaster, now in paperback.

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Charlie Brooker has worked as a writer, journalist, cartoonist and television and radio presenter.

Recent television credits include: You Have Been Watching, Screenwipe, which won a Royal Television Society award, and Newswipe. Charlie also wrote and produced Dead Set, a BAFTA-nominated satirical horror drama for Channel 4. Other TV writing credits include the 11 O'Clock Show and the Brass Eye Paedophilia Special.

Charlie is well-known for his weekly columns in The Guardian and recently won The Press Awards' columnist of the year.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Obelix
A line from Rocky III: sage advice delivered from trainer to boxer. Brooker is a journalist, not a boxer; but I doubt the line spoken to him would be that different.

I'm a Brooker fan, having bought/received all of his books at some point. (It makes you an easy person to buy for at Christmas.) I thought it was a shame You Have Been Watching only ran for two series, and I've always looked forward to his annual 'Wipe' programmes on the Beeb. pains me a little to say that this book isn't up to scratch. It's slack and faded compared to what we've seen to date. Comparing this to Screen Burn, his first, wondrous collection of journalism, is like comparing a sparkler to semtex.

The book is held back by the fact that Brooker gave up the Screen Burn column halfway through the period covered: scripts from 10 O'Clock Live and the 'Wipe' programmes are duly pressed into service as filler. But mostly it's that Brooker seems more considered, even thoughtful this time around - not a good thing when you make your name as the creasingly funny scourge of trash TV. Being fair to the third-rate isn't entertaining.

When you see him giving a wistful thumbs-up to Spartacus: Blood and Sand, compare it with the merciless treatment he gave the show on You Have Been Watching, and you see the change that's come over both his viewpoint and its expression. (He gets the line of dialogue that he quotes from the show wrong as well.)

By the end, he's even giving a 'well, someone must like it' appreciation of Geordie Shore, complete with some wistful musing - for the kind of programme that in his earlier days would have had him reaching for a flamethrower and a refill to ensure the job's finished.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of the Critic as a Middle-Aged Man 29 Oct 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a collection of articles Charlie Brooker wrote for the Guardian newspaper, including the last of his "Screen Burn" columns, and some scripts from his "10 O'Clock Show" and various "Wipe" shows from August 2009 to July 2012.

The first half of the book is unrelenting hilarity from one column to the next. He writes an imaginary show that would follow "Man Vs Food" called "Man Vs Poo"; he creates a new Scrabble game for young idiots called Scrabble Corrective where for every product or celebrity name they put down, they receive a punch in the chest; he describes a McMuffin as "a bit like sinking my teeth into a small, soft woodland creature... which thoroughly enjoyed being eaten and responded to each bite by gently urinating warm oil down my chin" (p.173); and so on. There are so many moments in the first half of the book I found myself laughing, they are too many to list.

But then halfway through the book, Brooker does something unexpected: he announces the end of "Screen Burn" and writes a mea culpa where he apologises for his nasty, biting tv columns over the years against such easy targets as reality show stars, and... more reality show stars. This wouldn't be so bad if he continued to be as funny as he was before but now he's chosen a different, less funny path.

It wouldn't have bothered me so much except Brooker seems to show disdain for his past as if writing funny columns about crap tv was such a terrible thing. Not many people can write a memorable and consistently entertaining column that was "Screen Burn" - more than a few can write commentary on how rubbish Daily Mail Online is. I get it, Rupert Murdoch is a creep. But what about some esoteric reality show where the idiotic contestants say and do dumb things? I'm being serious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read on public transport 21 May 2013
By Kate S
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It's embarrassing when you burst out laughing and people do tend to stare.

I found this book very, very funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and bitingly funny 22 Jun 2013
By Audrey
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Absolutely loved this book. I haven't previously read any columns written by Charlie Brooker, but have watched him on TV and love his superbly eloquent and savagely grumpy views on society. With an increasingly banal and obsequious media, this book is a delightfully scathing alternative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C bomb 19 Jun 2013
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Do not read just before going to bed as it will either make you angry or giggle. Brilliant but, not suitable for your Nan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 28 April 2013
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This is my first experience of Charlie Brooker, this is really funny, I feel like he wrote this for me!! Really cynical but truthfu and written in short digestable 'rants' that you can pick up and read in bursts then put down again. Really funny. Big fan now because of this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The end of an era. 11 Dec 2012
Charlie Brooker's apocalyptic misanthropy was something to see, certainly; and this, together with a hugely impressive gift for invective, made him incredibly popular. so much so, of course, that he eventually became part of the establishment he once railed against, making unexceptional sitcoms and gameshows, marrying a fellow celeb, having kids. So he's not as poor and alienated, now, as his public persona decrees.

That's not a criticism, though. It would be far worse if Mr. Brooker continued to live some fake persona, rather than do as he does in this book, and soften up somewhat. Good on him. But it doesn't make for that entertaining a collection of work, this being a collection of sometimes halfhearted odds and ends that will, I imagine, be the last collection of short journalism he does.

As another reviewer has pointed out, this is somewhat reminiscent of mid-period Clive James, when that writer went from angry young man to establishment figure, and like James, Brooker will keep being funny, but in a different way.

So the books OK, but not as essential as his other stuff, I'd say.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work!
Perhaps his best book yet. Enjoyed immensely.
Published 12 days ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a present - recipient appreciated it & enjoyed it!
Published 1 month ago by Becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very funny
Published 1 month ago by Ferial Rogers
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really.
Actually, you just made me sleepy.
Published 1 month ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it, whilst remembering the good things you have in your life -...
I like Charlie Brooker. His brief "swipe" shows offer a nice, sharp, insightful humour. Trouble is, one can quite easily tire of the sarcastic negativity. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Johnstone
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to dip into
One of the few writers who makes me laugh out loud. A great book to dip into.
Published 3 months ago by Jane Walby
2.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I've read many of the short entries in this book in other books by Brooker, it's all a bit lazy
Published 3 months ago by jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Well worth a punt.
Published 3 months ago by Icarus Rising
5.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy brilliance
Outstandingly grumpy Charlie Brooker at his best. The perfect antidote to uncontained joy and hope.
Published 3 months ago by Puppycontroller
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
I am a Charlie Brooker fan but did not really enjoy this book. I found the ridiculous simile descriptions funny at first but a bit same-y and irritating after a while (e.g. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. M. Stout
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