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Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn Kindle Edition
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Whether you'll enjoy Screen Burn depends on your attitude to life. If you're the sort of person who has a sunny outlook, believes that people are fundamentally decent and greets the dawn of a new day with a big smile, Screen Burn will make you weep hot, salty tears. If on the other hand you're a twisted misanthrope with an abiding hatred of pretty much the entire human race, the book will make you laugh until your eyes bleed. Brooker doesn't pull his punches: while other critics might suggest that a programme is below par, Brooker demands that the presenters be locked in a barbed wire cage with angry hyenas and rolled down a mountain. If - as John Lydon once sang - anger is an energy, then Charlie Brooker could power the national grid.
Profane, angry, venomous, heartfelt, intelligent - but above all, EXTREMELY funny. Especially considering the bargain cover price, this is a must buy.
It is a funny book originally, but now comes with a more grown up cover featuring Brooker with an expensive haircut.
I guess with winter drawing in I can chuck my spare copy on the fire to keep me warmer for a few more minutes...
He just hates the way it is now.
This book is a passionate, scathing, vicious and occasionally scabrous attack on the dumbing-down of television over the last five years or so; the rise of interminable reality programmes, lowest-common-denominator "talent" shows, and incessant downmarket soaps and violent dramas.
Put that bluntly, it could be seen as a depressing book. However, Brooker is the man who gave us TV Go Home and Unnovations, and is the creator of the odious Nathan Barley, so there's a savage, excoriating wit there - this is appallingly funny, and full of well-directed ire.
As television fragments into thousands of channels targeting ordure at the masses, Brooker's book is a powerful scream calling for sanity and some artistic integrity. It's also filthy and hilarious.
His reviews also prove just what an assured judge of quality he is, as he comes out in favour of programmes which have since been hailed as classics.
He is compulsively readable and magnificently, blisteringly funny.
This book genuinely does what it says on the cover. Due mostly to a hugely funny use of over the top metaphor and comparatives.
Similar to Clarkson but funnier and ruder. Buy it, you won't regret it.
Unlike other reviews, I had realised that this book is actually quite old, and actually goes back to the beginning of Brooker's writing columns for newspapers.
In the same way that all those Jeremy Clarkson compendiums compress several years of articles together, this covers 2000-2004 and if you read it now, it throws up some interesting flashbacks.
Firstly, there are the reviews of TV shows that you simply don't remember, mainly because they were late night trash. Secondly there are the reviews of programmes which are "on a hiding to nothing", such as little-known shows as Pop Idol, featuring unknown sneering lunatic Simon Cowell.
The language is always fruity, frequently surreal, and always highly entertaining. The perfect night time read as you try and forget about your own troubles. Reading this is like watching Eastenders. There's always someone less fortunate than you out there...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Charlie Brooker has a lot to answer for, I laughed my spleen out.
Don't read this book if you think your mum's advice "it's nice to be nice" was a sound... Read more
I love Charlie Brooker's rants, and although his books could never be as good as his screen presence, his view on life is always perspicacious and hilariousPublished on 14 Dec. 2013 by bridget
As poor as my eyesight is I haven't had to buy large print books to date but for this title that may have been the thing to do. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2013 by GorDoink
If you like Charlie Brooker books then this is another one for you. If you like TV and shouting out and the stupidity of stupid shows or contestants then this is for you. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by RetroAEROSMITH
Dig the overall vibe, man. Dig the images too - you do them or yer people do them? Screen burn, indeed. Good stuff. Stay alive for a bit. Hathaway, T.Published on 25 April 2013 by Tom Hathaway
I had already read this book and decided that my nephew would enjoy it as much as I did, he did. Charlie Brooker is an insightful writer with a vicious sense of humour.Published on 14 April 2013 by daisysparkle2
What are you like?! Another fantastic book full of quotes and put downs I will be using in future conversations. So funny I nearly laughed my pine cone out!Published on 24 Feb. 2013 by bitsygrim