Screen Burn Paperback – 2 Dec 2004
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Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn: 'Anger drives Charlie Brooker - and makes him very, very funny.' The Observer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Charlie Brooker has worked as a writer, journalist, cartoonist and broadcaster. His TV writing credits include Nathan Barley, BAFTA-nominated satirical horror Dead Set and the Rose D'or-winning sci-fi festival-of-cheeriness Black Mirror. He also writes and presents the RTS-winning 'Wipe' series of BBC shows, Channel 4'sTen O'Clock Live,and Radio 4's So Wrong It's Right. He is also well known for his weekly columns in the Guardian newspaper. But so what? One day, he will die.
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Each review is a five minute read. It is a dip-in book. It was not written to be read in a single sitting and the style of the content cannot sustain the reader. In fact, it became counter-productive. One became more aware of Mr Brooker's repetition of certain stylistic motifs eg. 'shoving spoons in ones eyes' than the targets of his wit.
He's watched some tripe bless him. Don't try and read 'in bulk', buy the book (not the kindle), stick it in the dunny. Surely the way it was meant to be read.
As an older collection, Brooker talks about TV shows and events which some may not remember, but which will act as an interesting trip down memory lane for most.
I found out recently that he co-wrote Nathan Barley with Chris Morris, as well as having a contributing role with Brass Eye. The language he uses is very reminiscent of Chris Morris's lines so if you found those programs funny, no doubt you'll love this.
His words shoot angrily off the page like the hot salty fluid from the blowhole of an indignant whale - bathe in the bile and enjoy.
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.
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.
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...
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