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The Wobbit: A Parody Paperback – November 26, 2013
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Written by: The Harvard Lampoon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Published: November 26, 2013
Price: $13.99 Paperback
Maybe it’s from growing up with the Naked Gun movies, maybe it’s from my lifelong enjoyment of “Weird” Al, maybe its the genius that is South Park, or maybe it’s all Mel Brooks’ fault, but I know, deep down in the cockles of my heart, that “parody” does not have to mean “stupid.” There can be plot, character development, themes, motifs, and all those other things that “real” stories have, along with the references and the funny. Sadly, The Harvard Lampoon’s newest book, The Wobbit: A Parody fails to live up to what I know a parody book can and should be.
From the solicitation:
When Aaron Sorkinshield and his band of Little People embark on a quest across Widdle Wearth to reclaim the hoard of Academy Awards stolen from them by the lonely Puff the Magic Dragon, senile wizard Dumbledalf suggests an unlikely and completely unqualified accomplice: Billy Bagboy, an unassuming wobbit dwelling in terrorist-riddled Wobbottabad.
<<Along the way, the company faces internet trolls, moblins, one really big spider that must be at least an inch and a half wide, and slightly worse. But as they journey from the wonders of Livinwell to the terrors of Jerkwood and beyond, Billy will find that there is more to him than anyone—Tolkien included—ever dreamed. Propelled to his destiny by a series of courageous adventures and indented paragraphs, Billy will set out on the greatest YOLO of all time…one that leads deep into the dark caverns hiding a mysterious man named Goldstein, who’s just trying to have a nice Seder.>>
I’ll admit, reading this description of the book put me in a good mood.Read more ›
It seems that the ivied halls of academia are dropping further and further down the learning curve. I'm afraid Harvard has become little better than your average middle school.
It's a shame, really. Tolkien's books seem like a prime target for parody. As are the overblown films that Peter Jackson makes out of them (and I enjoy the heck out of both). If parody is defined as a deliberate copy done for comic effect, this book only vaguely fits the definition. All that is borrowed from the original work is a rough outline of the plot (with little comic effect) that is used to string together a hodge podge of cultural reference one-liners that don't even come close to telling a story.
A few jokes are amusing. There are some good shots at Aaron Sorkin and the walk-and-talk. Dumbledalf's conflation of the worlds of The Hobbit and Harry Potter brought a couple of smiles. Also humorous were characters like L. Ron and his disciples, the Internet Trolls (actual trolls), and the idea of Elvisking.
What didn't work at all was the character of Billy Bagboy, the obvious stand-in for Bilbo Baggins. Rather than be the charming, confused, and frightened center of the story and thoughtful representative for the reader, he was presented as an obese, lazy oaf. Without a likable character for the reader to identify with, the book counted on its jokes to drag the reader through to the end. And since most of the jokes seemed to misfire, it was a real slog to push through the whole thing.
Read the cover. Skim the first chapter or two. If you're laughing out loud, or even giggling, you might enjoy this. If not, I'm afraid it doesn't get any better and you should give this book a pass.
[Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review.]
There were a few shameless plugs to educate readers of the various forums for which the Lampoon operates, which were not just randomly placed, but actually kind of funny.
For a ridiculous read that had me laughing on the airplane as the person next to me coughed into her arm, I would recommend it to my friends and family for a fun, quick read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The fact that the name The Wobbit was shamelessly stolen from author Paul Erickson who was INSPIRED by Harv Lampoon without giving credit to him in any way whatsoever has... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Weisbeck
Not nearly as funny as "Bored of the Rings". The book meanders too much, tries too hard to make pop culture references and reads like some bizarre cross between "The... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Justin
This it pretty good. I liked "Bored of the Rings" and "Doom" better, but it's still a good read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dan Proctor
A classic, modern tale. If you like comedy, you'll like this! The story of a wobbit who can't stop wobbling from the wobesity epidemic and a rollercoster of a ride including Wi-Fi... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Fan Tao
My 14 year old thought this was great. He's pretty great, too, but they don't have a space on here for me to review him, so I'm putting it here.Published 16 months ago by Hil
Waste of time. I liked Bored of the Rings, but this book was' nt evrn remotely funny. Total waste of time and yotal waste of money.Total waste of moneyPublished 20 months ago by stanley sienkiewicz
This book is full of hilarious characters and moments, so, unlike in the Hobbit movies, you are never bored. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Mike S.
As irreverent as their parody of Lord of the Rings! If you like parodies, you should like this one. Made me chuckle more than a few times.Published on December 30, 2013 by Animal lover