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The Wobbit A Parody (Of The Hobbit) (The Wobbit: A Parody Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon (December 6, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZR9ELK
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Paul Erickson's mission in life is to become the world's foremost Nerd Parodist. Erickson was born in 1959, and has lived his entire life in the Chicago suburb Oak Park. He read "The Hobbit" in grade school, and at the end of high school saw "Star Wars" nine times, twice on opening night. Later, while out of work in 2009, he kept busy by writing a parody of his favorite book: The Hobbit.

Erickson titled his book "The Wobbit A Parody" and sold it on Amazon starting in 2011. "The Wobbit A Parody" was discovered, translated and published as a German paperback in 2012 by Munich publisher Piper Verlag. They published Erickson's second parody, "The Superfriends Of The Ring" in 2013. The parodies are also available in Turkish and Russian.

At the end of 2014 Erickson's German publishers requested that he suspend his work on "The Two Towers Strike Back" so that he could write a George Lucas parody titled "Jar Jar Wars." This new parody is intended to help Lucas (writer-director of the films "THX 1138" and "American Graffiti") finally get the recognition he deserves for a science fiction/fantasy film he did in 1977. This film featured characters that were too bizarre for most people to understand: a princess, a wizard, a sasquatch, a guy in a black diving helmet. "Jar Jar Wars" humanizes these characters and makes them accessible at last, perhaps providing a classic cult film with greater acceptance.




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Ok. So it's 10:00 pm, I'm depressed, out of St. Johns Wort, and I REALLY need something to make me laugh. I thought about watching Blazing Saddles again, or maybe Annoying Orange, but then I remembered I had this book hidden away somewhere on my Kindle. And I'm telling you that after the first few pages, I was LMAO, no longer dwelling on my misery. This entire book is extremely laugh out loud funny. If you've read The Hobbit and love to laugh, then you've got to read this. Now I'm waiting for Paul E to do some more funny stuff like maybe Hairy Pitter or Floodlight. Hahahah. Think I'll check out his other books.
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This book is a loving homage to Tolkien, but also to Mamet, The Princess Bride, The Hulk, Charlotte's Web, The Three Stooges, The Godfather...the list goes on.

Like the early work of British Ivy Leaguers, the Python Boys, riffing on what they knew best; medicine, law, history...Erickson needles the corporate world of banking, proving himself to be Parodymeister Extraordinaire of good family and unimpeachable reputation.

My grin muscles are as worn out as Bulbo's must have been after too many photo ops upon his triumphant return.

Go ahead, download it! In these uncertain economic times, nothing restores the spirit like a good belly laugh!
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Parodies are dangerous to write: make the references too easy and clear, and the author begins to border on plagiarism and copyright violation. Make the allusions too obscure, and the core audience, the original fan base, may miss the references, and thus the fun. In The Wobbit Paul Erickson has found just the right balance.

As with most great literature, The Hobbit has a number of iconic scenes and lines. Erickson has reproduced many of them in parody form so they are easily recognizable. At the same time, it was interesting to keep the two books side-by-side and tease out some of the more obscure references. I found myself saying, “Wait, I think I remember that person/scene/line in the original. Yes! There it is.”

The fun, of course, is to know that The Wobbit is a parody (and let’s not confuse parody with satire) and to understand the references. For someone not familiar with the original, the story may not make much sense, and it would lose much of the fun.

I particularly liked Erickson’s take on the songs. I imagine that trying to match the parody to the original rhyme and meter would be extremely difficult. But he succeeds by giving enough clues so the reader can match the original songs to easily recognized contemporary music.

At the risk of going out on a limb, I would say that parody in general is intended for a “fan” audience, and not for someone unfamiliar with the original. If you are a Hobbit fan, this is for you. If you’re not, try it at your own risk.
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Accept no other (lesser quality) Wobbit! Mr. Erickson's journey of Bulbo Bunkins with the wizard Pantsoff to save the dwarven treasure lusted after by Borin Oakmanfield and guarded by the dragon Smog is the laugh-filled heir to Bored of the Rings. The story follows the adventures of Tolkien's original tale with the loving care that all fans of The Hobbit will find admirable. You will come across the expected silly jokes at the expense of trolls, elves, skin changers, giant spiders, and all that - but there is something else going on besides the jokes, indeed, our wobbit hero turns out to be - gasp - heroic! The true magic of Tolkien's tale shines through the humor. I found myself rooting for Bulbo as he saves the dwarves at every turn and grows from a common unemployed bank teller to an adventurer worthy of praise and song. Don't worry about that bank teller line of employment, believe me, it works. Mr. Erickson has given us a true gift of laughter that can be enjoyed and truly appreciated by Tolkien fans.
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I love parodies and fantasy novels, so this book was right up my alley, figuratively speaking. Everything reminds you of The Hobbit but then it also reminds you of reality. So you get Dwarves who happen to be Bankers, wizards with oversized diva complexes, elves who offer tickets to tennis tournaments (and other perks) to their “captives”. Thoroughly enjoyable nonsense, peppered with withy innuendoes that make you smile.
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Very funny and just plain fun! It's pacing is right in step with Tolkien's classic book, and Erickson's parodied song lyrics are just perfect.
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Great to see a timely paperback release for this kindle classic.

A great Christmas gift for my analog reading brother.

Lovingly crafted from Tolkien's classic with a wry sense of humor, honed in the world of high finance.

A world filled with heroes, villains and wizards with delusions of adequacy.

Final proof, if any were needed, that Project Managers are prime candidates for the B-Ark.

"Winter is coming", so why not curl up with a good book ?
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everything is friggen awesome except for Pants-Off (the parody of Gandalf) because i was pronouncing everyone's name as they are in "The Hobbit" and that name threw me off a few times, other than that it was the funniest thing I've ever laid eyes on... like piss your pants funny
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