Book Review - The Hell of it all by Charlie Brooker

Ben1976 By Ben1976, 11th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A book review of The Hell of it all by Charlie Brooker, a collection of his columns for newspapers.

Book Review

Book Review – The Hell of it all by Charlie Brooker

The BBC’s King of Spleen returns to the nation’s bookshelves with another collection of his Guardian columns.

Known for his forthright views on popular culture, he has no problems with kicking it, but he will also praise TV. So, he waxes lyrical about David Attenborough, whilst imagining suitable fates for Jeremy Kyle and anyone of the contestants on Big Brother or The Apprentice.

The book starts with a column from August 2007, and looks a Brooker’s attitude to nightclubs, as a man in his thirties. It finishes with a column from August 2009, where he discusses the dangers of CGI to modern film making. The usual targets are all present and correct, although he has to find new ways to describe people.

Throughout the book, Brooker is angry, but it is directed anger, it is not just scaborous for its own needs. Brooker is angry because for Television hour wasted on Hole in the Wall, or X Factor, it is an hour when the nation could have been doing better. He is angry at TV because of its increasingly low standards, its willingness to keep up with the Zeitgeist. The Zeitgeist of 2002, that is.

As he writes for a newspaper, some of the work is now out of date, but some articles were never published in the Guardian, and this book reveals them for the first time. Some of these were pulled for reasons of taste, or legality, but some of them seem tame, two years after they were written.

As well as Brooker’s TV articles, some of his general columns are published, such as one that re-tells his trip across America. Whilst others may have written in the style of Jack Kerouac, or Irma Kurtz, Brooker writes in the style he is know for.

This is a book for fans of Charlie Brooker, and anyone who likes fun to be made of what passes for entertainment these days. Now, go away.


Charlie Brooker, Humour, Spleen

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