Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

April 22, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): I’ve experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you’ll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I’ve put together for you in this book. I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I’m saying is, let us begin, shall we?

Liked:

  • I listened to the audiobook version of Seriously…I’m Kidding, which was read by Ellen herself. As such, it sounded like I was listening to a bunch of her monologues, and it was great! I have a feeling that many of her jokes or witticisms would have fallen flat if I simply read them in a book by myself. But with Ellen’s intonations and so forth, this was really quite enjoyable.
  • Ellen seems like a genuinely kind person. There seems to be very little pretense about her, and she appears to be the kind of person I’d love to have as a friend.
  • The chapters are very short (so’s the whole book, actually), making it very easy to get through the whole thing in just a couple of days.

Disliked:

  • What is this trend with celebrities (especially comediennes) writing books that are little more than collections of essays on a wide range of subjects? Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Ellen… I guess they’re all too young to write a standard autobiography, and yet they want to get a book out there so they do something like this. Kind of a weird trend if you ask me!
  • Some of Ellen’s jokes were big duds, such as the chapter of her making strange noises for the benefit of audiobook listeners. (Really?)
  • Ellen didn’t really include any behind-the-scenes stuff in the book. No inside scoop on guests of her talk show, no dirt on American Idol or details about her days with Portia. The subjects she talks about were pretty bland and banal.

Rating:

I found Seriously…I’m Kidding to be an entertaining read overall. It’s not particularly insightful and doesn’t delve in-depth into any topic, but you aren’t actually expecting that kind of book, are you? It’s short and fun, so read it in two days and forget about it two hours later. That’s pretty much what I did! I give it 3 stars out of 5.

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