Tina Fey’s latest work comes in the form of an autobiography, Bossypants, and in my opinion, is something to celebrate, and definitely one to look out for on your next trip to the library/bookstore/dentist/Amazon store. Described as a must-read for “for all women writers and funny women”, (although I suspect that you don’t necessarily have to fit either of these categories to still enjoy the book), this is a laugh-out-loud read about the facts of Tina Fey’s geeky life, but in such away that you can’t help but admire how cool she is. From the start of her life and her childhood, to spotty, awkward and clueless anecdotes, Fey never stops being witty and warming, showing us that we don’t need to have lived her life to understand her message.
Actress, stand-up comedian, writer and all-round feminist, Tina Fey does not flinch from tough topics but instead turns them into something to both celebrate and laugh at. Her acting in features such as Date Night and the award-winning 30 Rock only adds to her appeal, and this same geeky yet very, very likeable personality shines though in this book. There are a range of experiences covered in the novel, from her experience as an actress, writer and even as a mother, and it is this which makes her someone so amiable, she is the first to say that she is not trying to be condescending.
I have always admired Tina Fey and her frankness when making points, and I am glad that she is not one of those female comedians who reinforce the image of a stereotped female comedian by resorting to cheap jokes about men, vaginas and PMT. If there’s anything to be said about these types of jokes, it only makes it less funnier and more cringe-worthy. That is not to say that these stories don’t turn up in Bossypants! If anything, there are embarassing teenage stories and awakenings abound throughout, yet this is not turned into a typical yes–i-am-a-woman oneliner but instead appealing to the best instincts of her audience. She may not be entirely saintly or a Woman’s Own type, but then again this is not a gushing chat-show, and Fey is well aware of that. Instead Fey is like the geeky but snarky colleague who you look forward to seeing at work; you know she will have seen the same episode of Eastenders as you last night and is the first to make fun of it.
So I would advise that this is one book that you should pick up. (Tina Fey should really thank me for the free PR she’s getting here, but hey.) If there is something to help aspire to writing, then this would be one of the go-to guides.
In the meantime this article from Tina Fey’s book (seen in the Guardian) is an entertaining read to remind us why she is as popular as she is.
PRAISE FOR TINA FEY:
“You’d be really pretty if you lost weight.” (College Boyfriend, 1990 )
“Tina Fey is an ugly, pear-shaped, overrated troll.” (The Internet)
“Mommy, where are my pretzels?” (Tracy Morgan)
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BOSSYPANTS:
“I hope that’s not really the cover.That’s really going to hurt sales.” (Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey)
“Absolutely delicious!” (A Guy Who Eats Books )
“Totally worth it.” (Trees )
“Do not print this glowing recommendation of Tina Fey’s book until I’ve been dead a hundred years.” (Mark Twain )
“Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny — oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!” (A Guy Turning into a Werewolf)