Tuesday, September 28, 2010

book review: suck it, wonder woman

I love Olivia Munn. I really really do. I think she is hilarious, a fantastic and outrageous TV personality, and someone who does what she wants without worrying about what people think of her. Suffice to say, as soon as I saw her book, Suck It, Wonder Woman! was up for pre-order, I did so immediately.

The book has a lot of great stories about being a woman in Hollywood, and all the insane things that producers will put you through to get a shot at the big time. Especially when you're a beautiful woman in Hollywood. I loved all of Munn's short but funny stories about "making it".

Things I didn't like about the book: I say it's a great book about being a WOMAN in Hollywood, because it's not a great book about being a geek in Hollywood. I hate to say it, but all of Munn's references to being a geek sound forced, half-assed, and in some cases rather made up. She has an entire chapter dedicated to "stopping the robot take over" and another that has "twitter updates from Princess Leia". Both are more stupid than any modicum of funny. I also had to cringe every time she threw in a stray Super Mario Brothers or Star Wars reference - her two "go to" geek name checks throughout. I wish she had just stuck with her hilarious Hollywood stories and not tried to force the geek thing down our throats.

I was also pretty disappointed in the writing itself. Munn tries to keep the whole thing sounding personal and accessible, but really it just comes off as sloppy.

In the end, I did enjoy the book. I thought it was a lot of fun and if you're a fan of Olivia Munn at all you'll see her humor shine through as she describes some of the situations she's managed to get herself in over the years.

The whole thing is very much fan service, but she's never made it any secret that she loves interacting with and doing things specifically for her array of followers out there. However, if you don't have the money to spare, I would suggest sticking to her blog.

My one regret with finishing the book is that I now crave chocolate cream pie. NOM.


  1. was never much of a fan of hers. of the few girl geeks on Tv that I know of it's pretty much her and Morgan Webb and I respect Webb more.

    Oddly enough I had ZERo interest inreading this book and I'm not sure why I even clicked the link, but stories about being a woman in Hollywood, that could be a compelling product.

  2. Haha, I was actually planning on doing a "why I don't hate Olivia Munn" post later. I would NOT buy this book just for the few fun "being a woman in hollywood stories". They're great, but definitely not enough content to be worth the asking price unless you're also a fan of hers.

  3. This was a great book review, eye-shuh! Maybe I'll try to write one now. =)