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  • Title: Screen Burn
  • Author: Charlie Brooker Graham Lineham
  • ISBN: 9780571227556
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cruel, acerbic, impassioned, gleeful, frequently outrageous and always hilarious, Charlie Brooker s Screen Burn collects the best of the much loved Guardian Guide columns in one easy to read on the toilet package Sit back and roar as Brooker rips mercilessly into Simon Cowell, Big Brother, Trinny and Susannah, Casualty, Davina McCall, Michael Parkinsond almost everytCruel, acerbic, impassioned, gleeful, frequently outrageous and always hilarious, Charlie Brooker s Screen Burn collects the best of the much loved Guardian Guide columns in one easy to read on the toilet package Sit back and roar as Brooker rips mercilessly into Simon Cowell, Big Brother, Trinny and Susannah, Casualty, Davina McCall, Michael Parkinsond almost everything else on television This book will make practically anyone laugh out loud.
    Screen Burn Cruel acerbic impassioned gleeful frequently outrageous and always hilarious Charlie Brooker s Screen Burn collects the best of the much loved Guardian Guide columns in one easy to read on the to

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    1. This book consists of Charlie Brooker s Screen Burn columns from 2000 2004, discussing what was annoying him or, rarely, making him happy in his television viewing It s a brilliant look at his ability to create a comprehensive narrative using a few hundred words at a time To be honest, if you weren t living in the UK and watching television here during the years that this book spans, some of this will not be understandable I know that there were several references to programs long gone and pers [...]

    2. This isn t as good as Dawn of the Dumb, simply because it fulfills its original purpose a regular forthcoming TV column As the entire TV schedule is not wall to wall crap so I m told , Brooker actually likes a lot of it, and is often too damn nice It results in a good, balanced piece of journalism, sure, but he s at his funniest precisely when he s being unbalanced and levelling his typographical Uzi at his well deserving victim I much prefer this out and out curmudgeon he becomes later.

    3. Although I don t read the Guardian where these articles originally appeared and I ve not seen the majority of the shows reviewed, I still found this book extremely funny I think I m in love with Charlie Brooker due to his misanthropy and caustic wit His obsession with spoons and pine cones in orifaces is a bit of a concern though.

    4. I found this book and its counterpart, Dawn Of The Dumb, in a book swap I was eager to read because of my respect for Brooker s creative endeavours in such titles as Nathan Barley and Black Mirror This book is filled with Brooker s top notch wit of course, with many passages being laugh out loud funny But there comes a point, maybe one third through, when all that acerbic wittering starts to feel like angry poison, and just by reading it I begin to feel as if I am giving the thumbs up to all thi [...]

    5. i prefer his non TV writing, and his taste for the particularly trashy and ephemeral means this hasn t dated terribly well it does have have some personal interest in that it coincides with about the last time i watched the telly on a regular basis.

    6. Brooker gave me one of the rare pleasures I have reading, the double laugh A line he wrote cracked me up so much that the moment I stopped to catch my breath, I thought about it again and started laughing once .

    7. As you d expect, Charlie Brooker rips into reality TV with all the enthusiasm a grumpy misanthropist can muster Which is actually quite a lot Here is about four years of his Guardian columns explaining why TV is terrible.

    8. Some entertaining rants about what are now old TV shows, most of which I ve never even heard of, never mind watched.

    9. While I found myself chuckling or even laughing out loud at many of Mr Brooker s observations about British telly, I was hampered often than not by my complete and utter ignorance of many of the people, terms and shows to which he alluded Also, an entire book composed of nothing but reviews gets a trifle wearying to read A person who prefers novels or any kind of story with a linear plotline is repeatedly thrown off course by page after page of critique Each one is a separate encapsulation of a [...]

    10. When I think of Charlie Brooker the first word to cross my mind is caustic His words come like vinegar to a wound, his derision of all things without prejudice making both a difficult read and one of the most entertaining Screen Burn isn t something I would recommend reading in one go The page and a half two page televisual review segments are hilarious and, if you were growing up around the time these columns were first published, nostalgic but after reading several pages in one sitting it beco [...]

    11. Though Charlie Brooker writes well, with a high level of insight and a sometimes delightful use of creative expletives and imagery, alas this didn t quite work as a completely enjoyable read because of two things.Primarily, the format of the book is that it s a collection of columns written by Brooker for The Guardian in the early 2000 s As entertaining as each piece can be, it still feels very much like someone has collected together a load of now a lot less relevant rants about something which [...]

    12. Although Screen Burn did contain a decent number of laugh out loud moments, the sheer volume of it spanning five years of Brooker s Guardian columns meant that the end product was sadly mediocre By and large, his columns are all pretty much the same TV spews out a ludicrous show, and Brooker angrily criticises it at length, employing a staggering range of metaphors and similies that eventually become meaningless through sheer number Rinse, wash, repeat These are not bad columns in and of themsel [...]

    13. This book, as well as the second volume Dawn of the Dumb collects Charlie Brooker s weekly columns which first appeared in The Saturday Guardian s entertainment supplement, The Guide Unlike most television critics, Brooker tends to be scathing and is dismissive of most of the television programmes he reviews, but because television is almost always disappointing, falling so far short its potential, it isn t Broker s approach that should be surprising, it should be the fawning arse lick simpering [...]

    14. As this is a collection of Brooker s Guardian articles over the space of almost 3yrs, a period around 10yrs ago at my time of reading, some of it hasn t aged particularly well.The programmes reviewed here are extremely varied, but still most often from the low brow end of the TV spectrum This is understandable, as it gives Brooker a great opportunity for comedy, and some of this book is very very funny indeed I laughed at some parts than I ve laughed at just about any book before However, such [...]

    15. My goodness Rather like his TV shows in fact so, because he can stretch his bile out to palatable endurability in 30 mins, rather than the foam flecked bullets of hatred this columns have condensed to the inner mumblings of Charlie Brooker should definitely be taken in small doses It s taken me far longer to read this collection of Guardian and pre Guardian TV reviews comments This is principally due to the fact that reading than, say, four in a row and you feel the red mist starting to descen [...]

    16. This is Brooker s first collection of columns and unlike the others it s just about TV shows, so what I said about The Hell of it All is even true here while he is very good at making you hate a show you ve never watched he s even obsessed with certain personalities, especially from reality TV the book covers the years from 2000 2004, i.e the beginning of the reality wave s rather hillarious when he comments on the original US version of Pop Idol and says Please, British TV producers, don t ev [...]

    17. Same review as what I wrote for Brooker s Dawn of the Dumb book They are very similar, the only difference is that this one is TV orientedCharlie Brooker is great for rage reading If you ve ever been angry at something in your daily life at any point in the last 10 years, chances are that Brooker has covered it Transport, banks, reality TV he rages on all of these and with his idiosyncratic humour that will be familiar to anyone who is a Chris Morris fan or seen Brooker s other work on TV Go H [...]

    18. Screen Burn, the first collection of Charlie Brooker s weekly columns mercilessly mocking the trashiest of television shows is as hilarious as anything else he s done, albeit, towards the end a little repetitive Written between 2000 2004, it covers the first broadcasts of the type of faux reality television that is now ubiquitous Brooker s curmudgeonly take on the dreck that fills up the television schedules is characteristically and consistently funny, even when the reader is not entirely famil [...]

    19. Ah, there s nothing like a good spittle fuelled rant and Charlie Brooker is the master of hurling invective at dull witted TV programmes and the people who dream up, produce and appear in them Screen Burn may pick easy targets like Simon Cowell, Trinny and Susannah and Davina McCall but that s not to say they don t deserve it And it almost makes you nostalgic for the days when you could find a channel showing a 24 hour feed from the Big Brother house with all the interesting bits covered up by f [...]

    20. This won t be everyone s cup of tea If you like acerbic, well observed diatribes, you ll love this.In this book Charlie Brooker basically disects modern television, charting it s recent slide into a rut of reality shows.I haven t watched much of this twaddle, but I was surprised by my recollection of many of the show names Time does fly and I d almost forgotten how quickly these things had sprung up around us.

    21. I was a little wary of reading this book after being warned that many of the television references were a little dated and, not being much of a television fan, I expected much of it to go straight over my head Luckily, Brooker s natural wit and disdain for bad broadcasting and people in general kept me throroughly entertained and amused throughout, laughing out loud on average about once every 1.75 pages Lovely.

    22. The first collection of Brooker s ascerbic and ranting columns from the Guardian Guide They started out life covering the world of television but his humour covered all subjects and eventually morphed into the columns that gave him free reign and in the case of his subjects, some terror The early musings are collected here and are classic Brooker Funny, clever, angry and mostly bang on the money Thank God he I around to tell us truly like it is.

    23. This book and the subsequent television programme have seriously opened my eyes to how much mainstream television has been on a downward spiral, ever since Big Brother and the reality tv boom, not to mention the increase of sophistication behind the editing of shitty shows polishing turds Charlie Brooker s style is unique, and as he says himself, it would be boring if he only reviewed tv he liked Check him out on one of those weird extra bbc channels.

    24. I learnt there s someone else out there who bemoans the lack of anything decent on TV and the number of reality showshospital dramas Soaps and other trash An amusing book maybe a little dated in the fact that many of the shows are now defunct but as long as you can cast your mind back 6 10 years you will be OK

    25. Scathing but hilarious, Screen Burn has been a great read on many miserable bus journeys I didn t care that people looked at me oddly for laughing out loud, I was having a hoot I am sure the same could be said for Charlie Brooker, despite writing a review column just as TV took a turn for the reality worst Angers brings out his humour Long may things piss Brooker off.

    26. A book jammed with reviews on varying television programmes from 2000 2004 from Charlie Brooker bitter, angry and hilarious This is good for a light read and a giggle from soaps to reality TV to an on going obsession with 24 and the horrors of Davina McCall, not forgetting an unhealthy infatuation for punishment for bad programming from pine cones and teaspoons

    27. Hilarious in places and interesting always, a must read for anyone into British telly If you re less familiar with that genre, the book is still good, but you should expect to skip over the bits about shows you haven t heard of I haven t seen the show, but I think Charlie figured out the ending of Lost just a few shows in.

    28. Whilst a lot of these articles went over my head slightly as I don t really watch much TV, the humor was enough to make me laugh out loud Brilliantly misanthropic, sometimes the thoughts seem to have jumped out of my own head and onto the page Looking forward to reading the other collections of Charlie s Guardian articles.

    29. Hilariously funny the perfect bus book Compact, light hearted and easy to pick up and put down The only downside was the odd looks I got from other people using public transport as I unsuccessfully swallowed my laughter I highly recommend it

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