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Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek Hardcover – Jul 6 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312591055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312591052
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.8 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

“Turn to page 92 now!”

- Garry Shandling

“A book only Olivia Munn could write. Better read it now; everyone’ll be talking about it tomorrow.”

- Stan Lee

"This book so good. You buy now. Okay, bye."

- Olivia’s mom

"If Citizen Kane were a book, this would be it."

- Jon Favreau

“She’s part Asian! And I like sushi.”

-Masi Oka

"This book confirms why Olivia has garnered a massive supportive following--she's fearless, honest, relatable, and truly funny."

-Elijah Wood

 

Review

“Turn to page 92 now!”

- Garry Shandling

“A book only Olivia Munn could write. Better read it now; everyone’ll be talking about it tomorrow.”

- Stan Lee

"This book so good. You buy now. Okay, bye."

- Olivia’s mom

"If Citizen Kane were a book, this would be it."

- Jon Favreau

“She’s part Asian! And I like sushi.”

-Masi Oka

"This book confirms why Olivia has garnered a massive supportive following--she's fearless, honest, relatable, and truly funny."

-Elijah Wood

 

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SJ on Oct. 3 2010
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If you've seen G4's Attack of the Show, you know who she is. She's the queen of the geeks. The total package. Funny, smart and beautiful. Her book oozes her charm. It's a great ride. I laughed outloud at times. It takes the reader through her childhood to the present, her ups and downs, with a lot of random stories thrown in. Plus she has dating tips for guys along the way. If you're a fan of her work, I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 28 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a light quick read but it is not a frivolous piece of writing when you cut through its core. I don't have the G4 network on my cable package so all I knoew of Olivia Munn was her funny appearances on "The Late Show With Craig Ferguson" and the current fact that she is dating New York Rangers' player Brad Richards (hey, I'm Canadian, what can I say but hockey is in our DNA).

After reading this I went straight online to YouTube to see clips of Munn on her "Attack of the Show." This is only really part of her story. She is brutally honest about things that happened in her life--being an outsider and subject to bullying, the sleaziness as well as the absurdity of Hollywood and her love of geeks, video games and pie.

I cannot wait until she decides to pen another book as she shows a flair for writing from the heart and an unpretentiousness that is totally refreshing. I just wish there was more on life off base in Japan given I lived there also around the time Munn was an Air Force brat (she's not really a brat at all but I hope you get the drift).
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Meh, it was an ok read. I was expecting more from her, but it was ok.
I wish I had waiting and gotten it on sale.
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If your a fan of Olivia Munn at all this is a must have. It dwells into her life and you get to know more about what made her, her. Pick It up its a good read.
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188 of 218 people found the following review helpful
The Olivia this book reveals is not very likeable Oct. 16 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have always enjoyed G4's "Attack of the Show", and the extremely beautiful Olivia Munn has always been a big reason. I bought this book hoping it would be a collection of humorous essays in the vein of Sarah Silverman or Chelsea Handler. What a disappointment. I won't go to great lengths comparing the three women; I'll just say those two women are comics, and Olivia Munn is not. Olivia is primarily known for wearing sexy costumes and claiming to be a hot female geek.

Olivia goes to great lengths to make us feel sorry for her exclusion for different cliques starting in kindergarten. She comes off as completely self centered and unaware that this is a normal part of childhood. She also needs someone to tell her that nobody feels sorry for the ugly duckling once it has become a well paid, famous, frequently lusted after swan. Not exactly the tear jerker she seemed to think it would be. Revealing that she was a cheerleader and model during her school years also takes a lot of the sting out of her self pity.

Another annoying habit Olivia gives in to is revealing the ugliest traits of the nameless high powered Hollywood directors and producers she tried to court favors from in her early career. It astonishes me when a girl who jumps into giant pies in a French maid uniform for a very comfortable living whines about being pursued by the very men she has gone to great lengths to meet in hopes of having them forward her career. It's the natural order of things for her to take things from them, but offensive if they try to take things from her.

Perhaps the ugliest scene in this book is Olivia's tale of being a snot to her grandmother on the day of the lady's unexpected death, and her revelation that the family had to pull the plug on grandma because of Olivia's refusal (in her mid-teens no less) to perform CPR when the woman's brain was starved for oxygen. In Olivia's view this is a sad story about how grandma's death caused OLIVIA guilt.

Olivia seems (like a lot of young women) to think she's one of the guys because she likes video games and attends comicon. She's not. She is the stereotypical egotistical self centered princess that she complains about throughout the entire book. Her description of a drunken lesbian kiss outlines what you could see in any college dorm party anywhere in the US. Big deal, right? Olivia's view of run of the mill youthful experiment? In her view that story alone is worth the price of the book. It ain't.

But all that amounts to wanting to know more about Olivia and her book delivering that (even though it turns out she is not the cool, easy going chick she portrays on G4). In that way the book delivers. This book is not worth the money because it is not funny. I mean, seriously not funny. Nearly every chapter ends with an attempt at a one liner based on a call-back to something that was completely unfunny earlier in the chapter. They all fall flat... miserably flat in the way that makes you uncomfortable knowing this person probably thinks she's funny.

She's not.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A Unintentional Fascinating Psychological Study... Dec 28 2011
By Wicked_Smaht - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To be honest, I didn't give two figs about Olivia Munn either way when I sat down and read this book. Sure, I was aware of her co-hosting "Attack of the Show", she was on some sitcom for awhile (until it was cancelled) and I think I saw her on The Daily Show once or twice. Why would I read this book if my knowledge of her was so limited? Well, basically, it's because I get a guilty pleasure out of reading books written by celebrities (or ghost-written by other people with celebrities or vaguely looked at before a celebrity slaps their name on it) and, usually, the more useless a celebrity, the more unintentionally amusing the book. This book seemed like a prime candidate because it seemed like it would fit this last category so well. Olivia is a celebrity that is celebrated by geek culture, but for reasons that completely baffle me (maybe it's because I'm older and cool - which is not the target demographic for "Attack of the Show" and, ostensibly, Munn herself.)

From the first sentence of the introduction ("Yeah, so, I wrote a book.") to the closing line of the introduction ("f--- everybody who was ever mean to me"), I knew I was in for a treat because this was going to be a book with absolutely nothing to say for the next 288 pages. I got excited... and maybe even peed a little. Essentially, the book is broken up into three types of chapters: ones that are little anecdotes from Olivia's life, ones that pander to the geek crowd and ones that are total BS designed to waste paper. It would seem to me that most people would be interested in the first type, mildly amused by the second and totally baffled by the third. I guess the inclusion of the second and third type of chapters was to remind people why they liked Munn as they read through her increasingly uninteresting first type of chapters.

The two central premises explored in the anecdote chapters seem to revolve around Olivia's "ugly duckling" delusion and her desperate (bordering on pathetic/psychotic) need to fit in. On the former, while she claims to think she's not particularly pretty, she devotes whole chapters to playing sexy dress-up and there's an entire full color gallery in the middle of the book devoted to pictures of her (there's even a flip book in the corner so you can make sexy Olivia dance.) This whole "I'm not pretty" facet of the book seems to ring false and is probably more attributable to extreme self-absorption rather than an outcast mentality. This is also evidenced in the several chapters where she meets famous Hollywood scum who are all continually trying to have sex with her. Maybe these stories are true, maybe they aren't, but they sure as hell get boring after the second or third one.

More telling is Olivia's obsessive need to fit in. This starts from the very first anecdote and culminates in my personal favorite chapter about why she would date only geeks. This chapter about dating geeks talks about how Olivia didn't fit in with the popular crowd at schools, so she naturally gravitated towards the geeks and found that the attention they paid her was more rewarding than anything she would get from the popular cliques. What I gathered from this chapter is that Olivia is pretty and has been pretty since she was young and she didn't want to be just another pretty face easy to overlook in the popular group because this is a group made up entirely of pretty faces. Instead, she took her prettiness to a group of people that would fawn all over her and she could be the big fish in the little pond. She doesn't seem to necessarily enjoy the things that geeks tend to obsess over, she just enjoys that they'll pay that much meticulous attention to her. This chapter, more than any other, is most telling of Munn for it's a wave that she's seemingly ridden all the way throughout her career. She has a pretty face, she pretends to give a crap about nerdish things, therefore nerds adore her and, with the power of the internet and endless disposable income, they crown her Queen for the Day. It's a tactic that works and seems to have served her well in her career (and the fact that most people are only now realizing it, seems to be the origin of the hate spewed her way.) For further proof of Olivia's jealousy/acceptance behavior, read the FAQ at the end of the book. When she's asked what she would do if an exact clone of herself was wandering around, Olivia immediately responds that she would kill it because, sooner or later, it would grow jealous of her and try to kill her. Apparently, Olivia has a pot/kettle moment that nobody calls her on.

Of course, we need to divert attention away from all this, so other chapters of the book are filled with geek-pandering. There's chapters with her talking candidly about sex, a "Lord of the Rings" reference here, a "Dungeons and Dragons" reference there and some BS about what she would do if (no, not "if", but "when") robots take over the Earth. It's almost like she took out a geek ledger and was systematically checking off references to everything that the general public thinks geeks care about (Star Wars, zombies, robots, etc.) I'm not saying geeks don't talk about these things; it's just not all they talk about.

Also, there are some BS chapters like what it would be like if Princess Leia had a Twitter account while the events of "A New Hope" were unfolding. Really? No, really? Really, this idea was committed to paper. Trees died so that this could be printed. Somebody thought: can I write a chapter about a fictional character having an awful piece of technology at their hands and what it would be like if said fictional character was just as vapid and stupid as any teenage girl at the mall? Yes, somebody thought this, but nobody bothered to ask: what would be the point of that? I guess this answers the question (that nobody asked) of just how stupid a book can get before you really start to lose your audience.

When all is said and done, these chapters are supposed to exemplify the supposed charm of Olivia and help explain why she's so revered. For me personally, I just don't get it. No part of this book was endearing or charming except for one funny story about Olivia taking a test back in grade school where she had to pee really, really bad and thought that maybe if she let just a little bit out, it would be okay. This one story is actually funny and touches on that universal feeling of embarrassment and the total logic-lacking fibs that we'd tell as a child. If the rest of this book were more like this one story, it'd be a far better book. I'm not saying she has to tell stories of embarrassment or ridicule, but stories that are actually interesting, amusing and maybe even capable of emotionally investing a reader. However, this one story is just one odd little artifact in a sea of awful, no-focus writing. I don't expect Pulitzer Prize winning material from these types of books, but I do expect to be, at least, mildly entertained. One good story out of nearly 300 pages of incoherent babbling just doesn't cut it for me.

At the end of the day, I guess this book did prove my theory correct: the more seemingly pointless a celebrity, the more mind-bogglingly inane a book is produced. On that front, this book succeeds. As a funny, engaging, insider-y memoir, the book fails. If you're not a fan of Munn, this book won't convert you. If you are a fan of Munn, it's hard to tell what exactly would draw you to this book. If you just want more pictures of her, isn't that what the internet is for? Ultimately, I would say this book has a certain unexpected purpose: it should be required reading for any Psych 101 student. I would love to see a professional analyze the crap out of this book from a psychological standpoint. If you've ever wondered what goes through the head of a self-absorbed beauty queen pathologically trying to fit in, there is no better textbook than this one.

Final Ratings:

BOOKNESS:
As a traditional book, I would rate this a 1 out of 5. It has all the distinctive characteristics of being a book (it's made of paper, it has words on that paper, it has sequentially numbered pages) without actually being a book (in that it is emotionally, mentally, physically valuable.)

ENJOYABILITY:
A 3 out of 5 for its unintentional disclosure of the otherwise socially irredeemable traits of its subject. A fascinating study for Psych students (with sexy pictures.)

RECOMMENDABILITY:
A 2 out of 5. Recommended only for the aforementioned Psych students. May also be recommended for use as a level for rickety, uneven furniture.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Author quite good-looking, but unfunny & ingracious Nov. 5 2011
By Tevis Fen-Kortiay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author spent her early life and modeling career going by her real name, Lisa Munn, but these days goes by her fancier middle-name, "Olivia." She's pretty enough to earn a good chunk of her income from men's magazines. Olivia pretty + men will laugh at even the weakest jokes of women they hope to maneuver into the sack = Munn suffers from the misimpression that she's not only funny, but professional comedian-caliber funny.

Munn is so above-average looking and so unfunny that I find myself cringing when she appears on the Daily Show, and perhaps uncharitably wondering which producer is sleeping with her (or more likely, hoping to sleep with her). In fact Munn has only made me laugh once, in the dark segment about her physically-abusive mother. People who have given up on attaining fame through talent or hard work can sometimes trade their privacy and dignity for the infamy of Reality TV, but if that's the path Munn is choosing, she's selling herself short. She's not only pretty but charismatic enough to vault over that fame-cesspool.

Munn frequently bills herself as a geek girl, which has ruffled some feathers due largely to her apparent lack of acknowledgment of her extreme body-privilege and her apparent contempt for the less fortunate. In Jedi Junkies, literally every one of her "jokes" is to bad-mouth Star Wars fans as presumed virgins who have never touched a breast. My goodness! An insult is not the same thing as a joke, lady. The strategy of bad-mouthing your fans while claiming to represent us could perhaps use some rethinking. Munn's only convincing nerdish attribute is that she seems to be genuinely emotionally dissociated/socially retarded enough to not realize that in her own book she strongly comes across as an unpleasant person.

Munn, born in 1980, is still young enough that there's hope she'll emotionally mature and realize this book and her attempted career as a comedian were misfires. She's mad foxy, a likable TV host, and if she lays off insulting her fans, sharing unwelcome TMI (Too Much Information) revelations about her personal life, and realizes that comedy is not her thing, she could still have a great career beyond her current short-lived window posing for stroke magazines.

But this book? Unless your only goal is to form a low opinion of the pretty lady from TV, skip this one.
72 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Hmm... it feels forced. July 8 2010
By Eric E. Dolecki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't expecting something that was outstanding in how it cleverly used the English language. I was expecting pretty interesting stories about her life, geekdom, and behind-the-scenes stories from her travels on the web, television and film. I think we get a tiny bit of that, but it's written so conversationally and with so many expletives that it turns out feeling coarse, thrown together, and not as interesting as it could have been. I've been a fan of Ms. Lovely for many years... I loved AOTS and she made it so much better. Yes, as a sex symbol, but also as a geek with a great sense of humor. None of that really seems to have come through in this book. It feels forced here... on television or video, it feels natural.

In short, if you're a fan you'll get something out of it. Not a whole lot. If you're not a fan, you're going to be turned off by it. I really wish it was better. I got a digital copy, so I paid less. I'm glad I did that, sorry Olivia :/
48 of 59 people found the following review helpful
NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT IS PRINTED ON Sept. 13 2010
By Will the real KRISTIN WIIG please stand up... - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a birthday present and at first it seemed kinda cool but then after reading through it gave me a clear idea of who she is...not really a geek but pretending to be so that she can use our demographic as her platform to fame. Grammatically speaking the title itself admits that. She 'geeks' over hollywood, not sci-fi. So the term "Hollywood Geek" is reflective of her obsession with wanting to be famous. The title "Geek in Hollywood" would have meant she was a sci-fi kid trying to make it in Hollywood. She's dumb, but not as dumb as you if you buy this book. If you are a fan boy and need to buy it because she made you think she really likes you then go ahead, but seriously this poor excuse for comdey writing will be in the bargain books section soon enough, so don't feel obliged to pay full price for pages that will end up suck together under the bathroom sink with your collection of Hustlers anyways.

(She should have called it 14:59, LOL.)


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