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I'm Just Sitting on a Fence: The secrets of life. Kindle Edition
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I’ve tried looking it up a few times, both when I was younger and now, since it’s come up again. Maybe I haven’t looked deeply enough into it, but anything written about him is so vague and never really answered any questions. After reading his book, though, I really hope he’s a real person.
His book touched me in a weird way that books haven’t accomplished for me in a while. Earlier today while reading it in a cafe, I even felt a few tears welling up. Strange, considering how much hysterical laughter I would experience while watching his videos in middle school. Somehow, though, when I ordered the book I had a feeling it would impact me that way.
I guess above anything else, it made me feel like I could just write and have whatever comes out sound like something good. Half of his book was basically just him recounting all the random, boring things that occurred throughout the day, and aside from his trip to India and his stays in hostels across the world, none of the things that happened were particularly exciting or, you know, "meaningful", but engaging and inspiring none the less. He’d be sitting in a library trying to write something, anything, and instead just end up writing about how he couldn’t think of anything to write, about the people he met in the bathroom, about the free books he picked up or the Larabars he ate, and he published it all in a real book that people can order off Amazon and hold in their hands and, as in my case, maybe even shed a few tears over. What an amazing thing for a person to accomplish.
I realized while reading it that probably one of my biggest faults is that I worry too much about whether or not something I make is good enough for other people. An audience has always been important to me, and I think I tend to picture them as more critical and picky than they really might be. I’m also wrong in thinking of my “audience” as one big, generalized group of people who all think the same way and all want the same thing. Maybe there are some people out there who will pick up Dax Flame’s book, read it part way through, decided it was stupid and poorly written and burn it in their fireplace or something. And that's fine. Because there are also people out there who are really gonna enjoy it. Some will probably find it funny; others might find it a powerful work of experimental literature, or a good read to help pass the time on a long bus ride. I found it inspiring, and a sort of (possibly unintentional) affirmation of anything I’ve ever written and considered inconsequential. And that’s good enough. That’s something truly amazing. This book made me feel like I can write about my average day and share it with others and have someone, somewhere, get something out of it. Really, it’s everything I could have asked for in a book.
I wanted to give this book a 4.5, but amazon wouldn't let me. And like you learn in math, if something ends in .5 and they tell you to round to a whole number you round up. So I had to give this book a five, though it doesn't deserve it; IT SURE COMES CLOSE THOUGH! It's really good!
So. I just got done reading this book. It probably took about three hours to read over the course of two days. I started reading the book, with the intention to eventually review it. I was fully prepared to be frank, even if my opinion wasn't positive. If this book sucked, and I felt like Daxflame was only using his fame to sell effortless/whatever crap, not worth reading, then I would have given it a one or two star review. But that was not the case at all. This is high quality stuff, I want anyone reading this review to know that. I want you to know: A) I read the book. and B) I'm not just sucking up to Daxflame because he made me laugh with a few YouTube videos. And C) Daxflame definitely does have a writer's brain, and he's talented at it, I was more impressed by his story ideas than his writing style, but his writing is still well done and flows really well. All writers are good for different reasons.
Now let me tell you what this book is. This book is a collection of: Diary entries; Daxflame's life experiences, turned into stories, in which he often attaches lessons on how to live your life successfully; and three fictional stories.
Lots of the story has that Daxflame vibe you remember from his old videos. Like say for example Dax gets in a fight with his cousin over Ice cream so he gets a baseball bat and breaks his cousins electric scooter. And the moral lesson at the end of the story is: 'Sometimes you got to be creative in getting people back.' that's a moral only Daxflame would give after breaking his cousin's electric scooter. There's definitely that old-Daxflame vibe there, so if you liked the vibe from his old videos, you'll definitely like the vibe from this book.
Then, in other parts of the book, you feel like Daxflame has evolved and changed quite a bit. Other parts of the book, he sounds highly introspective and intelligent. If you think this story is 100% like Daxflame videos, and you don't think you'll end up taking any of it seriously you're wrong. Despite some of the goofy advice and moral lessons that your like "Huh? What ha-ha". There's other parts that are full of serious good advice and intelligent thinking about the world,
My favorite stories (My top favorites listed first) were:
1. Lupis and the Erector (p. 106)- An amazing story about Santa Clause teaching a young boy a lesson for stealing. This story is seriously amazing. I'm not kidding when I say "WOW!" It's one of the best short stories I've ever read. It seriously should be turned into a short-cartoon holiday classic to be shown on TV next to Charlie Brown. NOT KIDDING IT'S THAT GOOD! It's a perfect lesson of an adult figure punishing a boy for doing wrong, but not going overboard in his punishment. It's creative at a heavy level, and makes your heart feel something at a heavy level. THE ENDING IS SO GOOD! (It's one of his fiction stories. )
2. Sweet Vengeance (p. 51) - A story about Daxflame, his cousin, some ice cream, and some fighting. This story has that old Daxflame vibe to the max. If you've watched a lot of Daxflame videos, you know he's had some beef with his cousin. This is a fun entertaining story to imagine in your head. I love this.
3. Billy's Big Birthday (p. 15)- a great fiction story about a dog sticking up for himself. It has that old Daxflame vibe to it, and you can't take it as seriously as Lupis and the Erector, but that old Daxflame vibe adds a lot of charm to the story. It's pretty funny, quirky, and just in general a good time.
Some other goodies in the book include: A one page ad for a 'Once in a lifetime opportunity' (p. 36) , an exclusive YouTube link to watch an amazing photography video (p 46) and some interesting notes on his journey writing the book found on many pages.
There's tons of funny little lines you'll notice if you're a detailed oriented person. If you're a skim reader who just wants the main points then you'll definitely miss out.
I love this book. I think it should be in EVERY hand of people who used to watch Daxflame and enjoyed it, in his early years.
The people who hated Daxflame, and left rude comments on the videos, without finding entertainment value in them, I wouldn't recommend this book. I mean... I think a lot of this book is different than Daxflame's old stuff, and some of the people who hated Daxflame's early work could find actual enjoyment in some of his other stuff like 'Lupis and the Erector' or his photography section. But there is enough of the old Daxflame vibe (which I love, and many other's love) that might turn off the people who used to be Daxflame haters back in the early YouTube days. I would still be willing to share sections of the book with them though, and expect them to be able to enjoy it, you just wouldn't be able to give them the whole actual book and expect them to enjoy it. If you liked a lot of Daxflame's videos, then you'll like this. If you were a hater, you probably wouldn't like this book. And if you've never heard of him, then you may or may not like this book.
The diary entrees are entertaining, but not very memorable. Mostly I liked his life experience stories, and his fiction stories.
Another thing worth noting is this book seems a little more PG-13 at times than Daxflame's youtube videos. Most of Daxflame's videos come of as G or PG rated. But this book can feel in the PG-13 range at times. (Though it's never excessively vulgar for no reason) he does have swear words in the book (though they are edited with a star in each swear word. He does use the f-word once (he's not the one who says it, someone who gets mad at him is), the male genital p-word once, and I can't remember what else. He says 'Christ-Almighty' once that might offend some... I'm just giving a heads up to Moms and Pops who have twelve year olds who love Daxflame and might get this for them. I know 90% of people don't care. Just a heads up. Oh yeah, in a story where Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are the main characters, there is a scene where someone's head get's blown off with a gun and he falls headless to the floor. Depending on how graphic your imagination is that scene can be pretty violent.... Yep just a heads up.
The writing is really good, and it's easy to understand. I'm not a grammar Nazi, nor do I know grammar completely so I can't judge him on that. I definitely didn't notice any super obvious flaws. but yeah...
Basically this review is a recommendation, trying to explain what you might get from this book. THe only way to know what you'll get from this book is to read it though, WHICH I HIGHLY RECCOMEND if you've been a Daxflame fan for a while, and have seen quite a bit of his videos.
PS: Sorry for the one spoiler about Daxflame breaking a scooter. I just wanted to give an example of the Daxflame vibe you get from this book at times.
Highly recommended for sure. 4.5/ 5
(Also if you don't know who Daxflame is, but you randomly ended up here (maybe you saw another random youtuber comment on his book or something), my recommended youtube videos are: Marriage of the kidnap, Fashion Show and 16 billion a day, A convenient truth, A succes today when I asked Annie to date me today at school , I accidentely beat up someone today, Picture Day, Daxflame interviews lisanova, Last blog ever, new(girlfriend)!!,
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