Thursday, January 9, 2014
The Wobbit by The Harvard Lampoon
The Wobbit, a Parody by The Harvard Lampoon
Review by Lauren
copy for review, but all opinions are my own
Official Summary: When Aaron Sorkinshield and his band of Little People embark on a totally feasible quest to reclaim the hoard of Academy Awards stolen from them by the lonely Puff the Magic Dragon, senile wizard Dumbledalf suggests an unlikely and completely unqualified accomplice: Billy Bagboy, an unassuming wobbit dwelling in terrorist-riddled Wobbottabad. Along the way, the company faces Internet trolls, moblins, one really big spider that must be at least an inch and a half wide, and worse. But as they journey from the wonders of Livinwell to the terrors of Jerkwood and beyond, Billy will find that there is more to him than anyone-Tolkien included-ever dreamed. Propelled to his destiny by a series of courageous adventures and indented paragraphs, Billy will set out on the greatest YOLO of all time ...one that leads deep into the dark caverns hiding a mysterious man named Goldstein, who's just trying to have a nice seder.
Review: I read The Hunger Pains, a parody from The Harvard Lampoon about two years ago and found it really amusing. I noted in my review that it's one of those books you would probably only enjoy if you had already read The Hunger Games, and were also okay with making fun of the things you like. That was a combination that worked for me, so I figured I would give the latest parody, The Wobbit a chance. I read the actual Hobbit when I was younger, so most of what I could remember came from the first Hobbit film recently released.
While The Wobbit certainly had it's amusing moments, I didn't find it nearly as funny as The Hunger Pains. The book isn't very long, but for some reason, it just dragged. This may just be me, and others might find it goes quick. Regardless, I did finish the book and I thought I'd share a few thoughts!
Things I Liked: Gandalf was a mix of himself and Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books. If you know HP and LOTR, this makes sense since the two wizards do have some physical similarities. Therefore, the character became Dumbledalf and he was quite amusing, though very dimwitted. I liked the various Harry Potter references throughout, like Dumbledalf calling Billy "Hairy" and believing him to be a horcrux at some point.
The Internet Trolls were a clever idea, I thought! Instead of the actual trolls in the Hobbit, this version had internet "trolls" that worked their mischief online.
Things I Did Not Like: Three of the Little People were based on the Kardashian sisters. It just felt like a bad joke, since people have been making fun of these girls for years. It became annoying after awhile.
The book referenced the Lampoon quite a bit throughout the book, which was also bothersome. Maybe once or twice would have been fine, but it just felt like overkill and unneeded self-promotion.
Overall, this one wasn't the right fit for me. While I highly enjoyed The Hunger Pains, the Wobbit fell more toward annoying than awesome.