I Want to Go to There: A Self-Reflective Review of Tina Fey’s Bossypants

Megan Horn BossypantsThis weekend, I took the time to read a book I’ve been dying to read—Bossypants
by Tina Fey.

Tina Fey is on my “People I Want to Meet (Alive)” list. I haven’t officially written that list down, but when (if) I do, she’ll be on it. I wish I could have seen her Second City work, I love everything she did on SNL and I thoroughly enjoy the quirkiness of 30 Rock.

Enough of me ranting and raving about Tina Fey, and onto me ranting and raving about her book.

Before reading it I’d heard mixed review. “It’s not as funny as I expected,” and, “It’s amazing; in my head, I read it in her voice.” But Iwent in with an unbiased mind.

I tried to read the book slowly to catch all her subtle jokes, but honestly, I was so enthralled in the book that I flew through it. I’d like to think I caught most of the jokes, but there were probably some so subtle that they flew right over my head with lightning speed.

Throughout the book, Fey tells stories of her awkward childhood, her days in Second City and, of course, her life at NBC. It gave me a whole new insight into this person I’d been watching on TV for half of my life.

Bossypants gives you a picture of off-the-screen Fey. It portrays a hard-working, humble writer just trying to make people laugh. Reading this book gave me a new appreciation for Fey and her writing. I always knew she was a helluva comedy writer, but throughout the book I caught myself thinking, “Damn, I wish I could write like this.”

If you’ve seen much of Fey’s work, the book reveals the personal influences behind it. Liz’s “foot thing” on 30 Rock, the entire Mean Girls script, the Weekend Update jokes and her hesitancy to play Sarah Palin despite the resemblance.

One reason I think I’m so enthralled with this woman is that I see a little resemblance to myself…or at least I’d like to think so. I’m a writer, I love making people laugh, and sometimes when I put on my reading glasses, maybe I even look like her a little bit. When I was younger, I wanted to be on SNL. I wanted to make people laugh for a living. I took a slightly different route, but my love for making people laugh remains.

It probably goes without saying at this point that I truly enjoyed the book. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a quick, laugh-out-loud read.

And Tina, if you’re reading this, it’s all true. Call me.