Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek By Olivia Munn

    Olivia Munn is one of those people that I'm leery of. I want to believe that she's actually the geek she says she is. I really do. I want to believe that she inhales pie in unwise proportions and plays D&D and can quote whole passages of The Empire Strikes Back. I think it would be good for geek-kind that someone with her image (attractive, pin-up starlet) is a real geek. But usually, I walk away skeptical. Really skeptical. It sometimes feels like she studies geek speak in order to appeal to that faction, which to me is the ultimate insult.

    Also, I should mention that I listened to the audiobook. I don't usually do audio. So maybe it's me... But Olivia Munn, in my opinion, is not a very good narrator. She might be funny. I got the impression that if I had been reading some of this stuff, I probably would have laughed. But she's missing that vital element that's elusive to so many otherwise funny people: timing. Her timing was off. Also, her delivery. She veered wildly between over-performance and super conversational. Also, she's kind of an up-talker? Like when people end their sentences on a high note? Like they were asking a question? It grated a bit.

    So, I was able to finish, anyway. I didn't want to shoot myself in the head, most of the time. But I questioned how real some of the stories were. If possible, I would have added a half-star for the very real, very affecting story of her grandmother's death. That was real. You could tell in her voice, and that kind of real and emotional story deserves to up the rating. Humor, Biographies Memoirs Ok...a few things first:
    1. I don't like G4TV.
    2. I cannot stand the new LYKE GEEK OMG culture that's sprang up in recent years.
    3. I listened to the audiobook version because that's what people have recommended...it didn't help.


    First off, Olivia Munn isn't even a D-list 'starlette'. She's made her reputation by trying to be a sex symbol to hordes of pubescent gamers. She constantly dotes on about her geekdom, fans, and how she's sticking up for women in a male dominated society (because, you know, working for Playboy and talking about your lesbian encounter is feminist to the core).

    Ok...on to the book;
    This book isn't good, it's not even mediocre. It's an incoherent rambling of a sorority girl who's never been in a sorority. There were no passionate geek moments in the book whatsoever. The most passionate thing she talked about was her love of pie (presumably for the fluff of the book). She really doted too long about pie and how much she loved it.

    Another thing I hate about it, is her bullshit stories.
    Apparently one fat, tiny director masturbated in front of her while eating shrimp...and all she did was walk away? It didn't occur to her to file a sexual harassment charge?

    She wants it to be clear that she has CURVES and BIG GIRL pride...google her Princess Leia outfit. Yea, she's SOOOOOOOO fat.

    There's not much else to critique about this book, her stories were forgettable, the narration was exactly like being on the phone with a drunk sorority girl...terrible.

    If I could give this 0/5...trust me, I would have.


    Humor, Biographies Memoirs Can I give a book ZERO stars?

    I don't really know anything about Olivia Munn, and I thought I liked geek girls. I also thought Josh liked her, but apparently I was totally wrong.

    At any rate, she's awful. I haven't watched her show, but it sounds dumb. The book is totally unorganized crap ranging from stories about how gross guys are in Hollywood, her awkward sex life, and why she likes pie. When I say disorganized I mean TOTALLY RANDOM. What's disturbing is that this is listed as written by Munn AND someone else. Which means TWO PEOPLE though this was okay.

    Her stories are inane and seem to involve a lot of name dropping without actually dropping names. She tries to be 'just one of the girls' by talking about her insecurities and how fat her thighs are, and tries to be 'just one of the nerds' by telling us about how she had to eat lunch alone. But the woman is wearing spandex superhero outfits and posing in Playboy and also talks about how she was at one point a popular cheerleader. So, sorry, I just don't buy it.

    From what I can tell Munn is nothing but a glorified booth babe they stuck on TV for her boobs. Her stories weren't funny - including the ones about how funny she is! I haven't seen her on TV, so perhaps she has a totally engaging on air personality and it just doesn't translate well to a book. Perhaps.

    I wanted to like a nerd girl. I wanted her to tell me something about being a woman in an industry full of socially-awkward nerds. The only positive thing I got out of it - to her credit - is that she seems to love her fans.

    But this book is horrible. Don't buy it. Not even at a discount. Don't read it. Don't bother.

    *******
    WAIT! Is this woman on the Daily Show?! Are you kidding me?!?! No wonder people were so angry about her ending up there! I'm not going to assume that 'blahblahblah the Daily Show is a boys club' like some did, but why in God's name would anyone put this woman at the top of a list of female comediennes?! ?!?!?!?! Wow. Humor, Biographies Memoirs I read this using iBooks while relaxing in Las Vegas.

    Olivia Munn is an entertaining lady. She's pretty and is fun to watch on G4 and The Daily Show. And she is funny. But...she's not a comedian (or comedienne, as the case may be). I've been racking my brain trying to really figure out how to make that distinction and the easiest way is contained within the pages of this book. There are some genuinely funny stories and bits that deliver. A New Hope as told through Princess Leia's Twitter account is pretty damn funny. But interspersed throughout the rest of the book are stories about how she's worked hard or how her family is crazy. When I was just getting to know a really great friend of mine, he started a conversation by saying to me, You're alive, so I'll assume your family is also crazy. That stuck with me because it's true. And while Olivia Munn's family sure is crazy, they aren't write it in a book crazy. They're more like normal crazy, which I guess is an oxymoron.

    People make it in the entertainment business through a combination of really hard work and luck (and anyone who doesn't think it's a majority of the latter compared to the former is kidding themselves). Their individual way of getting there can be pretty interesting. I'm sure Ms. Munn's story is interesting as well, but there's not enough of it in the book because she wants to break up the random stories with funny bits or inspirational pieces about girls who don't fit in following their dreams. I wish she had picked a focus and stuck with it. Instead we get a mishmash of sometimes charming anecdotes and then a bunch of filler. Seriously, save the fan art for your website because it came off poorly in the book.

    The book didn't make me like Olivia Munn more or make me like her less. Outside of a sad tale about the death of her grandmother, I don't even think I know her any better than I did before. That kind of stinks, I guess. That's kind of the impression the whole book gave me: it's okay but it really feels incomplete. Humor, Biographies Memoirs I wasn't going to review this book, until I read a scathing one star review by an obviously very bitter geek who seems very resentful of the fact that hot girls can be geeks too.

    No, this book isn't great literature, but I enjoyed it for much the same reason I enjoy Olivia Munn herself. She's honest and real, and in this collection of anecdotes, she doesn't shy from the sort of information others might try to hide out of sheer embarrassment. She doesn't gloss over her mistakes, or foibles, and it's her self-deprecating humor that has endeared her to so many of her fans, along with how personable and approachable she is. A lot of the stories she tells evoked emotions in me that made me completely resonate with her. She made me feel like we could be friends, and that's a quality some stars - smart ones - learn to cultivate, as it breeds loyalty among their fans.

    Munn is often heralded as the Queen of the Geeks, or some similar sobriquet, and the negative review I read made a huge issue about Munn's real appeal to her fans coming from her looks instead of her geek-appeal. He mentions her lack of reference to favorite games, pop culture references, or favorite comic book characters. I challenge this on two counts - one: this book isn't about Olivia the Geek, it's about Olivia the person, who is passionate about many things, and therefore, a geek. Two: If you read this book and don't at least have a good idea of the things she likes: (i.e. - Tetris, Super Mario Bros., Call of Duty 4, XBox 360, Star Wars, and Wonder Woman) you're really not paying any attention.

    I'll admit that the first time I saw her on Attack of the Show, I too thought she'd been cast, not for her geek-cred, but because she's gorgeous and exotic looking. But watch the show long enough, and her enthusiasm for what I'll call 'geek culture' is very evident. Plus, she knows Mac's are better for everyday computing, but PC's are better for gaming. Who but a gamer would know that? However, as far as her physical appearance goes, yes, she's gorgeous, but she's also larger than the average Hollywood starlet, and less endowed as well. I think this is great - it's about time we seem a woman with curves on television who's also sexy, and not playing a teenage high school wrestling champ.

    This other reviewer also charged that Munn uses her own sexuallity in her book, and uses as example several of the stories she tells. I felt the opposite about this. Yes, she talks about getting propositioned by Evander Holyfield, masturbated on by one famous Hollywood director, and offered an antique sex toy by another, but the overall theme of these stories isn't how hot she is, it's about the superficiality of Hollywood, and the self-entitlement some famous persons have, especially when it comes to women. For a well-known, corpulent director to assume the girl bringing him his lunch will not only want to sleep with him, but not be offended for randomly stroking off in front of her while eating shrimp, is both horrifying and surreally hilarious.

    I wasn't a huge fan of Munn before this book, just aware but mostly indifferent. Now, I certainly intend to keep my eye out for her. And take her to have some pie if ever we meet. She loves pie. Humor, Biographies Memoirs

    Suck

    Summary Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek

    Honestly, I felt like I was giving it the second star simply because I didn't want to seem mean. After blowing though this airy, superficial work I am able to definitively say that my first, limited impressions of Ms. Munn have been validated (if not confirmed, because you can't really confirm anything of substance about her after reading this; and, you know, we've never met or anything).

    - She's not Hollywood enough to be able to write a tell-all about celebrities and she's not a good enough writer (or open enough) to be able to write a relatable/interesting/engaging account of her journey from mixed-race kid growing up in Oklahoma and Japan to nameless hot, wanna-be starlet to Object of Geek Desire. (Though her story of her Playboy shoot comes close.)

    - Her comedy is blandly amusing, bordering on the banal.

    - She seems to have an affinity for geeky things and geekdom in general, but can't articulate anything about it other than she has fun at ComicCon, loves her fans and knows the names of popular and generation-defining video games.

    - She knows full well that geek boys love her because she's hot and doesn't look down on them for being geeks, and that geek girls love her because she makes being an out chick geek acceptable and fun (i.e. you can be girly, feminine and still be into D&D and video games and stuff). To maintain that image she doles out some anecdotes aimed at each audience.

    This book is not terrible but I blazed through it in a few hours, and not in a good way. I found myself skipping entire chapters (Dating Tips That Totally Help You Score? What to Do When the Robots Invade? Really?!) and I was able to breeze over whole sections when she wasn't saying anything substantive. If you're a huge fan of Olivia then you'll probably love the book, but if you're looking for anything more than the mildly (and I stress mildly) interesting ramblings of that hot chick on that show about video games, or the unfunny girl that recently joined the staff of The Daily Show, then you'll be sorely disappointed. Humor, Biographies Memoirs I wasn't sure if I liked Olivia Munn or not, but I will read almost any book written by a female comic. After reading this book, I have decided that a) I like Olivia Munn, but b) I did not like this book. It is horribly written. She uses the same jokes over and over again. She contradicts herself by writing about how proud she is to be curvy but then writes about how before photo shoots she eats no carbs and exercises obsessively for a week. What kept me reading was the flickers of her actual personality that came through occasionally, like in the stories about being rejected in her youth and in one particularly poignant chapter about her grandmother's death. Towards the end she writes about being nervous about going on Jimmy Fallon's show because she didn't know whether to be herself or to be funny, which was basically the problem with the book. When she was herself it was interesting. When she was funny it was pretty awful. Humor, Biographies Memoirs Olivia Munn has been called the Queen of the Geeks because she co-hosts a show on G4, claims she loves video games and geek culture, and oh by the way, is also attractive. This book is part autobiography and part collection of random humor bits (or more accurately attempted humor bits). I only read this book because (1) I’m a geek, and felt I had to read it to maintain my geek cred; (2) I had free money in my iTunes account and the book was downloadable for iPads; and (3) Gizmodo posted an excerpt from the book that was relatively clever and funny (a short piece on how to survive a zombie attack, one of whose tips involved throwing a live kitten at the zombie to distract it so you can run away). If you are a fellow geek, or even if you are not, by all means avoid this dreck masquerading as a book. First, outside of the zombie piece, all of the other attempted humor bits fall flat; they simply aren’t very funny or clever. Second, outside of one section where Munn shares her thoughts and feelings about her grandmother’s death, the autobiographical parts aren’t very effective; that is, they reveal little, and try too hard to convey life lessons or emotion. And for someone who is supposedly a geek herself and loves geek culture, she shares nothing about herself in relation to that – no favorite video game experiences, no favorite geek movie lines, no favorite comic book characters and why, etc. Instead we get scenes about her being hit on by a famous unnamed Hollywood director. My biggest beef with the book is that Munn knows the reason she has a big geek fanbase (her looks) and tries to take advantage of that. She includes a “chapter” that consists of pictures of her dressed in scantily clad costumes (from Betsy Ross to Wonder Woman to Princess Leia, of course). She writes a chapter on why she’d rather date a geek (sure you would, Hollywood starlet; sure you would). And unsurprisingly, she includes an anecdote of a lesbian make-out experience she had with a hot friend – and even prefaces the story with the line “Note: You are about to be fully rewarded for buying this book”. Sorry, Olivia, some of us geeks aren’t that easy to please. If you’re an Olivia Munn stalker/obsessed fan, this book is for you, and you already bought ten copies. For every one else, this is the worst book I’ve read this year. Humor, Biographies Memoirs Before I start explaining why I didn't like this book I think it would be more helpful if I made a list of things that have to be true in order for someone to tolerate, like, or even love it.


    -You will tolerate this book if:

    1.
    You don't find this video sexist or objectifying in any way and think it's just harmless naughty fun.

    2. You believe that the following quotes are fine examples of good and solid writing:
    And writing a book that is interesting and entertaining is doubly hard as shit. Plus- who's to say if anyone gives two shits? Ya know?
    -introduction, excerpt from the 1st paragraph-
    This aunt: Hey, nice MacBook. Where'd you get it?
    Me: Um, the MacStore.
    Aunt: How much did you pay?
    Me: I don't know, about $2,000 or so.
    Aunt: Oh really? You know, I could buy at garage sale for one dollah.
    [sic]
    -excerpt from the 1st chapter-


    -You will like this book if combined with the previously mentioned conditions you also:

    1.
    Don't really care about chapters that follow a coherent line of thought, or books that have an overall logical structure.

    2. Prefer to read texts that closely resemble the oral and not the written speech, [or literature in general].

    3. Are not in ANY way opposed to exhibitions of fat shaming, sexism and/or jokes and disparaging descriptions based on various forms of social racism.



    -You will love this book if combined with the previously mentioned conditions you also:

    1.
    Are a heterosexual male. I'm sorry, it's sad but true. Olivia has had the good sense to go out of her way so as to make sure that everyone will comprehend that her book was specifically written for a male audience. For that reason she has included three chapters on (mostly dubious and some downright disturbing and sexist) dating advice and tips for men. One of these chapters is about what she likes in men -she makes sure you know she prefers geeks- so as to facilitate the potential reader's fantasies about dating her, which leads us to number two.

    2. Consider Olivia Munn an attractive woman and finding sexy cosplay pictures of her in a book, only makes the experience better for you.

    3. Like pie SO MUCH (omigodpieyesihaveafoodobsessionyaylookathowquirkyiam)that you NEED to read about it or at least have it mentioned in each chapter, even when the subject is irrelevant.

    4. Are a quasi nerd-geek (never really got the difference between the two). Olivia makes sure she mentions some of the most well known franchises so as to titillate our nerdy senses and prove that she is one of the geeks. It doesn't matter if the reference of Firefly comes out of the blue, it's a geeky thing!



    -You will ADORE this book beyond life and reason if:

    1.
    You are obsessed and in love with Olivia Munn.
    2. You are illiterate.


    Now onto the review!





    I think that I made it quite clear that both this book and Mrs. Munn disappointed me. Although it's true that I wasn't a big fan of Olivia Munn to begin with, I admired her as an actress. I first saw her in Insanitarium (zombies <3 ) and some time later I watched the TV-series Newsroom in which she plays a financial reporter named Sloan Sabbith.

    ~Sloan Sabbith in all her awesomeness~

    Sabbith is smart, a bit socially awkward and generally kick-ass female character, you cannot but root for! Needless to say, I loved this character and respected Munn for portraying her the way she did.

    ...And then I stumbled upon her book on goodreads. I was instantly impressed! Funny title: CHECK! Nerd reference: CHECK! Girl power feeling: CHECK! I considered myself lucky to have found it. Oh, boy. I was in for a big surprise.

    Retrospectively I think I could have prevented this self inflicted torture, or at least prepare my self for what was to follow, had I simply read the first two reviews, or at least googled what Attack of the Show was. Lesson learned world. Lesson learned.

    To be honest I knew from the first paragraph that it was going to be badly written but I never would have imagined the amount of sexism and fat shaming that I would encounter and have to endure. There are many possible examples of such cases in the book, but I think that the most characteristic and illustrious of them is when she describes a disgustingly (I'm-masturbating-in-front-of-random-girls) perverted movie director. To make sure that we understand how disgusting he was she feels the need to constantly describe his three chins, his too-tiny-for-his-fat-ass clothes, the suffering of the buttons of his pants and his secret binging of humongous amount of food. Because of course being overweight is disgusting and it's EVIDENT that this is the only way to describe a pervert, by focusing on how icky fat he is. As readers, we really NEED that focus on his fatness, just to be able to comprehend the extent of his hideousness.

    I cringe when I remember the supposedly empowering chapter in which she described how she jumped into a giant pie while dressed in a sexy maid uniform (there is a youtube video of this, it made me sad to watch it) and how she showed us, common folk, that celebrities aren't really perfect....because sometimes they too eat too much pie, and dammit Olivia's activism prompts her to publicly declare this without being ashamed! Yay you Olivia, now that I understand that you too are a human being like me, albeit infinitely more awesome and interesting by your standards, I can be happier and love my non celebrity body. You changed my life...!

    I haven't seen someone patting so much themselves in the back since kindergarten, but I'll admit that this is an excusable behavior if you are a five year old kid.

    The whole book seems like a love letter Mrs. Munn wrote to herself. The really sad part is that she does seem to have a lot of interesting experiences -both sad and funny- that could easily create an interesting biography had she hired even a half-decent writer, or ghostwriter, to help her with this.

    I could go on and rant endlessly about the things that are offensive, wrong, or plainly idiotic about this book. Suck It, Wonder Woman! is a treasure of mistakes one could get angry about or make fun of, and to truly explore the full potential of ridicule it opens itself up to, one would need to take it apart sentence by sentence, something I am unable to do (I really wish there was a sporking of this!)

    Olivia, now more than ever I think you are an AMAZING actress because judging by your performances in films and tv-series I never would have fathomed the depths of your sexism and prejudice, (had I not read your book.) I hope you get cast in many-many projects as an actress and never write another book. Humor, Biographies Memoirs I have fought for Olivia Munn, I really have.

    I want to go out of my way to support supposed strong females in the geek community, and that's what Olivia proudly brands herself as. I love that a confident lady has come to the forefront and simultaneously embraced both her geekhood and her cuteness! Good on her!

    …Aaaand then I made the mistake of reading this book. Shame on me for getting my hopes up.

    As I clicked through the pages on my Kindle I was completely disappointed-nigh-horrified at the type of person she comes across as- for someone who dedicates an entire chapter to easy identification of “assholes,” she sure seems to fit the bill. Every chapter seems to be a series of complaints or put-downs, regaling us with stories about those who wronged her in one way or another. Sure, I don’t doubt that Olivia had some shitty childhood experiences and has to deal with some complete douchebags in Hollywood, but it comes across as if she has never had a break in life- something pretty immediately disproved by the fact that, well, she has a book deal. A book deal I am unfortunately reading.

    Her attitude towards her fellow women is flimsy and contradictory at best- she can only commend acceptance of her body- the body of a “real woman,” mind you- by shaming thin and fat women alike. WAT. Honestly? Olivia Munn is a gorgeous woman and power to her for embracing it, but the self-deprecation and acting like she doesn’t know it just seems forced. Not to say we don’t all have body issues, it’s an inevitability of being a chick, but a woman who continually has the (admirable!) confidence to pose for playboy and wear skimpy costumes to conventions knows what she has going on.

    Also, saying guys “grow a vagina” when they’re sick and needy? Talking about older women’s dusty and useless genitalia? Recalling the pain of being slut-shamed in grade school only to REEPEATEDLY turn the tables and do the same to several different women she’s crossed paths with? Jesus Christ, Olivia. It’s easy to rail on other people- it takes real moxy to act like a decent human being and really put a critical eye to what you saying. Crude humour doesn’t also have to be hateful and alienating.

    And regarding Olivia’s constant overuse of the word “geek”:

    - Stop gendering the word. Your geek history revolves almost entirely around men and their accomplishments, with women relegated to random slews of costumed pinups (many of whom are in NO way representative of female geekery). You also go on about a lesbian encounter and clearly, proudly acknowledge the straight male reader supposedly getting off to it. If you continually claim you don’t want to be known as someone getting by on sheer sex appeal, you need to have the substance to back it up. Dressing your cohost in a French maid’s costume doesn’t cut it.
    - Even going by your broad and loving definition of geeks as people who are passionate about something, hacky sacks aren’t geeky. Not sure where you got that from.
    - Don’t act as if all geeks are amazing, flawless people; pedestaling a group is just as harmful as stereotyping them negatively. I have run into tons of passionate, geeky people who are simultaneously rude, misogynistic and cruel.
    - Stop telling us you’re a geek over, and over and over again. The more you insist you’re a geek, the less believable it sounds. If you’re a geek and you know it, fine, awesome, good for you- just stop shouting it to the heavens for verification. And liking the Star Wars franchise, the first four episodes of which were the top-grossing films in the respective years they were released, does not make you a supergeek. That is akin to liking Disney.

    In the end, I don’t dislike Olivia Munn because she does photoshoots and jumps into pies, or because she’s a “threat” as an attractive fellow woman, or any of the other reasons Munn lays on the table instead of trying to actually connect to all the female geeks out there. I dislike Olivia Munn because her humor revolves around the vicious deprecation of other people, because she complains about being ostracized only to blindly spin around and do the same thing, and because she is so unaware of anyone’s criticism of her work that she uses ad hominem attacks to defend herself.

    I love being able to share the female space with amazingly talented, smart, witty, geeky, hot ladies- I just don’t think Olivia has proved herself on that front. Humor, Biographies Memoirs

    Olivia Munn is an actress, comedian and television host, best known for being the face of the G4 network.  She also occasionally likes to get dressed up as Wonder Woman. Suck It Wonder Woman is her paean to Geeks everywhere.  Using her trademark humor in essays like Thoughts About My First Agent's Girlfriend's Vagina she skewers what it’s like to live in Hollywood.  In Sex: What You Can Do To Help Yourself Have More Of It she frankly gets down to the business of getting it on. In What To Do When The Robots Invade (Yes, When!), Olivia offers valuable information on... what to do when the robots invade! And just when you thought she couldn’t get any more Geeky, she can. This book also includes an Olivia Munn timeline of great moments in Geek history and her answers to the Unofficial Geek FAQ. Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek