The Grumpy Guide to Life

The Grumpy Guide to LifeSummary: In a world filled with inspirational know-it-alls and quotable blowhards, only one figure is indifferent enough to tell the cranky truth: Grumpy Cat. Following the success of her New York Times bestselling debut, everyone’s favorite disgruntled feline is back with this demotivational guide to everyday life, love, friendship, and more. Featuring many new photos of Grumpy Cat’s famous frown and packed with uninspiring observations, The Grumpy Guide to Life will help anyone get in touch with their inner grouch.

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The Grumpy Guide to Life, by Grumpy Cat 4.5

“No”

‘The Grumpy Guide to Life’ is another entry in the commercialization of Grumpy Cat, the internet meme that caught the world by storm. Grumpy Cat has now been merchandised to such a degree that there is a Grumpy Cat Christmas TV movie (and accompanying soundtrack). No joke.

When I first discovered Grumpy Cat (via ‘A Grumpy Book‘), I thought that it was a marvelously absurd concept. I also saw a reflection of myself in many of GC’s incredibly misanthropic world views. Another friend of mine has become an even greater fan, loving every Grumpy Cat moment.

For me, the novelty has worn off.

I haven’t yet seen the Christmas movie, but I imagine that it will suck – especially after plodding through this dismally unfunny so-called “demotivational book”, which is filled with the kind of lame humour that armchair comedians and/or middle-aged, small town housewives might dream up.

In essence, it consists of common expressions that were re-written to make them say the reverse of what they originally intended. Haha. The results are wholly unremarkable, lacking the cleverness and bite of the original: honestly, I laughed outright maybe three times from start to finish.

‘The Grumpy Guide to Life’ is a perfect example of mass market consumerism neutering a potent idea: this beautifully-bound pocketbook hides within its pages the death of everything that made Grumpy Cat fresh and witty – proving her motto that “success is just failure waiting to happen.”

Post scriptum: Yes, I gave it extra points for the packaging. It makes for a nice-looking shelf-filler. Or paperweight.

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