Book Review: Improv Wisdom
As previously challenged, I have created my first-ever book review. (I assume that junior high school book reports don’t count.) The following is now on Amazon.
(2 stars) A great idea with a trite implementation
I love improv, and my short time learning and performing it has taught me much about how to live life adventurously.
I was expecting this book to have the following promising premise:
1) Here is a concept from improv.
2) Here is how this concept applies to creating great improv.
3) Here is how to apply this concept to your everyday life to make it more exciting/rewarding/entertaining/fulfilling.
Unfortunately, this book didn’t have this premise. At least most of the book didn’t. A couple chapters almost followed this format, and half of these chapters half worked.
Many of the chapters had no discernible or explained connection with improv at all. For example, one chapter covered saying “thank you” to people, but never explained what this has to do with improv. Many other chapters make long nonsensical segues into topics like meditation or Japanese tea parties.
My favorite lesson from the book is this: Saying yes is an act of courage and optimism. That is where the book started and, unfortunatly, it rapidly went downhill after that.
1) Be suspicious of the abundance of five-star reviews. A number of them feel like ‘astroturfing’ to me.
2) Find a (free) local improv group/workshop that practices together every week. This is the best way to gain improv’s wisdom.
This happened to be the most recent book that I was reading. It happened to fit into this blog’s theme of challenge, but it happened to be for a book that I didn’t care for. Oh well. I’ll be sure to highlight some favorites for my next few reviews!