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ALEX FALCONE is comedian and writer living in Portland, OR. He's a regular on the IFC show Portlandia and has appeared at numerous comedy festivals including Bridgetown, Bumbershoot, Sketchfest, and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival. He's written for The Portland Mercury, The Willamette Week, and the public radio show Live Wire, and his work has been quoted in Rolling Stone, VOX, Boing Boing, and been featured on the front page of Reddit. Salt & Straw named an ice cream flavor after him.
Despite these modest accomplishments, he somehow remains totally down to earth and approachable.
on Dec. 09, 2016 :
Unwrap My Heart is a Twilight parody written by Portland Standup Comic Alex Falcone and comedy writer Ezra Fox. The authors also created the Read it and Weep Podcast, which started by reviewing Twilight, then tackled other young adult fiction, and have more recently moved on to mostly reviewing bad movies. I first listened their review of Gossip Girl with guest reviewer Amanda Leinbaugh of Skepchick and have been a fan since.
Through their podcast, the writers have developed an intimate knowledge of understanding of the genre. But Unwrap My Heart can’t be lumped in with other parodies like Barry Trotter and Bored of the Rings because in addition to hitting all of the obvious flaws in Twilight, the meat between the parody is also funny. A lot of the jokes were said first on Read it and Weep, but they’re even funnier in a fictional context. The ancillary characters are adorable. I would read a sequel that was just Sofia’s weatherman father and her failed 90s comic teacher Mr. Graff taking over her effort to get her cat internet famous while she’s off fighting mummies.
The book isn’t perfect. It’s a little over-written in a few places, but it has far fewer stylistic flaws than other famous first books like The Martian or Ready Player One. Sofia is smart yet can’t figure out that her crush is a mummy or that her friend is upset because he’s part of a love angle. It’s never fully explained why the mummy has a porche (at least it’s not a volvo?) or has to attend high school. And I’m having a really hard time imagining a handsome face without eyeballs.
It feels weird to nitpick a parody. This book is the funniest thing I’ve ever read, perhaps because it also has a lot of heart. Sofia is one of the most accurate written depictions of what it’s like to be an awkward teenage girl. Who would have thought that it would come from two 30-something men writing a Twilight parody?
(reviewed the day of purchase)