I think this type of book is only for die-hard Mindy Kaling fans, The Office fans, or people who just like reading celebrity memoirs, no matter who th...moreI think this type of book is only for die-hard Mindy Kaling fans, The Office fans, or people who just like reading celebrity memoirs, no matter who the celebrity is. That being said, I found some sections to be very fun and laughed so much I couldn't breath. Then again, maybe it's because I felt like this book was written for me and I could sympathize with Mindy Kaling (having immigrant parents myself and not having the Hollywood body type...)
The only downside to this being the first celebrity memoir I picked up (as opposed to memoirs by authors, which are the only other types of memoirs I've become acquainted with so far in my life) is that I am not a The Office fan unfortunately, and she does talk a lot about the show and her experiences with it. (Parks and Recs has that documentary-type feel to it much like Office has but much less secondhand embarrassment, I think, which is why I've never really gotten into the latter, but I love the former. If Amy Poehler writes a memoir--or any book really--I am so there.)
But, even though I'm technically not a big Mindy Kaling fan (as in--I've never seen any of the shows she's been in), I'm kinda a big Mindy Kaling fan in general and this was, if nothing else, a good beach read.(less)
This was just really beautiful and a lengthy story. It described realistically a lot of ups and downs of a new relationship. And despite it being cent...moreThis was just really beautiful and a lengthy story. It described realistically a lot of ups and downs of a new relationship. And despite it being centered around the sport of soccer (football), which I tend to glaze over whenever I find in fiction - no matter the sport - it's such an engaging story. (less)
**spoiler alert** I was reluctant to pick up this comic. Mostly because I treasure the original fairy tales highly and as humans we are reluctant to t...more**spoiler alert** I was reluctant to pick up this comic. Mostly because I treasure the original fairy tales highly and as humans we are reluctant to think about any kind of change and this changes those beloved fairy tales & fables quite considerably. But they are awesome changes.
The majority of the characters are introduced here, though not all: Snow White, Bigby Wolf, Jack, Rose Red, Bluebeard, King Cole, Belle & the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Flycatcher, and Boy Blue. There are many characters to speak to many people.
I fell in love with Bigby and Snow White in the first few issues. I couldn't help it: Snow White is a wonderfully in-control and fiercely independent character, the one who's really in charge of Fabletown (King Cole is only the public figure-head). She is wonderfully real and has flaws, she can be seen as kind of an ice-queen but one gets the sense that's mostly a front she puts up to protect herself.
Bigby Wolf, though he's supposed to be the Big Bad Wolf, is a wonderfully fleshed out redeemed character who has renounced his old ways and helps Fabletown. The concept of evilness and who's truly evil now and who's reformed is a major interesting theme in Fables, I feel. There are some characters we expect to be evil (like Bigby) but who aren't and are actually good, moral characters who try to do the best they can with what they are given. And then there are some very homicidal characters (like Goldilocks and Bluebeard, but the less said about that and the more read about it, the better). But the big baddie is the Adversary and the mystery and twists surrounding that is worth an unspoiled read through.
This first volume was definitely good in introducing the characters and how they can live among us in the "real world" without losing that magic that fairy tales and fables have. The only thing that takes some time getting used to is the art. As someone who's primarily been reading superhero comics up to this point, it definitely has a different art style to it that, at first glance, doesn't seem to be that spectacular, but it's an individual preference and it doesn't get in the way of enjoying the story at all. (less)