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I Can Make You Hate

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,630 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Would you like to eat whatever you want and still lose weight? Who wouldn't? Keep dreaming, imbecile. In the meantime, if you'd like to read something that alternates between laugh-out-loud-funny and apocalyptically angry, keep holding this book. Steal it if necessary. In his latest collection of rants, raves, hastily spluttered articles and scarcely literate scrawl, Charl ...more
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Published October 2nd 2012 by Guardian Faber Publishing
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Sam Quixote
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of articles Charlie Brooker wrote for the Guardian newspaper, including the last of his “Screen Burn” columns, and some scripts from his “10 O’Clock Show” and various “Wipe” shows from August 2009 to July 2012.

Brooker has changed quite a bit since the last book: he’s gotten married, he’s become a father, he’s ended his hilarious “Screen Burn” column, bought numerous Apple products, and even taken up running! In other words, the Charlie Brooker of today has become the kind o
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
It's Charlie Brooker. Of course it gets five stars.
So, as the blurb says; don't be a prick, buy this book!
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The worst thing happened to you that could happen to any fighter. Ya got civilised."

A line from Rocky III: sage advice delivered from trainer to boxer. Brooker is a journalist, not a boxer; but I doubt the line spoken to him would be that different.

I'm a Brooker fan, having bought/received all of his books at some point. (It makes you an easy person to buy for at Christmas.) I thought it was a shame You Have Been Watching only ran for two series, and I've always looked forward to his annual 'W
Russell George
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t actually finished this yet, having read two thirds of it over Christmas before leaving it on the sofa for the next six months. But it confirmed my feeling that Charlie Brooker is a bit of a genius, and that his vitriolic outbursts – less pronounced in this collection than others I’ve read – are ground in the fact that he cares quite a bit about the world, as well as its media. If you find him offensive, or nihilistic, then you’ve missed the point and should be thoroughly ashamed of you ...more
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who's at all familiar with Charlie's previous non-filmic works in whatever form - whether the various Wipe series, his Guardian column, 10 O'clock Live or whatever else - will know what to expect here, not that that's a bad thing.

Brooker is remarkably like Frankie Boyle in his ability to cut straight through the bullshit and sound like an angry man with a rant, only Brooker is actually funny and not a nob.

Something glorious about Brooker that makes you want to hold him up as a champion of
Reading this after the earlier collections of Screen Burn columns, I couldn't help but think that this latest collection marked the point at which Mr Brooker belatedly grew up, realised that as a television personality in his own right, what had previously come across as comedic sniping from the sidelines - the mocking of reality show contestants and hapless minor celebrities - could look a lot like old-fashioned bullying when coming from a man with his own TV series - several of them. And so he ...more
Rob Thompson
This is a collection of articles Charlie Brooker wrote for the Guardian newspaper, including the last of his "Screen Burn" columns, and some scripts from his "10 O'Clock Show" and various "Wipe" shows from August 2009 to July 2012.

The first half of the book is unrelenting hilarity from one column to the next. The style occasionally gets a bit predictable but the metaphors are often superb. He is ageing and his audience don't necessarily like that, but I don't mind a little mellowing. There are s
Fiona Watkins
Sep 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-group
I'm not quite sure what to write for this book, I think if I had read each of the columns when they appeared in the newspapers then I may have at least enjoyed them a little. As it was the book had lots of entries that had no real context associated with it which made reading them a little frustrating. The title of the book is however, I think, quite apt in that reading it did make me hate the book a little. Charlie Brooker is very opinionated and makes no apology for expressing these views (or ...more
Rob Ward
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as many gut wrenching laughter moments as his earlier work but still very funny an relevant.
Josh Cargill
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Crass and Very Funny. Brooker has mastered the art of amusingly complaining about things. A collection of sundry columns and a few transcripts it doesn't have much structure and is definitely 'of its time' (which is admittedly only 6 or so years ago) however not much context is required to understand the excellently written humor.

'I'd create an animal that excretes meat, just to give vegetarians pause for thought. Ethically, what's the problem with eating a sausage, if it's been harmlessly
Helena MacCormack

Got to page 197 (41%) and decided I'm done with it. Although Brooker is a clever, funny, and very entertaining writer, a couple of different factors prevented me from finishing this book.

This is not the kind of book you want to get on an eReader - it's a collection of articles, and I imagine the best way to experience it would be to flip through it, as it's not organised in any particular way. This lack of organisation and its nature as a collection of many different pieces means that the t
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nerds
From the mind that brought us the brilliant "Black Mirror" series, and two of my favorite catchphrases, from the BBC series "You Have Been Watching": "Fuck a Jesus!" and "He done fell in the water!", a collection of "Screen Burn" columns written from 2009-2012. I have clumped Brooker in my head with Richard Ayoade, Ben Miller, and David Mitchell (the comedian, not the novelist) as Britain's generation of "Whingey Young Men", scintillating comedians who are vastly intelligent and great at po-face ...more
Clive Ellis
I have never read his Guardian column but I am guessing this is
mostly taken from his newspaper column and so is going to be a little left leaning
as most entertainers are still we had to be reminded he doesn't like the BNP
who were starting to get a bit more of the votes back then and here's me thinking
we're in a free society and know, we are not supposed to like those sort of people
and most of us don't but we might just agree a little in some of their ideas.
There are good bits for sure and he doe
Chris Orme
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, despite loving it oddly took me years to finish reading, oddly also that I started it in hospital and also finished it whilst staying in another hospital (in another country also). Mainly because I am not much of a reader of non fiction so the articles the books collect where read randomly in amongst other stuff, sometimes whilst waiting for a takeaway, something for a quick chuckle. I've been a fan of Charlie Brooker's TV work for a long time but this was his first book I had read an ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only the 2nd book that I've read in the past 30 years... that actually, genuinely, literally made me laugh out loud when reading it. I'm a miserable sod eh? Rather like the author.
Highly recommended for miserable misanthropes like me.
Be warned though... the feeling of a smile playing across your mouth... and then... horror of horrors... a chortle... may be something you're not used to.
You have been warned.
Cathy Lowery
Stilted style. Unpleasant and unrelatable. As the title suggests, just one giant bitch fest from start to finish but from a Brit's point of view: British subject matter, British politics, etc. Leaves us mere colonists out in the cold. I had high hopes for this book as I am a huge fan of Charlie Booker. In the end, the caustic negativity left me wondering why I had invited such into my life, much less wasted money on it.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
He can make you hate, but not this book

Although it's a collection of articles, editorias andva couple of excerps from his TV show we monologues rather than a new collection of writing especially for this volume, the majority was new to me. I may not always agree with Mr Brooker, but he is always amusingly acerbic and makes very good points.

If you enjoy his comedy then you'll enjoy this book
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Mirror is, in my opinion, the best show currently on TV. Charlie Brooker, the mind behind Black Mirror, reminds me of George Orwell (in Orwell's essays and diaries) in his ability to destroy any piece of idiotic media while slowing assembling raw material for something more subversive.
Daniel Sevitt
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
This is my fourth collection of Brooker's Grauniad columns. I'm almost certain I read some of these when they were first printed, but it doesn't matter. He's very good at this kind of stuff. I think I've read these to make up for being too scared to watch Black Mirror. Is that weird?
Thomas Lee
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. In fact at one point (probably page 106) i laughed so hard that i ruptured my left lung.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm biased I like anything by Brooker.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
The title makes it sound far more hateful than the book really is. This is a collection of articles/blogs by Charlie Brooker who writes for The Guardian. He’s smart, funny, possibly offensive to many, and thought-provoking. I would only recommend this to the ultimate Anglophile and those who truly appreciate British sarcasm and humor. Many of the chapters are about British politicians and celebrities.This picture of him always makes me I giggle - so British and a look of absolute disgust and jus ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, comedy

‘I can make you hate’ is a collection of television presenter and journalist Charlie Brooker’s columns from the Guardian written between August 2009 and July 2012, where he pokes splenetic fun at all manner of targets, from politicians, other newspapers like the Daily Mail, and the stars of reality television.

Most people, who are already familiar with Brooker’s work know what they will be getting from him, so the angry, well written rants are not surprising, but what is is that half way through
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Charlie Brooker so five stars... but actually no, I just can't give it that because this isn't Charlie Brooker circa "Dawn of The Dumb" or the early part of "The Hell of it All."

Since then he's aged, got married, had a child, bought Apple products but also started to become one of those people he used to attack by writing articles about how good they are (yes, you've read that correctly he devotes 3 whole articles to how good apple are, he's like one the Pigs in animal farm transforming in
Dubi Kanengisser
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, humour
Charlie Brooker writes really funny newspaper columns, and I absolutely adore his NewsWipe, but somehow the columns don't make the switch to book format quite well. Maybe it's because the topics he writes about become outdated really quickly.
Or maybe it's because, when you get right down to it, his grumpy rants are just sort of juvenile, and I expect more from a book. Charlie Brooker can make you hate, that is true - he can make anything sound stupid and anyone sound unbearable. But that's not r
I've never really needed much help with that Charlie. On any given day it doesn't take much to set me off and it's been getting worse lately, fuelled in large part by the assholes running our country trying to make sure everyone but them ends up in the poorhouse while the few who escape that fate do their dirty work for them, running around strangling single mums and immigrants. Perhaps one day I'll also learn to stay away from the comments section of my local 'news'paper, hopefully before the r ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny, as usual. A chronological compendium of his excellent columns and some newswipe bits thrown in. On the whole, the columns are witty, sometimes laugh out loud funny and absurdist. Th style occasionally gets a bit predictable but the metaphors are often superb. He is ageing and his audience don't necessarily like that, but I don't mind a little mellowing. The newswipe bits seem a bit tacked on and I am less keen on those in text format.

His comments on Google's prediction facility shou
Colin Murtagh
It's Charlie Brooker, but not quite how you know him. Over the course of the book he's had a child, decided he likes Apple products after all, took up jogging, and even joined a gym. During one of his columns he admits himself, he's not quite as angry as he used to be. He's looked back at some of his old columns and thinks he's been too harsh and judgemental.
It shows in this collection, while he still has the ability to skewer his topics, he's not quite got the venom in his earlier writing. It'
Sarah Magee
I decided many moons ago that I did not like this guy. It was because all the complete tossers from my old workplace loved him and wanted to be his best friend and therefore I refused to get on board. I didn't claim it was a valid reason...

So, I found myself purchasing this book last week and it turns out that I like his sense of humour. I gather from some of the columns that some of his fans find him too old and boring now. I am getting on a bit myself these days, and I am quite boring at the m
It's Charlie Brooker, so of course it's good, but this book isn't anything more than the sum of its parts: it's just all of his old columns. Which is great, but a lot of them are newspegged, so it has less of an impact than it would have simply reading his column at the time. I'm happy to support this guy's work, though. Brooker's fantastic, if for nothing else, because he threw out the tired old "rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic" cliche and replaced it with the far more entertaining "tryi ...more
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Charlton "Charlie" Brooker is a British journalist, comic writer and broadcaster. His style of humour is savage and profane, with surreal elements and a consistent satirical pessimism.

He presents TV shows Screenwipe, Gameswipe and Newswipe, wrote a review column for The Guardian newspaper, and is one of four creative directors of comedy production company Zeppotron.

His five-part horror drama Dea

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