With all the energy I have put into ridiculing books lately, I would be remiss if I did not share with you the single most hilarious-in-a-horrifying-way book I have ever glimpsed in a bookstore: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adoption.
Great. "Complete idiots" are totally the segment of the population that we want to enable to acquire and raise children.
I know that the whole "Complete Idiot's Guide to . . ." is just a marketing gimmick (and a lame one, because it totally copies the 'For Dummies' books), but come on. Isn't that just asking for ridicule?
This inspired me to take a look at this publisher's website and see what other things they were helping complete idiots accomplish. I was thinking it would be really funny if they had one that was like, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Using Dangerous Power Tools. Close enough. Good luck with that!
While you're browsing the many titles on the site, do be sure to check out this rather redundantly-titled one. I think that if you are writing a book designed to explain fairies and elves to anyone over the age of, like, born, it is understood that those readers will be complete idiots.
Some of the books made me mad, like this one. What if some total loser of a guy/complete idiot reads that and then successfully tricks me into dating him?
There was this book too, which I am including solely because I know that if I didn't, one of my smart ass friends would have commented just to be all funny and like, "Lauren, you must be reading this one!"
Finally, there was this book, which actually seemed to be the only one in the whole group that I could see complete idiots truly benefiting from. But they'll never read it, because a real idiot would have already spend his $16.95 and on magic beans from a leprechaun man on the side of the road.