Family Guy: Stewie's Guide to World Domination
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For the first time ever a cancelled show has been resurrected on the basis of its cult following in syndication, on the internet and on DVD (Over 2.2 million DVDs sold to date!) and we've got the tie–in book authored by one of the show's hilarious lead writers and animators!
At first sight, the Griffens may seem like a normal blue collar family from Quonochontaug Rhode Island, but Peter (the family's loutish dad), Brian (the erudite, martini–swilling pet dog) and Stewie (the evil toddler son) set them apart from all others.
Now Stewie––a true baby genius and the most popular of the Griffen clan––speaks out. Having been hell bent on achieving world domination ever since he escaped the cursed ovarian Bastille he was incarcerated in for nine grueling months, he has finally decided that in order to rule the world we live in one must first understand it. Herewith are his musings on family, love, parenting, preschool, work, pop culture, politics and more. If only we knew then what Stewie knows now, adults everywhere could have defeated their mother's matriarchal tyranny and toppled the "gynocracy" she ruled over . . .and god knows what else!
This book is for the insufferable child in us all, eager to buck the ways of the old guard or just eager for a laugh.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #136299 in Books
- Published on: 2005-04-26
- Released on: 2005-04-26
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .28" h x 7.54" w x 9.16" l, .61 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 112 pages
About the Author
Steve Callaghan is a writer and producer of Family Guy and has worked on the show since its inception. He has also written sitcoms for CBS and MTV, screenplays, and live sketch comedy. He lives in Los Angeles.
Amusing, but not hilarious.
I'm a big fan of Stewie, and might go so far as to say I think he is somewhere on the short list of best cartoon characters of all time. however this tome, as Stewie refers to it, leaves me wanting a bit.
I haven't finished the book, as it's been relegated to the bathroom. A perfect spot for it, I think. Not because it stinks, but rather it's only amusing in smaller doses.
Much of Stewie's appeal is in the delivery, his humor doesn't quite make the translation to the written page.
Don't get me wrong it's funny at times, I just haven't cracked up the way I do watching the show.
It gave me a few chuckles
Overall, this book is nothing to write home about. Don't get me wrong now - I'm a huge Family Guy fan, and I love Stewie. Steve Callaghan - a producer and writer for Family Guy from its very first season - did a great job writing this book as though it was written by Stewie, and at times it's quite amusing. Unfortunately, Stewie's sarcastic and misanthropic wit isn't half as funny on paper as it is coming from Seth McFarlane's mouth and with his brilliant delivery, and most of the jokes here are stale and predictable - quite a lot of them were actually recycled from the show. More than that I was disappointed by the artwork - which is all snatched directly from the Family Guy episodes, hardly any new material was made freshly for the book.
In direct comparison with Bart Simpson's Guide to Life, Stewie's Guide to World Domination is less an original work and more an excuse to suck a few more bucks from the show's fans. Perhaps Family Guy just doesn't have enough years behind it to be as mythological as the Simpsons; or perhaps the book could have been funnier had Seth himself written it, but I doubt that would have made much difference. Stewie just isn't that funny on paper. Mind you, the devoted Family Guy will want to add it to his merchandise collection (I'd like to use this opportunity to point out that I'm wearing my Brian Griffin boxer shorts as I'm writing these very lines) but keep your expectations low. And for anyone else, you'll probably get very little out of it.
Nothing compared to the show...
I am a big Family Guy fan; I have seasons 1-3 on DVD, tape the new episodes when they air on Sunday nights on Fox, and can't wait for season 4 to be on DVD. However, I have to say that "Stewie's Guide to World Domination" was rather disappointing. It seems as though Steve Callaghan is just trying to get rich from putting the "Family Guy" stamp on this book. Many of the jokes are rehashed from episodes of seasons 1-3. And instead of using this book as an opportunity for fresh new visual gags, there are simply just pictures from various episodes with maybe a few photoshopped words added to them. In the end, I gave it 2 stars becasue there are a few good one liners, but I think that it is "Stewie's" voice that really makes lines like those work and you really can't get that from a book. An audiobook with Seth Macfarlane reading the book with the Stewie voice may have been a better idea.