My Side: by King Kong by Walter Wager
King Kong wasn’t that nasty gorilla everyone had always envisioned, nope. He was civilized and educated. He was clean. The whole building thing was just a misunderstanding, and of course, there were grave misrepresentations in the movie.
King Kong’s real name is Stanley. His mother was a woman and his father was an ape. They fell in love, she got pregnant, and then left the country. Somehow the whole ship ended up way off course and ended up on a small island called Zumdum, not Skull Island.
Stanley’s mother tried her best to make life on the island a little better. She tried starting up welfare and school. Stanley did not lack for friends. He was friends with various pterodactyls, some dinosaurs, and some quicksand. The quicksand was easy though.
When he was grown up some men came to the island. Maybe they were spies. Maybe they were looking for Russians. The cast of Porgy and Bess was not impressed.
Stanley ended up in New York somehow. He just wanted his car keys back. Fay Ray had taken them. Of course, the movie didn’t depict things this way.
After the whole ordeal, Stanley made a regular life for himself, which include several wives and lots of children. He just wanted to get his story out there.
What I liked
This book is absurd, nothing makes sense, nothing at all. The text is full of contradictions and random words, seemingly strung together. The randomness is nice, if you’re a fan of the random, but if you’re not a fan of the random, you’ll get put off this book.
I like having an alternate look at something that happened in history. This book is a parody of a movie. That’s always fun.
What I didn’t like
This book was difficult to follow at times because of all the random. Random this and random that. It was just all over the place. The story progressed forwards, of course, but half of the words made no sense in the context of the story. It’s funny in a way, but it gets old. I go to be glad that Stanley finally stopped telling his story. It was all absurd, and I love absurd, but this was a lot of absurd.
I think it would have been better as a paperback. There are neat little footnotes/end notes in it, but if you’re reading a digital version, they just don’t work out as well and I think that takes away from part of the story.
Kong, Stanley, whoever you are…
Do you think parodies make the real life thing better?
Is absurd good all the time or is it good in doses?