Just finished reading David Jason’s autobiography which my fantastic fiancee gifted me on my 41st birthday several weeks ago. What can I say about it? Well, as Pa Larkin might say…Perfec’. David takes us right back to the 1940s telling us all the things he got up to in post war Britain, then takes us through his early days as an electrician right the way up to his Knighthood in the mid noughties. Several highlights include how many injuries he’s had over the years, having to avoid the advances of a gay actor in a small room, and unwittingly being in a film that turned out was rather rude. But all of this is eclipsed by the admiration he has always had for his own idol Ronnie Barker, and the final page is a beautiful tear jerking testimony to it.
Having been exposed to much literature recently has reawoken a deep desire to write my own book. I have often toyed with the idea of doing my own interactive story or an autobiography, both of which appeal to me right now. I think in all honesty the former would be a better idea as it’s others work of this kind I have dabbled in, most recently proof reading and play testing Jonathan Green’s upcoming book, The Wicked Wizard Of Oz. (Available for pre order on Amazon)
I’ve chosen this option, and ideas are beginning to pop in my mind and I can see the story’s structure taking shape. Im making notes and next I shall plot out the sequences. The big question is, do I bother with a combat system? Many fans of this genre fess up to not bothering with associated dice rolls and prefer to assume they been successful in any opposing sequence encountered. Lighter books of this genre such as Choose Your Own Adventure and Time Machine don’t bother with this mechanic. It will surely make it easier to write as well.
That said, its time for lunch soall the best, Jam out!
Having read Rik Mayalls amazingly zany autobiography last year, Victoria purchased me another of a comedian I really enjoy. David Walliams, Camp David. Most the book covers his life all the way up to the first season of Little Britain. It was very interesting to read of his childhood and how, like myself, he loves to make people laugh like its a huge feel-good buzz. It also goes very indepth about his personal life, including his battle with depression and how very nearly we didn’t have Little Britain. I never thought when I use to watch GamesMaster that he was on the set regularly…or that Richard Osman was a two face plagiarising back stabber.
So I would highly recommend this as your very next read if you haven’t read it before (it’s five years old now, wish I got into biographies sooner). If you can forgive the endless typos (get a better proof reader David) you’ll have a riveting read of the funnyman who swam the channel for charity!