The internet is rife with ideas, and more and more publishers are turning to the internet for book ideas. This trend means that there are more opportunities for web writers than ever before. Since some blogs are funnier than others, and some humor may not translate from web to page, we've narrowed it down for you with this list of our top five funny books that were based on popular entertainment blogs.
The Oatmeal is a blog that was created in 2009 by Matthew Inman. The Oatmeal is a hugely popular website among webcomic fans, and Inman has published two books to date that have been done very well. It seems that Inman has the Midas touch, since nearly everything that he touches turns to gold.
According to his website, The Oatmeal's latest book contains "136 pages of comics, instructional guides, and facts to help you enjoy, love, and survive your cat. This book contains a bunch of Oatmeal classics, such as Cat vs. Internet, How to pet a kitty, and the infamous Bobcats." The book is a #1 New York Times Best Seller and has sold over half a million copies during its first three months in print.
In 2009, childhood friends Mike Bender and Doug Chernack were laughing over a particularly goofy family portrait when they got the idea for a new humor blog. Awkward Family Photos was an instant hit on the web, and scores of fans began submitting their terrible family pictures to the site. Before long, the team got their first book deal, and the resulting book is just as amusing as the content featured on the blog.
Anyone who has ever experienced those awkward teenage years will appreciate the bad haircuts, acne, thick glasses, and highly regrettable fashion choices featured in this book. Even if the subjects look okay, sometimes it's the terrible photography (poses, location, etc.) that sets these pictures apart and makes them hilariously-bad.
Since humans shouldn't have all the fun, the team has published a follow-up book as well. Awkward Family Pet Photos was published in 2011.
There I Fixed It is part of the ubiquitous Cheezburger Network of blogs. This blog fits in nicely with Cheezburgers' other fail sites, like Failblog, Know Your Meme, and LOLcats. The book is filled with the same kinds of hilarious "cures," quick fixes, and human ingenuity to repair broken items, from a burger grill made out of a shopping cart, to a van held together with duct tape.
If you've ever done a half-assed job at fixing anything, you will surely appreciate the humor in this book. It's the perfect gift for the jerry-rigger in your life.
Published in 2009, this book features the same crazy-bad professional cake disasters that are featured on the hugely-popular blog of the same name. If you've ever tried to write so much as "Happy Birthday" on a cake with icing, you can probably understand how difficult it is to do it well, so the fact that so many horribly decorated cakes exist is not surprising. What is surprising is that people charge money for these wrecks!
You've probably seen a few of the worst cake wrecks on the internet, but the book is filled with new material that has not been featured on the web. Paired with author Jen Yates' witty commentary, this book is a fun, and very sweet, treat.
There is no denying that Cracked is a very, very popular website. Each month millions of readers go to this blog for articles that are not just informative, but also highly amusing. The book was compiled by the editors of Cracked.com, and it contains similarly scary and thought-provoking subject matter ranging from the possibility of a zombie apocalypse actually occuring, to the ridiculous amount of insects that we consume every day in the United States.
This is a great book for people who love obscure trivia, and who don't shy away from the occasional poop joke.