Tuesday, January 04, 2011
The main reason it took me so f___ing long to write this f___ing review was this: JennyMac is a mommyblogger (she would probably write a response to this that says, "NO, I am a MOM who BLOGS) who likes "cocktails" and has well over a million bajillion entries. She also has a million bajillion fans, who would probably rush to her aid at the slightest criticism because they don't like being told they have generic taste.
Mac, when you've been blogging long enough to have over 300 entries: consider creating a "best of" page. Are you proud you wrote this? Do you wish more people would read a particular entry? Because sifting through over 500 of them is no easy task. Your header image almost fits into my screen...ahp, nope. No it doesn't. It leaks sideways because it's huge and full of water martinis and thin, chic, casually-leaning models. Fix it.
Whatever, Jenny Mac seems very nice and cute and should probably have her own Chuck Lorre sitcom where hilarity strikes with a stressful moving day or a naive misunderstanding, where taking the Lord's name in vain (so bad!) and covering it up quickly with a well-placed pun results in uproarious laugh tracks and stray giggles, but I'm afraid I just don't have the skill to pretend that I find that s__t funny. It's too formulaic. She takes small events with the idea of turning them into something bombasticly hilarious, but it's just set-up, punchline. Set-up. Punchline. Set-up. Punchline.
Rarely does the punchline have any relevance to the set up, it's just a little snappy comeback she's proud of slapping on the end of a sentence in a random situation. These things don't add any human quality to the mix, because she's only showing us her self-approved quirks, not hopes and blood and secrets and fear which becomes hilarious because it has to be, because if it's not funny then it's sad and sad is bad. Ideally we want all honest knuckles and laughter...but no, that's not what JennyMac is.
From a technical standpoint, JennyMac is nonpareil. Her spelling is impeccable, her grammar has improved greatly since the beginning of the blog (there were so many unsatisfying run-on sentences I almost quit reading it and flame-fingered her a__), she uses good words and gets her point across. Sometimes she's super cheese, but I like that. Sometimes. When it works.
For the most part, though, it reads like cartoon bubbles between disembodied Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson, adorable and relatable because of they are "real women" with "flaws" just like "you and me." She tries to describe awkward and embarassing situations, but I'm never embarrassed for her. I never get that, "Oh s__t, no f____ing way, dude. No. F___ing. Way." And sometimes I feel awful. I feel awful because this made me feel nothing. I feel awful because she doesn't want to share her fears and desires, or she has no fears and desires and I can't tell which, and I feel awful because I don't give a s__t about her fears and desires because she doesn't seem like a real person.
But it's fine, right? It's all fine. JennyMac, your blog is fine, moderately enjoyable, and you seem like a nice, genuine person. Genuinely nice people are hard to review. Like most nice people, you claim to have a bitchy side every once in awhile but I honestly don't think you do, and that pisses me off, too, because it means you're either a liar (not nice) or delusional (most likely) and that is always frustrating.
Maybe it's because in the grand scheme of crazy and ridiculous, you aren't. I just can't get all giggly over a walk of shame, because bitch? I did that last night. The only good part about that story was the note from Action Jackson, and that's just because I've put bike locks around drunk people before and it's hilarious. Once I duct-taped two people together in a lawn chair and threw them in a river.
Don't get all butt-hurt, it wasn't a very deep river.
But one of my biggest pet peeves is getting cheated out of a good, well-deserved fuck. What the fuck? Just fucking say fuck, you fuck. Not saying fuck is fucking annoying as fuck. Either you mean fuck or you mean something else, and if you mean something else THEN FUCKING SAY SOMETHING ELSE.
because I am awesome at irony.
Also? Sorry about the wait.