Synopses, reviews, and descriptions that make awful art entertaining

Sometimes a creative work is so crappy, it’s hilarious, and sometimes it’s even crappier, so that it’s not even funny, only painful (see, e.g. The Last Airbender).

But with the second category, you can still get some huge laughs from a sharp commentator who falls on their sword and digests the work for you. For instance,
Cleolinda’s The Happening in Fifteen Minutes.

And now, I have discovered the following description of a free Kindle book, Love, War and Magic, by Jeanne Haskin.

I don’t know if the writer at Smashwords meant me to be rolling on the floor laughing while reading that, but I was. I am so veryvery glad that I will never have to read this book (I pretty much knew that from the first two words of the description!), but I enjoyed the synopsis immensely.

Now, whether it’s full of snark, or so earnest it makes you giggle, please share your examples!

Despite being a fan of almost all things superhero, I’ve never been able to sit through an entire episode of Smallville.

But I’ve been reading Chris Sims and David Uzumeri’s reviews of the final season, and enjoying them enormously.

The Jabootu review of Battlefield Earth has to be a classic.

Here’s another that was originally on that site.

Mark Twain remains, as always, the gold standard.

This actually sounds like a book I’d like to read. Has anybody read it? Is it really bad?

My personal favorite bad movie is The Trial of Billy Jack. There was a time in the long-ago Johnson and Nixon administrations when I was SuperPacifist! The Man With Delusions of Gandh-ure!, and that movie delves into my own hilarious psychology from those days. This isn’t the original Billy Jack, which did have some brief moments of insight–after that became a hit, the family responsible for it decided that making the sequel twice as earnest, twice as strident, and three times as long would guarantee an even bigger hit.
This guy gives a good taste of what can be expected from this all-American wild turkey–and if you click on the banner, there’s a lengthy analysis that left me gasping for air:

http://www.badmovies.org/movies/trialbilly/

 Caveat Emptor: The attachment is written from a somewhat conservative viewpoint that relies, let us say, upon some questionable assumptions.  They actually help in this instance to leach out the full absurdity of the whole Brobdingnagian mess!

I love his rules and am sorely tempted to steal them for when I rate a book.

I won’t steal them, because I would abuse them badly - too many of the books I read break most of those rules.

George Scithers used to quote Twain’s rules in his guide to writing. They’re still very good guides.

Wil Wheaton’s reviews of the first season of ST:TNG make it almost sound interesting.

I’m really enjoying this, thanks! It’s especially fun if you’re reading along with the Slacktivist dissectionof the Left Behind franchise, which itself fits the OP standards to a T.

furryman, as I read the synopsis of that book, I wavered back and forth between, “OMG, this must be dreadful,” to “this could be the most awesome book ever,” but considering it’s a free e-book, I’m betting on the former.

While I’m sure the movie itself was a stain on the human psyche, this review of [http://www.rinkworks.com/badmovie/reader/404.shtml](Sudden Death), is almost enough to justify the money spent on the movie itself.

Here’s a dissection of a romance novel called Unicorn Vengeance that evidently features neither a unicorn nor any vengeance.

Twain wrote another piece on Cooper’s Prose Style that doesn’t get reprinted as often, but I find hilarious:

http://www.llumina.com/mark_twain_on_cooper.htm
An excerpt:

Omar G’s recaps of Smallville over at Television Without Pity were the best thing about the show (he quit after the 8th season, though). This one had me in tears.

Royals games can be depression for a Royals fan to listen to, but the witty comments of my buddies on RoyalsReview.com makes it very entertaining.

The Agony Booth has some hilarious reviews of all kinds of things. They even have a Worst of Trek series.

Seanbaby’s best work is reviews of bad video games, but he also used to do bad movies, like Turkish Superman-level bad movies. Can’t find those, though.

The format is different (short animated videos), but Ben Croshaw (aka Yahtzee)'s Zero Punctuation is worth watching even if you don’t play video games.

This is what the Nostalgia Critic has done for me for pretty much all the bad stuff he reviews. Including Never Ending Story III and The Secret of Nimh 2.