Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bat Dad, by Blake Wilson

Do you have a computer with an internet connection?  Google "Bat Dad."  Watch the videos.  You'll laugh, maybe until you cry, especially if you have kids.  Blake Wilson bought a Batman mask and started making videos around the house.  Most of them have him in the corner, selfie style, with his wife or kids in the background.  He provides hilarious commentary in his fake Batman voice.  Wilson is a funny guy, and his wife and kids are perfect foils.  I especially like the ones in which he surprises his wife (JEN!!) or when he catches the kids "in the act."

Now, if you don't have an internet connection, check out Wilson's book, Bat Dad: A Parody.  In this book, he takes stills from his online video, adds a line of text (which may or may not be the same as what is in the actual video), and calls it good.  I don't have a problem with his putting his Bat Dad idea in book form.  Books have a permanence and accessibility that a web site does not.  But so much is lost in translation to the printed page. . . .  I would compare it to those movie books that have stills from the movie and truncated dialogue, giving a general idea of the movie but are only about 1/100th as enjoyable as the movie itself.

Bottom line: I'm a big fan of Bat Dad, the man, the website, the superhero dad.  I'm not such a big fan of Bat Dad, the book.

Thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher for the complimentary review copy!

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