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I love satire and you can too!

July 14, 2010 | Cameron

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I'm a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President is an awesome satire. For those of you who may not know, satire is a format of humor that pokes fun at the world or segments of culture, society, etc, by making it into an extreme. South Park is a fine example of how satire can work.

Josh Lieb is the author of the book and he does a great job of writing a very extreme situation to make it not only funny but to also use it to convey how difficult the underdogs life can be. Extreme visions of grandeur is a phrase that comes to mind when I think of this book.

The novel centers around a young man who is a super genius and who had extreme wealth, power, prestige, and is feared on an international scale, but he is hated in his high school. So in order to get the same amount of respect and admiration from his classmates as he does from the world he creates and executes a plan to run for class president. Not that he wants to be be class president, but he does it in hopes of the idea that being class president means you're popular. If he becomes class president that will = popularity.

Does this situation sound extreme? You bet it does! And the novel keeps on getting more and more extreme as our despicable lead character makes more and more plans and attempts at getting that one thing that he has always dreamed of. That one thing that he wants, but has always evaded him. That one thing being genuine acceptance from his peers.

The entire concept of this novel is that youth will do crazy things in order to get acceptance from their peers. But why is that acceptance so important? I have seen teens who will lie about their beliefs or make fun of someone just to get attention from the "right" people. I think this novel does a great job of showing the satirical side of how youth fight for attention in the high school stratosphere. It may not be pretty, it may not be fun, to honest it is probably one of the worse times in a persons life. But you gotta live through it - so I guess if you can look at the experience and learn and then laugh, it may end up being not that bad.