Pure joy can often be found in unfettered, unencumbered writing - writing with no purpose other than to amuse, confound or please. Writing just because its worth doing. Playing with writing allows us to explore words, constructs, and even the boundaries of our own knowledge.
And I don't think I have found anything quite as joyful as the Amazon reviews/literary critiques of Roger Hargreaves seminal "Mr Men" collection, penned by "Hamilton Richardson".
From the bourgeoisie treatise that is Mr Uppity, to the Nietzschean Mr Strong and of course the exemplar of existentialism Mr Bounce, these reviews cast the Mr Men oeuvre, and Hargreaves intent, in unexpectedly deep, overtly audacious (and certainly delightful) light.
I also love these reviews because they show creativity, creative thinking and creative connections at their most powerful (and - as you may have noticed by now - I LOVE exploring creativity, especially when it comes to the written word!).
There is nothing explicitly new in the reviews. However the writer, in his/her playfulness, has been brilliant in their unpicking of so many given concepts (the Amazon review, the Mr Men series, philosophical thought, bed time reading...) and re-sewn them in way which not only makes us laugh, but makes us question, think and - at least for me - makes us seriously impressed!
More crucially for me is that I believe that this concept of 're-sewing' is where the crux of so much great creativity lies. It is the bringing together - forcing, squeezing, smashing together- of knowledge which makes the reader/listener/viewer sit up and take notice.
To do this well takes work. Clearly "Hamilton Richardson" has a wide knowledge of modern writing, early 20th century philosophy and politics, the Mr Men books and of course how to leave reviews (and I am sure much more). He/she beautifully demonstrates the power of the acquisition of knowledge, the ability to reshape and rethink and the displays the egalitarianism needed to be truly creative.
Brilliant ideas are just as likely to come from Heat Magazine, an episode of Love Island or listening to Panic At The Disco as they are from the works of Jane Austen, the teachings of Freud, or Newsnight.
So, read and watch widely, listen without prejudice, be audacious in your vision and post with alacrity ... and practice. Practice for the sheer hell of it - it pays off.
These “literary criticism” Mr Men Amazon reviews will bring joy to weary parents Over on Amazon ‘Hamilton Richardson’ is reviewing Mr Men books and they’re worth reading in full, clearly written by a bored parent whose mind started wandering after reading one of this books for the 19th time