The Amazing Post Is Not On Fire

October 9, 2015 books, fun, reviews 10

Hello reader,

In this book is a world. A world created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the internet!

We are Dan and Phil and we invite you on a journey inside our minds! From the stories of our actual births, to exploring Phil’s teenage diary and all the reasons why Dan’s a fail.

Learn how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, get advice on what to do in an awkward situation and discover which of our dining chairs represents you emotionally. With everything from what we text each other, to the time we met One Direction and what really happened in Vegas…

I remember exactly how I discovered Dan and Phil. It was a day like any other on YouTube, and I was watching one of Hank Green’s Sims videos. A lot of people in the comments mentioned these Dan and Phil guys and their owl slide. I had absolutely no clue what they were talking about, but for some reason I was probably procrastinating, I decided to check it out. Fast forward to 5 a.m. and I had watched the entirety of Sims 4 with Dan and Phil. There were about 12 episodes at the time. Despite my lurking on Hank’s gaming channel, I don’t usually watch gaming videos, but these were hilarious. I found out Dan and Phil have YouTube channels other than their gaming account, so I took a look at those as well, but it was more of a cursory glance, and videos like the photo booth challenge don’t really make me stick around.

A couple of months later, I randomly took another look okay fine, I was probably procrastinating again, and that was that. I watched videos like Existential Crisis, I Talk to Myself, Fandoms, and I Mumble, and had one of those OH MY GOD FINALLY SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS ME I’M NOT THE ONLY PERSON WHO DOES THIS moments. I know, I know, you’re never the only person who does this, but sometimes you need some equally weird person on the internet to remind you of that. Dan was that person, which is my excuse for spending an entire day doing nothing but watching his videos.

If you’ve read this far, you might be asking yourself okay, Vlora, but why the eff did you write all of this without even having gotten to the review part of this post yet? and you’d have a good point. I realize not everyone is as obsessed with YouTube as I am, leave alone these two tight trouser aficionados in particular, but I need you to understand something: I really wanted this book to be good. I feel fairly neutral about all the YouTube book deals, and the only book by a YouTuber (apart from John Green) I’ve read was Connor Franta’s, which I didn’t particularly like. I read Dan and Phil’s book the day it came out.

First, it should be noted that The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire isn’t a novel, or even a memoir or any sort of literary form that is a continuous text isn’t my literature knowledge impressive? see, this is where my studies have paid off. It contains a lot of pictures, pages that are designed like a scrapbook, and random quotes. Where there is writing, it is usually in the form of a conversation between Dan and Phil. It felt a little bit like a reverse tumblr tag, where they create the stuff that we look at. It’s Dan and Phil’s (YouTube) life in written form with some extras. That’s neither good nor bad, but it’s good to know what to expect in this case.

There wasn’t a lot of new information, and at first I felt mediocre about the book. I like the design, but there wasn’t that much actual content, and I was wishing for more. Their “conversations” are entertaining, but I wanted to get more insights and background information. Sure, it’s nice to see awkward childhood pictures, but there’s a reason I avoid looking at other people’s childhood memories – it’s the same as dreams: it’s boring as hell if it’s not your own. However, as the book progressed, my opinion improved.

Let me give you a list of my highlights:

  • fanfiction: I was disproportionately happy when I saw this. Dan and Phil both wrote a fanfic about themselves, and it’s glorious. I feel like they are both trolling and appreciating their fandom, which is a always a good combo in my book. To be honest, I was fairly impressed. The fanfic isn’t good per se (though I guess you could make an argument for Dan’s; Phil’s is just utter crack), but it is a really good imitation of common fanfic styles and tropes. I’m going to assume that was on purpose and not just accidentally, so props to them.
  • manga: there’s a short manga with cute artwork by someone I don’t know and a story by Dan and Phil. It was a really nice treat, and I especially appreciated the last panel.
  • screenshots: there’s a page with screenshots of texts Dan and Phil sent each other, and it was really entertaining
  • Going Deep with Dan and Phil: basically just for the title, but also singularity, robots and other fun and non-threatening stuff
  • roommate assessment forms: because I’m a creepy stalker
  • video trivia: it was interesting to hear about things you don’t see in the videos

I think what we can conclude from this is a) I’m a creep and b) the best parts of the book for me were their conversations and when they got creative themselves. I am also 48% convinced at least one of them has a secret fanfic account.

So, was my money worth it? I’d say yes. It’s a hardcover edition, and you could argue that it’s a lot of money for not that much content, but simply in terms of quality of material and taking into account that it’s in color with a lot of photos, it’s actually a fair price. As long as you know what you’re getting into and don’t expect something else, I can recommend it in good conscience. It might not be very interesting to someone who doesn’t know Dan and Phil, but for someone who enjoys watching their videos, it’s definitely entertaining and fun.



10 Responses to “The Amazing Post Is Not On Fire”

  1. Lola

    I don’t watch youtube videos a lot, so I never have heard of these before, although I did hear lots of youtubers were getting book deals. I am glad the book improved along the way. That they wrote a fanfic about their own lfie sounds pretty fun. And the video trivia sounds like a nice addition too. I am always curious about what you don’t see.
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  2. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections

    I could not care less about all the YouTuber books out there. However, I’ve read All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher because she’s a wonderful human being and I love her, and I would definitely read this book. I love Dan and Phil — they are awkward and hilarious and I love Dil Howlter and they make me laugh.

    Also, I would like to own a llama hat.
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    • Vlora


      All the book deals are slightly insane, but I guess it just depends on the person – I’m sure some of them are good! A lot of them are mostly for the fans they already have though. Although Username Evie looks good, and I don’t watch the person who wrote it. YAY someone else who likes Dan and Phil. Basically no one I know even knows them.
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  3. Romi

    VLORA. YOU MADE ME GO ONTO YOUTUBE. I’ve been holding out so well, too! And then I just… got caught up. My procrastinator definitely came out *sigh* I heard they’d written a book, but not take much notice- I’m also a little skeptical about all the youtube bookdeals happening at the moment. But hey, I’m keen for Tyler’s! And I’m sure people who really enjoy the person’s work already will get great enjoyment from them. This… actually sounds kinda wonderful to me. I surprised myself by being so into the prospect of this. I WANT TO READ IT NOW. *adds to tbr* It will be the beginning of the end, my procrastinator will return from this day forward. I can feel it.
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    • Vlora


      Muahahahaha if there’s one power I have, it’s to make other people procrastinate. :D I definitely understand the skepticism. Since so many youtubers are jumping on the bandwagon, it makes you wonder about the quality of their books. I’m sure some of them are good though! And yeah, I’m getting the feeling a lot of them are for fans, so people who already like the author will probably like the book. For example, Connor Franta’s book has really good ratings, and I didn’t particularly like it, but I’m sure his fans enjoyed it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the book! And bond with you about our procrastination habits haha
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  4. Olivia Roach

    I am glad you were able to enjoy this to some extent! I have heard of Dan’s channel and all, and maybe seen one of their videos on a procrastination day. But I am so bad at procrastinating and I am not a big watcher of youtube (I know, how darest I upload videos and have a channel and not watch many videos? It is a crime, I am guilty but I shall continue to do it) although when I do choose to watch the occasional video booktubers usually win out xD But I am subscribed to Danisnotonfire and I like the idea of them well enough ^^
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