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Book Review: “Ew, David!” and Other Quotes, by Orange Hippo

TV: Over 150 of the finest quotes from the most infamous riches-to-rags story a small town has ever seen.

An ideal coffee table book sure to grab a lot of attention from fans and curious others.
3.5

 

This is a pocket-sized gem of a book for all fans of the Emmy Award-winning television comedy, Schitt’s Creek. Unofficial and unauthorised, it picks some of the best wisecracks, angst, name-drops and melodramatic moments from the six seasons, covering Moira Rose’s sensational turns of phrase to David’s retorts and observations.

For those not inducted into the cultural phenomenon of Schitt’s Creek, it follows the riches-to-rags story of the wealthy, selfish, dysfunctional Rose family, who lose everything and are forced to live together in a roadside motel in the town of Schitt’s Creek, where they progressively learn to come together as a family and community. It’s a show with a lot of heart underneath the comedy, which has earned it a well-deserving place in popular television history.

Orange Hippo Books have put together this collection featuring more than 150 quips and quotes across almost 200 pages, broken into chapters that have meaning to the fans, like Life’s a Schitt, It’s Couture, Bébé, and Tax Write-Off.
Each quote is given a page to itself and put into context with a sentence on who said it and why. Scattered amongst the quotes are snippets of trivia for the fans – titbits that reveal odd information like creator Dan Levy scuffed the carpets personally so they’d look run down enough in the motel.

But don’t expect just laughs in this intelligently-curated memorabilia. You may laugh at David’s self-entitlement: “My car is worth less than your pants / Well, I’ve seen your car and that makes sense to me.” Or Moira’s illusive family values: “If airplane safety videos have taught us anything, David, it’s that a mother puts her own mask on first.” But there’s also the romance of David and Patrick, captured in “I’ve never liked my smile as much as I like yours,” and Alexis’ simple statement “My little Galapa-guy,” that will reduce viewers to howling tears in one of the most heart-breaking scenes of modern television. Although unofficial, this is a prized and emotive collection of laughs and tears from all six seasons.

Ew, David! And Other Quotes – The Little Guide to Schitt’s Creek can be picked up and opened to a page randomly for a quick chuckle or a trip down memory lane. It’s an ideal coffee table book that doesn’t take up much space but is sure to grab a lot of attention from fans and curious others. Those who don’t know the series may laugh at some quotes but miss the significance of many others. But given the cultural phenomenon that the series has become, true fans may need to question their friendships if this book doesn’t resonate with those they know.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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This review is the opinion of the reviewer and not Glam Adelaide.

Distributed by: Allen & Unwin
Released: October 2021
RRP: $12.99

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