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It's the Love Month once again and for those who know Barney Stinson from the TV show "How I Met Your Mother", you may remember that according to him, the day before February 14th is when single ladies become desperate and would lower their standards just to get a date on Valentine's Day, thus, February 13th is called Desperation Day.
Yup, that's from the legend that is Barney Stinson, the character played by Neil Patrick Harris. I was binge-watching HIMYM last week while cross stitching and it reminded me to revisit these books. I've had them for a long time, I skimmed through them a bit before but never got the chance to sit and really read. This time, I took some time to read but I gotta tell you, they're the type that's okay to just skim through, haha, for light reading, you know, when you just want to take a break after reading a suspense thriller or you're waiting for the next book on a series.
The Playbook, The Bro Code and Bro on the Go were authored by Barney Stinson and Matt Kuhn, a writer for HIMYM. I honestly didn't buy them to read, I already have an idea what to expect, I love books and I'm a big HIMYM fan, so when they made versions of the books featured in the show available to everyone, I made sure I got mine.
The Playbook - This is a compilation of the plays Barney uses to pick up women. It gives detailed instructions for every play and the plays are categorized as for the beginners, the amateurs, the weekend warriors, and the advanced.
Most of the plays in this book are shown and acted out by Barney in the show and they were hilarious, reading them, hmm, entertaining but not as fun as watching Barney pretending to be a Duke, a bass player of a band, or his friend, Ted Mosby.
"Contained within these pages are every scam, con, hustle, hoodwink, gambit, flim-flam, stratagem, and bamboozle I've ever used or ever hope to use to pick up chicks and give them the business. Now, in an act of selfless charity, I'm passing this treasure of pleasure on to you as an easy-to-follow guide." - Barney Stinson
The Bro Code is simply a code of conduct for Bros. It's a set of rules Bros need to follow which Barney never failed to emphasize in several episodes of the show. Some are just simple and obvious, some are very detailed and complicated and are harder to remember. It's really a fun read. There's an audiobook version that I also want to get because it's voiced by Barney, Neil Patrick Harris himself.
I particularly like this one, Article 107 - A Bro never leaves another Bro hanging.
Bro on the Go, like The Bro Code is a set of rules for bros, a guide for active bros. As what it says on the back of the book, "Bro on the Go will aid a busy Bro in any situation he might face - at the beach, on the job, or with the ladies. Plus, it looks good stuffed in your pocket."
All these are clearly just for laughs, awesomely funny and witty. And like I said, only for light reading and I got them because I love the show. If you are too uptight, humorless, or an extreme feminist, they're not for you, specially The Playbook. Recommended for Barney Stinson fans.
"When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story." - Barney Stinson