A lot of these books are usually autobiographical, some of them are fiction, and at least one of them is a cookbook. Yet one of them that I have read doesn’t really doesn’t fit in one of these categories. What you will find inside the pages of The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan “Danisnotonfire” Howell & Phil “AmazingPhil” Lester is a world. A world that is quite amazing, and most definitely not on fire. (And the award for most corny tagline ever goes to, Isaac Munger!)
The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire was the creation of two YouTubers/radio show hosts Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil. Their reason for creating the book according to them was that in the future, the internet might not exist anymore (I know, I’m terrified by the thought too), and they wanted to make sure that if that day comes, they would have something physical to prove that one day there were these two people named Dan & Phil who made videos for the entire world to see about how strange yet normal their life is. They even made an overly epic trailer with that concept.
The entire book is written in a style that will be familiar to anyone who follows the authors’ other works. Most of it is actually presented as a conversation between the two, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the writing process for most of it was just that they started talking about a subject and wrote down what they said. Each page also has graphics that make every page feel unique, and will makes it easier to look for one specific page since there isn’t any table of contents to speak of. This book really feels like they took their YouTube channels and stuffed it all into a book, to the point where some parts are just straight adaptions of their YouTube videos.
I can see parts of this book being confusing to people who aren’t familiar with the authors’ previous works though, especially the part I mentioned about the two characters with no prior story, which is almost entirely made up of references to Dan’s videos. Though for the most part things are explained, and most of the book should definitely be entertaining. I give this book a 7 out of 10.