Demotivation with a Smile

Elizabeth Bluemle - March 25, 2011

I was poking around looking for a demotivational poster for a friend who recently decided to close her restaurant (don’t worry; she’s thrilled about it), and came across a new item at Despair, Inc., home of the kind of irony and cynicism I just can’t help loving.
I’ve been aware of their posters (“the strongest depressant you can get without a prescription) and mugs (“welcome to your latest drinking problem”) for a long time, but didn’t know they’d branched out into children’s literature. (Although, why should I be surprised? Everyone else is doing it, according to wag David Lubar.)
So I present for your viewing amusement (or not): The Lose Your Own Adventure Series.

Despair, Inc.'s newest addition to their line of spoofy 'demotivational' items

Any other children’s book spoofs out there we should know about? I know I saw another hilarious one recently, but darned if my middle-aged brain can locate it. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

4 thoughts on “Demotivation with a Smile

  1. Costa Blanca

    Very demoticational 🙂 Despair always knows how to put a smile on my face 😀 Just keep it away from the children though, they might get some wrong ideas about society….

  2. Lori

    ‘Pat the Zombie’ is coming up!
    And I still love ‘The Taking Tree’, by Shrill Travesty, from last October.
    I am bookmarking that site – thanks!

  3. J. Sarayda Shapiro

    I LOVE! Thanks for the great link to their new series!
    Believe it or not, there are two parodies called The Taking Tree. Looks like the more popular one is written by Shrill Travesty (great pen name!)
    I’m writing a book about Michael Jackson, who was fascinated with The Giving Tree. I always found The Giving Tree disturbing–the boy treats the tree in a very exploitative way.


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