Real Books by Fake People

It’s not so unusual to walk into a bookstore and see a book written by a fictional character, perhaps from one of your favorite television shows or movies. Although written by real people, they have the character’s voice and are typically pretty funny, although some are not. If you’re a fan of the character, you’ll definitely like their ‘book’. 

The Gold Standard by Ari Gold

No, this actually isn’t a finance book. It’s an advice manual written by super agent Ari Gold of HBO’s Entourage. As a character, Gold wasn’t known for being ethical or having morals, but his advice is certainly worth a read- although I’m not sure how seriously it should be taken. Written in Gold’s exact voice, this book is as entertaining as the show. We have to ask, though, should we really be taking advice from a guy who urges us to remember that, “Happiness can’t buy money?”

 Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings by Ron Burgundy  



Fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy (played by actor Will Ferrell) made several appearances on national TV, so it hardly seems surprising that he’d find the time to publish a book. Let Me Off at the Top sums up Burdundy’s life in perfect detail. From hunting animals that don’t exist to allowing strangers to sell him animals that did not belong to anyone, this fictional man truly did it all. He even praises the book himself on the cover. If that’s not a reason to read it then I don’t know what is.

Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America by Leslie Knope


If you’re among the many viewers who love NBC’s Parks and Recreation then you’ll know how much central character Leslie Knope loves her hometown of Pawnee Indiana. Pawnee may only be “roughly the same size as Bismark, North Dakota,” but Knope’s book certainly makes it seem as exciting as a small town in rural Indiana can be. The town’s history is richer than one might suspect. The book is almost enough to make you want to visit…almost. 

The Bro Code by Barney Stinson 


Many fans of the CBS smash hit How I Met Your Mother, myself included, wished we could have been Barney Stinson’s wingman.  We can’t quite do that, but we can read up on Stinson’s philosophies on just about everything including his legendary Playbook and brush up on The Bro Code. HIMYM certainly helped revive Neil Patrick Harris’s career. It also gave rise to the publication of several real life books. Fans of the show can read the actual Playbook that Stinson used to seduce countless women. There’s even a book for parents. This is definitely awesome.

Sterling’s Gold: Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man by Roger Sterling


One of modern television’s wittiest and most quotable characters, it’s hardly a surprise that Roger Sterling would get a book of his own. He was given many of the classic one-liners that made Mad Men great and this book is filled with them all. Some lines are better than others, but Sterling didn’t have too many bad witticisms. While some quotes from the book might flow better with some context, we should remember that no one could truly appreciate any books on this list without first being familiar with the characters themselves.

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