Now in its ninth season, The Big Bang Theory has a fervent fanbase; one that is richly deserved due to the quality of the writing that has seen viewers fall in love with a group of four geeks as they attempt to traverse the minefields of everyday life. Work, love, the ability to read sarcasm - all things that the show has covered with great aplomb.
Of course, any piece of popular entertainment automatically becomes part of the zeitgeist and can, if not careful, fall foul of its own success. Perhaps one sign of this is the release of games and books that challenge the fans and their knowledge of their favourite shows.
This release (also available as a digital edition) is pretty hardcore, although there have been some unofficial releases previously as well as a Trivial Pursuits edition on the programme. Coming in at a whopping 380 pages, each of the first eight seasons is covered in depth with 200 questions per series. These range from pretty straightforward teasers to highlighted levels of PhD and Master's. There are some fun interludes about ongoing jokes within the show and a brief synopsis of each and every episode, which include original air dates as well as information about who wrote and directed them.
To be honest, if you are an avid fan of The Big Bang Theory and you can get together with a few like-minded friends for a quiz evening, then this will be right up your street. However, if you only have a passing enjoyment of the show or lack Sheldon's eidetic memory then you may find that this is a one-trick pony that becomes quickly tiresome as you find yourself scratching your head and wondering just exactly who would know the answers to some of these questions.
To be fair, that sums up the show itself nicely and so this trivia quiz book does exactly what it sets out to do.
THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE OFFICIAL TRIVIA QUIZ BOOK / AUTHOR: ADAM FABERMAN / PUBLISHER: TOUCHSTONE BOOKS / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 8TH
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