In my group of friends there are a few common interests: D&D, videogames, movies and Rupaul’s Dragrace. If you haven’t heard of this show, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. The series is a combination of Project Runway, America’s Next Topmodel and any good talent show. An X-amount of Queens battles for the crown and in the end there is one winner. Contestants have to lip sync for their life to avoid elimination and mama Ru gives either Shantay You Stay or Sashay Away. Currently there are twelve seasons, nine regular seasons and three All Stars seasons. In two weeks the 10th season starts and this week we’ll know the winner of All Stars 3. But what does this have to do with my Suck Less review?
La vita e Belli
Well: Willam Belli, or Willam, is the author of Suck Less and a very talented Drag Queen. He/she made his/her name appearing in lots of TV series. Now he/she sings, performs, writes and even has his/her own YouTube channel, which is hilarious. Willam was part of season four of Rupaul’s Dragrace and the first to ever be disqualified. I wasn’t a big fan the watching him/her the first time around, but after watching this season again with my boyfriend I became a fan of Willam. Open, honest and very witty: Willam is a born entertainer. Maybe check out some video’s on the YouTube channel to find out if Willam’s humour tickles your fancy.
Willam’s book Suck Less is partly a memoir, but mostly a manual. A manual to suck less in the things Willam excels in. The memoir part is how he grew up as a fat kid and what changed for him in his teen years.
The topics range from stripping to insulting a person. Worried you won’t get the drag terms used in this book? There’s a dragtionary in the back to help you out. The book has lots of valuable advice for life. So can a pierced Advil liqui-gel make acne disappear. There are also great photo’s explaining things, for example how to hide a bottle of wine in your hair.
The first time I saw Willam, I found him/her abbrasive, but since her season on RuPaul he/she has grown a lot on me and I love watching Willam nowadays.
The strong points for me are:
- Willam is funny and takes no prisoners. The stories and how he/she handled some things are hilarious. Also, it’s an open look at his marriage and what it means to have an open relationship.
- It’s a fascinating look in the life of a Drag Queen and what transpires behind the scenes.
- The dragtionary and the photo montages explaining things are very informative.
That said, I don’t think this book is for everyone. Willam can be blunt and shocking which can be hurtful for certain people. There are some shocking pictures in this book containing nudity and certain acts of a sexual nature. And ofcourse: not everyone is interested in Drag Queens.
As I said before, maybe you should check out RuPaul’s Dragrace and Willam’s YouTube channel before reading Suck Less. Maybe I even converted one of you readers to this wonderful piece of our culture.