A Plus Book Club

Michael Ausiello Talks Hope, Dark Humor, And His New Memoir With The A Plus Book Club

"Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies" was this month's pick for the A Plus Book Club.

This month's pick for the A Plus Book Club, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello, had us laughing and crying and sometimes hoping for an ending that showed Ausiello had tricked us with that title. The memoir by the TVLine creator chronicles the relationship between Ausiello and his husband Kit over the course of Kit's 11-month battle with cancer. While a heartbreaking situation, the two approach Kit's disease and treatment with healthy doses of dark humor and episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Ausiello and Kit's relationship isn't perfect (whose is?) but there's no denying how deeply the two love each other. Even with a title that promises a tragic conclusion, we kept rooting for the two of them to somehow be able to find their happy ending. 

"In many ways, the hope and then the loss of hope, that is just as hard as his death at the end of the book," Ausiello told A Plus. "It takes a lot of courage to be hopeful in a hopeless situation, and then to have the rug pulled out from under you, it's hard."

Ausiello said that while the writing process was extremely difficult, he knew this book was something that "had to be written." And the response that he has received from readers now, especially how Spoiler Alert has allowed strangers to fall in love with who Kit was, has made the process worthwhile. 

"When I hear from people that the book has inspired them to make changes in their own life and to shift priorities, that is very meaningful to me," he said. "That always makes me feel really good." 

Check out the full conversation in the video above and be sure to join us for next month's A Plus Book Club. As always, if there's a book you'd like to see featured, send your requests to bookclub@aplus.com.


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