Open Mic Blog
|Posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM|
I recently took a poll on Facebook and ask some of my friends what controversial or writerly issues they'd like to discuss next on my blog. Many great ideas were shared, and I will get to them all over the next few months.
I thought I'd kick off our discussions with the topic of celebrity novelists and fake memoirs. Snooki's novel A Shore Thing comes to mind as does Frey's A Million Little Pieces, but there are many others out there that haven't been in the headlines as much.
I've provided a few sample questions below to help get us started:
* Have you ever bought a book written by a celebrity or a writer who has fictionalized their memoirs?
*Were any ghostwriters used to write or co-write these books?
*Were the books entertaining/informative/life changing/compelling/fun/worth your money?
*If you have not read any of these kinds of books, tell us why not.
*Many public figures get book deals because they make money a lot of money for the publishers. If a talented writer has no platform, do they, too, deserve to be published?
*Do these kinds of celebrity/faked memoirs generate enough money for the publishing companies so that some debut writers waiting in the wings can now get published?
*People have always been fascinated with celebrities, so do you think this trend will continue? Will there always be a reading audience for them?
*What motivates a memoirist to lie and embellish their work? Money? Fame? Greed?
*How do these kinds of books impact your life? Do you feel cheated in any way? Betrayed? Uplifted? Informed? Bored? Transported?
*What does the popularity of these kinds of books tell us about ourselves, our society?
*Doesn't everyone deserve to be published? Why or why not?