Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Paperback's Pondering's: My Thoughts on Youtuber's with Book Deals
Paperback's Pondering's is a weekly discussion when I take a topic and well, ponder about it! This week's topic is all about my thoughts on "Youtuber" books.
For those of you who don't know, I am very passionate about Youtube. I've been watching Youtubers for about 4 years now, and I consider it a pastime. One thing that is very prominent in the Youtuber Community is book deals, when popular Youtuber's get books published either about their lives, or about fictional books. Now at first I was kind of proud for the first couple of Youtuber's who got book deals, but now as it seems like everyone and their cousin's has a book out, I can't seem to wonder if these Youtuber books are just a publicity/money grab. Beware, I have A LOT of opinions on this matter.
I'm going to start with something that has bugged me for a very long time, that is Zoe Sugg or "Zoella" as she's known on Youtube's book: "Girl Online". My initial thoughts going into this book was "wow, I didn't know Zoe had an interest in writing, let's see how this goes". After the first chapter, I knew that it would all go downhill. The plot was cheesy and lifeless, the characters were cookie-cutter and un-diverse, and even the writing seemed like a book more suited for a 12 year old. To top it all off, because Zoe has a huge fanbase, her book beat out HARRY POTTER to become the most number of book copies sold in the UK. That really grinded my gears. Now while I'm certainly not trying to hate on Zoe or any of the people who did like this book, I wondered if Zoe really wrote the book at all. As it turns out, she had a ghostwriter, which left me wondering if this girl really has a "passion for writing", or if she just got the deal because she was famous.
More and more youtubers put out books about their life, self-help or other forms of non-fiction. Now while I'm sure anyone would say yes to getting a book published about your life, they're starting to get SO REPETITIVE that I can't help but wonder if all of these people really and truly care about what they're putting down on paper!
Another theme that seems to be going around the Youtube book deal community, is that none of them seem to be booktubers, bookworms, or have expressed an interest in writing before. Now I'm not saying that I know everything about these people's lives, how would I know if once the camera turns off they're staying up into the wee hours reading, but I just wish we had some actual booktubers getting the deals for a change! I have seen SO MANY booktuber's share their writing, but none of them are getting published because they're being overshadowed by the more famous people!
Now all of this being said, I have read one youtuber book that completely blew me away, and you could tell it was from the heart. A Work in Progress by Connor Franta was incredibly moving, and the diction this man had was better than some authors I've read. He can truly write.
Please know that I'm NOT TRYING to hate on Youtuber's and their deals, and I'm sure that many of their books came from the heart, I'm just saying that it's starting to get a little old and suspicious. I just wish that publishing companies would pay attention to just all people who express an interest in writing, and not just because they're famous.
What do you think about Youtuber books? Read any good ones?
Emily @ Paperback Princess