What is the Appeal to Celebrity Biographies ?

April 19th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Did you know that Rick Springfield has published a book about his life? You never heard of him? Come on, the multi-talented Rick Springfield who played a doctor on the soap opera ‘General Hospital’ and who also was a pop rock star with the big hit – “Jessie’s Girl”. The kid who calls his “shredded” abdomens the “situation” from the Jersey Shore has a book out too (I’m sure it was ghost-written, I don’t think the kid can read or write.)Tina Fey from SNL also has a book out, though it is absurd to have an actual biography written up, she at least is a comedic talent. She can deliver and maybe she writes her own jokes but she does not know how to write beyond a 6th grade level.

I used to go to Barnes & Noble or Borders to purchase literature and sometimes I would perhaps buy something autobiographical (not biography unless the individual was a writer himself or herself.) Another observation of mine is these biographies come out while he or she is still alive and more likely than not still in one’s prime. One should really be dead for a while before a legacy is formed.

Let me just cut to the chase. I will not spill much ink on this because this topic need only be mentioned; there’s nothing important that Sarah Silverman has to say except that she used to be a bedwetter (also name of her book) into her teens – earth-shattering news (and I like Sarah Silverman. I think she’s talented and funny.) Though the books are poorly-written, a waste of trees (well now with the kindle maybe a tree can be salvaged) and it’s nothing more than self- promotion. Also you can expect to find the same old stuff in these poorly-written biographies Every one of these biographies is basically the same. Rags to riches, their struggles despite being related to Francis Ford Coppola, how they were abused (usually sexually – sells more) as a child, how they were exploited earlier in his or her career and finally the big one – ADDICTION PROBLEMS!

Nothing sells more than when a celebrity talks about being addicted to cocaine, heroin, or alcohol. I am sorry but I find this stuff monumentally boring but obviously, they sell; if the books didn’t sell they wouldn’t be there.

That is about it for me on the subject and I hope I do not sound like a snob. I certainly am not opposed to buying a book about Paul Newman or Katherine Hepburn written by a professional writer. However, I have no interest whatsoever about whether or not Howard Stern has a small penis and the fact that he was rejected by the opposite sex when he was growing up (who wasn’t ?)

Now it’s your turn. Do you buy celebrity biographies ? Don’t you think it’s a little arrogant to think that their life is worthy of a book ? A magazine piece about a celebrity who may be hot at any given time is enough. That’s what magazines are for – not books. Please open this up. Pounce on me if you disagree with me. In the interim I’m going to the bookstore to pick-up baba – booey’s new biography.

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8 Responses to “What is the Appeal to Celebrity Biographies ?”

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  2. le duke de fromage Says:

    mr. tabor,i was never sexually abused as a child, or even as an adult.Yet everyone from Oprah on down has been.Where the heck was i, it doesnt appear to be just looks that count, some of those people are not that hot. i know, i have to write a biography tell everyone i was and then add a few details on how i was addicted to draino,it seems to work for a few of these so called self absorbed celebs. In 2 weeks you can pick up most of these books at Barnes and Nobel for 4 bucks.

  3. Michael Tabor Says:

    Exactly! I was never molested either. It’s an easy buck and doesn’t even have to be well-writen – I’m beseeching these celebs. to save a tree. How much $$ do these people want ?

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