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The Reviewers Roundtable

The Reviewers:
Rachel from Rachel Reads (Saturdays)
Emily from Read Your Bookcase (Fridays)
Michelle from here at Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)

Celebrity Books: Do You Read Them?

In general, I am not a big fan of books "written" by celebrities.
What's the point in reading something that they didn't really write?

Many of these celebrity "authors" have ghostwriters.
Someone else does a majority of the work, and the celebrities get all of the credit.
That doesn't seem fair to me at all.

Another reason I don't read books by celebrities is because they don't sound very interesting.
Lauren Conrad's books are about a reality TV show. That's not a very big stretch for her, now, is it?
Tyra Banks' book is about models. Creative.

At least Hilary Duff's idea was original:
Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man—a man she has never seen before.

The Exception: I don't mind reading nonfiction titles by celebrities.
Why? Because I TRUST Lauren Conrad's advice about style and beauty. It's her job. Even if she didn't write it, as long as she was involved in the process and chose the advice to give, it's better than something she didn't really make up. The Olsens' book was interviews with influential people. They probably chose their own questions, and I liked seeing the answers. I also don't mind reading memoirs.

But fiction just isn't for me.
I'm interested to see what other people think.

Fiction - yes or no?
Nonfiction - yes or no?
Leave a comment!


  1. I totally agree, I don't like celebrity fiction from what I've read. I read LC's first book in her series, and it was pretty bad. I mean it was basically "The Hills" with changed names, and the actual writing was just not good. It pisses me off because people like her don't even have talent for writing but yet she gets published... and there are so many talented writers with great ideas who never will. I've wondered if that Hillary Duff book was any good. It's not really the type of book I would go for, but it does sound original.

    The Olsen nonfiction book sounds good... I've never heard of it, but I wish they would stop dressing like's not cute!!! I love celebrity biographies bc it's usually really entertaining.

    PS- we're supposed to all do the same topic every week (I guess I didn't explain that very good sorry)


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