Typically, memoirs allow notable people to expatiate on dramatic life experiences or share wisdom on a life well lived. And then there's this: Harper Collins is publishing a memoir by 16-year-old teen heartthrob Justin Bieber due in stores in October. According to People, the book "documents the 16-year-old's road to stardom, from his YouTube debut to his chart-topping career today." Predictably, a bunch of old fogies in the media are skeptical:
- Let's Have a Look writes Hillary Reinsberg at Crushable: "Having been famous for approximately three and a half minutes, Justin Bieber has announced a memoir to be published in October... According to a press release, the hardcover book will be 'an illustrated memoir,' complete with 'never before seen' pictures of Justin. Yeah, so this sounds more like a fan site turned into a book, being disguised as a memoir with a $21.99 price tag slapped on."
- Let's Imagine What He'll Reveal in the Memoir! wonders Marissa Gallo at the Baltimore Sun: "What does a teenager who barely remembers a world without 'American Idol' have to say that could fill an entire book? A few gems (we hope) from the Bieberography:"
His invisible friend convinced him to go with the bangs.
He collects classic movies, including “Titanic,” “Clueless” and the first “Air Bud.”
Bieber wishes he could take credit for his dance moves, but he copied most of them from “Kidz Bop” DVDs.
His tour bus must-haves: LFO CDs, Juicy Juice and “Grand Theft Auto IV.”
He still can’t watch the last episode of “Friends” without crying.
When he grows up, he hopes to be just like Zac Efron.
In related news, Paramount Pictures struck a deal with Bieber to turn his life story into a 3D feature biopic. Trying to makes sense of it all, Deadline's Mike Fleming writes:
Is there some explosive secret story that requires multiple platforms to tell? Probably not, but this kid has become enough of a juggernaut for film execs and publishers to see a potentially huge audience for these properties. The YouTube, Facebook and Twitter star has made himself into the most viewed recording artist on YouTube.
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