I appreciate the fact that the general public have an interest in how the rich and famous live. I can understand why they might be intrigued as to how an ordinary working class Joe hit the dizzy heights of celebdom, and I don’t blame them for wanting to know more about their life story.
But what I can’t abide are these celebrities that take advantage of this by publishing their life story before they’ve even really lived. When members of a teen boyband write their autobiographies it really is enough to make you chunder your insides all over the kitchen floor.
If you’re Sir Terry Wogan, Roger Moore or Barbara Windsor then I would say you have lived enough of a life to write your life story. These people are now in the twilight of their careers having achieved above and beyond what they could ever have dreamed of. But people like Russell Brand are only really on the first rung of the fame ladder, and yet this lanky self-styled sex God has not just written one book on his life, but TWO.
Why? It’s not like he needs the money. Why publish your life story in installments? Why not wait until your career has suffered the usual ups and downs that all celebrities have to cope with (drug abuse, dressing up as Osama Bin Laden, fucking anything with a pulse) and then tell us all about it?
Are people really so arrogant that they think they can bring out books on their lives as regularly as a TV company produces a DVD boxset?
Biographies should be one off publications, they should not be released in parts. There should be no such thing as a sequel to a biography. And while we’re on the subject, how about a rule within the celebrity and publishing worlds that unless you’re in your sixties and on the way out of showbusiness, any books on your lifestory should be put on the shelf until the time is right to do so. Okay Russell?