“The celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.” – Daniel J. Boorstin
I obviously have a fascination with book titles. My post, Choosing a Book Title, was about 10 great novels with terrible original titles; and the post, Picking a Winner, listed 10 of the funniest book titles. When I ran across 14 Awful Titles of Celeb Memoirs in Entertainment Weekly, I couldn’t pass it up.
In all honesty, I didn’t know who a couple of the celebrities were and I wasn’t interested enough to investigate further, so I can’t comment on all the titles. Also, I didn’t find all 14 titles awful. For instance, I think Lettin it all Hang Out by Ru Paul is funny and that Jerry Seinfeld’s, SeinLanguage is clever.
I’m not sure anyone born in 1992 needed to write a memoir, but Miley Cyrus has Miles to Go. That might be a witty play on words if her birth name wasn’t Destiny Hope.
I do think a few titles were a bit hokey. Melissa Gilbert of Little House on the Prairie fame has a memoir titled Prairie Tale; then there’s sTori Telling by Tori Spelling; Don’t Hassel the Hoff: The Autobiography of David Hasselhoff; and, Roger Moore’s, My Word is My Bond.
At BookGuide I found a list of the Top Ten Celebrity Memoirs that have stood the test of time. The list was taken from the April 30, 2009, issue of People magazine. I bring this up because I couldn’t help but notice the older memoirs don’t have the cutesy names. For example, Eric Clapton’s is simply titled Clapton: The Autobiography; Katharine Hepburn’s memoir is Me; Bob Dylan’s is Chronicles; Julia Child’s is My Life in France.
Does this mean that in today’s book market being a celebrity is no longer a guarantee that a book will sell by the thousands? Is it now the title that grabs the attention of the buyer and not the celebrity shown on the cover? Do you know of other memoir titles that should be included on either of these lists?
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