Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Uhh, really? Demi Lovato scored book deal “inspired by her tweets”
Don’t judge a book by its cover. Maybe.
Former Dallas resident and current music star Demi Lovato has just signed a two book deal with publisher Macmillan. The 21-year-old will author a memoir — presumably about her troubled history with addiction and depression — as well as a book of inspirational quotes.
The first book is titled Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, and according to Rolling Stone it “will be a compilation of tweets about her life.” This means you might get hit tweets such as “Laying in bed until 2 makes up for working on a Saturday” (more than 16,000 retweets), or “Dear Candy Crush, I feel like you only love me for my money… WHERE DID WE GO WRONG?!!?” (nearly 30,000 retweets). Call the Pulitzer people, or the Hugo people, or whoever the heck nominates winners for tweet-based books.
OK, to be fair, it’s probably stuff more along the likes of “Learn from the past and share your experience with others. Cherish the present and look forward to the future.” And for all we know, there is a lot of really thoughtful text surrounding these tweets that makes for a good read. Don’t judge a book by its cover, after all. Still, this idea seems … Lacking? Inspiration is good, but having a pop star compile a list of inspiration quotes feels odd to me.
Her second book, a memoir, is also a weird choice on paper, considering the girl is only 21. It’s odd to look back on your life and try to analyze it when you’ve presumably (hopefully) lived maybe a quarter of it, if that.
Then again, it will probably sell well and maybe it will be a positive influence on the younger audience Demi attracts. I poke fun, but it would be nice if Demi could use her life experience — brief as it’s been so far — to be a real force for good. After all, if she can do better than encourage young girls to get naked and lick sledgehammers, the entire world will be better off.