(Thank you to Blogging for Books for the review copy!)
I’m beginning to think that maybe autobiographies are just not my cup of tea. I’ve read a few in the past year and haven’t enjoyed any of them that much. I think it’s partly that I’m just not a huge “fan” of very many celebrities and I don’t care that much about their life stories, so it makes it a little hard to get into their autobiographies. For Neil Patrick Harris in particular, I know very little about him or his career–I actually know him better from Harold and Kumar than from How I Met Your Mother or Doogie Howser–so while many of the career anecdotes are amusing, they just don’t mean much to me.
And to be honest, if you don’t know a lot about a celebrity, reading about their personal life is kind of a snooze. It’s like sitting next to a stranger on a bus while they show you pictures of their kids. You try not to be rude and yawn, but the whole time you’re thinking, I don’t know you or any of these people. I don’t really want to hear another anecdote about your family vacation!
I think if you were a fan of Neil and his work then you’d like this book much better. The Choose Your Own Adventure-style format is fun and some of the stories are funny. The book overall was just not really my taste, I ended up skimming parts of it because I wasn’t that interested.
These days you only have to be on the telly to be classed a star or celebrity – I hate this ‘dumbing-down’ of what was once a hard-earned and meaningful term. Someone who has honed their craft, like Streep or Pacino, is a star, not someone whose only claim to fame is that they’ve been on one of those godawful reality shows (and DON’T mention the ‘K’-word!). That’s it, rant over! By the way, I’VE been on tv, but then I’ve always been a bit of a diva!
LOL, I share your thoughts! There are a lot of “stars” out there who don’t really seem to be famous for anything other than…being famous!