How To Ruin Everything. Essays, by George Watsky
Here it comes another YouTube “sensation” who thinks he can write. Seriously, it’s a bit annoying… all these kids who get their “books” published JUST BECAUSE they come knocking at the publishing company’s doors with an established number of followers from their YouTube channels.
Does it sounds a bit harsh? Maybe it’s my misconception, and YouTubers really can write good stories. Or maybe not.
So, in name of a good critique I took the plunge and bought 10 books wrote by the most famous video-makers of the tube: Tyler Oakley, Joe Graceffa, Shane Dawson, Connor Franta (a 24 years old who writes a memoir? Seriously??) PiewDiePie, Miranda Sings, Phil Lester, Zoe Sugg..
$100 I will never see again! Just saying…
With 792,304 subscribers and 122,784,787 views, George Watsky is one of the last (will they ever end?) to join the party with his “How To Ruin Everything“, a collection of essays about life that range from the absurd (how he became an international ivory smuggler) to the comical (his middle-school rap battle dominance) to the revelatory (his experiences with epilepsy).
To be honest, I am not impressed by a bunch of essays that sound like college papers. And sure enough I am not going to spend $11.99 to read Watsky’s.*
I know, this is how things work: it’s all about making money. But -believe it or not- there is a good amount of readers out there who still wants to read quality material. Good literature, real literature! Let’s just stop feeding the market with a bunch of “books” about nothing. All these books look the same. Joey, Tyler, Shane and George belong to the most selfish generation in history, self-centered, social media addicted who win the favour of the audience through product placement (sometimes not so honest) and by selling an unrealistic lifestyle.
But -like it or not- it’s a fact that today’s fastest rising stars aren’t coming out of Hollywood, and thanks to online sites like YouTube, mainstream entertainment and reading market will never be the same.
*Luckily I got this book for free from NetGalley.