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12 May 2010 @ 07:26 am
Celebrity is as celebrity does.  
You know, I watch America's Next Top Model.   I admit it.  It's one of the very few reality shows that I will watch, and while at times I might think to myself "My God, these people are crazy!", at other times, I find the glimpse into the life of a model and the fashion industry fascinating.

Tyra is arguably one of the most super of supermodels ever, and clearly, the woman is smart (although at times, well, seemingly crazy.)  She's not banking on the money she made modeling to see her through the rest of her life, she's out there doing one enterprise after another, most of them quite successful.

I am not actually surprised to learn she now has a book deal.  It's part of being a celebrity, right?  No, I would not be surprised at all, were it a book about the fashion industry, or being a model, an autobiography...but what does surprise me, is that it appears to be a FANTASY novel.

Yes, that's right.  This woman never struck me as a fan of, for example, LOTR (despite that recent challenge photo shoot on ANTM).  Oh, but the description of her book clears things up a little:

"The first, called "Modelland", which is about a teen girl in a make-believe society at an academy for exceptional models called Intoxibellas."

Seriously??  Well, it is about models, so at least she's sticking with what she knows, I guess.  

"Writing on her web site, Banks said the book was "for all the girls and guys who want a lot more FANTASY in their lives … and some fierceness and magic, romance and mystery, crazy and wild adventures, and yeah, some danger too.""

And how much was her advance, one wonders?  A helluva lot more than the average, I'm guessing.  At some point, you have to read this and just laugh, because...what else can you do?  Can you imagine anyone except Tyra pitching that to an agent or editor and getting anything but a form rejection?

So, bets on whether she really wrote it?  I was totally voting ghost writer, up until I read that description.  Now, I'm not so sure!
 
 
 
Sandy Williamssandy_williams on May 12th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
I still can't tell if it's really fantasy. I think she might be using that term generically. Maybe sort of like The Princess Diaries are a fantasy. Technically, something like that could happen, you could be selected to go to an awesome modeling school and live a dream.

I just don't see anything paranormal/fantastical about it. *shrugs*

You know, I'm okay with her writing*** a book. I figure if it does well and makes the publisher money, good. Then the publisher can continue doing business buying and promoting other authors books.

*** Hmm. Yeah. I'm wondering if she's going to have a ghost writer, too. I figure she has to. I mean, has she been writing her whole life and nobody knows? Does she think she can slap words on a page and have everything end up perfect? Ghost writer. Definitely a ghost writer.
Dragonsinger: Dani - Original YA story - ithikadragonsinger on May 12th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I was preparing to ask about a ghost writer, and then I read the description. I may have to read it just to see how awful it is.