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Celebrity Authors: Pro or Con?

Liking fantasy books means you end up trying a lot of new things. I can only read so much about wizards, elves and princes before I start getting antsy for something different. I never thought I’d like books about werewolves, vampires or the undead, but here I am, loaded down with books by Patricia Briggs and Stephanie Meyer (don’t judge 🙂 ).

It seems the fantasy genre wants to continue to push my perceived limits: Tyra Banks is publishing her first fantasy YA series, Modelland.

I’m really not sure how I feel about celebrities publishing fiction novels- especially when it seems like they can just slap their name on a ghostwritten book and go to print. But, I ‘ve never read a fiction book written by an celebrity, so I can’t justly form an opinion.

I’m doing my best to keep an open mind and am really interested to see how Modelland holds up to classic YA fiction.

Book Details:

Title & Author: Modelland by Tyra Banks

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publication Date: September 13, 2011

Description: Have you ever seen her? The girl whose face you’d never in a million–no trillion–years describe as beautiful? The girl whose eyes are too wide, hair too wild, head too enormous to ever be noticed? Well, she’s been chosen for something girls only dream of . . . to be a part of Modelland . . . a place where dreams come true and life can change in the blink of a smoky eye. . . .

Inspired by Tyra’s real-life experiences and her creative imagination, the story centers on an awkward teen girl who gets selected to attend the exclusive Modelland academy, where magical Intoxibellas, the world’s best models, are trained. A spot at the academy is woefully out of reach for most girls, so why has quirky Tookie De La Crème, of all people, been selected?”

You may be surprised (like me) to discover these other celebrity fiction authors:

What do you think about celebrity authors? Are you pro or con? What celebrity author books have you read or would you be willing to read??

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About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • I’m sorry, but this Modelland sounds really lame. Couldn’t she have come up with a more original title? lol. Kudos to you for reading it my friend! I guess I shouldn’t judge since I haven’t read it myself. Looking forward to hearing how it is!

  • No juding you on Twilight, I am not ashamed to say that it’s one of my favs! As for celeb authors, unfortunately, I read Elixir by Hilary Duff and did not care for the storyline or the characters. At the time, it got rave reviews on Amazon so I thought it would be a great read read but it was a dud. Now I am a bit skiddish on book written by celebrities. I would have to get a solid recommendation from bloggers that I trust before I spend time on another one…..
    Truly Bookish

  • I’m not sure what to think of celebrities and them writing books either. Although, I’ve never really given one a try. No, I’m wrong about that. Sorry. I just remembered I read Death’s Daughter by Amber Benson, Willow from Buffy. It was an okay read. Not bad, but not over the top either. I liked it. But I think the show she played on helped with that background some. 🙂

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