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Celebritology 2.0 Archive: Books

A reading from the book of Snooki

(Courtesy Gallery Books) I really tried to read Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's new book, "A Shore Thing." As an enthusiastic "Jersey Shore" fan, I eagerly downloaded Snook's first (ahem) fictional work when it was released earlier today. I wasn't able to get through chapter one. Yes, it's that bad. Somehow, watching a group of vapid 20-somethings get drunk, fight and hop into bed with each other indiscriminately makes for good TV. In book form, however, it reads like a D-list Harlequin romance left to molder in a dirty ashtray. To wit: "...casual sex with at least a couple of guys was also on her list of summer goals." So, rather than reviewing the entire book, I've selected a few choice passages from the first chapter and used my favorite Web animation tool to create this video (after the jump):...

By Liz Kelly  | January 4, 2011; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Books, Reality Check  | Tags:  Jersey Shore, Snooki  
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Book review: Mike Sorrentino's 'Here's the Situation' delivers predictability

(Courtesy Gotham Books) This morning on "Today," Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino asked Al Roker and the viewing public to not judge a book by its cover. Which is tough. Because the cover of Sorrentino's new book, "Here's the Situation: A Guide to Creeping on Chicks, Avoiding Grenades, and Getting Your GTL on the Jersey Shore," might lead some prospective readers to judge the breakout star of MTV's "Jersey Shore" as a cheesy, self-centered, misogynistic D-lister grabbing as much of the spotlight as he can while he can. Which would be just about right. And therein lies his charm. Between "Jersey Shore," "Dancing with the Stars," his book deal, product endorsements and his own soon-to-be-launched line of clothing, Sorrentino is on track to make $5 million this year -- which I'm betting has other reality show wanna-bes re-evaluating their game. Jon Gosselin, Bret Michaels, Daisy de la Hoya -- none...

By Liz Kelly  | November 2, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Books, Celebrities, TV  
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NaNoWriMo: Taking the novel-writing plunge

It's the beginning of NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, a fall tradition that challenges wannabe fiction writers to bang out a book in 30 days.

By Jen Chaney  | November 1, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Books  
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Judy Blume's 'Tiger Eyes' heads to the big screen, prompting the question: Which of her other books should become a movie?

Believe it or not, none of Judy Blume's books has ever been made into a full-scale feature film. Until now.

By Jen Chaney  | October 19, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Books, Movies, Pop Culture  
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J.K. Rowling tells Oprah Winfrey she 'could' write more Harry Potter books. But should she?

J.K. Rowling and Oprah Winfrey. (Harpo Productions via AP) In an interview scheduled to air today on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," J.K. Rowling tells the Queen of All Media that she "could definitely" write more books in the Harry Potter series. She doesn't say she will, mind you, just that it's possible. Which is a big deal to Leaky Cauldron lurkers since, in the past, Rowling has insisted that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" marked the definitive end to the story of the Boy Who Lived. While speaking with a British filmmaker for a 2007 Rowling documentary that aired on ABC in 2009, she made that point clear. "I think no, it's definitely time to stop, it's time to stop now," said Rowling. "It gives me a certain satisfaction to say what I thought happened, and to tell other people that, because I would like my version to...

By Jen Chaney  | October 1, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Books, Oprah Winfrey, Pop Culture  
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Oprah Winfrey chooses next book club selection. Surprise! It's Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen, Oprah's chosen author. (Photo by Greg Martin) Remember when Oprah Winfrey chose "The Corrections" as one of her book club selections back in 2001, and author Jonathan Franzen expressed such discomfort about the whole thing that she decided not to have the writer on her show after all? Well, apparently it's time for bygones to be bygones. Winfrey is on the verge of announcing her next book club title, and according to the Associated Press, it's Franzen's lauded, best-selling "Freedom."...

By Jen Chaney  | September 16, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Books, Oprah Winfrey  
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