It happened the other day when I was in Barnes & Noble. As I walked past the Young Adult section, sandwiched in the limbo between New Age and Erotica, I saw it. Chris Colfer, notably "Kurt" from Fox's "Glee" came out with another book. Perhaps it was the burrito bowl I ate at lunch, but something came back to bite me.
More and more celebrities are getting book deals. While celebrities getting book deals is nothing new (memoirs and autobiographies have been published for years) this new breed of celebrity is taking on fiction. Chris Colfer, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Madonna and Lauren Conrad are just a small roster of the offenders. It does not help that publishers like Judith Regan are fanning the flame of this holocaust. Regan, notorious for her celebrity acquisitions (she was the publisher of O.J. Simpson's 2006 If I Did It) is also a large publisher of the often mindless, blatantly sexist "chick lit" genre whose covers are often always slapped together on glossy paperback or hardcover with a picture of a Louboutin stiletto, a diamond ring and a cupcake (to name a few).
My case against celebrity authors is very simple: it shows the tasteless side of the publishing world. In a world where we face the inevitable fiscal cliff bright on by politicians who claim to be fixing the problem while still employing the crooked Larry Summers and Mary Schapiro, and where the Big Six publishers have become the Big Five, everything seems tarnished by the corruption of greed. The once structured, syndicalism of this country has been tainted by a monolithic oligarchy that bleeds into the world of literature, thus allowing the vapid prose of celebrities (so often ghostwritten) to become recognized while the next great American novelist remains nameless and faceless in the void.
This is why "Chicago Literati" exists. There are too many incredible authors yet to be known, and I am passionate about bringing these authors to the fore. There will be a paradigm shift in the literary world, and I want to help usher it in.
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