They really are, aren't they?! All of these celebs: revered for something famous and infamous, experienced of time and wise, young and beginning to paint their mark in life, very widely known, little known for something well known, all of these celebs share something in common - that they are actually no different to us. So much of the Magazines of my time - I'm 28 by the way - and films and PR campaigns and twitter streams and exasperating reality TV shows (and breathe!) are geared up to display a side of celebrities that make them unattainable, untainted and, well, unreal. We see so much of them but in reality we see nothing. But then this!
This interesting concept has made it's way into a book idea and eventually through my front door. I have never been so enthralled to read a celebrity account before. I don't buy a lot of this celeb culture because of the aforementioned (and afore-overkilled) but now I get it. Because they are like us. They happen to be in the public eye for various reasons, respected by many for what they have achieved, but it started out the same as you and me. So it not only holds hope for someone who has perhaps the same level of desire and drive as them, but also gives strength for anyone who just needs to know from someone we trust without knowing, someone who has revealed something about them we didn't know, that, actually, it will be alright.
The book itself is beautifully done. It has charisma and charm and the Editor's own letter is one of my favourites because he, too, must have gone through a lot to get this neat concept together and it delivers. I congratulate him. I salute the celebrities of old and new who have allowed us to read (and heed) the advice they would so honestly give to themselves in retrospect.
I am buying more of the book to keep; to give away to friends who are having a tough time with their identity; for my family members who want to be nosey; for my boyfriend who I want to see romance at younger ages. I have a feeling Christmas maybe an oxymoron of an expensive value. A buying of something that keeps giving. A book that is beautifully constructed, well thought out, and, most of all, honest!
Buy it, aid a charity and give it to someone else. Letters aren't meant to be kept!