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A good biography.,
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This review is from: Emma Watson - the Biography (Paperback)
Initially, I wanted give 4 out of 5 stars for this biography. The reason being is that most (but not all) of the book concerns Emma's life inside the Harry Potter bubble. I was worried this would be the theme to biography. I am a Harry Potter fan, both the books and films, but this time I didn't want to read things I've read many times before about her portrayal of Hermione Granger. As well, the initial chapter also contains many quotes Emma's said through TV shows, radio interviews, and newspapers & magazine articles. I hoped it wasn't a compilation quotes put together to make a book. And it wasn't...
It is a great read. I was a little dubious to start with, but David Nolan has worked wonders. It might not be the most penetrative biography, but Nolan's done his research well enough to go further than perceive Emma as that girl from the Potter films. Right from her birth in Paris, to her school years, and then, without doubt, her career that's not only acting, but modelling & fashion too, and then her university years. There were quite a few things I didn't know about Emma, until reading this biography. Being a Potter fan, of course, most of her life from teen to adult has been on set at Leavesden. So unavoidably, seeing as filming Harry Potter has taken up much time, to leave out any reference to that would chop the biography in half. But it's not all Potter-esque. When Nolan talks about other cast, he introduces them and provides a little background on them, so you needn't be a Potter fan to enjoy this book. There are several photos in the middle showing Emma during various phases of her career, although I thought there would have been a few more. Most biographies have two sets of photos, usually a third, and two thirds in, but they are great photos.
The further you get into the book, the better it becomes. I read it in three sittings, and enjoyed each bit. It must be difficult to write about some body that has a hectic work life, and being young too, I suppose it could prove difficult at times. The book, in my opinion, isn't prejudiced in any manner, and gives a decent look at the person we've all come to love, today.