Hi, my name is Jonathon Padgett, I contend that one doesn't necessarily have to follow writing conventions when doing a piece. I shall now do a review of a book I'm reading, please tell me what you think.
Learning To Fly by Victoria Beckam
This was published in 2001 followed by a publication in 2002. This is a curious business, somewhat dynamic. You introduce a book onto the market and watch the sales rise because it's ostensibly highly publicised and promoted due to the high profile nature of the celebrity involved. This happens not withstanding the surfeit of literature in the famous non writing (normally), section of the celebrity world.
So we have a famous name on a raised dais somewhere near you with a book signing to follow presently. Now the people buying the book are questionable in intellect for the most part, possibly readers of the standard press to be polite whilst others have a keener insight and both may well be fans of the personality concerned.
Therefore after a year you may confidentally assert : ' Victoria Beckam's bestselling autobiography.'
Now I don't have a problem with any of this because it turns out she's quite an intelligent, sharp, very funny girl. Quite contrary to the Press/Media image. Suprise, suprise. Futhermore she writes a good book and has no need of a ghost writer - this would diminish her unique style which is fast, on the wing, natural and spontaneous. It also demonstrates that you don't have to have a great knowledge of words or vocabulary to be eloquent, engaging, compelling and entertaining.
One of the problems with autobiographies is the inevitable reference to personalities you loved who might not be quite as keen to have the whole world know about them as the author is for you to be known. Victoria eludes this trap effortlessly in her sleep. It's done quick - fire, matter- of- factly, and dismissed in an instant and she has the ability not to make it too personal or intense, it's introduced into the world of everyday speech and is over with in a flash. The book is put down, the character's forgotten and we've all moved on.
For whatever reason Vicky has chosen to write this book it dispels a few illusions about her and tells us that she is perfectly competent in several areas and not just part of a manufactured bimbo girl band who incidentally wrote their own songs (words and music) and made some good songs too.
Yes she's a star and she's hoping to escape this crazy fame business which spawns the media monster. If anybody can do it, she can.