Is the Justin Bieber biography justified?

Posted on August 6, 2010 By topicguide Topic: Celebrity,

The furor over current teen heartthrob, 16-year old Canadian Justin Bieber publishing his memoir ‘First Step 2 Forever: My Story’ is centered on two things. One, some people (ok, many) people are outraged how such a young person, more famous for his mop hairstyle than his singing, can deserve a biography, when he is only 6 months old (internet fame time) and we all know teen pop sensations are as common as Celeb tweets. In fact, a 3D biopic on the young star, apparently to be directed by the Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, in also in the pipeline. Everyone is in a rush to capitalize on the cult of the celeb.

Second, is this the end? Have we reached a point of no return in the age of celebrity? Is nothing sacred? Blah blah blah. Some people are so outraged by the rise of Biebermania that they have gone ahead and hacked his YouTube clips, spread death rumours about him and have hijacked an online poll to choose a "bonus country" for his world tour. Almost half a million people voted for North Korea.

Justin Bieber is not first young star to have a biography written about him
The Guardian cites other examples,

Drew Barrymore and Charlotte Church were both 15 when they published, respectively, 1990's Little Girl Lost and 2001's Voice of an Angel: My Life (So Far)

On the other hand, the original child star Shirley Temple published her autobiography, Child Star in 1988.

Relax; it is not a ‘proper’ biography
Bieber has teamed up with a photographer and he has been taking pictures behind the scenes from before the young star’s tour. So, it just about a small part of his life, which may be the most important, considering the short life span of most teen pop stars.

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