Hello everybodyyyy! Yes, it‘s me again! I have a cold and I have a twisted ankle, so I‘m not really up for leaving this bed anytime soon. So I decided to tell you about the book I just finished reading, namely Zoella‘s Girl Online.
It was a birthday present from my parents, and just going by the blurb on the back of the book I know exactly what made them choose this:
Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, her crazy family and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah: a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny‘s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.
Blogging and anxiety seem to be two things that describe me pretty well. Add a love story to that, et voilá – perfect birthday gift! It‘s a sweet story, very full of clichés, but heart warming, and I cried at the end. So, if you need anything to read over the holidays, this is something to spend cold and grey afternoons with!
But there‘s a catch. Apparently Girl Online was written by a ghost writer, partly at the very least. A Penguin spokesperson is quoted in The Guardian, saying,
“To be factually accurate, you would need to say Zoe Sugg did not write the book Girl Online on her own”.
From what I‘ve seen, Zoella appears to be a very lovely and talented lady and I think she has definitely earned her success so far. But I feel very strongly about her publishing a book and not having written it herself. Writing, to me, is one thing that you can‘t fake. If you‘re not good at it, if you don‘t have the time, if you don‘t have a pen – you don‘t do it. There are actors and singers who haven‘t got a clue what they‘re doing, but they have a sixpack or look like Zac Efron, and they get away with it. But you can‘t pretend you‘re a good writer if you‘re not!
Writing is exposing your heart and your soul, telling the world your deepest secrets. It‘s like walking down a street naked. And if a person publishes a book without doing that – then why do I have to do it? And let‘s say, for argument‘s sake, that I didn‘t put everything that I am into what I write – I could still be successful! But I‘d be yet another person handing out empty words, and what becomes of literature then? What happens to us if we just keep on telling stories that we claim as our own but that literally don‘t mean a thing?
And then I‘m just hugely bothered by the unfairness of it all. Of course if Zoella publishes a book, it will become a bestseller! She‘s a popular youtuber, her name will sell well. But that‘s not an excuse for anyone to get praise for something that isn‘t theirs. If her statement, „My dream has been to write a book, and I can‘t believe it‘s come true“, is true, then I don‘t understand why she would have wanted all that help in the first place. My dream is to be a writer one day, and I will work my butt off to get there. My dream isn‘t to hold a book in my hands that has my name all over it, my dream is to write that book and earn my name on the cover.
Nevertheless, Zoe Sugg does of course not deserve all the hate that has been spread over the internet in the past couple of days. Give that to cat molesters and homophobics! (of which I hope Zoella is neither!)
I hope all of you have started well into the new year!
Lots of love!