Some are interested in what a celebrity wears, or a new hairstyle, or their homes. Me? I want to know what they are reading.
I was disappointed but not shocked to find a lack of pics online of celebs caught reading. Mind you, I don’t want the posed pics. I want them to actually be CAUGHT reading. When they think no one is looking, like Britney Spears, here, reading C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”. I hope she read it to her boys, too.
Gardiner Public Library in Gardiner, Maine used to publish a yearly list of what celebs were reading, but they retired the list in 2008. Here is one reason: “We loved doing it, but it was getting harder and harder to have celebrities respond to our requests.” Anne Davis, Director of Library and Info Svcs.
Don’t these people realize what a statement it makes to be seen reading? Even if you don’t care for their work, you have to admit that your opinion is probably raised a bit when you see them reading. I can’t ever remember feeling that way when I hear what a celeb’s favorite television show it.
Maybe it’s because I love books. I want every one to love them. I don’t love television. I like music, but I don’t care what they are listening to. Why is that? Because I love books. I want to read what others are reading and discuss it with them. I want to see what the hubbub is about with a popular book or series.
I’m not sure where I am going with this other than I want celebrities to read more in public. I think that it would encourage more common folk like me to read, and I know it would put a book in the hand of more than one teen who looks up to a celeb. I’ll care what they read later. After all, baby steps.