Even if I did rant about that [i can’t recall doing so here], my opinions on this issue can change over time. As an example, before I was very hesitant and confused why YouTubers were making books but now I do see the greatness of them being respected by traditional media. It also gives them a chance to continue growing successfully outside of YouTube.
However, I do still think despite the great side of all of this, it does come with making important responsible choices which centre around the relationship between the YouTuber and their viewers.
For example, Z*ella lied about writing the book (it was ghost written), the brand ‘Z*ella’ itself was used to get her viewers to buy it and generally the whole ordeal made me upset because it seemed like a quick, impassionate, unthoughtful way to make money from young impressionable girls who looked up to her
[better worded here]. Plus the book itself contained problematic ideas to do with slut-shaming and/or girl hate and a lot of other stuff but I can’t find the post that organised all of it fucK
Her brother, J*e, also has a graphic novel on the way and the way he announced it really upset me personally. Daisy (danscrotch) wrote a really good post about why that sucked though so I’d read that if I were you.
The thing with Dan and Phil’s book is that, although rn it might not have been the most original thing [that can be very hard to come by nowadays though so I’m not too upset on that issue], they have genuine motives and tbh I have no reason to doubt/hate them for it as they haven’t done anything problematic to do with it so far. I have no reason not to support the people I admire when it comes to this book and tour.
I’m excited and happy for them.
And the thing is they are too.
Honestly, just listening to them talk about it (also here) you can tell they have put in a lot of passion, effort and time into making this book happen. They understand the great thing that is ‘Dan and Phil’ (not necessarily themselves but the world they have created and the time they have treasured together+with the people who watch their videos) and they wanted to bring it all into one thing that you can physically hold and look back on. They even showed us[/plan to show us more of] the process for the creation of the book and announcement trailer - which alone [even just the trailer by itself!] enforces the reality that they genuinely thought about this…unlike a lot of other YouTubers did with their books/announcements of said books.
Okay, I think that’s everything I can say on the issue but I am open to discuss this more! <3
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