- Title: The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much about Them
- Author: Julie Klam
- ISBN: 9781594631368
- Page: 371
- Format: Hardcover
From bestselling author Julie Klam comes a lively and engaging exploration of celebrity why celebrities fascinate us, what it means to be famous today, and why celebrities are so important When I was young I was convinced celebrities could save me, Julie Klam admits in The Stars in Our Eyes, her funny and personal exploration of fame and celebrity As she did for subjeFrom bestselling author Julie Klam comes a lively and engaging exploration of celebrity why celebrities fascinate us, what it means to be famous today, and why celebrities are so important When I was young I was convinced celebrities could save me, Julie Klam admits in The Stars in Our Eyes, her funny and personal exploration of fame and celebrity As she did for subjects as wide ranging as dogs, mothers, and friendship, Klam brings her infectious curiosity and crackling wit to the topic of celebrity As she admits, I ve always been enad with celebrities, be they movie stars, baseball players, TV actors, and now Internet sensations They are the us we want to be Celebrities today have a global presence and can be, Klam writes, some girl on Instagram who does nude yoga and has 3.5 million followers, a thirteen year old viner, and a Korean rapper who posts his videos that are viewed millions of times In The Stars in Our Eyes, Klam examines this phenomenon She delves deep into what makes someone a celebrity, explains why we care about celebrities than ever, and uncovers the bargains they make with the public and the burdens they bear to sustain this status The result is an engaging, astute, and eye opening look into celebrity that reveals the truths about fame as it elucidates why it s such an important part of life today.
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Reading a light, fluffy book is like drinking wine. More specifically, some light, fluffy books are like drinking one or two glasses of wine: Everyone involved is witty, laughing, and having a good time, and no one has any regrets the next day. Other light, fluffy books are more like drinking the whole bottle: You're left with the numbed-out feeling that you've killed a lot of brain cells, and you need some time to recover before you feel like yourself again. With The Stars in Their Eyes, I init [...]
Pages and pages of affable, banal nattering about celebrity culture. The author muses about people's investment in celebrities, with reference to her own feelings when Brad and Jennifer split. She muses about the rise of reality shows, and watches some with her aunt, who likes them a lot. Etc etc. Not possible to actively dislike it, but not a lot of 'there' there.
Loved loved Julie Klams new book.Julie talks about our fascination never ending curiosity about celebrities.She had me laughing hysterically from her description of Jennifer Lopez&Ben Affleks relationship she basically never felt they had chemistry,There is a very special real life emotions from mentions of her divorce which was done privately since they are not celeberties whose divorces are front page news.Another wonderful read written in Julia Klams special way,
i win this book, i enjoy the book , peoples tell stories about celebrity , it funny at time . it a good little book . why we care about them.
Highly readable exploration about the nature of fame and celebrity. Finished it in one day. Nice juicy interviews with, and anecdotes of, those who are semi-famous, are friends with the famous, were once famous, and are still famous. Most interesting are insights into child stars that now lead normal productive lives outside the glare of celebrity. The interview with Tim Hutton was particularly insightful: He was the son of a famous actor, married and had a child with someone famous, and won an [...]
This is a win review. This is such a cute book about why we a culture are fascinated with the infamous, the famous and celebrity,s. I could relate to the book because for 60 years I have lived where famous people live and work. My father was an extra and a stand in for Grant Withers in Hollywood. I was a food server so I came in contact with famous people often. They were all kind and nice to me. This book is a joyful romp while the author is fascinated with famous people and she interviewed a [...]
This was a quick enough read, and her interviews were fun, but it was a bit bland after having read Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud a few weeks ago. I had been hoping Klam would dig into WHY we feel compelled to feed the celebrity machine but she stayed pretty surface level, in my opinion. Her interviews were nice (hey, Timothy Hutton) but I would have liked an interview with an uber-celebrity (like maybe Emma Watson) to get into sudden-fame-in-the-social-media-world. I enjoyed the "celebrity encoun [...]
I have been into pop culture my entire life. There's a picture of a toddler-aged me sitting on the couch, reading a People magazine. I've subscribed to Entertainment Weekly almost since its inception. I loved getting Premiere every month. (Moment of silence for Premiere.) So yes, I am a huge fan of pop culture. With that, of course, comes a fondness for celebrities in general and a bunch in particular. (I have very strong feelings about almost all of them, and asked Julie Klam in a Tweet not to [...]
A book about celebrities, why we idolize them, and how it has changed over the years. The topic is very interesting, and it is very relevant to the modern world, and it gets you thinking. The author really puts into perspective how who we idolize has changed, and the underlying reasons we even idolize celebrities so much, and the rise of them. It gets you thinking about celebrities you like, why you like them, and how they influence you. Fans of sociology will like this book. However, I was expe [...]
A fun, thought-provoking, yet unintimidating book about our collective obsession with celebrities. Filled with plenty of anecdotes, psychological studies (the detail about monkeys was fascinating, and the psych major in me wants to know more!), and personal musings surrounding famous people, this is a book that I would recommend for anyone who finds themselves caught up in the lives of the stars.Thank you to and the publisher for a free copy!
I received this book for free through Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.I think the philosophy, reasoning, and just the journey to discover the conclusions of this book was immensely satisfying and intriguing to learn about. At some points, certain details became trivial and seemed to almost blur the main focus, but for the most part it was very well written, organized, and presented! I enjoyed it!
Instantly engaging and utterly unputdownable!
More like 2.5 stars. Loved reading the celebrity sighting moments, but felt the author spent most of the book explaining her premise and never truly wrote it. Also, a lot of name dropping, which I expected, but was annoyed with after awhile.
***********ARC GIVEAWAY***********Very interesting read. Entertaining and insightful.
As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed I found myself thinking about this book. Why do I follow all of these people I don't know?! What makes them so special/interesting/worthy of my time? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? Some of them aren't household-name celebrities. Some of them are "celebrities" in their respective bubbles (yoga, literature, succulents, moms). Some are just random people. But those questions I asked above, Julie Klam digs into that a little in this easy-to-read & entertaining [...]
The Stars in Our EyesJulie KlamThis is a short non-fiction book about the celebrity culture in which we currently live. It is interesting and definitely worth the time to read it.The cover of the book says "The famous, the infamous, and why we care way too much about them". I expected more research than the two studies that were described in the book. However, both of them were fascinating. One was a study of monkeys that proved that even monkeys are enthralled by alpha or celebrity monkeys. The [...]
I won this book on . It is an interesting book on why we pay attention to celebrities. There are several different reasons and the author explores all of them. At the end of each chapter there are a few accounts of different celebrities someone has run into.
This book started out well - an examination of celebrity told by someone who longed to be a child star and appears to know quite a few - but was ultimately disappointing. The structure felt quite haphazard and half baked, and was just loosely related paragraphs by the end.Another problem I had with this was that I am about 20 years younger than the author, and spent a lot of time Googling the celebrities (mostly 80s actors) that she mentioned. Perhaps readers who have more idea who she is talkin [...]
You can also find this review at booksbestfriendblog.wordpressNote: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Let me begin by saying that while I was kinda meh about this, I do think it is a book a lot of other people will like. I am not the People or EW reading type, and I have never watched reality TV. I thought this was going to be a more scientific look at the concept of celebrity and why we are so invested in others we will never know personally, similar to this BBC article. Instea [...]
oneblogtwobroads/2017/12This book was right up my alley! Julie Klam and I are somewhat of the same cloth. We enjoy our celebrities. I may not be as fascinated by Jennifer Aniston as she is but I have always been intrigued by them. It goes back to reading my mom’s Photoplay and Silver Screen magazines when I was a child. That life just looked so glamorous. Ms. Klam goes into the differences of those old times when studios ruled what we saw, to today where everything seems to be fair game. It is [...]
I wanted to love this book but it was really awful. At the same time that Klam is saying celebrity has always existed and we've always had famous people, she's griping about how celebrities today can be anyone and how youtube and paris hilton suck, instead of being critical in any productive way! so i stopped reading it. i've read so many more amazing things written by my peers on tumblr.
Not sure how this book got published--it's ill-conceived from the start because it really doesn't analyze what the subtitle says. The author instead somehow thinks we should care about her childhood crushes and spends much of the book rambling about outdated celebrities. She interviews a few "famous people" for the book but they aren't exactly household names. The first is Quinn Cummings. Seriously? You want to write a book about celebrity and pick someone who had a very short career (only a 197 [...]
A fun view of pop culture and celebrities--talented and non-talented. If you are an avid reader of People Weekly and/or Entertainment Weekly, you'll enjoy this light-hearted look at why we might have a obsession with our favorite stars. If you don't and aren't aware of who is who in the Kardashian family, it might not be that interesting. Also, sprinkled throughout the book are "intermissions" with people describing their celebrity encounters which made me think of a few "non-encounters" I've ex [...]
When I first heard about this book, I was immediately intrigued as I know I've long been a fan of the concept of celebrity. My own celebrity encounters rank among my absolute favorite stories to tell. (Who did I cry upon making laugh and then awkwardly ask if I could give her a hug? Who kissed me on the cheek and made me turn beet red? Who turned out to be just a tiny little boy-man instead of a hunky sex symbol?) So I went in with high hopes, but I think this reading experience ended up just be [...]
I guess you could call this a non-fiction "beach read". Klam provides no new insights regarding the concept of celebrity, though I don't think this was her intention. She portrays herself in a self-deprecating fashion as an average celebrity-obsessed person ostensibly seeking explanations for her obsession. Unlike most average celebrity-obsessed individuals, she was a writer for David Letterman and has interviewed celebrities for mass market publications and therefore has better celebrity connec [...]
I believe that based on the subtitle of this book (The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much About Them), many people may find themselves mislead. Especially if you don’t know the author which was my case. I expected a popsci exploration of celebrity and well why we care about them, but instead this really is is a series of mildly funny musings on celeb culture and our obsession with them. It is not scientific at all. The books also contains a number of celeb sighting stories from [...]
Twinkle TwinkleKlam has written a funny, lighthearted book on why we lust after celebs and what it says about us culturally as well as individually. Peppered with personal celeb encounters from her contributing friends, this somewhat scattered celeb sociology study actually names names. It is an enjoyable read, however nothing earth shattering is revealed. The Stars in Our Eyes stays on the surface, there is only so deep one can dive with this subject matter. The nature of celebrity has changed [...]
I won't pretend to be an unbiased observer about a book where I appear in a chapter, but Julie is a terrific person who writes a terrific book, whether I'm in it or not. STARS is a clear-eyed examination of what we get out of celebrities and why we keep going back, but the author is also still unapologetically a fan, which makes it less social criticism, more what Julie does best; the book version a fun drink or two with a friend. A friend who, in this case, just saw Bette Midler at Duane Reade [...]
Not knowing the author, i had been hoping for an in depth psychological discussion of the celebrity phenomenon--what drives our responses to celebrity, how we choose which ones we idolize or regard as friends and which we revile, how we deal with the cognitive dissonance of celebrity behavior we dislike, and so on. After a chapter or so, it became clear that that sort of book, with the attendant references and notes, was not the kind of book Klam was trying to write, so i gave up. While i apprec [...]
This book was fine there were a couple of cool “meeting a celebrity” stories. And a couple of nice insights but overall this didn’t lend a lot of new insight. Although I’m being gracious with my star rating because she mentioned Rafa and Djokovic who are my personal favorite tennis players. And as soon as she did that I was like now we are talking! Haha. One of the things that was super off-putting was a lot of errant comments about the Kardashian’s which at a certain point I was like, [...]
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