Wednesday, 23 February 2011

From stomach churner to page turner

I know you shouldn't believe everything you read on Twitter, especially where stars are concerned. In an era when being talked about is concerned to be viable career development, famous faces will say pretty much anything in order to maintain their celebrity real-estate.

So we should make sure the salt-pot has more than a pinch-worth left in it, before pre-ordering Heidi Pratt's imminent novel on Amazon. She's been Tweeting about her new professional aspirations, having presumably missed out on the chance to secure work as a resuscitation dummy.

Inspired by the Twilight series, Heidi asked her followers "Thinking about writing a supernatural romance novel. Would you read?" The wording of the question is interesting, since she neglects to ask specifically whether anyone would consider reading something with her name on the spine. She could have gone one further and changed "would" to "can".

Clearly someone thought Heidi's idea was a good one (there's a first time for everything, I guess) because she received enough encouragement to commit to the project. Well, as much as a statement like "The support of... my wonderful fans has convinced me to write my 1st supernatural romance novel. Title coming soon!" can be considered a professional commitment.

To be fair to Heidi, maybe she's perfectly qualified to create a fictional romance, as her marriage to Spencer proved only too well. And if she holds up Stephenie Meyer as the standard to which she aspires, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that she may actually be able to churn something out.

Thankfully, before the world had a chance to lament the end of civilisation as we know it, American Pie star Jason Biggs had joined in the discussion, entering into a virtual brainstorm with the clueless 'pop singer + actress + television star'. As the two began to bat ideas back and forth, it seemed that there was some hope on the horizon, and that this was just an elaborate joke.

Nonetheless, let's not forget that even Snooki can now count 'New York Times bestselling author' amongst her considerable list of accomplishments. And to paraphrase the famous saying, "those who forget the past are condemned to pick up a copy in paperback". I'm sure Jennifer Aniston can't wait.

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