YouTuber books. There is almost nothing more problematic than that. Whether you are a YouTube fan, a booktuber, a book blogger, or all of those at once, you have probably heard of it and have an opinion about it. I didn’t realize I had a really strong opinion until recently when I was discussing it with one of my friends. I realized that I was teeming with opinions so I thought, “why not make a blog post about it to give my opinion and see what everyone else’s opinions are?” because I’m curious.
As of August 2016, I own quite a few YouTuber books:
- The Amazing Book is not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
- All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
- On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Binge by Tyler Oakley
- A Work In Progress by Connor Franta
My overall opinion is this: YouTuber Books Are Good. There is an art to storytelling. For example: Percy Jackson movies. The translation from books to film was awful. However, the books are one of the most cherished series of all time. What is the difference between the two? One was a good form of story telling and one was bad. In many of the YouTuber books I have read, the YouTuber has a story to tell.
In Tyler Oakley’s book, Binge, he talks more in-depth about his childhood and how he turned into who he is today. (Connor’s book pretty much has the same reason). In Carrie’s first book, All I know Now, she gives advice to her (primarily younger audience) about growing up. In Dan and Phil’s book, The Amazing Book is Not On Fire, they have a tangible object to explain who they are and what the fanbase that surrounds them is. Most of the books I listed have a common denominator between them: they all have a purpose as to why they were written. I can only speak for the ones I have read, but even if the publishers approached the YouTubers they still have some purpose for them.
Lastly, one of my favorite reasons for YouTubers to write books is how much they are spread. Most of the YouTuber books that are released become instant New York Times Best Sellers. Not only are YouTuber books read by book/youtube lovers, they are read by people who wouldn’t be caught dead in a Barnes and Noble. It gives people a reason to read. Even a few of my friends who hate reading have read several YouTuber books.
In a brief summary: Why Are YouTuber Books Good?
- It gives YouTubers a different platform to share stories.
- It helps publisher make more money.
- It makes people who normally wouldn’t read, read.
Of course there are a few negatives to YouTubers writing books. Some people believe that YouTuber books are only created so the YouTuber(s) could make more money from their audience. If that is your opinion, I have one solution: don’t buy the books. If you are angered that your favorite creator has spent their time and energy working on a book then don’t buy the book and move on. No one is forcing you to read anything. Unless it is Harry Potter. Then we are all forcing you to read Harry Potter.
Do you watch any YouTubers? Have any of your favorites released books? What is your opinion on YouTuber Books?