I am a fan of YouTube and the people who create the wonderful content on their channels, but for the love of Google, can we stop giving them book deals?
Youtubers such as Hannah Hart, Connor Franta, Dan & Phil, and, most recently, Tyler Oakley have all been given book deals, with some already out for purchase. And every single time one of them announces it, I roll my eyes. Yes, these people have wonderful things to share with the world, which is why they have their channel. As a fan, I want to see them making great content on their channel, because that is their job and where they should share their stories. I honestly don’t want to read their books if I can watch the same stuff on their channels.
To be honest, these books, in my opinion, are about money for the publisher, since these Youtubers have huge fan bases that will flock to their nearest Barnes and Noble to buy their favorite vlogger’s book. That’s all I see and hear when the Tyler Oakleys and Hannah Harts announce their book deal. I don’t find it a necessary need, or even a real gain, for these internet icons to write a book. I want to watch your videos more.
That being said, I don’t include John Green in this because his books are not about himself or his own stories. He shares that on his channel and his books are wonderful YA fiction novels. He is not recreating his videos in a text format, and I appreciate that.
I am not against the Youtubers at all, I admire what they do as content creators and opinion leaders. But I want to see what they started doing and working to make that better, not reading the text version of what already exists because a publisher wanted to get money. Maybe let some other great people write new books instead, letting more people enrich our world with their story. That would ultimately make me happy.