Why do all Celebrities love Paulo Coelho? August 22, 2008Posted by astralwicks in Blogging, books, celebrities, Culture, india, People, strange, World, Writing.
Tags: celebrity recommendations, taste
Why do all celebrities love Paulo Coelho? This is a question to which I have no answer(s). For a long time I have tried to answer this question but with no results. Let me confess, that I too have read the gentleman’s The Alchemist. I was initially swayed by the poetry and then numbed by the cloying hope, goodness, destiny themes that are a part and parcel of all his novels. In fact, I have even read the Devil and Miss Prim. I found the novels to be schmaltzy and the eternal hope and redemption postulated in his stories failed to leave an imprint on my soul.
Anyways this is not a criticism of Mr. Coelho. His plots are good but I am not the right reader. I am wondering why most Indian celebrities also like The Secret by Rhonda Bryne and Deepak Chopra’s ‘Seven Spiritual Laws of Success or the other writer who wrote ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’?
Some pop philosophy is definitely good for the soul and these guys are doing a good job for sure. But to be reminded time and again of the same books belies a lack of taste on the part of the Celeb (who it seems doesn’t know of any other book so as even to give a different example) and also the editor. I am sure the airports of the country are stacked with enough titles to enable you read the jacket, not buy them, remember the names and lie to the blinkered reporters.
How come all of them read the SAME books? If anybody does a survey of the last year on celebrity book recommendations then you must have already guessed the list.
Are these guys members of a secret cult – they all read the same books and peddle them to others?
Are they more evolved that such books come only to them – again destiny playing its cruel role?
Are they only imitating each other – how could I not have read when everybody seems to have read them?