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  1. Mrs.PatsFanInVa

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    In 'Not Afraid of Life,' Bristol Palin will discuss her future, living life in the media spotlight thanks to her mother's political rise and, of course, her time on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

    Bristol talks about the highs and lows of her appearance on ABC-TV's 'Dancing With the Stars,' including the aching hours of practice, the biting criticisms, and the thrill of getting to the show's finals. She speaks candidly of her aspirations for the future and the deep religious faith that gives her strength and inspiration. Plainspoken and disarmingly down to earth, Bristol offers new insight and understanding of who she is and what she values most."


    She's like what? 20? How much "insight" and "understanding," does a kid under 21 have?

    Why would her aspirations matter any more than any other 20 year old to anyone but herself and her immediate family? Will they be any different than anyone else's?

    I don't mind the occasional newspaper story or People article - but an entire book? On and by a 20 year old?

    Not just this 20 year old, either - any memoir published by anyone under 30 seems a bit inauspicious to me.

    DWTS Star Bristol Palin Pens Memoir, 'Not Afraid of Life'
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    I'm guessing they figure she'll write at the intellectual level of enough tea baggers that she'll sell some books.
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    Bristol will not write this book, Sarah did not write her books... in reality someone "ghosts" it for them, as do many other famous folks.

    If/when she gets bad reviews then mommy can blame the bad press, bottom line it is a win/win for the Palins, more facetime, more recognition for their brand..

    It will become a best seller, and will probably be offered free with a NEWSMAX subscription.. and Bristol will make a mint, which is the American(AKA PT Barnum) way....
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    All the Rubes will run out and buy it. How are any of the Failin families books "worthy"
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    And yet many authors with something to actually say are turned down...
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    Didn't Snookie, whoever she is, get a book published, too?

    Same thing - a true WTF moment in literature.

    It'll be embarassing someday in the 24th century if this ends up the kind of literate legacy we leave behind.

    Maybe we can blame it on cutbacks in the Arts Endowment Funds.
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    In a country of 310 million all you need is 1% to buy your book to make a fortune. And that goes for just about anything. There are enough Harry Boys or twenty somethings to make it worth while to print a book by the failins or snooki. Or watch some preposterous reality show.
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    It's mostly about the Palin hype and marketing around that for the dollar. Like it or not she now has celebrity status aided in a large part by Sarah's over reaction to some very public, vicious press innuendos as well as some pretty poor taste jokes on late night shows. She didn't invent this herself folks.

    Edit: I have to mention the hype around her ex as a big factor as well
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    While I agree with you that a book by Bristol Palin leaves me scratching my head as to why most people would care, your point about memoirs of people under 30 is a bit too general for me (nit picking on my part sure). One of my favorite book's (while not a true "memoir" in the traditional sense) My War: Killing Time in Iraq by Colby Buzzell was written about what he saw and did while deployed in Iraq. I believe it was published when he was roughly 25 or so.

    Add to that there are many people/kids/young adults who have life experiences beyond the typical "standard American Youth Experience" that could be interesting to some. On a personal note i kept a notebook of thoughts/experiences while I lived in Indonesia during my adolescent years (8 years total) which of my friends have found interesting. Recently showed a friend of mine who made the statement "look at what is happening in Egypt...this has never happened in the history of the world" the portions I wrote about the Indonesian revolution in 1998. He actually had no idea that something similar to what happened in Egypt happened in Indonesia.

    Be that as it may, I agree with you and the above posters who have in so many words wondered what of substance could Bristol Palin share with the rest of us. Thoughts and feelings about DWTS???? Really?
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    Exactly. This is probably the recommendation of some publicist or other such person. She's just trying to stay in the spotlight. Hopefully, this kind of cements them permanently as celebrities instead of political entities.
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    Mr.P and I were actually discussing this on the way to the train this AM.
    He said the same thing you've said and mentioned that kid who fell in the crevice and cut his own arm off.

    You are both right. I spoke without thinking. There are many people who, before the age of 20 or 25, experience life altering events which are of interest to others. Anne Frank, for one. Colby Buzzell for another.

    I should not have made such a blanket statement.

    That being said - Snookie and Bristol are not Anne or Colby. They got their literary contracts based on who they are not what they are or what they've known or accomplished.
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    Agreed 150% with your last statement Mrs.P. Americans (in general of course) love celebrity and celebrate it more than most societies and cultures, for reasons i cannot understand. What have many "celebraties" done to justify the interest and/or the pedistal the society at large place them on? STFarmy's point before was great also, hopefully now we can put them (the Palins) in the correct category as celebrities.

    I was actually thinking of Anne Frank too as I wrote my previous post. ;)
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    Who? Was she on dancing with the stars....or Kendra?:cool:
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    Bristol Palin is making hay while the sunshines, the democrat media keeps her family in the spotlight so she is taking advantage of it.

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    She over reacts to who ever is making the comments. A few weeks ago she called Rick Santorum "a knuckle dragging Neanderthal" for saying she didn't attend the C-pack convention because she wasn't going to be paid.
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    Man, some people just can't help themselves can they.
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    eh, it's capitalism. I don't understand why, but many people in America are fascinated by various celebrities. A publisher and the Palins realize this and think it's a good bet they'll make $ on it.

    It will be a horrible book -- like most autobiographies and other celeb-focused books -- but enough people will buy it to make it worthwhile. No different than all the celeb gossip rags.
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    Which would still be at a level significantly higher than the pole smokers.
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    who are the pole smokers? Is that a political movement?

    (like it or not, many tea party members were calling themselves teabaggers until they were clued in to the term's meaning)
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    Wowza, who pissed in your cherrios?
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    My friend, this was already discussed in this forum - shame on you!

    Since a group of people are going to refer to conservatives with a vulgar euphemism, I specifically asked (and subsequently received) permission to refer to liberals with an equally vulgar euphemism.

    Personally I think both terms should be banned. But please tell me you don't feel one should be allowed and the other not, do you?
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    Since when is the term you threw out used in reference to liberals? Maybe I missed the memo on that one, but the term you used, as far as I knew has never be used as a euphemism for someone's political persuasion...

    I'll keep that in mind going forward...as knowing is half the battle.
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    The "vulgar euphemism" is one they used to describe themselves -- but it doesn't apply to all conservatives, just tea partiers.

    Did libruls ever refer to themselves as pole-smokers?
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    I think it's the context behind it's use that matters.
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    I agree with you.
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    Bristol owes a lot to Chris Matthews on this one, Sarah owes Chris also, he kept her alive.


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    Since I made it up of course! Please be aware that I am using the term to refer to a group of people and not any specific individual(s). I even got a ruling from the mods before using it because I certainly don't want to violate any forum rules.

    Are you trying to tell me that it's ok to refer to conservatives with a vulgar euphemism but not liberals? :confused:
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    Wait a second wait a second wait a second. Is that the rule? If I can find a member of a certain group refer to that group as a particular name, then that name becomes fair play in this forum?

    I mean, I'm sure if I looked hard enough I could find a black person referring to black people as certain racial slurs. Or a Hispanic referring to his ethnic group with certain racial slurs. Do those slurs suddenly become acceptable language?
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    It was made up to respond to people who refer to tea party activist as teabaggers, a sexual slur.
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    Missed that one, so everytime your boyz refer to themselves as a teabagger it is an inuendo.. tell that to the soccer moms in Iowa.

    Thought teabagger was a proud label of those who espouse this political affiliation???

    You will be able to get one free from NEWSMAX in about two weeks, if you subscribe..
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