I imagine most know by now that Jinny Fallon published his first children’s book in 2015. Aside from all the laughs that book surely caused, now he’s doing something more important.
He’s teaming up with his publisher to donate $1,000,000 worth of books to First Book, a nonprofit based in the US that provides new books to children in need.
I imagine some might criticize him for this because surely a disadvantaged kid could use something else (food, clean water, clothing) just a bit more than a book they may not even want. My response is to say literacy is of the utmost importance. An illiterate child is immediately left behind by his or her peers, and that gap is incredibly difficult to overcome. To discount the importance of literacy does harm and no good.
Disadvantaged children need food, clothing, shelter, and clean water. But they also need books. They do.
Jimmy Fallon won’t solve every problem by donating these books, but at least he’s focusing on one. Are you?
I’ve written about Lilly several times on here. I honestly don’t even know the exact number, but I’d say it’s been at least five times. She hasn’t written a book yet. I don’t know her to be a big reader. And I’m nothing like her target audience. But man I’m proud of her.
If you don’t know, she’s one of the most popular personalities on YouTube. She has more than 7 million subscribers. Her channel has been viewed more than 1 billion times. And she went on a world tour last year. She’s doing everything.
I don’t want you to think I’ve been watching her since the beginning, I haven’t. I started in July of 2014 when she released her first single #Leh about millennials that immediately caught my attention even though I have no real interest in hip hop at the moment. Then I started watching her videos as much as I possibly could. I tried to catch up after missing her first four years on YouTube.
But I’m not writing her biography. I want to tell you all why I’m proud to be a fan of hers. She’s famous. She’s rich. She makes her living by making other people laugh. And she’s real. But I’m proud to be a fan of hers because she started making videos in 2010 because she was unhappy. She was in the midst of a low point in her life. And rather than feel sorry for herself and let life slip on by she decided to do something about it. Now five and half years later she can’t be stopped.
She’s talented. She’s hilarious. And she never takes herself too seriously. And she just made her first appearance on late night TV with. There’s nothing wrong with people who take their success for granted because we all take things for granted that we shouldn’t. But there’s never been any doubt in my mind that Lilly appreciates every time someone likes one of her tweets or comments something positive on one of her videos. Yes her hard work and determination has helped her along the way, but millions of fans have been right there with her. Even when she didn’t know it yet.
To me, no one “deserves” anything in life. People don’t deserve to be without basic essentials. No one deserves to win the lottery. Students don’t deserve any particular grade. But Lilly, you’ve earned everything you have. So be proud, be humble, and continue to change the lives of your fans. And most of all, stay super.
Is there anyone you’ve never met who you can’t help but be proud of? Author. Singer. Actor. Friend of a friend.
First, this is not me being critical of Khloe Kardashian. I have nothing against her. This is me being critical of the people and publishers who make these celebrity books happen.
I don’t get it. There is not one celebrity (okay, Jennifer Lawrence is the ONLY one) who I’d want to read a book ‘written’ by. Not one. And yet we get so many of these books every year that I think there should be a new genre recognized. I’m not even joking. I’m sure y’all have heard that Pharrell is writing children’s books. You’ve probably read Lena Dunham’s book by now. I think Jimmy Fallon has a book on the way.
I have nothing against any of them, but there is nothing they could write that I’d be willing to spend money on. But that’s just me.
I’ve written about celebrity book deals before, but now I have a different question to ask. Are there any celebrities you’d like to see write books? My one and only is Jennifer Lawrence. Not because I think her book would be any more interesting or better than all the others written by celebrities, but because I’d love anything with her name attached to it. Fun fact: if she had a Twitter I think I’d only follow her and no one else. Cause what else would I need?! Sorry for the mini tangent.
PS: If I’d done enough to demand a seven figure book deal, I’d likely dip my hand into the publishing industry too.
On this day in 2014 I published Literary Characters who Should Die.