The books of YouTube’s biggest stars
By Emma Kanagaki, librarian and Collection Development Analyst with OverDrive
With the age of the internet, there are even more mediums for people to get creative. From blogs to vlogs (video blogs) and beyond, “Team Internet” is taking their set of skills to a more traditional medium: print. Members of this group are varied and many, but just to name a few, they include: Grace Helbig, Michelle Phan, Leandra Medine, Zoe Sugg, Louise Pentland, Alfie Deyes, Joe Sugg and Tyler Oakley.
As an avid fan of YouTubers, I subscribe to their “channels” and watch new content each week. For me, books are just another way for me to access my favorite internet personalities. The appeal of bloggers and vloggers is that their videos show portions of their lives that most wouldn’t be too keen to share.
For example, UK personality Zoe Sugg a.k.a. Zoella has been open about her struggles with anxiety since a young age. As of writing this post, Zoe Sugg a.k.a. Zoella has over 9.2 million subscribers to her YouTube channel, a New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel, and a beauty range. Plus, her second novel launches on October 20, 2015. It’s clear that her fans relate to her because of her honesty about everything, not just the things in her life that are going well.
Stateside and beyond, Tyler Oakley’s humor and wit have resulted in over 7.6 million subscribers and a book, Binge, which comes out on October 20.
Blogger, Leandra Medine, of The Man Repeller, can be found at Fashion Weeks all over the world, on social media posts daily, and is featured prominently in magazines. Her 2013 book, Man Repller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls was well reviewed by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
If you’re unfamiliar with this group of bright, entertaining individuals, you’ll know about them all soon enough. For more books by “Team Internet,” check out this list here! Or ask your library about them today.