A lot of celebrities write books. Actually, too many of them. Nobody wants to read “Hooking Up with Tila Tequila” by Tila Tequila. The market is a little oversaturated right now.
That being said. There are some excellent celebrity books, like Tina Fey’s “Bossy Pants” and Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet” and then there are other celeb books that aren’t so great, like “Elixir” by Hilary Duff, but are somehow incredibly popular.
So here they are, the most successful celebrity “authors” ever. I put that in air quotes, because c’mon, nobody wants to be know as an “author” when you can be labeled a “celebrity.”
Lauren Conrad: Conrad is such a successful author she has 4 books! That’s four more than Audrina Patridge has got. Lauren wrote a trilogy of books called the “LA Candy” series, which follows the life of Jane Roberts who moves to LA for a fashion internship and ends up starring on a reality show! Gasp, this is NOTHING like the “The Hills.”
Chelsea Handler: Chelsea Handler basically got famous because of her books. Surprisingly, people actually read and for some lucky people like Handler, “book fame” can lead to “Hollywood fame.” Her first book, “My Horizontal Life” is definitely her funniest, but it was her second novel “Are you there, Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea” that sat atop the New York Times bestseller list for 47 weeks.
Tori Spelling: Sometimes I can’t remember why Tori Spelling is famous. Her dad is a famous name and she was on 90210? I think? Honestly, I know her as “that famous lady that writes those book that makes puns out of her name.” I’m talking about her first book “STORItelling” and also her most recent read “Unchartered Territori.” Her first expose style novel was on the Times Hardcover Nonfiction list for 19 weeks.
Alicia Silverstone: Alicia Silverstone’s Vegan cookbook and guide is successful because Oprah likes it. If Oprah likes something, it doesn’t matter if the recipes in the book insist that you eat like a caveman and never enjoy pizza again. Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet” is the go-to celeb book for eating raw and vegan, that is until Gwyneth Paltro turns “Goop” into a book.
Hilary Duff: Hilary Duff wrote a trilogy of books in what I like to call the “teen paranormal romance” category. Currently she has only released book 1 and 2 in the series, “Devoted” and “Elixir.” Basically the series follows the story of a young girl who is a photojournalist and falls in love with some mystery guy who keeps showing up in her photos, or something. I dunno, I’d rather read Twilight.
Tina Fey: Debuting at the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List and being named as Amazon’s best book of the month, Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” is the "best celeb book ever written, better than the Bible and also better than Lauren Conrad’s book ‘Style,’” says me. Fey may have only one book written, but give her time and she’ll probably crank out at least two more, which is a lot for a celebrity, c’mon they are busy people with important things to do, like attend awards show and get microdermabrasion on their faces.
Madonna: Madonna’s first book, erotically titled “Sex” was widely popular, because duh, it was porn that guys weren’t embarrassed to be seen purchasing. But it was her children’s books that have brought her much literary fame. Her children’s series, “The English Roses” was the fastest selling book by a first-time children’s author ever and was translated into 40 languages. Also, my aunt who doesn’t even have children purchased these books on the logic, “but it’s Madonna.”