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#GirlOnline – Literary Talent Decline?

December 7, 2014

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If you’ve been residing anywhere other than beneath a rock, you’ll be all too aware of the current shitstorm surrounding the revelation that Zoella’s record-breaking book wasn’t penned organically, but instead written by a ghostwriter – seemingly YA novel freelancer Siobhan Curham. I’d just like to slip in the disclaimer that I am not an aspiring novelist/blogger/vlogger: my passion lies solely in creating articles akin to the one you’re currently eyeing with inevitable scepticism. Since the news dropped, the Twittersphere has been awash with clashing opinions, with many denouncing anyone who dares speak out against a fellow blogger, especially queen bee Zoella – mainly putting any negativity down to mere jealousy.

Am I jealous? Naturally – I’m human; if somebody is earning more money and acclaim, in an area that they have no skill in (I’m sorry, but if you frequent Zoe’s written blog, you’ll struggle to argue that she is a strong writer), jealousy will inevitably weave its way in here. However, as I said, I’m not looking to write novels – but I feel so cripplingly angry for those who are and don’t get a sniff in, purely because they don’t have the Disney Princess aesthetics to convey through YouTube vlogs about lipstick, and consequently, can’t score a Penguin publishing deal. A two book deal, no less.

Literature is dying. There, I said it. If you can’t write a novel, don’t write a novel. If you can’t write a novel but you can afford to get someone to write a novel for you, definitely do not write a damn novel. The use of ghostwriters for autobiographies is far less deplorable: some people need a little help to tell their own stories – but to take on an art form that, unless stated/outed, implies that you can, or have penned, an entire novel? Then to reap the benefits of becoming an inspiration to a generation of young girls, despite really only having the ability to be gloriously endearing and pretty nifty with bobby pins? Unbelievable.

Many well-known bloggers such as Lily Melrose and Zoe London have chimed in on the debate, arguing pro-Zo, with statements such as “anything that supports young people picking up books and taking time to actually READ is good enough for me” and “Hardly any mainstream art is created by it’s author. Yup. That Beyonce song you love? Of course she didn’t write it.” (sic), respectively. Whilst I definitely agree with Melrose’s sentiment, this isn’t the issue at hand – surely it’s more damaging to glamourise the idea that, as long as you sit in front of a YouTube channel for ‘x’ amount of hours and procure enough followers: you will automatically become an amazing author/designer/singer/whatever-the-hell-you-want?

With Zoe London’s response, I completely disagree – the example of Beyonce is moot for one. Beyonce is a singer. Granted, I don’t agree with the fact she mightn’t write most of her material and is often coined ‘singer/songwriter’, but she shot to fame predominantly due to her voice. Nobody is singing Beyonce’s songs for her – so let her have that bit more integrity for her name on her album cover, than for ‘ZOE SUGG’ emblazoned on a book that she contributed so little talent to.

I spoke to a number of Zoe’s fans on Twitter and asked them “What inspires you about Zoella?”. Most answers left me crawling up the wall and wishing it wasn’t Sunday evening, so I could source a large bottle of wine. They ranged from the endearing lines of ‘she’s doing something she loves and following her dreams’ (which in actuality was riddled with bad grammar – #GirlOnline can’t be that helpful, eh), to a downright disturbing exchange in which a girl refused to see any other career prospects than “YouTube singer” or “famous vlogger”. I’m all for ambition, irrespective of where it’s headed, but we’re creating a generation of “When I grow up, I want to be a professional vlogger” clones – which is a self-perpuating fucked-up fantasy, in which advertisers and agencies will only further profit at the naivety of youth.

Why doesn’t Zoella step away from her prop of a pen and instead, start a vlogging series about the importance of books – even create an online book club, in which she focuses on a novel every few weeks, where viewers have to race to read it and keep up with her? If she has the power to break the records of J K Rowling, I’m pretty sure she can put her little head (shameless brand name) to that, no?

Google Friend Connect, Please?

October 4, 2012

As a blogger with my account half-hosted through WordPress, I am completely unable to find any way of integrating the allegedly discontinued Google Friend Connect service. From the research that I’ve done of looking at other blogs using Google Friend Connect, they have significant amounts of followers through it – given its very simplistic and popular format. It infuriates me that myself and other WordPress-based users are missing out on these followers, as we’re only presented with subscription through email, which isn’t the most appealing of offers…

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Gossip Girl’s Final Season Is Upon Us.

September 5, 2012

Our favourite Manhattan stylista socialites will be hanging up their Louboutins around Christmas time this year – Gossip Girl is back on October 8th for its last ever series. Another dampener is the rumour that the show will only be running for around 10 episodes this time, which is less than half than the other ones – 10 sets of 40 minutes are just not enough for my last ever GG fix.

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New Site Launch!

August 7, 2012

We’re moving!

I’ve decided to take the leap and buy an actual .com domain and make a proper go of this blog – because I’m getting quite a lot of good feedback about it and I absolutely love writing for it. Within the next few days, MeticulouslyOrganisedChaos will be moving from WordPress to .com – meaning you can reach me at www.ELNfashion.com by the end of the week! How exciting!

Tell all your friends and bookmark the page ready for the opening – and I promise I’ll have some great posts lined up for you, along with all my old posts from this blog sent over.

NEW SITE: Vote Now – Whoever You Are!

August 7, 2012

Okay guys, I need your help here. I’ve decided to bite the bullet and expand MeticulouslyOrganisedChaos by getting a proper domain and branching off from WordPress. However, I’m getting a little stuck for names and, as much as I’d love it, www.meticulouslyorganisedchaos.com may become a ballache for readers to type out – and I may lose traffic as a result.

Here are my two current favourites – with the only downside to MOChaos.co.uk being the fact that there’s a MOChaos.com and people may go on the wrong one – which I really don’t want. Let me know what you think and I’ll keep you posted about my move!

 

Give Back: Animal Shelter Volunteering.

July 26, 2012

Because not every cat’s as spoiled as Choupette.

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On Repeat: Keaton Henson – Dear.

June 3, 2012

Heartbreak never sounded so pretty before Keaton Henson.

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On Repeat: Wavves – King of the Beach.

January 16, 2012

Favourite tracks: Idiot, King of the Beach, Post Acid, Take on the World, Green Eyes... Um, most of them?

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New Term, New Terms.

January 16, 2012

I’m a bad student. I just thought I’d get that out there. I’m lazy, prone to excessive and very unnecessary bouts of unrelenting procrastination, and there are times when I feel like I couldn’t give less of a shit. Now, this  is all fine, dandy and as angst-ridden as a teenager should be, and it just about got me through high school and college with the grades that I wanted to get into the 7th best university in the country… But now the golden gates of said university are really closing in and with increasing intensity, I’m coming to realise that this time it won’t just be a cakewalk. For  instance, I got my first ever C in anything in my first Literature essay (although, unless you are an avid fan of inane waffle – don’t take Literature – it’s wank) and it was a minus. Read more ›

ON REPEAT: Metronomy – The English Riviera.

January 12, 2012

Favourite tracks: 'The Bay', 'Corinne', 'We Broke Free' and 'The Look'.

I don’t even know why I’m posting this, as just thinking about Metronomy makes me a tad miffed (Decided against buying overpriced NME Awards Tour tickets for Manchester/only balcony ones left for Glasgow) but the stark improvement from their last album ‘Nights Out’ and the sheer addiction it’s facing me with led to other things. ‘Nights Out’ was an album I frequently tried to wean myself onto but, other than a ridiculous amount of plays of ‘Heartbreaker’, nothing else really stuck with me.  Read more ›


Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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