Saturday, 17 January 2015
Books lately: Actor Biogs
Lately I've been making my way through some actor autobiographies, including..
Coreyography by Corey Feldman
Corey Feldman stars in some of my favourite films, including Stand by Me, The Lost Boys and The Goonies. So when I saw he'd written a biography (with a ridiculous title) it went straight on my wishlist! This book is admittedly trashy; there's a lot of name-dropping and some of the stories seem a little hard to swallow. But it's a funny and interesting read. The book is no holds barred and Corey spares no detail about his friendship with Michael Jackson, Corey Haim and a host of other 80s actors. A guilty pleasure.
Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg
I picked this book up mainly because I'm a huge fan of Spaced, the brilliant late 90s comedy series which Pegg co-wrote with Jessica Stevenson (nee Hynes). The book as a whole was well written but I have to admit I had to 'skip to the end' of quite a few chapters, as there wasn't quite enough Spaced tales in there to keep me amused.
As You Wish (Inconceivable tales from the making of The Princess Bride) by Cary Elwes
Saving the best 'til last, my brother gave me a signed copy of Cary Elwes' new book for Christmas. As You Wish details the process of making one of my favourite films, The Princess Bride. Although Elwes can be slightly gushing at times, the book is a warm and funny memoir, which includes some funny Andre the Giant anecdotes, quotes from the rest of the cast and the challenge of learning to fence for the 'greatest swordfight in Modern Times'. It made me want to watch The Princess Bride all over again.
Have you read any good biographies lately? I'd love to hear some recommendations - next on my list is Yes Please by Amy Poehler.
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