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Red Carpet Suicide: A Survival Guide on Keeping Up With the Hiltons Hardcover – January 6, 2009
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Well before Perez Hilton (the Miami-born Mario Lavandeira) grew his website, PerezHilton.com, into a Tinseltown franchise raking in 9 million page views a day, the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media” knew exactly how Hollywood was changing. If you used to need an actual talent—acting, singing, playing a sport—in order to make it big, now you could become famous for being famous, and doing absolutely nothing at all. And anyone can do it; in other words, you too can be a Hilton!
Jared Shapiro is the News and Entertainment Director at Life & Style Weekly, and author of Going Corporate: Moving Up Without Screwing Up. He has appeared on VH1, Entertainment Tonight, E!, and Inside Edition.
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Hilton's first book is a lot like the stuff you'd read on his blog: it's mean, petty, but at times you can't help but laugh. Red Carpet Suicide is sarcastically funny at best and desperately sophomoric at worst. It is a satire of how to become famous. Perez Hilton (a pen name) pokes fun at many celebrities and the way they've made their fame. Some of his advice? Get a DUI, adopt lots of babies from a foreign country, and stage photo-ops with the paparazzi. It's good for a few laughs. The problem lies in his delivery. Just like on his blog, he is at times needlessly cruel and in my opinion misogynistic. The bitter, mean personality that shines through all of his writing may appeal to some but it turns me off. For that reason I would say pass on this book.
Perez Hilton's "Red Carpet Suicide" is a tongue-in-cheek guide to help you become a "hilton" (a word that he painfully overuses) and acheive your 15 minutes of fame. In Perez-speak, a "hilton" is anyone who craves media attention. The likes of Lindsay Lohan, Tara Reid and (obviously) Paris Hilton would fall into this category. The book itself seems sort of like a rip-off of Paris Hilton's own book (her guide to becoming an heiress), but Perez's distinct brand of humor litters every page.
I enjoyed about 2/3's of the book. The humorous parts were like a recap of all the bizarre celebrity behavior over the past decade. The part about celeb baby names was especially funny, and he even included some celebrity facts that I didn't know about (and trust me, I know a lot about this stuff).
I would've given this book 4 stars, if not for the fact that it gets VERY tasteless at times. Don't get me wrong... I'm not easily offended. In fact, I'm usually the LAST person to get offended by something, but Perez sometimes crosses the line. I know he's being sarcastic, but you shouldn't say the best way to make it in Hollywood is to become a bulimic or go on drugs, even if you ARE joking. That's just wrong. But I could've overlooked even THAT, if I hadn't gotten to his chapter called "JUST DIE ALREADY" with a picture of Anna Nicole Smith on the page. Sure, the woman had some issues, but that's just terrible! And to poke fun at Heath Ledger's death (or to say Aaliyah's death was caused by "too much luggage") is going too far. I give a BIG thumbs down to that chapter!
But if you love to hate celebrity gossip, you're over the age of 18 (his speech is vulgar) and you aren't easily offended, give it a shot. There were definitely some parts that amused me, even if a few chapters made me cringe.
Perez Hilton, laptop samurai, gossip gangster and queen of all media has struck again! Red Carpet Suicide is Hilton's "how to" book on achieving fame through doing nothing...just being. Using his favorite, Paris Hilton as a template, Perez takes the reader step by step through the necessities of "fame" the DUI, rehab, jail, revolving boyfriends/girlfriends, flashing sans undies, suicide attempts, being ever present for paparazzi, and let's not forget the ever important sex tape. Now everyday people can spy on the everyday comings and goings (and shortcomings) of the rich and famous. And Perez doesn't hold back. He does let the reader in on his network of "spies" and his fact checking. And he isn't afraid to gush about the stars he really adores.
Don't expect any new ground here; most of this is a rehash of stories covered ad nauseum by the tabloids. This is a tongue in cheek look at our fascination with the famous (and why is some of them famous anyway?) and how a "Cuban gay boy with strangely colored hair" was able to become like them is a quick read. Just like when you are caught with the tabloids, you'll tell your friends, "I just picked it up to look at the pictures, who buys that trash anyways" and hide it in your purse .
There were some humorous points to it, such as Perez's usual ordinary, somewhat b*tchy, condescending tone he takes on his site. It's a light, easy, pretty quick read that's somewhat hurt by the fact that you go in thinking this is going to be a book with something new and perhaps in a style different from what's on his site. Why buy the book when you can just look at old archives on his site and get the same material, stories, anecdotes and commentary? Seems a bit of a waste of a book. Buy at your own discretion.