November 25, 2020, 11:09am
As TikTok continues to balloon as a platform, its most popular content creators are becoming genuinely famous—and with fame comes book deals. 16-year-old Charli D’Amelio, the most popular user on TikTok and the only person to officially hit 100 million followers on the platform, is publishing her first book with Abrams Books on December 1.
Said Anne Heltzel, Executive Editor of Abrams Children’s Books/Amulet Books, “We’ve been longtime admirers of Charli for her infectious confidence, killer dance moves, and astronomical ascent to fame. We loved getting to know her while working on this book—not only as a rare talent, but also as an endlessly interesting young woman—and we know her readers will too.”
The book in question, Essentially Charli: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping it Real, shares intimate details of D’Amelio’s life, from her childhood to her views on family to her experiences with cyberbullying. D’Amelio also offers Gen Z advice on navigating one’s social media presence and developing self-confidence—a logical subject to cover, as D’Amelio is a role model for millions of teens.
From pages viewable on the Abrams Books site, Essentially Charli looks like a natural extension of D’Amelio’s TikTok presence. The pages feature mock stickers of stars and rainbows; the text is broken up into paragraph-long sections next to full-color illustrations and photos of D’Amelio; the book features writing prompts, like a workbook. It’s like the print version of her TikTok page: colorful, visually stimulating and interactive.
I wonder whether the next TikTok star’s book will follow in D’Amelio’s footsteps and create a similarly visual product, or whether there will be more conventional books from TikTokers coming our way in the next few years. Regardless, with our shortened attention spans we’ll all be reading in 60-second bites.
[via The Hour]