Britney Spears to ‘write’ a work of fiction based on her life: interesting or spin?

These are photos of Britney Spears at an X Factor finalists party last night in LA. She looks happy, healthy and pretty here. I’d like to see her with some lighter eye makeup, but this heavy eyeliner is her signature look and that’s a minor complaint. Britney has actually performed well as a judge on the show, she’s harsher than people expected and more composed than we expected. She seems like she’s in a good place, although there’s still the question of whether she’s being led by her handlers or if she’s making her own decisions about her life. Either way, she seems somewhat content and together. That big lawsuit against her by her former self-declared “manager” has been thrown out of court, so that must be a relief.

Now that Britney is moving on with her life while bringing in piles of cash, she’s going to make some more money by “writing” a thinly veiled work of fiction about her life. This seems like just another way for Britney’s people to package her, while glossing over her very public breakdown. I guess it’s not a bad idea. Here’s more, from The Hollywood Reporter:

Britney Spears is close to signing a book deal, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with plans to write a novel.
Her rep confirms that It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, which has released many popular musician memoirs (among them: autobiographies by Sammy Hagar, The Game, Slash and Motley Crue), is having “discussions” with the singer. (A rep for It would not confirm.)

A source tells THR Spears would pen a roman a clef for the publisher. The story would incorporate fictionalized versions of her own experiences, much like Lauren Conrad’s 2009 New York Times bestseller L.A. Candy, which was about a girl who moves to Los Angeles and becomes the star of a reality show. Conrad, who starred in The Hills, has written two more novels since.

Indeed, Spears is the latest in a growing cadre of headline-grabbers who dabble in books. They include the Kardashians and Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

No word yet on when a Spears book may be released, but with the singer appearing on a network TV show (and being paid handsomely for it — in the vicinity of $15 million) and having sold nearly 100 million albums worldwide in her career, the advance is likely to be substantial.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

Spears rep did semi-confirm this story. He told MTVTo my knowledge there are discussions but nothing confirmed.”

I’ve read portions of Snooki’s book and Nicole Richie’s book, and both were God awful. They read like the celebrities had written the books themselves with minimal editing. In contrast, Levi Johnston’s memoir was interesting and well written. That was down to his talented “co” writers, whom he did thank by name. You know he didn’t write a word. Britney will probably talk to a writer for a few hours, and that person will whip up a decent novel loosely based on her life and painted with a much prettier brush. They’ll send drafts to her people to review, and it will get published with minimal input from Britney. That seems to happen a lot for her – she gets pushed into things and doesn’t have a lot of say in what happens. Maybe I’m wrong, or maybe it’s good for her to be out of her comfort zone. She seems to be in a decent place now so what better time to put out a book? I’m not being entirely facetious, either.

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  1. Sisi says:

    some pics in the Britney and Lindsay thread are huge. Just so ya know :)

  2. lem says:

    She would look SO much better without the dark eye makeup. she doesn’t have the face to pull it off (neither do I sadly, but I tend to avoid it b/c I just end up looking tired and aged).

  3. Pont Neuf says:

    That’s curious… It sounds like a covert way of writing a memoir and drag some people through the mud, while covering her back because it’s a work of fiction, and you are allowed to take some artistic licenses.

    Then again, this is Britney – which means that it will probably be just a trashy book like the ones that Jordan/Katie Price has had ghost written for her, which are all about the sleazy shenanigans of “models” and “singers”.

    I guess that Britney has to milk her tepid X Factor comeback for all its worth. Not to mention, prove to us that she is the embodiment of a Renaissance woman. Singing, dancing, acting, Cheeto muncher, camerawoman of her own reality show, crotch flasher and now… writer!!! Is there anything that’s beyond her “talents”?

  4. lettylynton says:

    Pamela Anderson wrote a book like that too, pretty much autobiographical. I think Britney looks tired in these pictures.

  5. jani says:

    If she is not being pressured, if she has discussed/processed it thoroughly with a good therapist and if this is something that she truly wants to do at this point in her life, then it could be a good thing. A semi-memoir about a young celebrity struggling with mental illness and reaching a point of some stability could help de-stigmatize mental illness and encourage others to seek treatment.

    However, if she’s just being milked as a cash cow again, then that is very sad.

  6. Zorbitor says:

    If it was “as told to Charles Bukowski” I’d read it.

  7. Sweet Dee says:

    I think she looks tired and her hair looks like hell, but the outfit is good and her bod is still looking nice. Still this is “put together” for Ms. Spears.

    I don’t care about her books, I won’t read them, I just hope that if someone else writes it for her they get credit that’s due to them (they won’t). Writing is a very underrated talent.

  8. INeedANap says:

    What’s sad about the whole thing is that this book has the potential to be incredible — Britney has led a unique and turbulent life, as well as having suffered through a mental illness she is just learning how to handle. THAT is a book I would read. But I expect what we’ll get is something as superficial and glossed over as Conrad’s tripe.

  9. Bowers says:

    Is anyone really interested anymore?

  10. Mary says:

    I’ve never been Britney Spears fun; but she suprised me in the most positive way as a judge on X factor. She seems to be balanced, composed, good judge and very decent person. On some occasions she was really sweet. I am glad for her, as her public melt down was really devastating to watch. I wish her all the best along the way

  11. Camille says:

    Uh a coloring book? I love brit but…no girl no

  12. emme says:

    She needs to write a real real hairstyling and makeup artist to help her with her look. I love Britney but her hair always looks horrible with obviously fake extensions. And did she do her makeup herself here?