Rightly or wrongly, I'm one of those people that believe (within reason of course) that no matter what young people are reading, at least they are reading something - take our nephew for example, he isn't really interested in reading anything that's not football related (better still if its Newcastle United related) but at least he's reading something unlike Niece #1 who believes (despite our trying to persuade her otherwise) that ALL books are boring.
So, though not my idea of a good read by any stretch of the imagination, I was interested to see that Katie Price (once known as Jordan) had released a set of books all about ponies aimed at young girls as well as an autobiography that chronicled her life thus far - Niece #1 had gone to the lengths of BUYING this but it too has gone unread - that were proving popular.
Imagine my dismay then to read the following article in our local Sunday newspaper and to view this IMAGE on the Internet both of which detail the day that Jordan came to the area to sign copies of her latest book.
"Katie Price sparked a frenzy among fans yesterday as thousands clamoured to see the former glamour girl during her whistle stop tour of the North.
"The star - also known as Jordan - brought Newcastle city centre and the METROCENTRE in Gateshead to a stand-still at two separate events to promote her new book.
"And books certainly flew off the shelves when she attended the MetroCentre signing, although not quite in the way organisers intended - young fans proceeded to clamber all over the shop's stands to get a better view".
Now call me a book snob if you wish but most of these so-called fans of Jordan are just that - fans of Jordan - as opposed to fans of books and it may be controversial but I'd even go as far as to say that I'd put money on the fact that many of these people aren't usually book readers with some of them never having set foot in a book shop before. (And probably not doing so again until Jordan is back in town though I'd be very surprised if WATERSTONES, the shop in question, would have her back).
Apologies for my rant but, setting aside any other personal concerns I may have about Jordan and her business ventures, as a book lover, it both upsets and angers me to see books being destroyed in such a way.
SOURCES: Newspaper article, an edited version, courtesy of Coreena Ford reporting in the Sunday Sun. Internet image taken from the Sun's website.