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November 5, 2009


Which do you prefer? Biographies written about someone? Or Autobiographies written by the actual person (and/or ghost-writer)?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

To be quite honest, and perhaps this is self centered, I don’t prefer either. Well, I prefer, if pressed, biographies, but I would rather stay clear of both. I like nonfiction when it comes to things like science or history but I don’t like bio/autobiographies. I don’t follow celebrities and I find that, often, my heroes are less heroic when their lives are laid out in a 5,00 page book. I also don’t think I’d read a book about someone I don’t like, thus eliminating the other category. Is that entirely too picky?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2009 9:22 am

    Not picky at all. . .I think either you have the biography bug or you don’t!

  2. novelinsights permalink
    November 5, 2009 9:33 am

    I’m the same – Perhaps I’m just not interested enough in other people’s lives?! :O

  3. November 5, 2009 10:05 am

    I like them when they also enable you to learn a lot about whatever it is the person is famous for, so I guess I would agree in the sense that I mainly like them if they offer something on the side! :–)

  4. November 5, 2009 11:38 am

    Not picky at all!! coz I am in the same page as you 🙂

    I like reading true story…something inspiring but I dnt like the live of famous people…maybe about people I really really really like

  5. November 5, 2009 11:41 am

    Some people just can’t get into biographies. At all.

    I love them while my husband just won’t touch them no matter who it’s about.

  6. November 5, 2009 9:50 pm

    You might like My Brain is Open which is a biography of mathematician Paul Erdos or Driving Mr. Albert which is sort of a biography about Albert Einstein as well as a memoir of the author who drove his preserved brain across the United States. My BTT post is here.

  7. November 7, 2009 11:03 am

    I prefer fiction to reading any kind of auto/biographies.. I don’t regard that too picky.. reading should be something enjoyable so if you are not interested in the subject of the book then reading it is useless 🙂 well unless it’s a study book 🙂

  8. November 7, 2009 9:59 pm

    I agree with you — I don’t like either BUT I’m a big fan of memoirs so go figure! But I read recently that a memoir is unlike a biography or autobiography in that it deals with just one aspect or time in a person’s life .. and that can be interesting (depending on the life). Plus the format is more flexible and I’ve found memoirs to be quite interesting and well-written.

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