Tim Cherry has had enough of real life - college is dull and boring, and his home life is strained thanks to his unemployed Dad and irritating sister. So, what is the easiest way to make lots of money whilst putting in the least amount of effort possible? Start a YouTube channel, of course!
After several failed attempts at creating a channel (including accidentally releasing illegal pornography), Tim strikes gold when his review of Ghostbusters action figures goes viral, and he is quickly thrust into the online video limelight. Suddenly, things start to look a lot brighter – he is making money, has a beautiful girlfriend and is even able to move into his own place. But things don’t stay rosy for long…
Tim discovers that internet fame has its downsides: stalkers, prank videos which know no limits, insane copyright laws, unsavoury people reappearing from his past, e-drama and even death. It’s not long before Tim realises that not only is it possible for you to find fame easily online, it’s also possible to find infamy.
Confessions of a YouTube Superstar is a satirical novel which explores what truly goes on behind the scenes of a popular YouTube channel, and why unboxing videos, Let’s Plays and angry reviews are always hiding something you would never expect
‘Forty-five thousand, six hundred and fifty-two,’ I said, just so I could hear the number out loud. Was that real? Was it a glitch on YouTube? It must have been. Forty-eight hours ago the view count was barely double digits, but now it was… I refreshed it… 45,793! I clicked into my YouTube dashboard to see if there were any signs of a bug in my channel. Nope. I clicked on the video to see if there was a problem there.
3,295 new subscribers.
Woah. I mean… WOAH!
What happened? Had Jay and Simon found the video and spread it around the school? Had I made such an impression on Leah that she had felt the need to search for me and watch the video forty-five thousand times?
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