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Book Review: Binge


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LAST week, Cardiff found out what it was really like to Binge.

Over two thousand fans flooded the Queen Street WHSmith, with queues forming throughout the cramped store, snaking upstairs and blocking off most of the shop from the general public. Such is the effect of Tyler Oakley (born Mathew Tyler Oakley): internet sensation, YouTube star, and general social media guru.

And it was all for the release of his new memoir, a collection of essays and hilarious behind the scenes gossip, Binge. Ever since uploading his first video onto YouTube eight years ago, Oakley has grown into something of a phenomenon. His videos regularly pull in millions of views; and with a combined following of over ten million across YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, this 26 year old is possibly one of the most influential people on the internet.

Such is the appeal of the Los Angeles residing LGBTQ activist, that during the only WHSmith event for the book in Wales, one overzealous fan even fainted and had to be pulled from the building. But it’s all for the cause, and they were all rewarded for their patience with signed copies of his debut book and t-shirts depicting Oakley's luminously candied face, to match the front cover. They even had regular shop workers wearing them, walking the city asking people to take selfies. No one can say Oakley doesn’t know how to market himself.

Oakley isn’t alone in this new wave of young internet entrepreneurs. This is a new age we live in: the age of the internet celebrity, and it makes for interesting speculation about the state of future entertainment. With the likes of other You-tubers releasing books, like Shane Dawson, Justine Ezarik, Zoey Sugg, Joey Graceffa and so many more, the landscape of celebrity and pop culture is changing. It’s becoming more personal, more original.

If you want to read about Oakley projectile vomiting whilst bartering with a grandmother, or crashing his car in front of his entire high school, then pick up a copy of Binge, like the thousands of fans who turned up to this event. If you have an interest in humour, life stories, or the internet, then you’re sure to enjoy this new, witty voice in literature.

Find out more about Oakley and his online profiles here.


Order your copy of Binge here, published by Simon and Schuster (RRP: £14.99 Hardcover).



Written by Jamie Evans.

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