Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick HarrisTired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life, you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.
Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!
Memoir, autobiography, and vignette. Which is best for you?
The line between memoir and autobiography is a fuzzy one, especially in this modern literary era where writers are constantly blurring the boundaries between genres to create a new, exciting one. Like an autobiography, a memoir is a narrative that reveals experiences within the author's lifetime. But there are obvious and practical differences between the two similar genres. In essence, an autobiography is a chronological telling of one's experience, which should include phases such as childhood, adolescence, adulthood, etc. In his own memoir, Palimpsest , Gore Vidal gave his own definitions of the two genres stating, "a memoir is how one remembers one's own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring research, dates, facts double-checked. With these basic definitions and comparisons, think about your own work.
One of the most common questions that a personal historian receives is about memoirs, autobiographies, and vignettes. While they are all similar, there are distinct differences between the three and one may be better for you than another. For example, you may want to write a memoir about your plebe year at the military academy or perhaps your first year raising a child. While a memoir is a piece of your life, the length of a memoir is highly variable in size — from a few hundred words to 10,words or more. Size is irrelevant, but what is important is telling your amazing story. A memoir can be published on its own or as a collection of memoirs. An autobiography is a book of your entire life or the majority of your life.
Autobiography is essentially
Feeling confused about the difference between memoir and autobiography? The terms are sometimes used interchangeably, and there is a lot of overlap between the two, so confusion is understandable.
Although both memoirs and autobiographies tell stories about the author's lives, the time the story covers makes them distinctive genres. Memoirs focus on a specific period or event, such as an illness, hobby or relationship. Autobiographies, often written by famous people such as politicians and celebrities, cover the entire scope of the author's life or career. In spite of these differences, the two genres have many elements of style and purpose in common, including focus, honesty and the use of narrative devices. Just like fiction, authors write memoirs or autobiographies with the intention of communicating the significance of their experiences.