Should Tiger Woods' Wife Elin Write a Tell-All?

Monday, December 21, 2009
That was one of the questions the Insider asked their guests in their two-minute panel debate. While the arguments ensued it got me thinking about our industry, the book publishing industry, and just how twisted it is sometimes. The minute a scandal breaks, editors at major publishing houses frantically try to contract the involved parties or find writers to author books about the subject.

According to, several publishers have already contracted best-selling celebrity author Ian Halperin to "crash-write a book about Tiger." The site also reported that several of Tiger's mistresses are working on unauthorized versions of tell-all books and are "hoping to make some serious cash."

I've never read a celebrity tell-all book, nor do I particularly want to. I can think of many other books I'd rather invest my time in reading. I'm sure there's a market for them, but sometimes I wonder why people want to "tell all." Take Mackenzie Phillips' most recent memoir High on Arrival. Was it the need to confess, make money, or help others who've gone through the same thing?

To answer the question [should Elin write a tell-all?], I'd say definitely not. At least for her children's sake. And for the rumor that she might appear on Oprah, who knows if that's true. But I think it's too soon.

Now I want to know, what do you think of celebrity tell-all books as a writer or reader? A waste of time or useful information? If Elin decides to write a tell-all, would you read it? Have you read any good tell-all books that you'd like to recommend?


Jayne Martin said...

I can't see any motivation for her to write it, unless possibly for revenge. If she divorces him she'll be getting more than enough money. I hope she keeps her dignity and keeps quiet. I never read those books.

Virginia said...

I'm with Jayne in hoping Elin keeps her dignity. If nothing else, keep quiet for the sake of the kids. There is little to be gained from a tell-all (except of course money). We don't need to know (and by we I mean the public), no matter how much we want to know, what went wrong in their marriage.

PatriciaW said...

I sure hope she doesn't. Not now and maybe not ever. Do we really need to know? It might be cathartic for her, but she can keep a journal for that. My biggest concern through this whole thing has been their children. With the Internet, how will they escape it?

Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M.Ed. said...

I am with you all. I don't think she should tell all.

Our society had become so perverted in the need to peek into the homes, into bedrooms,and under the sheets of celebrities. Why? It is sick.

Everyone, celebrities as well as the average Jill or Joe deserve personal privacy. I sure wouldn't want someone keeping track of my every move. (Although, for medical science it might prove the perfect cure for insomnia!)

LuAnn said...

I, for one, would not read it. I realize there are people who thrive on this sort of sensationalism, but I'm not one of them.

This issue has been played and replayed in the news and most people I've talked to are downright sick of it. There are more important topics for books.

I prefer to read a book that is more substantial.

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