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The Cult of Celebrity: What Our Fascination with the Stars Reveals About Us [Paperback]

Cooper Lawrence
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Jan. 20 2009

America’s fast-growing religion is—let’s face it—celebrity worship. From gossip magazines to entertainment TV, from blogs to ads featuring famous faces, the stars are our new gods and goddesses. But why are we so quick to put them on pedestals? Why are we even more spellbound when they topple back down to earth?

 

The Cult of Celebrity is the first book to explore this phenomenon comprehensively and yet in eminently readable terms. In a compulsive read, Cooper Lawrence maps out the psychology behind the behavior of the stars—and that of the millions out there who follow their every move. She points both to the benefits and dangers not only to society but also to us personally; to our spending habits, health, social awareness, attitude toward personal failure and toward relationships, and above all, our self-image. And she offers practical tips on keeping our interest under control. Drawing on the latest research as well as interviews with fans and entertainment industry insiders, as well as celebrities themselves, The Cult of Celebrity is as accessible and sassy as it is thought-provoking.


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"Do you find yourself constantly worrying about Jen's lovelife? Britney's mental health and Suri's thumbsucking? You've become a full fledged member of the cult of celebrity. Luckily, there's a new antidote--Cooper Lawrence--who will talk you through the reasons why star obsession is A-List OK.
     If you've ever wondered if your celebrity obsession is dangerous to your health, then dig into Cooper Lawrence's new investigation into the cult of celebrity. From digging into the historical roots of star worship to the inner workings of the Hollywood machine, you'll finally understand why celebrities really do matter."

—Bonnie Fuller, cofounder of Bonnie Fuller Media, former vice-president and chief editorial director of American Media

 

“Cooper Lawrence’s exploration of celebrity culture is one of the most ardent and straightforward we have.”

—Rita Cosby, Emmy–Award winning journalist, former MSNBC correspondent

  

“Cooper has the rare ability to take what’s going on in the celebrity world and break it down in real-life terms. . . . In this book, she does it with her genuine, no-pretense style.”

—Peter Grossman, US Weekly Magazine

 

 “A guiding light in a storm, Cooper gave me back the power to grow again in this business. Her book The Cult of Celebrity has that same powerful impact.”—Christopher Atkins, Golden Globe–nominated actor; costar, The Blue Lagoon

 

“Being with Cooper is like being with one of your closest friends—one who happens to be a treasure trove of humor, wit, ease, incredible sensibility, and a vivacious personality, all wrapped up with intellect and experience.”

—Eric Nies, model/actor, MTV’s Real World and former host of MTV’s The Grind

 

“In a world of lies, deception, ego and the all-important ‘image’, Cooper absolutely helped me keep a clear perception of myself, my goals, and my beliefs. She believed in me and was a strong voice of hope and reason in a time of dire need.”

—Jeremy Jackson, actor, Baywatch

 

"It’s the celebrity shock value age and Cooper Lawrence has keen compassionate insight into the good, the bad, and the ugly." —Adrian Zmed, actor (T. J. Hooker; Grease 2)

 

“Cooper’s vast wealth of pop culture knowledge makes her my first choice to call when I need an expert opinion on celebrity canoodling for OK! magazine. Her sense of humor and wit along with her insight into personal relationships make her an invaluable resource. Thanks, Coop!”

—Meaghan Murphy, West Coast news editor, OK! Magazine

 

 

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The psychology behind America’s most popular religion—celebrity worship

“Do you find yourself constantly worrying about Jen’s lovelife? Britney’s mental health and Suri’s thumbsucking? You’ve become a full-fledged member of the cult of celebrity. Luckily, there’s a new antidote—Cooper Lawrence—who will talk you through the reasons why star obsession is A-List OK. If you’ve ever wondered if your celebrity obsession is dangerous to your health, then dig into Cooper’s new investigation into the cult of celebrity. From the historical roots of star worship to the inner workings of the Hollywood machine, you’ll finally understand why celebrities really do matter.”
                                                                              —Bonnie Fuller, cofounder of Bonnie Fuller Media
 
“Cooper’s vast wealth of pop culture knowledge makes her my first choice to call when I need an expert opinion on celebrity canoodling for OK! magazine. Her sense of humor and wit along with her insight into personal relationships make her an invaluable resource.” 
                                                              —Meaghan Murphy, West Coast news editor, OK! magazine
 
“Cooper has the rare ability to take what’s going on in the celebrity world and break it down in real-life terms. . . . In this book, she does it with her genuine, no-pretense style.”
                                                                                            —Peter Grossman, US Weekly Magazine
 
“Being with Cooper is like being with one of your closest friends—one who happens to be a treasure trove of humor, wit, ease, incredible sensibility, and a vivacious personality, all wrapped up with intellect and experience.”
                            —Eric Nies, model/actor, MTV’s Real World and former host of MTV’s The Grind
 
“Cooper Lawrence has keen, compassionate insight into the good, the bad, and the ugly.”
                                                                                     —Adrian Zmed, actor T. J. Hooker; Grease 2

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this?! Dec 5 2011
Format:Paperback
I don't know what this book is about, but I've been told that the book is similar to pornography to read.

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Don't buy this, don't read this, it'll be a waste your time to read something written by some nutcase who'd (re)spat out anything she heard without a second thought to millions on national television, and doing so with a tint of authoritative voice. Shameless little b.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stolen from a Yahoo article! Aug. 1 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I didn't imagine when I picked this book up, that I'd be reading articles
off various websites. The level of plagiarism on display is shocking!
How did this book make it past an editor I'll never know!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Vapid March 2 2009
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My wife recently borrowed this book from a friend of ours and - being mildly interested in the subject - I decided to give it a go. How glad I am that we did not pay for this tripe ourselves. Cooper Lawrence purports to be an 'expert' in the field of psychology. This is surely one of the grossest perversions of the truth that it is possible to make. This 'book' offers nothing of substance and each new chapter is as vapid and intellectually forlorn as the last.

One may be forgiven for thinking that this 'book' is merely a cynical attempt to fleece 'celebrity cultists' of their hard-earned money and time. There are more evocative and stimulating works on this subject; some of them have even been written by real psychologists and not a 'T.V talking-head pop psychologist'. Your $9 would be better spent on ice-cream; it contains about the same level of intelligent discourse, but has far more taste.
61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible book March 1 2009
By Michael Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Drivel pure and simple... It seems Cooper knows more about writing then celebrities but just barely. If you need something to burn in your fireplace then buy a used copy, otherwise stay away.
58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another terrible book May 27 2009
By Computerdude1032 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Apparently Cooper Lawrence continues to find it necessary to pump out new books every 3 months- probably because they sell so poorly. Anyways, just as with all her other books, this one again lacks any real research and focuses mostly on opinion rather than fact. I do not recommend this book, nor do I recommend any of her other books.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Author is STUPID Feb. 2 2010
By SETI - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The funny thing about this book is that her opinions are based less on facts and realities than those of the celebrities that she insists on warning us off of. The Effect is Mass misunderstanding. I also find it odd that a feminist would use a sexual image on the cover to try to sell their product, thereby objectifying women and teaching teenage boys to think of Women as objects of sexual desire rather than individuals.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cooper Lawrence is NOT a psychologist Oct. 18 2009
By Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a licensed psychologist who worked hard for my credentials and take my professional endeavors and commitment to help others seriously, I find Cooper Lawrence deeply disturbing on many levels. The title "psychologist" is legally and ethically reserved for individuals with a doctoral degree and that have furthermore met the rigorous criteria of state licensing boards. Cooper Lawrence has neither of these credentials.

Cooper Lawrence and the various "respected" national media outlets that feature her and her unsubstantiated, sensationalistic, and often downright erroneous advice should be held accountable for this unprofessional, inappropriate, unethical, irresponsible, and in my opinion often dangerous behavior.

There are competent psychologists out there that are committed to helping (not exploiting others for personal aggrandizement and financial gain). Please don't let the reputation of these professionals be tarnished by "psychology experts" like Cooper Lawrence.
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