Self-dramatization – me about myself: why more and more young people are writing memoirs

The gymnast Lucas Fischer has already, the ex-bachelor Vujo still wants: Write a biography. Has the young generation already experienced so much to report about it, or is it self-absorbed? An attempt at explanation.

Rather times write down what has happened to one so far. Then it is stored, and later can be looked objectively on it

It is better to write down what has happened to you so far. Then it is kept, and later it can be looked at objectively.

The book will be a bestseller. Ex-bachelor Vujo Gavric is used to making big noises.

Vujo reveals to "Blick" that he is "working on his memoirs" together with a friend. In the center: Vujo himself. And around him all his love affairs. But there are several things that make you wonder. First of all, the term "memoirs", translated as life memories. One definition reads "in memoirs, the emphasis is often on the outstanding events of interest to a wide audience".

One wonders to what extent Vujo’s affairs are relevant to the public. The definition goes on to say "the author takes an extended look at all the people involved in it". For Vujo, these are the women. They will play the main role according to Vujo. He had already experienced as much in the matter of women at the age of 31 as others have in their entire lives. Hardly anyone may doubt that.

It is questionable whether one can already write an autobiography at this age – or better: should. It is well known that Vujo likes to do things himself. But that he takes the pen in his hand and writes about all this – and then still in "extended version? The advantage: With an autobiography, there is almost nothing to stop the writer from putting his or her ego in the right light.

Don’t a few years have to show on your face before you write down your life story? Experience. Compare. Distance. Reflection. Retroperspective. Isn’t a person’s story only complete when it goes from A to Z, when it is round?? Even Goethe, who dealt with the autobiography of a Renaissance artist, was probably of the opinion that one cannot understand individual parts without the whole. In a letter to a friend he asked: What is the human life in the Auszuge? (see text on the right).

Closing the first life

Whereby the term "biography" does not suit everyone. When asked, author Sutter replies that it is an account of her experiences. But in the end it describes the life of the Aargauer since children’s birthdays until today. In the interview, his father talks about his son’s biography, and Fischer himself explains that he doesn’t think it’s too early: "I’ve already lived one life, now a new one is beginning."

There are also skeptical comments in forums: "I think it’s great, but honestly, I would never buy a biography at 26, even if you have experienced a lot, because almost everyone had difficult days, months or years at that time." Another is a bit more snarky: "On the one hand, biographies that you write for yourself to get through life are a kind of self-healing, so to speak, but nobody cares about them. And on the other hand, biographies of great people."

These young celebrities have already written or are working on a biography:

Vujo Gavric (31) Ex-Bachelor. Is currently writing his memoirs

Miley Cyrus (24) Wrote a book about her life as a 16-year-old

Justin Bieber (23) Has already written two biographies. At 16 and 18

Helene Fischer (32) Her biography was published when she was 30

Vujo Gavric (31) Ex-Bachelor. Is currently writing his memoirs

Miley Cyrus (24) Wrote a book about her life when she was 16

Justin Bieber (23) Has already written two biographies. At 16 and 18

Helene Fischer (32) Her biography was published when she was 30

Vujo Gavric (31) Ex-Bachelor. Is currently writing his memoirs.

And already we are at the motivation. Fischer sees his story as an "encouragement book". He wants to show how will and joie de vivre can triumph over strokes of fate. Psychotherapist Isabel Willemse says there are different motivations for writing one’s life story. With Fischer it could be two reasons. First, he acts as a kind of mouthpiece for others. People with a similar fate can identify with them. "Writing can also be a healing process," Willemse continues. Anyone who has experienced something traumatic can deal with it better through writing and structure their thoughts.

It may be that writing helps in difficult times, but why publicize precocious mental hygiene?? Apparently, autobiographers must be so convinced of their past life and deeds that they consider it shareable. Those who share strokes of fate or illness with the world receive sympathy. According to Willemse, this is a great motivation to make something public.

Vujo is less about his salvation. He wants to draw a line under his player life. So it’s also a kind of closure with the old life. With life before 30.

Generation "sharing

Another reason: self-promotion. Soul striptease against cash. For big stars, the biography is another traceable source of income. Or were teen stars Miley Cyrus (autobiography at 16) and Justin Bieber (second already at 18) really about sharing something? It is mostly publishers who approach the stars for money weathering reasons. With ghostwriter.

Whether it’s an autobiography or a biography about a star like Helene Fischer (30 years old at publication), the audience of millions wants to and can be close to its star. "With a biography, you get the feeling that this is the real life of a person. It conveys a closeness that you don’t have with other publications," explains media psychologist Willemse. "People want to read subjective stories."

But do these youngsters really have something to talk about? Do young people today experience more than previous generations? Is their life span before 30 so compact that they already have to celebrate the first part of their existence in public, and then move on? It’s probably not because of the density of the experience, but because of the option of displaying it. It is the generation in which it is appropriate that one goes with his feelings peddle. That one transmits separation, marriage, loss quasi live into the net. "The Internet is like a megaphone in your hand," Willemse says. On social platforms are already the people who like to communicate. Social Media function there like an amplifier.

On the Internet, you can directly gauge his success, the immediate reactions of users. That means: one feels via Instagram, Facebook or a blog before, how one arrives (also the publishing house can estimate so the interested audience and the paragraph), in order to make the next step and write down its life story on over 200 sides.

Public figures thrive on this exchange. From the immediate like. Even though a shitstorm brews faster than a Texan tornado, and even though it’s always said once published, always on the web, anger and embarrassment quickly fizzle out on social platforms. To happiness. Because with experience, distance and a retroperspective, certain events and emotional situations appear in a completely different light.

It is not uncommon to even smile about the situation at the time. But a book does not click away. A book persists, even if life keeps spinning along. Psychotherapist Willemse says, "Someone who has never written a book before may underestimate that."

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