BookTube

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Insightful, mature book club series interviews star authors.

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Positive Messages

Books and writing are wonderful things to enjoy and talk about. Different episodes feature themes like activisim, feminism, dystopian worlds, etc. 

Positive Role Models

A diverse range of authors, including many female authors. The influencers are also very diverse, with varied reading interests. 

Violence

References to violent events, ranging from racist acts to deaths and suicides. The cruelty of some characters in books are also briefly discussed. 

Sex

Some episodes contain mature sexual discussions, including references to sex acts. 

Language

"Hell" and "damn," but stronger curses (like “f--k”) are bleeped. 

Consumerism

The authors’ books are prominently displayed and discussed. While this is not done in a marketing context, it does promote the books that they’ve written. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking and getting high on drugs are made in some episodes. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BookTube is a YouTube Original series featuring book vloggers who host popular authors in book club-style conversations. Each episode features a discussion of the author's book, and addresses topics ranging from racism and gender inequities to environmental issues and corruption. The language is mostly clean (curses are bleeped), but some installments contain some sexual discussions, and references to drinking. The authors’ books are prominently displayed as well. The overall series is inspired by the YouTube BookTube community, which celebrates and discusses reading and books. 

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What's the story?

BOOKTUBE is a YouTube Original series that that features authors discussing their book with a group of active, well-known YouTube book loving vloggers. From former first lady Michelle Obama, to best-selling fiction writer James Patterson and renown novelist, poet, and activist Margaret Atwood, popular BookTubers (vlogging book influencers) ask the authors questions, and discovery more about what went into the stories and how they are told. Archive footage of the authors and related media are also briefly shown. 

Is it any good?

This insightful series, the name of which comes from the growing vlogging community of book lovers on YouTube, features influencers talking to authors about what inspires them, and how they approach their literary work. From book club-style casual conversations and one-on-one interviews, to fun lightning rounds of question and answer sessions, viewers get the chance to learn more about the authors and their work.

It’s interesting, but each of the installments, which are vary between 11-25 minutes in length, are so short and edited that they don't allow for truly in-depth conversations. As a result, each episode leaves you wanting more. But the fact that BookTube is inspired by a young generation of writers and readers is encouraging. If you love reading and writing, it’s worth tuning into. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about BookTube and the growing community of book influencers on YouTube. Why is vlogging about books and writers popular? Will their work inspire people to read more?

  • The authors featured on this series offer a range of life experiences that have inspired their writing over the years. Can you relate to any of those experiences? How might they inspire you to write?

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