Are you watching ‘Celebrity Big Brother’? No, of course you’re not. It’s only me and the readers of the Daily Star who are tuning in. Well, I have to fill the yawning gap left by the end of the you-know-what games.
Anyway, bear with me, because this is to do with writing.
One of the contestants is Samantha Brick.
You know her. The feature writer who caused a right to-do earlier this year when she wrote an article – printed in the Daily Mail – about how other women hated her because she was so beautiful.
Ooh, what a furore that was! And of course, it lead to her being invited on various chat shows to defend herself (and, presumably, to show off her hate-inducing, perfect features) and since then she’s written other rather outrageous articles and now she’s on ‘Big Brother’, for which she will be paid handsomely. So you could say, she’s done rather well out of it all.
The weird thing is (and I’m sorry, but you may have to tune in to see this for yourself), not only is she not beautiful (pretty but not a head-turner) but she actually seems to be rather nice and not at all like the person portrayed in that article. She’s mothering all the other contestants on the show and they all like her. Prince Lorenzo (yes, really), chose her above all the other women (including the really beautiful ones) to be his ‘princess’ for the day because she’s being so kind.
And she’s since admitted that the article she wrote wasn’t completely truthful and that she exaggerated the extent of male attention that she gets. She revealed she had pieced together “half a dozen encounters” from her life as the basis for her article.
So, when she said that a man in Paris paid her train fare, bar tenders wouldn’t accept payment and an airline pilot sent champagne back into the cabin for her (all on account of her stunning good looks, you understand), those were all incidents that have happened over the past 40 years or so – not recently.
Now, heaven forbid that I should be urging you all to write for the Daily Mail, or get yourselves on reality TV but perhaps there’s a lesson here for those of us who want to write successful non-fiction articles: never let the truth get in the way of a good story.