Wil Wheatons books

25 10 2008

AKA Wesley Crusher (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
and Gordie Lachance (Stand By Me – 1986)

Just A Geek (ISBN 059600768X 2004 O’Reilly)
Dancing Barefoot (ISBN 0596006748 2003 O’Reilly)

It’s very rare for me to read biographies. How these came to my attention is a mystery. I like Wil’s writing style and will buy his books again.

I read somewhere that he was not happy about the Just a Geek book being publicisied as a Star Trek book, but if it hadn’t, it may not have come to my notice. I didn’t know he’d been in Stand By Me. And theres a surprising list of other things he’s been in – just look up his wikipeadia entry.

The Just a Geek text (below) borrows heavily from the dust jacket of the book.

Not the usual celebrity biography, both books flesh out the stories that started his blog. Wil takes you with him to auditions, to Star Trek conventions, and into the deepest reaches of his soul.

In the spotlight for nearly his entire childhood, Wil starred in the movie Stand By Me at the tender age of 12 and grew up on television as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. But after Star Trek, the roles he expected didn’t materialize, leaving Wil to grapple with the big questions: could he avoid the pitfalls that typically befall a child star, create a real life, and define success on his own terms?

Just a Geek is the story of how Wil faces down his constant companion, the ghost he calls “Prove To Everyone That Quitting Star Trek Wasn’t A Mistake.” The key to banishing that ghosty turned out to be the weblog, or online journal, that he launched in 2001 at wilwheaton.net. On his blog, Wil shares – with stunning and fearless honesty – his real life: the struggles of being a working-class actor, the joys of being married and raising two stepchildren, and the experience of growing up on the Starship Enterprise. The kid actor is now a writer too, with an audience of nearly a million readers a month.

Dancing Barefoot contains 5 stories that didn’t fit in Just a Geek. One story, “a story of love, hate, laughter and the acceptance of all things Trek” puts more context to the related stories in Just a Geek – so buy the book, or seek the discussions out on Wil’s blog wilwheaton.typepad.com.

On the blog, you’ll find details of his Third book “The Happiest Days of Our Lives” (I Would like to read that), and his latest writings about his appearance on Criminal Minds as a badie.

More words:
I found it interesting reading about wils adventures at casting sessions and rekon it his blog should be recomended viewing for those seeking an acting career. He puts in some good advice/insights from time to time.

Further Reading
Wil on Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil_Wheaton

Stand By Me (1986 movie)
The main characters are Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), and his three friends Chris Chambers (River Phoenix), Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman), and Vern Tessio (Jerry O’Connell), all 12 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand_by_Me_(film)

Last Words (Wil):
“One of my defining characteristics is that I can’t keep my mouth shut. I can’t stand idly by, and if somebody has to say it, it may as well be me. I am extremely passionate about virtually everything, and that passion drives me to discuss, argue, and learn about issues that have an effect on my life. I’m sure that it would just be easier to stay quiet and live happily in McWorld, but I will not go gently into that good night” – Being an excerpt from Selected Interviews in Wil Wheaton’s latest book “Just A Geek” (subtitled: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise)

If you can’t find the books, have a peek at his blog…

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