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David Nolan provides a detailed insight into Emma Watson's career, the highs and lows of being a child star and how she is moving on from Harry Potter balancing the world of fashion with her academic studies in America.


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David Nolan provides a detailed insight into Emma Watson's career, the highs and lows of being a child star and how she is moving on from Harry Potter balancing the world of fashion with her academic studies in America.

30 review for Emma Watson: The Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    S'hi

    I almost didn’t read this book. My kids loved the Harry Potter books and movies, and the pixie image of Emma Watson on the cover with the slight twist to her mouth without forming a smile also reminds me of my daughter. But once I opened the covers and started reading so many references about “in later life” about a women less than half my age I started to cringe. Luckily it is such a light style of reading I didn’t take it too seriously and pushed through those first couple of chapters. Once the I almost didn’t read this book. My kids loved the Harry Potter books and movies, and the pixie image of Emma Watson on the cover with the slight twist to her mouth without forming a smile also reminds me of my daughter. But once I opened the covers and started reading so many references about “in later life” about a women less than half my age I started to cringe. Luckily it is such a light style of reading I didn’t take it too seriously and pushed through those first couple of chapters. Once the writer settled down from quoting other writers and seeming to be pushing his own way into the papparazzi mix, the story of this incredible young woman began to emerge in all its strength. Here is a girl who has grown up before our eyes. She has shown a strength and awareness beyond her years, and maintained her own space on the highest stage almost from the very beginning. Rather than falling under anyone else’s spell, or being too greatly shaped by them so that she would later have to time out to find her true self, Emma Watson seems to have held a strong sense of herself right from the beginning. She may not have always felt like she had that – and given the spotlight she has so often been under, it would be understandable that she occasionally got confused by some false shadows or reflections – but she has had the intelligence to question the process for herself throughout all she has been through. She has certainly become an admirable role model for other young women and girls, in being clear about what they will and will not accept. This is partly something which the role she has played as Hermione Granger has given her. For this she is thankful to writer J.K. Rowling. But there seems to have been a symbiosis between Watson and Rowling which may have brought out even more of what was begun in the early books, by the very nature of Watson herself. Her ability to give Rowling a greater insight into her own early self, through the way in which she portrayed the “character” written for her, in a sense has put meat on the bones for the character’s inner life to really become more of its own. The intersection of people’s lives is such that a greater story becomes possible through such mutual recognition. It is not merely a matter of finding “role models” in the stories of other people, but thee meeting of those people so you have an influence back upon them to give you more of what they have already offered, grows both even bigger. This is what the Harry Potter phenomenon has done. To believe it as only possible through and within that phenomenon would be to diminish the capacity of the people capable of bringing it to fruition. Those people will necessarily go on to other things taking all they are with them along the way. Emma Watson has already proved herself to be doing this at an age most people are only just starting to settle down into some sense of what they might be capable of. Watching the next phase of her life in film, fashion or Fair Trade enterprises will be something worth following in more than a armchair reader’s comfort. It is something that seems worthy of our own action to participate in. It almost seems tempting to begin thinking “what project could I suggest to this remarkable young woman to be part of her positive influence in the world?” Her humble approach makes it feel just possible that she might be interested if I can raise myself to offer a good enough suggestion. That is a life worth knowing about – one worth living.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jc

    I was expecting a biography of this famous and talented young woman. Instead, I got a bundling of previously released newspaper articles with excerpts from interviews and all other kinds of journalism pressed between the covers of this book. I do not think David Nolan actually talked to Emma Watson. At least this is what felt throughout the book. What I was looking for was something new about Emma Watson and her post-Harry Potter life. Okay, there were some chapters dealing with life after HP but a I was expecting a biography of this famous and talented young woman. Instead, I got a bundling of previously released newspaper articles with excerpts from interviews and all other kinds of journalism pressed between the covers of this book. I do not think David Nolan actually talked to Emma Watson. At least this is what felt throughout the book. What I was looking for was something new about Emma Watson and her post-Harry Potter life. Okay, there were some chapters dealing with life after HP but again Nolan simply presented what others had already interviewed/talked with Watson about. I am appalled that the publisher would even print this piece of unoriginal hogwash and pass it off as something new and original. Talk about filching money out of book readers’ pockets. I have not read anything by David Nolan previously and after this experience, I will never read anything written by him. I could do a google search and get the same information free that the publishers of this book charge me money for. Do not waste your money buying this book. Happy Reading,

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna-Marie Miller

    Very interesting book about Emma Watson's acting career.

  4. 4 out of 5

    kb

    Not really a biography, but more like a compilation of many Harry Potter-related interviews and quotes that involved not only Emma Watson herself, but also of the other actors and actresses involved in the franchise. Easy read but not exactly insightful or new, especially if you're a huge fan and have followed her closely through the years. Everything I read in 2020 here :) Not really a biography, but more like a compilation of many Harry Potter-related interviews and quotes that involved not only Emma Watson herself, but also of the other actors and actresses involved in the franchise. Easy read but not exactly insightful or new, especially if you're a huge fan and have followed her closely through the years. Everything I read in 2020 here :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book was okay. It had some interesting facts about the beloved British actress who brought Hermione to life on the big screen, but instead of being a chronological affair, it jumps around a lot and so is quite confusing and difficult to follow. Due to all of the quotes being from interviews with others it is clear that the author had no contact with Emma, making everything a bit dubious (an excellent word). Fairly interesting for any HP fans, but I am glad I only paid 99p for it on Kindle a This book was okay. It had some interesting facts about the beloved British actress who brought Hermione to life on the big screen, but instead of being a chronological affair, it jumps around a lot and so is quite confusing and difficult to follow. Due to all of the quotes being from interviews with others it is clear that the author had no contact with Emma, making everything a bit dubious (an excellent word). Fairly interesting for any HP fans, but I am glad I only paid 99p for it on Kindle as I do not believe it was worth much more. Disappointed as it had the potential to be so much more than it is. Given 3 stars instead of 2 as I became strangely addicted to it, but that's probably due to it being exam season.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sue Trippas

    This book was sincere and interesting providing an understanding both of Emma Watson and the background to the three key actors of Harry Potter. Despite being a Harry Potter fan I picked this book up as I was interested in how the success of the Harry Potter franchise has shaped her life. I recommend this book as a good, quick read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Brooke

    This was quite good. As a fan it was nice to learn more about her but there wasn't a great deal I didn't know already. Also I felt like most of it was just piecing together articles already written and quoting other sources... which makes sense I guess. But there were a couple of bits where I thought "Well I know that's not accurate". Still interesting though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Abi

    I enjoyed reading all the Harry potter stuff and also learning a bit more about the actress.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ietrio

    A good, useful title, so the reader won't be confused with *Emma Watson: the DYI kit* which comes in about the same size.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jaron Grass

    This 278 page book I chose to read is Emma Watson: The Biography, by David Nolan because she is an amazing actor in at least the most famous movie that I have seen her in, Harry Potter. Every single one of them. Emma Watson was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris, France, (go France!) but raised in England. The actress got her breakthrough role as a child in the hugely successful Harry Potter film franchise. Watson grew up on camera as she reprised her role as one of Harry Potter's best friends, He This 278 page book I chose to read is Emma Watson: The Biography, by David Nolan because she is an amazing actor in at least the most famous movie that I have seen her in, Harry Potter. Every single one of them. Emma Watson was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris, France, (go France!) but raised in England. The actress got her breakthrough role as a child in the hugely successful Harry Potter film franchise. Watson grew up on camera as she reprised her role as one of Harry Potter's best friends, Hermione Granger, throughout the entire course of the film series. After committing to the Harry Potter series for a decade, Watson has transitioned into a popular adult model and actress. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about a famous actor and get two books out of the way.

  11. 4 out of 5

    FairJ

    I bought that biography because Emma Watson is one of my favorite actress. I wanted to learn more about how does she succeded. I admire her determination to get her first role. I appreciate people who have a passion and who give themselves the means to succeed. For me, this book has been up. Simple to understand, he brought me basic information about Emma Watson (most of which I already knew). Even if the journalist, David Noan, seems to have good intentions, I still think that no one could bett I bought that biography because Emma Watson is one of my favorite actress. I wanted to learn more about how does she succeded. I admire her determination to get her first role. I appreciate people who have a passion and who give themselves the means to succeed. For me, this book has been up. Simple to understand, he brought me basic information about Emma Watson (most of which I already knew). Even if the journalist, David Noan, seems to have good intentions, I still think that no one could better explain Emma's carreer than her.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Klara

    This book honestly only contains quotes and lines Emma said in the past decade or someone said or "made up" about her. It is not biography in the true sense. I love Emma, so I bought this book many years ago and now I am like years later finishing it. I cannot wait for Emma to write her own to describe her own journey in movie indrustry and now leading the HeForShe organization.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barb Jensen

    A poorly written book about a fun and interesting young woman (i am a Harry Potter fanatic). The content is recycled bits of interviews and articles written by other reporters - the author clearly had no personal contact with Emma Watson in writing this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Surya Singh

    goods are you doing and think love you

  15. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Tucker

    hot

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Great. Perfect for all Potterheads

  17. 4 out of 5

    Siân

    I rather enjoyed this book, it could be described as an easy read. I found it very interesting about how she succeeded and the determination she needed to get her there.

  18. 5 out of 5

    MissyLynne

    Okay read. Basic about Emma Watson's rise to fame.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kate Cubitt

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joel Talbot

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  25. 4 out of 5

    William Aird

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meg

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

  28. 5 out of 5

    David Jones

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Fang

  30. 5 out of 5

    Drama Llama

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