Well, let me see.....um-m-m......I DO, for one. The Smoking Gun does, for another. And anyone who bought the book because they were informed that it was "100% autobiographical c.a.r.e.s.".!!!
I love to read, NEED to read, and devour almost any genre. Fiction, non-fiction, biographies, text books....if it's printed, I'll read it.
But, handing James a "Get Out of Jail Card" (again!) for lying about his AUTOBIOGRAPHY is akin to saying that the man charged with Stem Cell Fraud or the countless newspaper reporters who've been caught writing gripping "news" stories (when they were completely fabricated).."Who cares if the research or news stories are true???
If he just needed to make it a tad more gruesome, so instead of just vomit and snot, he had to add "piss and blood", that'd be okay with me. And if his jail terms were listed as "eight days" instead of the real 5, that would still be okay with me. But to change his age from 12 to 18 and place himself at the scene of an accident that killed two girls when in truth he was NO WHERE THERE...THAT IS NOT OKAY WITH ME!
Did he write an interesting book? Yes. Does he have a unique style? Yes. But when he is a lauded for his "harrowing escape from his own additions" when it should be his "mediocre escape from his own addictions", that's when many readers have a problem.
I'm calling James Frey "Mr. James Gump" from now on, since his stories are just as unrealistically written. "Wanna box of chocolates, James?"
Special SHOUT OUT to LUCY for posting the Smoking Gun article! I read all 6 pages, followed every link and emailed the article to interested friends...and OPHAH'S site.
(Update: I just went to Oprah's site and apparently, posters have tried to post the Smoking Gun link and article on there ALL DAY LONG, but are getting their posts deleted by Oprah moderators! Maybe she's a share holder in his new film? I like Oprah and have nothing against her, but I'd think for all the time that she was on the air that her staff could have done a bit of research on this guy.)