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Pageboy: A Memoir (2023)

de Elliot Page

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"The Oscar-nominated star who captivated the world with his performance in Juno finally shares his truth. "Can I kiss you?" It was two months before the world premiere of Juno, and Elliot Page was in his first ever queer bar. The hot summer air hung heavy around him as he looked at her. And then it happened. In front of everyone. A previously unfathomable experience. Here he was on the precipice of discovering himself as a queer person, as a trans person. Getting closer to his desires, his dreams, himself, without the repression he'd carried for so long. But for Elliot, two steps forward had always come with one step back. With Juno's massive success, Elliot became one of the world's most beloved actors. His dreams were coming true, but the pressure to perform suffocated him. He was forced to play the part of the glossy young starlet, a role that made his skin crawl, on and off set. The career that had been an escape out of his reality and into a world of imagination was suddenly a nightmare. As he navigated criticism and abuse from some of the most powerful people in Hollywood, a past that snapped at his heels, and a society dead set on forcing him into a binary, Elliot often stayed silent, unsure of what to do, until enough was enough. Full of behind the scenes details and intimate interrogations on sex, love, trauma, and Hollywood, Pageboy is the story of a life pushed to the brink. But at its core, this beautifully written, winding journey of what it means to untangle ourselves from the expectations of others is an ode to stepping into who we truly are with defiance, strength, and joy"--… (mais)
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I hope he got something out of writing it; I didn't get that much out of reading (listening to) it. I don't read a lot of celebrity memoirs, so I can't judge it against the genre. Page says/implies he's been good at acting because he's good at dissociating; sounds like he's getting better, and I'm really happy for him, but it doesn't make for the most insightful or connected writing.

I wonder if he's doing some weird LA Freudian group therapy thing, because bowel movements and poop come up a LOT. I too have an anxious stomach, but he really takes it to the next level.

Also, my recommendation stands: don't write about your transition until you've been out for a few years. Your cis friends and colleagues will make it sound like a good idea; they're wrong. Page actually did a good job not falling into the most obvious traps (he's really thoughtful about privilege), but I feel like in a few years he might actually have something original to say about transitioning while A-list??? On the other hand, do celebrity memoirs ever have anything new to say? I don't think that's their function.... ( )
  caedocyon | Feb 21, 2024 |
Finished this in less than 24 hours. This is a book I needed 15 years ago to understand so much of what was going on in my own journey with gender and sexuality. The amount of courage to open up about these most vulnerable highlights from a life filled with so little hope. Whether you are a fan of his work, part of the lgbtq+ community, or trying to become a better ally - pick up this book. ( )
  Nlwilson607 | Jan 24, 2024 |
He lays his journey down honestly and raw. A read that took me out of my comfort zone and I’m glad to have read it. ( )
  Carmenere | Jan 13, 2024 |
Le sujet ne manque pas d'intérêt: Page parle de sa jeunesse, de sa carrière, de ses expériences, mais c'est avant tout son cheminement identitaire qui est intéressant. De garçon manqué à femme à homme, il a vécu tout un processus long, douloureux, troublant mais enfin salvateur.
Je me demandais toujours pourquoi la transition sauvait "littéralement" la vie. J'ai compris que les troubles tels que l’anorexie, la scarification, les pensées de suicide sont de réels problèmes qui peuvent mener jusqu'à la mort et qu'un tel mal-être que la dysphorie est effectivement une question de vie ou de mort.
Quel dommage, alors que le livre soit mal écrit et que la traduction ne fait que l'empirer! Les épisodes que racontent Page sont décousus, hors chronologie, sans thématique particulière; difficile donc de se faire une véritable idée de son parcours. La traduction localisée à l'outrance efface tous les aspects canadiens et est souvent boiteuse. Ça m'a gâché le livre.
C'est une bonne ressource pour en apprendre davantage sur la transsexualité mais le livre est pénible à lire. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Oct 28, 2023 |
Elliot Page writes about his childhood in Canada, people in his life who helped, hindered, and harmed on his journey to becoming himself (and a professional actor, director, and producer). He is effusive in his gratitude to those who helped, and discreet (not naming names) of those who were harmful.

The narrative is not linear, and the writing has a style that is not quite run-on, not quite stream-of-consciousness, but he uses commas where most would use semicolons or periods.

A brave story of a difficult journey of transformation.

See also: Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

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I was a walking stereotype, just not the way my mom wanted. (16)

Those were some of the best times I my life, traveling to another dimension where I was...me....Why do we lose that ability? To create a whole world? (16)

I can still see it, her yelling at them, it was rare to feel protected. (21)

Throwing around power bit refusing to admit they have any. (67)

It was too much to play a role on-screen when the role I played in my personal life was suffocating me already. (102)

"The system is twisted so that the cruelty looks normative and regular and the desire to address and overturn it looks strange" (Sarah Schulman, Ties That Bind, quoted p. 106)

We do not realize the extent of the energy we are losing until we find where it is seeping from. (134)

...popularity is the ultimate mask. (159)

Too many times those who were supposed to protect me did nothing, or if anything, only furthered my silence. (192)

Possibilities. Perhaps that is one of the main components of life lost to lack of representation. Options erased from the imagination. Narratives indoctrinated that we spend an eternity attempting to break. The unraveling is painful, but it leads to you. (197)

I can see now how moments like these... silently paved the way for my future relationship dynamics. I would throw the feelings aside, worried I'd get in trouble for having them, remaining in situations a lot longer than I should have, hide my truth. Inevitably, this would always lead to more damage and more harm. (228) ( )
  JennyArch | Oct 7, 2023 |
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"The Oscar-nominated star who captivated the world with his performance in Juno finally shares his truth. "Can I kiss you?" It was two months before the world premiere of Juno, and Elliot Page was in his first ever queer bar. The hot summer air hung heavy around him as he looked at her. And then it happened. In front of everyone. A previously unfathomable experience. Here he was on the precipice of discovering himself as a queer person, as a trans person. Getting closer to his desires, his dreams, himself, without the repression he'd carried for so long. But for Elliot, two steps forward had always come with one step back. With Juno's massive success, Elliot became one of the world's most beloved actors. His dreams were coming true, but the pressure to perform suffocated him. He was forced to play the part of the glossy young starlet, a role that made his skin crawl, on and off set. The career that had been an escape out of his reality and into a world of imagination was suddenly a nightmare. As he navigated criticism and abuse from some of the most powerful people in Hollywood, a past that snapped at his heels, and a society dead set on forcing him into a binary, Elliot often stayed silent, unsure of what to do, until enough was enough. Full of behind the scenes details and intimate interrogations on sex, love, trauma, and Hollywood, Pageboy is the story of a life pushed to the brink. But at its core, this beautifully written, winding journey of what it means to untangle ourselves from the expectations of others is an ode to stepping into who we truly are with defiance, strength, and joy"--

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