Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg, the Swedish Let's Play producer who runs YouTube's most subscribed channel, can now add "author" to his resume: His first book, This Book Loves You, will be published Oct. 20 in the U.S. by Razorbill, a division of Penguin Random House, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The 256-page paperback is a parody of self-help books. Its Amazon listing describes it as "a collection of beautifully illustrated inspirational sayings by which you should live your life," and says it "has something for everyone — or at least everyone willing to give up and stop caring."
PewDiePie introduced This Book Loves You to his massive YouTube audience, which totals nearly 37.2 million subscribers, yesterday with a video in which he portrays various fictional philosophy professors offering glowing reviews of the book.
"It is the book that changed the world," says a character named Professor Knotready Schtop. "It illuminated the light of the human spirit. In the same way that Jesus, Gandhi and Kanye were known to be masters of thought, it is impossible to think of Felix Kjellberg, PewDiePie, as anything else."
The aphorisms of "Inspirology" in This Book Loves You are accompanied by humorous illustrations. "Don't cry over spilled milk," begins one of the maxims, above an empty bottle with a distressed face on it that's sitting in a puddle of milk. "Cry over how sad your life is."
"Razorbill and Penguin US are excited to bring the words of PewDiePie to the American people in book form," said Ben Schrank, president and publisher of Razorbill, in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. "And with more subscribers than Taylor Swift and One Direction combined, Felix is without question one of the most influential stars of this generation."
This Book Loves You will be available in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. this October.