Not everybody’s too chuffed with Alfie’s newest release. In her review titled Not Impressed, Jasmine Taylor writes: “I definitely like Alfie but I honestly feel like he could have done better in terms of originality. Many of the things are either the same as in Wreck This Journal, or are repeated several times in this one book”.
Fellow reader Simon also voiced his concerns over simularities between the Pointless Book and Wreck This Journal. In his Bit of a Fraud review, he wrote: “It was fun to complete I guess but I think I kinda want a video from Alfie discussing why some of the things in the book were literally the same as Wreck This Journal”.
Filter the Amazon page by one star ratings and that’s where things turn a little ugly.
An Amazon reviewer simply calling themselves ‘E’ has headed onto Alfie’s book page to leave a scathing review attacking the British YouTuber.
E’s Amazon review, titled ‘Disgusting example of status abuse‘, says: “[The Pointless Book] is a ripoff of Wreck This Journal and bribing viewers with DM’s so his book gets high ratings because he knows his fans are hungy for attention?”
“I’m disappointed. It’s a shame this is what is considered original”.
It doesn’t end there, though. Fellow angry reader Lily Calder, whose review is titled ‘Don’t, Just don’t’, has posted: “No. Just no. And Mr Deyes, how dare you tell people to rate The Pointless Book 5 stars in exchange for Twitter messages. You should be ashamed of yourself. Horrific behaviour”.
Amazon book reviewer Miss D. Taylor has responded with Sad sad sad, writing: “Sadly, this is not uncommon behaviour for these faux celebs. They are just used to begging for ‘thumbs up’ and ‘likes’ on their YouTube videos because they get paid for each one”.
“Hey, who needs a good moral standing when he’s rolling in money in a swanky Brighton flat with trips paid for him to go all over the world to beg people for likes in person? Sad sad sad”.