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Would you read a fiction book written by a ghost writer or co-authors?

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Posted on 15 Sep 2012 11:45:05 BDT
Frenchie says:
Wasn't the Nancy Drew's series written by ghost writers under the name of Caroline Queen? I have always enjoyed the Nancy Drew (the original ones, not the latest series) when I was a child. Obviously, I was not bothered about who wrote them anyway.
Some ghost written stories might be good but they can only be good if the ghost writer is good.
Anyway, it is a bit of a silly name, isn't it ''ghost writing''.why not having ''story by XXX, written by ZZZ''. Like this, both parties are recognised.

Posted on 15 Sep 2012 13:47:08 BDT
M. Miller says:
There is more that goes into co-authored books than you may be aware of. It is not a case of one author not being good enough to write the story on their own but a joining of ideas that work well together. Often there will be a primary writer who not only does their share but also marries the co-authored sections/chapters and ensures that the voice and personalities of the characters are consistent.
A good co-authored book should be seamless as well as tell a good story.

Posted on 21 Nov 2012 00:58:11 GMT
Is Virginia Andrews the most prolific ghost? She died in 1986 and the "ghost" output has overshot the original by miles.

Posted on 21 Nov 2012 09:43:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Nov 2012 09:44:46 GMT
Lewlin says:
Virginia Andrews supposedly left a load of stories unpublished when she died and the family got a ghost writer in to put the stories to print. Andrew Neiderman is her ghost writer and while the stories he is writing maybe hers, the writing style is totally different to Virginia's style. I've tried reading them but sometimes it's not the story that lets a book down, it's the style of writing that makes a book unreadable!! I suppose he cannot put books out as his own if they are not his original ideas or stories, but I do agree with @toomanybooksnotenoughtime that he has been far more successful than Virginia Andrews ever was!!
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