Zoella and 7 celebrity ‘authors’ who didn’t do it alone
The modern day people’s Princess Zoella aka Zoe Sugg’s debut novel Girl Online outsold the likes of JK Rowling and Dan Brown last week but the Internet is in uproar after it was revealed the book wasn’t penned by the YouTube star herself. Anyone who follows Zoella’s written blog will know writing really isn’t her strong point so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the 24-year old vlogger had the help of a ghostwriter, Siobham Curham, a freelance writer and the author of several novels aimed at young adults. Publishers admit Zoella ‘did not write the book on her own’ but we doubt her die-hard fans are bothered as the novel cleared 78.109 copies in it’s first seven day and has received rave reviews worldwide.
But is this really news? How many celebrities have actually penned their own books?
Katie Price aka Jordan the model, mum and reality star has released an astounding 56 books which range from trashy chick lit to children’s books and has made it no secret she requires the help of a ghostwriter. Author Rebecca Farnworth who helped Katie pen 14 books, the first – Being Jordan – sold in excess of a million copies, generating a fortune but unfortunately Farnworth sadly passed away on the 24th November, surrounded by friends and family.
The Hill’s star Lauren Conrad has had her manicured finger in many pies what with a (flopped) fashion line and a book deal, her LA Candy series of novels which she insisted she wrote herself telling Forbes: ‘I always start my books by mapping out a detailed outline. This helps flesh out the story I want to tell…’ but it’s since come to light her ‘co-writer’ Nancy Ohlin has quite a hand in writing the books. The series, which tell the story of the production process behind a reality show similar to Conrad’s own ‘The Hills’ have mixed reviews and seem to betray an insiders knowledge.
Is there anything the Kardashian/Jenner clan CAN’T do? Well, do without any help of course. The Jenner girls released sci-fi fiction novel Rebels: City Of Indra: The Story Of Lex And Lydia which tells the story of two powerful girls who embark on a futuristic journey together and whilst author Maya Sloan wrote the entire book, the publishers claim the storyline ‘came from the minds of Kendall and Kylie. Right. Despite heavy promotion through book signings etc. the book was a flop and the girls have yet to release anything further.
The Baywatch babe released novel Star, a glossy tale of Anderson’s champagne fuelled fairy tale life, a breathless romp through tinseltown from an insider’s eye of inflated ego’s and inflated bodies. Anderson openly admitted she had the help of a ghostwriter and even appeared at signings with him, she characterized their intimate partnership, in interviews, as revealing her wild past and then working closely together on a sex scene, eventually smiling and saying ‘he’s not shy, or modest!’
The cyclist’s memoir It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back To Life became an international best seller with the help of author Sally Jenkins, who wrote an article in the Washington Post in which she seemed to have been blissfully unaware of the all the scandal surrounding the book. Fiercely loyal, Jenkin’s added ‘those people who are bitterly angry to discover that he’s not Santa Claus, while ignoring the very real and useful presents he delivered’.
The Jersey Shore reality show star’s debut novel A Shore Thing tells the tale of Gia and her cousin Bella who are set to have the ‘sexiest Summer ever’ and party in Jersey Shore having fun in the sun dealing with boy drama and family feuds along the way… Sound familiar? It’s pretty much based adventures she’s had with buddy JWoww but of course Snooki couldn’t write the book herself what with being so, uh, busy and all and called in the help of ‘co-writer’ Valerie Frankel to do most of the dirty work.
Elixir is the debut young adult novel released by singer and entertainer Hilary Duff which quickly became a New York Times best seller when it was released in 2010. The story is a whimsical tale of the afterlife with plenty of twists and turns along the way, Duff remarked on the paranormal aspect of the book by saying ‘I have always been interested in the paranormal and afterlife, everything from ghosts to angels. I think that everyone has that curiosity of the great unknown.’ Whilst stating she had a heavy input over the book, she recruited ghostwriter Elise Allen to assist her with the writing.