Ghost Writing

It’s been a while since I posted something on my blog. For a few reasons. 1: Because I am reading Game Of Thrones which is taking a long time and is most definitely not a young adult novel series. 2) Because I have needed time to recover from the perfection of TFIOS and 3) Because I found out about Ghost Writing and it left me lost and confused and I felt so much betrayal I didn’t know what to do.

You’d think that someone who reads everyday and wants to be an author in the future would know about something like Ghost Writing. I did not. I felt so uneducated because of my lack of knowledge on the subject. During an interview with one of The Holy Trinity on YouTube, John green was asked if he would ever use a Ghost Writer. My first thought was, what is a Ghost Writer? Then he replied “No, I’m not James Patterson.” and my second thought was, whoa my second favourite author mentions my first favourite author, but what is a ghost writer. So I looked it up and was greatly confused.

You wont know this about me but I hated to read before the 8th grade. My mum read all the time and I wanted too as well. She would always tell me that her books were good, and she’d always read James Patterson books. My mum however was into his Alex Cross series and I myself am a YA fan. I didn’t know that at the time though.

My friend Amy took me to the library, and while I was browsing through the manga that she was browsing through I found Maximum ride Volume 1. By James Patterson. I was so excited. This was one of my mums favourite authors. He had written something so easy to read with pictures and kids with wings and it was just the best day ever. So my friend got the first two volumes for me to read and I read them in a night. I did some research and found out that the manga was based off a novel and there were more to come.

You can guess what happened next. I caught up with the books, I read more James Patterson, and I was inspired. I lived in the worlds of the Flock, and Daniel X and Whit and Wisty and I could’ve stayed there forever. I wanted to create worlds like that. Worlds of my own for people to live and love and enjoy. James Patterson wrote the first book I ever finished. James Patterson made me realise I wanted to be a writer.

When I found out, that James Patterson uses a ghost writer I felt betrayed. Understandably he still comes up with characters and plots and concepts, but I was still confused. These worlds that I loved so much and loved Patterson for creating could quite possibly have been written but another person, with no name and no credit.

There is no way to tell which of his novels have used a ghost writer and which haven’t. But I hope to god Maximum Ride came straight from his own fingertips onto the page.

If I am wrong and anyone else has anything to share on this subject then let me know and leave a comment. I’m reasonably new to the subject so I could have some information wrong so just let me know.

It’s been a while but it’s good to be back.

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