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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Character Complexity

Spending a lot of time reading can be a great experience, or a frustrating one. Like any other topics in the world you are likely to find someone who doesn’t agree with your point of view, that’s how it is with books. I find myself reading reviews and posts about novels and characters, that I enjoyed reading about, but to my surprise, they are always in a negative light.

Many of the comments I see are about the characters, and their personality. About how, when a character is stubborn or arrogant or selfish, it ruins the book cause they’re such jerks. I completely disagree with comments like this. If every character in every book were the perfect hero’s we wished they were, nothing would ever happen. There wouldn’t be conflicts and problems to over come. They would be fake and wouldn’t teach us anything.

They wouldn’t teach us to think of others. They wouldn’t teach us its okay to be different. They wouldn’t teach us where the line is, and not to cross it. I read these negative reviews and I disagree because the characters, that are flawed, are the best characters there are.

For example, and for many this will be a shocking statement, my favourite John Green novel, is An Abundance Of Katherine’s. No one ever understands why this particular novel is my favourite. I always get the replies like “but it’s not sad”, “i don’t understand why there is footnotes” “Colin is boring” blah blah blah.

It is my favourite novel because of the characters. Colin is self-absorbed, selfish and immature. He spends most of the novel being a less than good friend to Hassan and trying to get his own way. He is flawed and that’s realistic. There is no point in having characters without flaws, because then there is no chance for them to grow and for the story to progress.

So when I see hate towards characters and novel (when people dislike a book, because they don’t understand the characters) I get defensive. It’s important to have character complexity, or else a book is nothing but the story. and a story is nothing without good characters.