Saturday, August 25, 2012

New Trend: celebrity writing and the author who wasn’t there

I want to finish last week's ghostwriting topic talking about this new trend that I see: celebrity writing.

I don’t doubt celebrities are perfectly capable of writing books. But who is the celebrity writing them: Steve Martin, Ethan Hawke, Molly Ringwald?
BUT, come on! The Kardashians, Snooki (the woman has just read two books in her entire life!)? It is obvious that ghostwriters were paid to write the novels and the celebrity just sold her name to produce sales.

I wish they'd say "I'm co-writing a novel" or something like that. But then again, it won't make as much sales, I guess.

The New York Times published that both Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachel Ray used ghostwriters for their cook books; they both denied it, of course.

Now, I saw Gwyneth Paltrow during an interview completely in Spanish and let me tell you, she can speak Spanish so perfectly that Jennifer Lopez should be ashamed. What I didn't know though, was that she could cook! Really? Hmmm…...This got actual chefs really mad!

But I totally understand why the publisher chose her to be "the author" of a cook book. Google her and you'll just see that serene aura in the pictures, as if she is really enjoying cooking. If I didn't have a twisted mind like the one I have,  I'd totally buy it :-)
Not the book, though, but that she actually wrote it.

But moving on to a less hunger inducing book, Alicia Silverstone got not one but TWO book deals: The Kind Diet Cookbook and The Kind Mama. Apparently having a plant-based diet pays off.

“With my next book, I want to give women what I wish I’d had when I was getting ready for baby: an easy-to-follow resource that’s as inspiring as it is informative. I want women to know that they hold the power to not only have an amazing pregnancy, free of fear, anxiety, and discomfort, but also to feel beautiful while doing it. My book will empower women to become happy, healthy mommies-to-be who give birth to, and raise, even happier, healthier babies.”

Right, we all have the money and resources to feel that way when pregnant. Do publishers live out in space? And is she a doctor to offer fertility advise? Oh! right, an actual doctor is the one writing about how to get pregnant and stuff!

Then is the book of Latin actress Thalia. I love her soap operas and music but, a book giving us tips about makeup and how to feel beautiful when we all know that she doesn’t do her own makeup and she is naturally that thin?

In Thalia: !Belleza!: Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness she writes aobut skin, hair, and inner beauty "to show Latinas how to make the most of who they are."
Right, because we all weight 100 pounds and have a crew to do our hair….

Oh! She also published Thalia Radiante: the ultimate guide to a fit and fabulous pregnancy… I can tell you what the secret is: a 24/7 chef to make you healthy food, a personal trainer and tons of money to buy the best lotions and skin products. But of course, this is not what she shares on her book.

It seems to me that there is an scary emerging sea of celebrities getting book deals and "writing" books. Excuse me, I should say publishing books, because the actual person who writes them is not them. Although I can almost swear that I saw a shadow in one of Snooki PR pictures of her novel... Could the shadow have been the actual writer almost coming out to claim her work?

I'd like to finish with a question, who writes Hillary Duff novels? Yes, with 'S' because there's more than one!


  1. That's a good question. I wonder who wrote Hilary Duff's novels. I'm not saying she isn't talented enough, but it doesn't seem like something Hilary Duff would write.

  2. I can't judge any of these books because I haven't read them. But, that's the power of celebrity, I would totally buy and read Hillary Duff's books if I was her demographic.

  3. Hmm. Very thought-provoking. Snooki cannot even speak properly, so it is no doubt she has a ghostwriter. Great article! I love Paltrow's books.

  4. The things that celebrities do for MORE money.

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