When I first heard the news about James Patterson using a ghost writer, I looked it up on the internet. It never ceases to amaze me that fans can be so fickle that they will turn on you for showing the slightest hint of being human. I looked up the information, found it to be true, but I still don’t care myself.
Some of the blogs I read reminded me of the crises during the 80’s with a group titled “Milli Vanilli” when news leaked that they were not only lip-syncing, but it was not to their own voices. When news of this got out, record sales plummeted, and fan clubs broke up crushed that their idols were fake.
To be a fan of anyone to that level is, if you’ll forgive the cliché, like sheep led to the slaughter. Sure they may take care of your entertainment needs, and sign a copy of a book once in a while, but they are just as human as you are. You invest so much time and energy into loving them that when their weakness does show through your world is turned up side down.
Try to think back to when you had first picked up a James Patterson book. You had no idea what to expect; maybe you heard from a friend that his book was worth picking up, so you did. Then while you read it you were drawn in by the characters, and thrilling plot. When you picked it up for the first time, you didn’t care who’s name was on the book, you were just looking for something to entertain you.
The people who write books, act in movies, sing, play sports, or work in any other entertainment based industry, are people just like us. They have just as many problems, and are capable of just as many mistakes, so why put them on a pedestal. With a little hard work, and drive, you can achieve just as much success as they have. They are no better than you are.
When you read a book, you should read the book to entertain you, not just because someone famous wrote it. As long as it’s entertaining you who cares If he wrote it or if someone else wrote it and used his name. Writers have been doing that for a long time, the only difference is that James Patterson admitted it. Don’t let that keep you from enjoying the finished product.
Challenge: Find a book that you never gave a chance, just because of who wrote it, and read the book. Give the book 10 pages, and if you don’t like it, you can put it down knowing you gave it a chance.