British fashion and beauty vlogger Zoe Sugg, 24, had a ghostwriter help her on her debut novel, Girl Online, and it matters. Because. Because … because. That’s why. It just matters.
My original intention was to say that it really and truly doesn’t matter, and it really and truly doesn’t. Most autobiographies are ghostwritten (which gives a truly different meaning to the idea of “autobiography”). R.L. Stine had people help him write the Goosebumps books (he wrote them, but he got help with outlining). George Takei’s Facebook page is — GASP! — not written by George Takei. The Nancy Drew series was ghost written. The Sweet Valley High series was ghostwritten. And if you want to talk about dishonesty of some kind, let’s talk about the fact that F. Scott Fitzgerald flat-out plagiarized his wife Zelda for his books while excoriating her publicly as a terrible writer. If we want to talk about it mattering that someone “got help” or “hired people” or “stole from their wives,” let’s not jump on Zoe Sugg; let’s jump on Fitzgerald. He’s the one who’s heralded as one of the greatest writers of his time and whose works are taught in high schools and universities around the nation/globe without mentioning that he stole from Zelda Fitzgerald. How can you tell students not to plagiarize and then teach them plagiarized works? Keep reading »