It's not unusual to see autobiographies and memoir written by celebrities. What is more unusual is that more and more celebrities have started to write fiction. From picture books to chapter books and young adult fiction to adult fiction, celebrities are taking advantage of the opportunity to write and publish books. How people feel about celebrity authors varies; some people are not happy with actors, actresses, and musicians writing fiction books, while others are just fine with it. Ty Roth, author of the young adult novel So Shelly, even weighed in on the topic.
There's also always the possibility that ghostwriters are responsible for actually writing these books, and that the celebrities just come up with the idea, or just have their names published on the books. The level of a celebrity's involvement may vary, but according to the New York Times, it's highly unlikely that celebrities are completely responsible for writing their books.
Regardless of who actually writes the book and of how readers and writers feel about celebrity authors, it is unlikely that celebrities will stop publishing fiction. Curious about who some of the celebrity authors are? Here's a list of just some of the ones that are in the library catalog, broken down by category.*
The Blue Ribbon Day and The Brand New Kid,by Katie Couric
Big Words for Little People, My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story, Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, and Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery, by Jamie Lee Curtis
Man Gave Names to All the Animals, by Bob Dylan
Dumpy's Extra-Busy Day and Dumpy's Valentine, by Julie Andrews Edwards
It's About a Little Bird,by Jessica Lange
Queen of the Scene,by Queen Latifah
I'm a Manatee and Marsupial Sue, by John Lithgow
The Adventures of Abdi, Mr. Peabody's Apples, and Yakov and the Seven Thieves, by Madonna
The Alphabet From A to Y With Bonus Letter, Z! and Late For School, by Steve Martin
Freckleface Strawberry and Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, by Julianne Moore
Little T Learns to Share, by Terrell Owens
Halloween, by Jerry Seinfeld
Presenting Tallulah, by Tori Spelling
Dream Big, Little Pig!, by Kristi Yamaguchi
My New Teacher and Me! and When I Grow Up, by Al Yankovic
Dragon: Hound of Honor, The Great American Mousical, Little Bo in London, and Mandy, by Julie Andrews Edwards
The English Roses and The English Roses: Too Good to be True, by Madonna
Shaq and the Beanstalk and Other Very Tall Tales, by Shaquille O'Neal
Hothead and Squeeze Play, by Cal Ripkin, Jr.
Young Adult Fiction
Modelland, by Tyra Banks
The Fame Game, L.A. Candy, Starstruck, Sugar and Spice, and Sweet Little Lies, by Lauren Conrad
Devoted and Elixir, by Hilary Duff
What do you think about celebrities-turned-authors? Have you read any of the books on this list? Would you? Or do you agree with those who think celebrities should stay away from writing books?
*Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Some of the authors mentioned have more books in the library's catalog than what is listed. This list also does not focus on adult fiction.