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Thursday, Aug 20, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Joe Queenan
The Guardian (10 July 2009)

“Authors of film novelisations, not unlike pornographers, rarely get the respect they deserve. Generally, practitioners of such genres are held in contempt by writers and critics, who dismiss them as hacks.


That is not entirely fair. After all, most books by movie stars, politicians, athletes and businessmen are cobbled together by ghostwriters, furnishing the alleged “author” with an eloquence and turn of phrase that would otherwise not be available to them. Yet reviewers will routinely praise manufactured books - withholding their criticism of the ghostwriters who participate in such literary fraud - while looking down their noses at those who toil in the novelising fields.”


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