Monday, July 30, 2007

Let the dead write their books

The Times reports on the rather strange occurance of Robert Ludlum continuing to write books for years after his death, a process still ongoing. No, the publishers havne't employed mediums (media?) to contanct the dead author. Yet. But apparently ghostwriting is in.

I guess there's no harm to it, but something seems off-kilter to me. It's a strange sort of literary immortality. One of my favorite authors as a kid, John Bellairs, has the same setup. I enjoy the books, but sometimes I think it would be better if people would just write as themselves and let the characters create the sense of continuity.


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