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Ghostwriters and Ethics in Choosing Literature

A few days ago, I picked up a new fantasy book on a whim. (A Facebook friend sent me an ad saying, hey, this sounds like something you would like). It was 5 bucks for kindle so I though why not. I’ve spent 5 bucks on worse things.

It was decent YA fantasy/romance. Nothing to rave about, but a fun easy read to entertain oneself for a few days. At the end of the book there was a link to buy the next in the series, so I did.

But then something seemed off. There was also a list of other books this person had written, and there was well over 100 of them. Like seriously. Over 90 titles in one series alone. I think I’ve stumbled upon a ghost writing factory.

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I did a little more digging. This person has no Wikipedia page. The authors website has zero biographical information, and is only an ad for all the books with parts of it in questionable English. There was one interview done a few years ago after her second book was published and nothing since. And for the past 3ish years, she has been producing 3 300-500 page books a month. A month. No human writer can do that, right? It may have started as a single author but we’ve got to have a ghost writing factory on our hands now.

And this bothers me for some reason and I’m not sure why. I know I wouldn’t be bothered if they were upfront about this fact, as there’s another series I enjoyed were they were all upfront that the books were written by committee and each author was credited on whichever book they worked on. But by pretending that all of these books were written by one single person I find disingenuous and potentially damaging to other future authors.

What do you guys think? Would you still buy from this “author” under these circumstances? Does it bother you?

(Also, the author is Bella Forrest if anyone is wondering)

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