For those of you who don’t know, Castle is a TV detective show about a successful mystery author (probably equivalent in popularity and talent to Michael Connelly) who teams up with NYPD to solve crimes. He is played by Nathan Fillion. In the TV series, Castle has a series of books about detective Nikki Heat.
In our real world out here, there are ALSO available Nikki Heat novels (the same ones mentioned in the show). These books have been very successful. The author of the books is listed as Richard Castle, and the author bio on the jacket is of the character, with a picture of Nathan Fillion. There is nothing on the book to indicate “Richard Castle” is not a real person.
Now to my questions. What do you all think about this sort of thing? Would you want to be the true author of these books, knowing you’ll likely never get credit? How do you hire someone to write them? I wouldn’t think a successful author would want to subvert himself for what could be considered cheap money-grabbing tie ins (the books are NYT best sellers), and a less successful author might write bad books.
Would you look down on an author that wrote these kind of books? Especially if you were also an author?
Do you think this sort of thing contributes to the “stupidening” of society? That people might actually believe that “Richard Castle” is a real person? Would it make a difference if said people never watched TV?