First and fore-mostly, I feel like I need to say this before the little zoe-minions call me jealous and what-not, but I am one million percent not an ounce jealous of Zoella or of her success. I think what she has done is incredible and I'm all for girl power, so knowing a girl has the amount of power and influence she has, is crazy! Yet, the news that she didn't pen her story herself has really disappointed me and here I will explain why.
Zoella, or Zoe Sugg, isn't the first person to use a ghost writer, yet it bugs me that she claimed to have been working on the book for a couple of years- Working on what? You didn't write it? And while she insists she invented the characters and story line, I can't help but think that, anyone with a basic grasp of English (or a shot of Vodka) can do that. I used to write little stories in scrap books when I was a child, but that didn't make me an author.
I also feel like Sugg has been a little sly in that, unlike Katie Price, she didn't openly say she used ghost writers. She lead her viewers on, into believing not only did she write it but that she put a lot of hard work into it, without ever mentioning or praising the true writers behind her novel.
What makes this really disappointing is that her book is the fastest selling in history since records began, beating women like J.K.Rowling who really worked for her novel to sell the amount of copies it did. How is that fair on amazing authors who don't have fame and an abundance of followers, who will buy any product with their name slapped on it, but deserve it so much more?
It also demotivates us writers who put 110% into our work but feel like 'what's the point', if someone else who's famous can just emblazon their name across it whilst putting little talent into it, and it sell a record breaking number of copies just because of the amount of followers they have on the internet.
Books should be about how well an author writes, not a popularity contest.
Finally, I feel sorry for her fans, who invested both their time and money into this product, to only find out it isn't really from her.
I'm Sorry if this opinion post was a little negative! What do you guys think?