Fiction Double Trouble

I’m reading a book right now that’s messing with my head.  The story itself is enjoyable and fairly straightforward.  It’s the overall concept of the book itself, rather than the story, that’s the problem.

Let me explain.

I am currently reading Heat Wave, by Richard Castle.  Unfamiliar?  Well, he’s a New York-based mystery author, who is well-known for his Derek Storm novels.  He looks remarkably like Nathan Fillion.

Oh, wait, he is  Nathan Fillion.  Richard Castle is the main character of my favorite TV show, Castle.  Thus the basis of my mind trip.

Castle is a fictional author, and yet he has an actual book (three, now) with his name on the cover.  The author bio is a summary of the character from the show, complete with picture of Nathan Fillion.  There is even a thank you and an author interview by Richard Castle in the book.  I know that a fictional character can’t write a real book, but there is no credit to another author other than this cryptic thank you: “And finally, to my two most loyal and devout Sherpas, Tom and Andrew, thank you for the journey.”  Of course, this could be pretty much anyone, but I like to think it is the way the ghost writers got their names in.

The craziest thing about this is that one of the main characters of Heat Wave is based on Richard Castle, and the other based on the (fictional) detective that he works with on the show.  So both main characters are fictional characters based on fictional characters, giving the book even more material to use to mess with my mind!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deshipley
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 17:21:22

    It’s probably only a matter of time until my characters start demanding credit for writing their own books…


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