Saw an ad in this morning's Shelf Awareness for a new collection of short stories, entitled Palo Alto, from actor James Franco. I'm conflicted about actors publishing books of fiction. On the one hand, there's someone like Carrie Fisher, who writes her own stuff which is funny and smart, well-written and entertaining. On the other hand...there's pretty much everybody else. Now, if I were to judge the book by its cover (and who doesn't?) I'd say Mr. Franco's publisher is marketing it as serious literary fiction. Is this likely?
What do you think? Are there other examples of actors writing their own novels (or short stories) and doing a better-than-serviceable job of it? Will you read it?
Addendum: As always, Greg Zimmerman over at The New Dork Review of Books has posted an article on this subject which is much better than my own (and he did it first). Thanks Greg! I link to it here...be sure to read it; it's thoughtful, incisive, and funny.
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