Posted on June 10, 2018 at 11:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you wondered who wrote more of The President Is Missing, James O’Sullivan has the answer.

Yep, you guessed it: James Patterson.

A stylometric analysis, which uses a computer to figure out who exactly wrote what, found that Patterson’s voice largely prevailed in his collaboration with former President Bill Clinton.

The ending of the book is the exception — it shifts to Clinton’s style. (Check out the comparison in a graph on The Guardian’s website.)

O’Sullivan has run such analyses on Patterson’s writing before, noting that while Patterson’s name appears in larger text on his co-written books’ covers, the other author’s voice tends to be much louder.

This time, though, the tables have turned. As O’Sullivan points out:

When you have sold millions of books on the back of your brand, I suppose the only thing left to do is find an even more recognizable mark — at the very least, you find a name worthy of a similar font size.

For the full Guardian story, check here.


Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: New release