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.
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