Posted on September 14, 2023 at 3:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Anyone who uses the internet knows well that viral attention can be both good and bad.

Today's examples underscore that point.

Actress Millie Bobby Brown, of Stranger Things and Enola Holmes fame, just released her debut novel, Nineteen Steps, based on her grandmother's experience in a famous subway disaster.

But not all Twitter and Instagram users were celebrating with her — several criticized her and her publisher for not including the name of her ghostwriter, Kathleen McGurl, on the cover.

Among those defending Brown were, of course, regular fans, other celebrities, and the author of a book called Celebrity Memoir: From Ghostwriting to Gender Politics.

That author, Dr. Hannah Yelin, noted such criticism's prevalence when the celebrity is young and female.

And so we'll have to watch and see as the other already famous debut novelist featured here, Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch, receives more attention for his project.

He didn't say whether Nobody’s Empire — set to come out in September 2024 — would involve a ghostwriter. But if it does ...

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