Well, hello! Salutations! My name is Cass—I’m @bonjourcass on Twitter because I am just really fond of greetings—and I will be your cohost for the next three hours. As a proud book nerd, I couldn’t be more excited to spend this literary time with you. In preparation, I’ve been singing, “She’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out what’s good and not so good” (rhyming needs work) to the tune of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” for days. Days. I’m very popular.
One area of book nerdery I feel doesn’t get nearly enough attention is fictional authors. Not authors of fiction, but authors who don’t really exist who are characters in a book about books. Are you following me? Think Peter Van Houten, the fictional author of An Imperial Affliction in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, or Karen Eiffel, the source of all Harold Crick’s problems, from the movie Stranger than Fiction. There are a ton of these, of course. Who could guess that writers love writing about other writers?
My favorite fictional author is Diane Nguyen from the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. In the first season, she gets hired by Penguin (run by actual penguins) to ghostwrite a book about BoJack, a former TV star. We hear snippets of the book in voice overs, but if I had my way, I’d be able to read the whole thing. I’d also like to read Diane’s book on Secretariat (who, in the BoJack Horseman universe, has a really dark history).
Do you have a favorite fictional author? Any fictional fiction or non-fiction you wish you were able to read? Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter with the hashtag #booknerdery.
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