October 2017

Hour 9 – Book Nerdery

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?

Secretariat by Diane NguyenMy 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.

Enjoy hour nine!


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27 thoughts on “Hour 9 – Book Nerdery”

  1. Raymond Blythe from The Distant Hours by Kate Morton, Vida Winter from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

  2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the fictional guidebook in the novel (and the original radio series), Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, comes to mind. I don’t think the author is every mention, but if I recall, the protagonist Arthur Dent planned to rewrite the guide at the end of the novel.

  3. I have been in love with Ruth Ware! Ad discovering Mindy McGinnis.. I too loved ‘Princess Bride’ so so much; I can’t belive it took me so long to read it. I wish I could love romance and classics a bit more right now but I’ve not been ‘in the mood’ 🙂

  4. I can’t find the challenge 🙁

    Fave fictional authors

    S Morgenstern
    Newt Scamander
    Peter van Houten (the fault in our Stars)
    Henrietta Hayes (from Babysitters Club)

  5. As there is no limerick challenge, but inspiration did struck us, I will post my limerick here:
    The once was a girl called Bella
    Who met a good looking fella
    Their love, hot and cold,
    In a story is told,
    Now available as a novella

    Thanks, Maartje, for the start!

  6. I assume the challenge is to make a bookish limerick. Since there is no link, I thought I’d share mine here:

    There once was a house elf called Dobby
    Whose colleagues thought he was snobby
    “I want pay for my job
    That doesn’t make me snob
    Working just isn’t my hobby”

  7. I love Diane! And I would totally read her horse books – a genre I normally tend to avoid. (I also love that in her bio it says she lives in LA with a dog. Mr. Peanut Butter must be annoyed by this glaring lack of name-dropping!) My other favorite fictional author is Harriet the Spy. Technically I suppose she is still unpublished, given that her writing is all in a diary and not meant for publication, but she’s such a little jerk with her observations that are – as one of the penguins from The Penguins of Madagascar might say – “true but unhelpful.” She also inspired me to keep my own dirty diaries and start a rag sheet about neighborhood kids, so there’s that… ;D

  8. I like Ariadne Oliver, Agatha Christie’s fictional semi-counterpart. She’s lots of fun and really seems like a writer to me. 🙂

  9. My favourite fictional writer would probably be Cath from Fangirl! 😀 I loved that we were actually able to read Carry On afterwards, and I loved every bit of it.

  10. The Nursery Crime Series which are real books that were created in the Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde. It works. Trust me.

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