Fact is stranger than fiction…

Or something. From techdirt, a nice piece of post-somethingism that signals the death of something. Just not sure what. There’s a show on commercial television, on Sunday nights here in Sydney called Castle. A lightweight cop genre action/comedy whose central tenet is that a crime author character (Richard Castle) is helping out the real cops on real cases whilst not sleeping with the real cop character. Got that? Anyhow, it turns out that a real book (print on paper) written by the fictitious Richard Castle has hit the (real) New York Times bestseller list. Published by Hyperion, “Heat Wave” was number 14 in December. From Techdirt:

Now, it’s not entirely clear who wrote the book (when asked, the producers of the show insist that it was the character in the program), but the book has gotten decent reviews and ABC is pitching the book on its website (including free chapter downloads).

So the way to be a successful book author is to first be a fictitious character on a successful television show. Go figure 🙂


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