I have read many works of literature by many authors, all of whom penned their own works. Now, for the first time, I am in the process of reading a ghost written piece of fiction. Incomparable, by Brie and Nikki Bella is, by their own admission, something they wrote with the aid of a ghost writer. To what extent their work is their own, I don't know. At times I can see them, others not.
A part of me wants to believe this is not a dishonest act on their behalf. I'd like for us to explore the possibility that they didn't present a falsehood that's more the product of another writer's imagination. I respect both these women, but at the moment, I'm at a crossroads. Do I believe that what they wrote is them, communicating through words that their ghost writer put down for them due to their admitedly limited vocabularies and poor grammar, or were they using their ghost writer to imidate them? If anyone knows them personally, please reply here to help put an end to my anxiety.
I've read a few books by those who could be called "celebrities". I have never experienced any degree of "anxiety" concerning what could be called "authenticity". "Life" by Keith Richards, "Born To Run" by Bruce Springsteen for instance. I'm told the former was partly ghost written, while the latter was all Bruce's own work. But who knows?
The self-knowledge and honesty of the people surely comes into it, this as far as seeking to know the "real" person/s. This irrespective of being ghost written or not or at whatever level. Do we ever truly know another?
Whatever, given they have explained the circumstances, I can't see where dishonesty comes into it as far as authorship is concerned.
Just read it and enjoy it. I try not to "judge" the human being.