Celebrity Author Club: Fiction from the Famous

Between lifestyle companies, promotional campaigns and fashion lines, it may seem like actors spend very little time on-screen anymore, but some of our favorite celebs have spent their downtime in a very impressive way: writing fiction. And not just fiction; good fiction. Sometimes great fiction.

Many celebrities put their name on pen non-fiction books, from tell-alls to memoirs to cookbooks, but a few have gone beyond just talking about themselves or giving advice. Those that have give us a rare glimpse beyond the ego-driven Hollywood mythology and it’s actually quite nice to see their creativity stretch into another field. And if you’re looking through the bookshelves trying to decipher the celeb memoirs from the fiction, just look for the books that don’t have their faces on the covers.

 

James Franco

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OK, with all the art installations and media shenanigans this one might seem like a bit of a vanity project, but the fact is Franco has managed to write five books of fiction and poetry to some pretty good acclaim. Best known for his roles in movies like Spiderman, Milk and 127 Hours, Franco’s literary ambitions run deep. His next book, Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey, will be released in 2017.

 

Chris Colfer

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Yes, Kurt Hummel from Glee! My daughter insists that Colfer’s middle-grade series, The Land of Stories is as good as anything Rick Riordan has written, and I am inclined to take my bookworm’s word for it. But Colfer doesn’t stop there; in addition to the five-book Stories series, Colfer is the author of four additional books for young readers, some of which are Stories spin-offs, and has more promised to come. At 26 years old, the prolific author surely has a great career in words ahead of him.

 

Lauren Graham

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Graham’s 2013 debut Someday, Someday Maybe is the story of a 20-something aspiring actress and her quest to “make it” in New York in the 1990s. Lorelai Gilmore Sarah Braverman Graham garnered positive reviews for the witty, heartfelt novel that many speculated was based on her own experiences.

 

Gene Wilder

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Gene Wilder is definitely best known as an acclaimed and beloved comedy actor, so it was surprising to learn that he is also a writer of historical fiction. The first of his three novels was released in 2007, with the subsequent stand-alone books released in 2008 and 2013. Willy Wonka! Who knew?

 

Gillian Anderson

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It’s difficult to expect anything less than a three-book sci-fi series from Dana Scully, don’t you think? Co-written with Jeff Rovin (who is best-known for writing the posthumous Tom Clancy Op-Center series), the Earthend Saga features psychologist Caitlin O’Hara who must discover the links between seemingly unrelated (but creepy and mysterious) pan-global incidents in order to save her patient and the world. Wonder where we’ve heard this kind of thing before…

 

 

Is there a celebrity novel we missed that you think is a great read? Share with us in the comments below!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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