So, we have the book of the TV series except it is passing itself off as the product of a real guy who has the same life as Nathan Fillion in the TV series - yeah, right! You won't find Richard castle elsewhere on Amazon so I presume this is a lame attempt at ironical exploitation. Or, to put it another way, LYING.
Not necessarily. I just want to know who's really penning these titles. James Patterson is a good bet since he's very prolific and he's shown up on the show. The other possibility is Stephen J. Cannell. Unless they cycle various authors to write under the "Richard Castle" nom de plume...
I think my point is that at no point is it apparent that Richard Castle is not a real person. It's not quite the same thing as someone writing under a pseudonym. That is usually done to protect the author's real life or differentiate a different writing style / market. What is being done here is ingenious - but also rather cynical.
I think it's meant to be fun. Many people want to read Richard Castle's book because they are supposed to be clever and fun as well as good mysteries. Since no one but those of us who watch the series have ever heard of this "author", few others will buy the book. Promotion of the show? Of course! Exploitation of the show's characters? Again, of course! Fun? Oh, definitely! Lighten up, Ian. Don't buy it if you think it's over the top. As for me, I pre ordered it. I do fun and silly.
Um, do we have to start a list of books with an author's name when no such author exists (and also not talking about a pseudonym)? First ones that come to mind are the kids' books of Horatio Alger/Uncle Wiggly/Nancy Drew/ Hardy Boys/Bobbsey Twins books had a series of different authors through the years.
Hmmm! Not sure of the level of logic being applied in some of these answers! 1] having a comic book series based on a TV series isn't relevant. It is obviously a comic books series based on the TV program! 2] Having fictional characters in books isn't relevant, we all understand that the genre is 'fiction'. 3] Gary Troup IS relevant, in that it is a fictional character purportedly writing a book, but my point is not that this has happened before - but that it is being passed off as if the character is real. It is ingenious, but also seems slightly, cynically underhand.
Seems like an awful lot of thought being put into what's basically just cross-promotion. I thought it was cute but I seem to be in the minority. I assumed off the top that it's a TV book (see things like every Star Trek show ever to Supernatural with books on the shelf, some of which aren't too bad) meant to spread the publicity around the same way books written off movie scripts show up in grocery stores before the film launches. It's all about name recognition and really, everything else is frosting. If it's half good, it'd be better than most TV or movie publicity platform books.
As it turns out this is not a book based on the series, other than the "author" is the character from the show.
If you go to this link (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/richard-castle/heat-wave.htm) you can see that it's being treated as a real book by a "real" author.
I like the idea; I think it's a fun idea and a fun way for fans of the show who are readers to get even more. Though as I've stated before, I'd like to know who's actually writing the books so I can go check out their other stuff.
I, personally, can't wait to read about Nikki Heat. I love the show "Castle", and I think that this book will only add to my enjoyment of the show. Think of it like a perk, or something resembling a companion guide. As soon as payday gets here, that book is mine. :) I'll review it and let you know what I think (minus plot spoilers because I really hate it when people do that). Please everyone feel free to do the same.
No, the 'whole point' isn't about having fun - that's just hedonism - if the whole point is about having fun then that would make an interesting society. Officer] "So why did you attach the firework to the cat's tail?" yourself] "Officer, the whole point is about having fun...."
Spouse] "You were away for 3 days and slept with how many people...?" yourself] "Darling, the whole point is about having fun...."
Having fun is only part of the point. It's having fun within responsible boundaries that enables more fun (otherwise it's 'fun and done')
I think everyone here realizes that this is a promo tie-in with the show, and that there is no 'real' author named Rick Castle. I believe the OP's point is that, on the amazon page, that is not made clear. In fact, I just read a review from someone talking about how Rick Castle's popular character Derek Storm was killed off and this is his first book with his new character Nikki Heat. It seemed to me that the reviewer completely believed the fake bio.
So - I'm planning to buy this because I love the show, and I think it's a clever idea ... but maybe the promotional nature of the book might have been made clear somewhere.
My vote for real author also goes to James Patterson.
well Nathan Fillion did an interview and promoted the promotional tour for the book! So I dont know if he will show up but he made it "sound" that way. Plus if it is in LA why not? I think it a great idea and will make the show even more popular hopefully if the book is good. Any body see any of the subplots like JD Robb Death series not the whole idea but rich guy dedicated cop some of the stroylines have been similar. Plus character Perlmutter from Clive Cussler's books a genius touch makes those of us who read mystery another reason to really listen!! definate buy for me!
Um, reading a book like this, which is obviously just a "for pleasure" read, is just for fun. I honestly don't think that anyone else would call reading for pleasure hedonism. I don't think that anyone really thinks that Richard Castle is real. And this is not the first time there has been a book tie-in to a TV show. There was one for Lost called The Bad Twin, Stephen King even did one for his TV movie Rose Red. This is nothing new, and no one is being duped.