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Would you ghostwrite an “autobiography” of someone for whom you have no respect?

Asked by stanleybmanly (18877points) June 22nd, 2018 from iPhone

Let’s say you were expected to compile a narrative from the individual’s notes & memoirs & an unreasonable pile of money is dangled in front of you to smother your distaste?

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

For the right amount of money @stanleybmanly it’s amazing what one will do.

SavoirFaire's avatar

How much oversight do I have to deal with? Because it’s not much of a dilemma if I can take the money and also depict the person as I see fit. Assuming that the subject has full editorial control, then, I suppose it depends on whether I think I can write a narrative that pleases both them and me simultaneously. After all, what I take to be their worst traits might be exactly what they take to be their best.

But my guess is that the underlying question is supposed to be something like “would you sacrifice your integrity for money in this situation?” If that is the case, then my answer is “no.” I have way too many writing projects that I actually want to get done to work on any that I can’t be happy with. And given the cost of academic books, I might be able to make a good pile of money from one them, too.

Just kidding! Almost all of that money goes to the publisher.

Demosthenes's avatar

Depends. May I fill it with thinly veiled attacks on that person?

kritiper's avatar

Yes. And it would all be dirt!

janbb's avatar

I don’t think I could. It would involve working closely with them and I would have a problem with that. I also couldn’t lie and write favorably about them.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I could.
So what? I write fiction all the time. I could easily consider it one more fictional piece.
There are gobs and oodles of people out there reading stuff which doesn’t interest me in the slightest. If I could get paid for any one of them, I would like that.

flutherother's avatar

It might be fun to write a biography for someone I don’t respect but not an “autobiography”.

Patty_Melt's avatar

If someone uses a ghost writer, I think it still qualifies as an autobiography.
Fluther, am I wrong?

SavoirFaire's avatar

@Patty_Melt You are not wrong.

Kardamom's avatar

I don’t think so.

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