Famous Books That You Didn’t Know Were Ghostwritten

Although the role of ghostwriters is not something new, in this writing industry. But have you ever thought while reading your favorite series or a book from a well-known author that it might be ghostwritten? Well, next time you start reading your favorite Nancy Drew, or the Hardy Boys, keep in mind that they are ghostwritten, but that perfectly that, it’s hard to identify it.

Why do the authors look for ghostwriters for hire? Well, ghostwriters are professional assistants for authors, not only helping them to write but also entertaining them with great ideas to make their best sellers- a better version. Thus, it is safe to say that ghostwriting has become quite a common practice in our literary world, with many famous books attributed to authors who are not the true creators behind the words. 

Famous 7 Books That Are Ghostwritten but Not Known 

  1. The Babysitter’s Club

Well, if you are a book lover, then you must have read the very famous long series of The Babysitter’s Club, right? Although Ann M. Martin was the one, who crafted this perfect series of stories that we all fell in love with. But can you even imagine for an author to write all of 250 books? 

Later on, she hired Peter Lerangis as her secret assistant in writing almost all of the subsequent of The Babysitter’s club. Not only does she not try to hide that, but afterward, Lerangis was accompanied by other ghostwriters, making this long series a success. 

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo

When we see that ghostwriters are not a contemporary thing, well let’s take you back to 1844, when Alexandre Dumas thought of collaborating with Auguste Maquet as co-writer in his famous, The Count of Monte Cristo. 

This classic-historical romantic story did not become the first and last one they were likely to work with. With more than eighteen co-written books, by Duman and Maquet have worked on some of the literature masterpieces, such as The Three Musketeers and many more. 

  1. Goosebumps 

As we are talking about the classic ones, another classic and scary series we can ever get out of our minds is R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps. This horrifying series which consists of 160 books, was first published in 1993. 

Although as per many resources, Stine as the creator may have denied taking the assistance of any ghostwriters, but with a proven history of two books of Goosebumps being published on per monthly basis, it’s safe for us to say, is not a one-man job and is GHOST-written by someone, but Who? We don’t know that. 

  1. Nancy Drew

The famous Nancy Drew. If you’re a book enthusiast, your childhood would be incomplete without it. This series penned under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, follows the adventures of a teenage sleuth as she unravels mysteries with sharp wit and determination. 

As the masterpiece was created in 1930, this iconic series has captivated generations with its blend of suspense, intrigue, and clever plot twists. While the original stories were crafted by multiple ghostwriters, the spirit of Nancy Drew remains consistently courageous and resourceful. Each book offers a thrilling journey through puzzling clues and unexpected turns, making Nancy Drew an enduring symbol of intelligence and independence in young adult literature.

  1. Jason Bourne

Whether you know this series from movies or books, but we all are aware of it, right? This series was initially written by Robert Ludlum and continued by Eric Van Lustbader, plunging readers into the high-stakes world of espionage and identity. 

The series’ intricate plots and relentless action have made Bourne a staple in the thriller genre. Each book is a pulse-pounding race against time, blending psychological depth with explosive scenes that keep readers on the edge of their seats, by keeping the perfect tone of the creator. 


As we conclude our exploration of famous books that were ghostwritten, we are reminded of the intricate web of collaboration and creativity that exists in the world of literature. Ghostwriting, though often shrouded in mystery, plays a significant role in bringing stories to life and sharing voices that may have otherwise remained unheard

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