The only problem is, she didn't actually write the book. A ghostwriter did.
I don't really have anything against ghostwriters, per se. I've read and enjoyed ghostwritten books. The Nikki Heat series by Richard Castle is ghostwritten by necessity... since Richard Castle doesn't actually exist. I find this less annoying than, say, some of the current crop of new "authors" who are little more than celebrities who are looking for yet another way to cash in. (That's the main reason I never read Elixir, even though its subject matter sounds like something I might enjoy.)
What really bothers me about this whole situation, though, is how some people are viewing it. (As if readers needed another divisive issue...)
Wait a sec. You mean, if I could convince one of my favourite authors to take one of my ideas and write a book with it, I could put my name (and only my name) on it and collect all the royalties? Awesome!
Oh, wait. I'm not famous. Drat.
In all seriousness, though, ideas and ideas for characters are just that: ideas. They'll turn out differently depending on which author fleshes them out with actual words. Just look at Wizard's Hall and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Or Twilight and Evermore. If the idea was the only important thing, then the world would've been satisfied with Jane Yolen's take on the wizarding world and Stephenie Meyer might've sued Alyson Noël into oblivion for ripping off... well, pretty much everything.
What's even sadder are the comments from people who claim that "most authors" use ghost writers. I'm sure that would come as a surprise to those who spend countless hours toiling in front of a blank page or computer screen, trying to get the words just right, so they can share their creations with the world. Everyone has to start somewhere. Most debut "authors" don't get an editorial team holding their hand every step of the way, let alone someone writing their book for them. Celebrity has its perks, and it appears that Ms. Sugg took advantage of them. And while she was open about the fact that she had help, I still find the reaction of her fans disturbing; it's an insult to all the authors out there who worked hard and actually wrote their own books. Not only do instances like this make people think that anyone can "write" a best-selling book and get it published, it makes them think that it's easy to do.
And if you're not a famous vlogger, it's probably not.
Where do you stand on ghostwriters and ghostwritten books? What about celebrities who use their status to land a publishing deal? Do you feel that's okay... or is it unfair?