Friday, January 27, 2006

James Frey

As a reader who do we trust?

What the publisher classifies the book as?

What the writer calls the book?

Mr. Frey’s story now makes me wonder about the other non-fiction I’ve read. I guess that’s the sad part about this incident. Who do we trust? When you tell me it’s called non-fiction because it’s the truth, but it’s OK to embellish it a little. Isn’t that a little white lie?

If that’s the case it should be called true-life fiction.

As a writer we want good publicity about our books, however sometimes bad publicity can push a sell too. This publicity will send Mr. Frey book back to the printer press, to me that’s unfair.

I guess I can say that, I didn’t buy the book before and I definitely don’t plan on buying it later. OK maybe if its at the dollar store.


Cindy Appel said...

I think Mr. Frey just goes to prove how desperate writers are to become published... They'll do anything to increase their chances of doing so.

I'm outraged for the damage he's done to Hazledon's rehab program and recovery programs in general. It's very apparent from the ease of his lying that he's not very far into his recovery.

Keep working those 12 Steps, Mr. Frey, and get honest both with yourself--and the public!!

cousin said...

I am really disappointed that Jim Frey chose to lie in the book. Addiction is painful enough that he did not have to lie. Just telling his pain and how he was affected by addiction would have sold the story just as well. I really don't think that his exaggerations about his time in jail and about how his girlfriend died are what sold the book. What sold the book I believe, is because of his overcoming the odds. This is going to make it really hard for others to come behind him and write their own books about their own struggle with addiction. It's sad...

LaShaunda said...

Hey Cuz,

Yes its sad his story will change how others present their stories.