I tend to spend most of January in a fantasy world, for obvious reasons. One: In that temporal space, I am Queen and Chief of the Secret Police; and Two: I haven’t experienced real-life daylight for over a month.
For the purposes of blogging, this has resulted in predictions for famous writers, and predictions for myself. But today, I’d like to turn to the subject of writing teams and ghost writers, following the stranger-than-fiction news last week that Roddy Doyle is to write Roy Keane’s biography. Yes, the chronicler of the familiarly ridiculous is about to get ridiculously familiar with the infamous footballer. Assuming he doesn’t get kicked to death in the process.
Here are a few suggestions of my own for creative projects that might keep a smile on my face, even in the depths of the annual slap across the face that is the Irish January (small wonder we’re an accepting sort of people).
1. Unlikely Biographical Partnerships
Justin Bieber: My Whole Life by Ozzy Osbourne
The Real Stephen Hawking by Perez Hilton
The Life and Times of Ian Paisley by Gerry Adams
J.K. Rowling and E.L. James
Russell Brand and Jeremy Paxman
John Banville and Pat Ingoldsby
Dan Brown and Lee Child
Caitlin Moran and Jeremy Clarkson
Stephen Spielberg directing the cast of Glee in the on-screen version of Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung
Vivienne Westwood designing the costumes for the next One Direction movie
Lynda La Plante writing the screenplay for the sequel to 50 Shades of Grey
And so over to you. Who would be your biography dream team? Who would flibber your funny bone and itchify your interest in the world of literary or film collaboration in 2014?