The I Am Number Four Issue

January 16, 2011

Many of you are familiar with the rather interesting manner in which the book I Am Number Four came into being and the role James Frey plays in the whole thing. If not, you can read about it all in THIS ARTICLE.

I had planned on writing this huge post about my feelings on the subject, but I don’t want to bore you all, so I’ll try to keep it short.

I don’t like James Frey. I don’t like that he lied about A Million Little Pieces nor do I like his new publishing factory-thing Full Fathom Five. As a writer, I would never sign away my creativity or integrity under such conditions.

Now that that’s said, let’s move onto I Am Number Four, which is a product of James Frey’s factory. When I found out about how the book came to be, I was rather disgusted. My excitement to read it died a quick death. But the thing is I’ve heard it’s a pretty good book. I may not like how it came to be, but in my eyes, a good book is a good book. And the movie? Well, I’m still pretty stoked to see the movie. I mean, it stars Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron! I love both of them and want to support their careers the best I can. Still, I feel bad because I’m supporting James Frey and his factory. Then again, am I supporting Jobie Hughes? If he’s still getting paid royalties for the book isn’t that a good thing? It’s a catch-22, really. I’m excited for the movie and still would like to read the book, but I feel like I’m betraying the whole writing community!

So, in short, I have a love/hate relationship with I Am Number Four.

What about you? Comment away!

  • Reply
    Cass (Words on Paper)
    January 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Yes, the book is actually pretty good. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and await the next books. I got the book for review, so in a way I didn’t GET to support James Frey. I definitely agree–a good book is a good book, regardless of its source.

    I may not be in love with the idea of James Frey getting all these royalties from sales, but it’s definitely worth a read. If you’re worried about supporting the author, go to the library, or steal off a bookstore/friend. 😛

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    SM Johnston
    January 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I refused to buy it based on how it came about. I wasn’t about to buy a book where I wasn’t sure how much Jobie Hughes would be paid for his contribution. But I enjoyed the read, it’s what I thought a new trend might be (well was hoping as one of my stories fits this): sci-fis with paranormal feels. Substitute paranormal creature for alien.

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    kjovus - my life with books
    January 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I had no desire to read it until I saw the movie previews. Now I want to read the book. I had to set my prejudice aside and think about the book. Yeah I don’t agree with the way it was published but do I not read certain books because of the religion or beliefs of the person that wrote them? Nope I am in it for a good story, so the whole James thing shouldn’t matter.

    BUT, just so I feel a little bit better about the situation. I won’t buy it – I will get it from the library. And I still get the satisfaction of a good story.
    I am so going to this movie.

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    Cialina at Muggle-Born.net
    January 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    When I found out, I felt so duped. I couldn’t believe I actually enjoyed the book. I honestly don’t want to support the book, but I enjoyed it. I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to support the movie… or read the next book.

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    January 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I actually feel like there was a lot of over-reaction surrounding this whole Frey-Hughes-Full Fathom drama. Did anyone force the writers to sign on with Frey? No. Should they have read their contracts carefully before signing them? Yes. Are they (particularly Hughes) getting tons of press out of all of this? Yes.

    And like you said, a good book is a good book! And I really enjoyed I Am Number Four. Can’t wait for the movie to come out!

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    January 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I haven’t read the book yet but own it and in the end it will come down to whether I like it or not. The whole factory situation is iffy and kind of kills and hope of literary romanticism one might have for it.

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    Kelley Vitollo
    January 17, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I won’t buy it. I just can’t support it. Being an author whose dream it was to be published, I can see how some people might fall for this. I wouldn’t have because I did my research, but some people are just so excited for their dream and they don’t know what they’re getting themselves into. As for him… well there are a few choice words I will leave out. LOL. I can’t support something that will make him money which really, REALLY bums me out, because it does look good. LOL.

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    Mariam Maarouf
    January 17, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I’d never heard about this before, but, seriously: what the hell? Why would someone agree to this?

    But I agree: love/hate. Except that the only reason I wanna read it is that I want to see what the buzz is all about. When I read about the book, I wasn’t too excited – but how much it sold shocked me. Kinda like Twilight, even though I doubt I’ll like it that much.

    Reminds me of a fan-fiction about, if you remember, Joham from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

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    Wendy Higgins
    January 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I’m divided. My friend lent me this book and it’s just sitting there. I know James Frey is a good writer, but as a person, eh. I just lost so much professional respect for him. I’m torn. He’s skeevy and I hate feeling suckered.

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    Novels On The Run
    January 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    ‘ditto’…everybody makes mistakes but..hmmmm it’s a tad hard to get past James Frey. I dont hold grudges, I can’t help feeling tis sneaky using pseudonym and almost taking mickey using a character from the book as the author.
    I think it’s very clever making the movie and then releasing the book and using Diane and Alex as they are so well liked. I think it is very well thought out the order of this production.


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    Novels On The Run
    January 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    p.s. I actually bought the book based on Alex P being in the movie, not realising til about 100 pages in that the author name kept bothering me. So I googled it and then whallah all was revealed. I understand the love hate relationship. It did bother me once I knew. It’s a reasonably unique delimma..lol!! I have to ask did the chicken come first or the egg?


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