Today I want to talk about something that I’m not too familiar with: Co-written books. I sometimes come across books that are written by two authors (such as the Burn For Burn series pictured above by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian) and wonder what the reading experience is like for these books. Do you ever notice a tonal shift? Is it exactly the same as reading a book by a single author?
I have only read one co-written book in my life and it was for a class in university. To be honest, I don’t remember what the title of the book was or who the authors were… but I do remember feeling fixated with figuring out how the process of co-writing that book was and how the authors made everything cohesive. I’m sure there are many different ways to present collaborative work, but interestingly, the book that I read for university actually revealed to the readers which author wrote what part. It was fascinating to see if I could distinguish the literary voices of the respective authors and analyze what each author brought to the table.
Since then, I’ve kind of shied away from reading co-written books, though I’m not exactly sure why. I think maybe it was because I wasn’t very enamored with the university book. So, my friends, I’m coming to you (again!). Are there any co-written works that I should know about and read? I really want to expand my reading and what better way to do that than push myself out of my comfort zone and read something completely different? If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them!
Have you read any co-written books? Do you read them differently than books written by a single author, or do you tend to over-analyze like I do?