It's very rare nowadays that someone in the entertainment industry sticks to one type of creative endeavor. Singers become actors, and actors try their hand at singing. Some stars start working in fashion, others release cosmetic lines. One of the more rare types of projects a celebrity pursues is the novel. Don't get us wrong, there are PLENTY of stars who release memoirs that detail the up's and down's of their personal life in their own words.
But some celebs even go so far as to write fictional novels, penning a story about characters and plots that don't actually exist. Check out our list of some of the most bestselling novels written -- at least partially -- by celebs.
10 Rebels: City of Indra by Kendall and Kylie Jenner
While most celebrities use ghostwriters for their books, a quick Google search will show you the name of the true writer of Kendall and Kylie's novel within the first few results. Still, the writer (named Maya Sloan) insists that the Jenner sisters came up with all of the characters and the plot. That has to count for something, we guess. This book is another young-adult dystopian novel, which has always proven itself to do well in the fantasy genre. "Lex," a.k.a the fictional version of Kylie, and "Livia" a.k.a. the fictional version of Kendall, are sisters who grew up in separate lifestyles: Lex was an orphan, while Livia was raised rich.
Both girls are seeking to rebel from their society's rules, however, and end up forming a partnership that changes their lives forever. Reviews for this novel are...not good, with only a 2.5 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon. Still, the book sold well enough to garner a sequel entitled Time of the Twins.
9 Modelland by Tyra Banks
Supermodel Tyra Banks managed to create an America's Next Top Model version of Hogwarts. Her book, Modelland, centers on a girl named Tookie De La Creme (no, really) who is accepted into the prestigious Modelland, where lucky students can train to eventually become a member of the elite group of "Intoxibella's."
Tookie doesn't feel she measures up to some of the other students at the school, but finds her place in this alternate universe after teaming up with other "outcasts" -- models who are plus-sized, short, and albino. There's definitely a message of acceptance and inclusivity hidden within this magical world. While Publisher's Weekly described Tyra's novel as "campy and warped," they also acknowledged that the book may serve as a "guilty pleasure" for some.
8 A Shore Thing by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
Yep, Snooki wrote a book. At the height of her Jersey Shore fame, Nicole Polizzi debuted the novel A Shore Thing which told the story of a girl trying to find love and fun on the boardwalk. Protagonist Gia and her cousin Bella get up to lots of mischief, including accidentally setting fire to the bungalow they were staying in.
Fortunately, a hunky firefighter named Frank shows up to save the day. While Gia works on opening up to Frank, Bella dates a preppy guy while secretly lusting after her boss, Tony. Can these girls find love on the Jersey Shore? The book currently has a rating on Goodreads of 3.5 out of 5 stars, so your opinion on the book could be a hit or miss. Those who do enjoy A Shore Thing, however, can buy the novel's sequel Gorilla Beach.
7 The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie
For Nicole Richie's novel The Truth About Diamonds, she basically told her own story and just changed the names. Main character Chloe Parker was adopted at age seven by a famous musician, and struggled with hard partying and the paparazzi as she aged. Sound familiar?
Now, Chloe must maintain her sobriety, kick-start her career, learn who to trust, and maybe find love along the way. Nicole seems to like writing about the pitfalls of privilege, as her follow-up novel entitled Priceless focuses on a wealthy young girl whose father ends up imprisoned. As a result, the main character has to learn how to live without the money she is used to and forge her own path. The reviews for both of these novels are mixed but consider taking a look if you're intrigued by the lives of the rich and famous.
6 L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
While Lauren Conrad's novel L.A. Candy may just seem like a rehashing of her actual life, she did try to vary the details up a little for the other two books in the trilogy, Sweet Little Lies and Sugar and Spice. The trilogy starts off by introducing a young girl named Jane and her best friend, Scarlett. The girls are discovered by a producer who decides to cast them on a new reality show.
Jane and Scarlett quickly rise to stardom, and while they're enjoying the perks of their new life, they must also deal with a whole new slew of problems that come with their career, like tabloids and backstabbing friends. While a reality TV star writing a book series focusing on reality TV stars is a bit on-the-nose, it did sell well and prompt a successful follow-up series, The Fame Game trilogy.
5 Actors Anonymous by James Franco
Let's be honest: James Franco is a bit of a weirdo. But the dude is intelligent and has earned multiple degrees from prestigious institutions. Sometimes, the weirdest people are the most brilliant. Still, James' collection of short stories Actors Anonymous didn't win over everyone.
The novel spoofs the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and focuses on interesting characters from ex child-stars to blue-collar workers that like practicing their imitation skills. On the other hand, James dedicated the entire last chapter to himself, which rubbed many critics the wrong way. If you're into candid rambling and the darker side of the life of an actor, however, maybe consider giving it a chance.
4 Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne's novel ended up being a therapeutic story to write for her. Bella, who lost her own father at a young age, tells the story of the fictional character Autumn, who is also dealing with the death of her father.
Autumn starts writing down her feelings about her new high school in her journal, and grows to believe something supernatural involving the spirit of her father is happening. The two other books in the trilogy, Autumn's Kiss and Autumn's Wish, continue with the paranormal theme only focus on a magic map and a magic locket rather than journal. While the premise may seem kind of hokey for more mature readers, many critics have acknowledged it as a good read for teenagers.
3 Elixir by Hilary Duff
Interestingly enough, Hilary Duff's novel Elixir doesn't seem to mirror her own life at all. The story is about a young aspiring photojournalist named Clea Raymond, whose father disappears on a trip. Clea begins to experience supernatural activity, leading her to believe there is more to her father's disappearance.
Elixir was so successful it became a trilogy, with the second book Devoted being released in 2011 and the final novel True being released in 2013. Hilary was totally open about the fact that she collaborated with another writer, Elise Allen, and spoke about how she had the storyline in her head for years before her mother pushed her to put the plot into writing. As far as celebrity novels go, this series has generally positive reviews.
2 Someday, Somewhere, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Lauren Graham was naturally hilarious when it came to playing the witty Lorelai on Gilmore Girls, so it only makes sense that she's truly that funny in real life. Like other celebrity novels, Lauren drew from her own real experiences to form the plot for the fictional novel Someday, Somewhere, Maybe. The book centers on an actress trying to make a name for herself in the mid-'90s.
A flourishing acting career is a dream for main character Franny Banks, but after spending years in New York City, she still hasn't seemed to make her mark. Many people can relate to the story of a struggling artist, and Lauren's charming prose has the most critical of reviewers praising her!
1 The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
While the spy/action novel The Gun Seller was written by iconic British actor Hugh Laurie, he didn't consider the book to be just some frivolous celebrity side-project. In fact, he submitted the book to a publisher under a pseudonym.
It was only after his manuscript was accepted on its own merits that Hugh revealed he was the author behind the tale. The thriller focuses on Thomas Lang, a bored ex-officer who is thrown into a dangerous adventure through an unfortunate series of events. It's also filled with humor, with Vanity Fair referring to the novel as a "ripping spoof of the spy genre." For those who like a good mixture of crime, intrigue, and satire, check this book out.