Have you ever read a book that tells a story about a highly popular book everybody seems to be interested about? To give you a popular example, in the Harry Potter series, author J.K. Rowling loves to drop a few titles here and there while she goes about with her narration. Ever heard of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Well, of course you have! That best-selling movie is initially a book within the Harry Potter book series. Fortunately for us muggles, Rowling is kind enough to let us read that fascinating story for it went into publication shortly after the Harry Potter series was concluded.
But where not here to talk about books within a book that has been published later on. Sadly, we’re here to talk about those ‘fictional’ books that we will never have the experience of reading. Here are some of those mysterious books us bookworms will never get to read.
All My Colors
David Quantick wrote about Todd Milstead, a novelist with grandeur delusions. Milstead has a strong will for his talent and exceptional photographic memory. He recalls a book entitled All My Colors written by Jake Turner. He asked everyone he knew about the book and surprised that no one has even heard of the title. As a struggling writer, he decides to write the book from memory as his own. The book turns out to be a bestseller, but wait till things become a nightmare for Todd.
The Dark Half
Stephen King is famous for writing horror novels of writers. The Dark Half was written under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. The story is about a writer who is afraid of his violent pseudonym. He decided to leave his successful career to write more literary works.
The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield’s debut novel about a bibliophile and occasional biographer named Margaret. She is surprised to get an amazing offer from a prolific author, Vida Winter, to write her biography. Later decides to search for the missing thirteenth tale of Winter as Margaret encounters the rare novel of the author.
The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s novel written by fictional character Julian Carax has sold millions of copies in Europe. The book has several translations. This multi-layered tale is about a ten-year-old boy who found a book written by an author who seemed to have not existed on Earth. As he investigates the author, the boy discovered that his book is the last surviving copy of the unknown author. He found out secrets and tragedies and even connects his life with the author. He reached a point of endangering his own life in uncovering the truth behind the author and his antagonist.
Writing a book within a book is a well-received narration trope that everybody seems to love. For one, it’s a perfect subplot to build major plots on. Many great thriller and mystery authors are known to do that. To give you more examples, we recommend to check out books such as Stephen King’s Misery, Richard Brautigan’s Trout Fishing in America and The Abortion: An Historical Romance, Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.