A Snarkling holds up a glass, darkly:
Ok, now that we've all had a good yuck about the poor little rich girl, what if Miss Snark had said this was a bootlegged version of the latest J Weiner or C Bushnell? How do you think the snarklings would have then reacted? Strikes me as the reverse of the coin of Doris Lessing shopping around a ms. under a pseudonym and experiencing universal rejection.
I like to think I call dreck when I see it. There are previous posts taking Robert Parker to task for bad writing. And the Snarklings are not all that shy about weighing in with contrary opinions.
The difference here is that clearly Nicole Richie has a book deal because it's part of an overall marketing plot, not because she has wanted to be a writer since she was six, or she went to an MFA program, or she had something to say.
And Doris Lessing writes some really weird stuff. The Good Terrorist was my most recent favorite but I've never managed to get through some of her earlier stuff.
I understand your point, but I don't think it's valid in this particular brouhaha.