Britney Spears may be writing a novel, by which we mean, someone else will write a novel, and Britney Spears will put her name on it.

The X Factor judge is in talks with HarperCollins’ It Books to publish a tome of her own, but rather than go the memoir route, it will apparently be a work of fiction loosely modeled on her own life.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "the story would incorporate fictionalized versions of her own experiences," like Lauren Conrad similarly “wrote” the novel L.A. Candy, about a girl who becomes the star of a reality show.

Of course, it’s no secret that many celebrities have ghost writers for their written works, and if the deal comes to fruition, Britney won’t be the first high-profile star to write a book that we suspect didn’t actually write a book.

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But Britney? Really? Forgive us for being skeptical, but the troubled star has had a hard enough time stringing a coherent sentence together in public, and only just recovered enough to be on live TV every week. We love Britney for what she does well, but she’s not exactly the most eloquent celebrity around. And she certainly never struck us as a novelist.

If Britney could somehow put in prose what she went through back during her Blackout-era meltdown, that would be one thing. But that doesn’t seem likely, especially given how hush-hush she is about her personal life.

Instead, the book will likely skip over those juicy details in favor of something much glossier about her rise to fame from humble beginnings, and will almost certainly be written primarily by someone else. So why bother? We’re not even sure Britney writes her own tweets, let alone authoring an entire novel. But we'll happily eat our words if it turns out Brit has been hiding her talent as a wordsmith all along, and it took her until now to find her true calling.

Are we being too hard on Britney’s literary ambitions? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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