'Dancing with Stars' but not authors

dancing-with-starsImage Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABCABC announced the newest cast of Dancing with the Stars Monday night, and today they released the couple pairings for the show’s 11th season. (At the time of this post, EW.com readers had voted Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough as the couple to beat! Fellow ‘stars’ watch your backs!)

Anyway, it has come to my attention that DWTS keeps neglecting one important genre of stars—authors! Author Ally Carter took to her blog to comment on this travesty. In 11 seasons with more than 100 stars, none of them have been authors. (This does not count the stars who have book deals, like reality mom Kate Gosselin.)

Even if you don’t watch the show, it’s hard to avoid the casting news each season. And if I’ve learned anything at all by watching week after week, it’s that the producers use the term ‘stars’ loosely. I get it. Dancing with the People You’ve Probably Heard About in the News, Regardless of Star Quality was never really a viable name choice. So I won’t hold that against the ABC powers that be. But I’m not sure I’m comfortable living in a world where Bristol Palin is considered a ‘star’ and a best-selling author is not. And that has nothing to do with politics.

Carter points out that this might be a mere coincidence and not a direct snub of the writers of the world. And she’s right. Maybe J.K Rowling has no interest. Maybe EW’s own Stephen King isn’t quite ready to break out his dancing shoes. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t change the fact that authors are very notably missing from each DWTS lineup.

What author would you want to see strut their dancing stuff in an effort to claim the coveted mirror ball trophy? And who knows? Maybe ABC will take note and make the “write” choice next season. (Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.) Head to the comments below!

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  • EPK

    I vote for John Grisham, Cecelia Ahern and Meg Cabot. :) I think they would each bring something different, and each is a recognizable enough name to at least have some drawing power, IMO.

    • Koubou

      I’m liking the Meg Cabot idea, she could bring in a younger demographic

    • Leslie

      Agree, Cabot especially would be a great choice!

  • val

    Nora Roberts and Carl Hiaasen. I’m not a rabid fan of either’s works, but they were very engaging from what I’ve seen in interviews (New Yorker and 60 Minutes, I think?) and they have enough name recognition.

  • DJ

    Definitely Jonathan Franzen! Over the past several weeks, he has shown he has a real sense of humor and doesn’t take himself very seriously (HAHA!)

    • Tina

      Hilarious! He did do that author video…

  • Chance

    Terry McMillan, James Patterson, and Ntozake Shange. Definitely.

    • Jaime

      tacosy2k on July 15, 2011 she sounds super cute, is this your local gym? cuz i might have to join this one to get after this girl lol

      • Sayooj

        Rachel Gasiewicz – Hi Stevi!Do you still have any tickets for this to give away? We live just arnoud the corner I would need two- let me know! Thanks!!

  • Susan Sprague

    James Patterson for sure.

  • Betsy

    Nicholas Sparks would probably do well.

  • JMS

    Toni Morrison! Nalo Hopkinson!

  • Paige

    Oh, definitely Alyson Noel and Richelle Mead. Alkly Carter would be good, she’s the one who brought this whole issue up, after all.
    :)

  • jfms777

    The show has not invited any porn stars to join the show. And so that is another group that has been neglected. And I bet a porn star or two would explode the ratings.

    • katie

      of course they havnt, that’s stupid and so many parents would not allow their kids to watch this. thats what i would do with my kids

      • Snotty

        Have you taught your kids to use capitalization?

  • Amanda Faye

    Jackson Pearce. Awesome YA author. She’ll be a household name before you know it, and then she should be dancing with Tony Dovolani. Or Louie. Or maybe even Maks!

  • jeanster

    Authors, artists, musicians. But maybe they have too much common sense to do the show.

  • Zach

    Danielle Steel?

  • Amanda Faye

    Definitely Jackson Pearce. She’s an awesome YA author with a hilarious personality. Tony or Louie would be excellent pairings, I’d say.

    (seriously, google her books. they’re awesome!)

  • anita

    Very Very disappointed with 2010 season guests. Are there that many people turning you down that you recruit Bristol and David. Will be watching something else.

  • Zach

    Why do none of my comments get posted?

    • Jessica

      I’ve been having the same problem a lot lately. Irksome…

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