Do you ever find yourself telling the same story over and over again? I know I do. Unfortunately, “that one time I got locked in a Dairy Queen on a date” is always a big conversational hit, so I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.
And anyway, I’m not getting paid to tell it. (I should, though! It’s a really good story! Has a 30% laugh rate!) The following authors were getting paid, which means publishers were basically shelling out cash just so these guys could write the exact same book multiple times, and we all just let them.