Sunday, October 17, 2010

Epic Fail & Celebrity Books

I guess you guys noticed I looked skinnier last Monday, right? Nah, that wasn't me and I'm not skinnier. For anyone who hasn't noticed the redesign of the KF site, we have added five new killers to the mix. It's tough work being a killer and some of us were getting old and tired on the job. Plus, fresh blood always makes a killer happier, so I hope you're all enjoying our new members!

First, I want to share with you an epic fail of the English language. Warning: Spew Alert!

So what do you think - honest mistake? bad school system? truth in advertising? No matter, it makes for a good laugh.

Next up - Snooki gets a book deal. For those that love, hate or try to avoid the reality show Jersey Shore, it's coming at you from all ends. Apparently, it wasn't enough that The Situation was on Dancing With The Stars, now everyone's favorite jelly-roll hair girl signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster to pen none other than - a romance novel.

And then the fray in the writing community began. Now, let's begin by saying, there's no way Snooki is actually writing a book and we know it, so if you want to argue that ghost-writing is an insult to writers, then you better take on mega-industry James Patterson first. So move on to point two, which is why all the hate? Some writers seem to take the stance that celebrity books take away slots from legitimate writers, but that is just not true. Celebrity books are a category unto themselves, and I would argue, make the publisher scads of money so they have to spend on legitimate writers.

So what say you? Insult or cash flow cow? And are you going to try that Mickey D's wrap?

Deadly DeLeon

20 comments:

Zita said...

I'm going to stay away from your McDonald's O.o and just weigh in the with "the more the merrier" crowd. As far as I'm concerned there can never be enough books, so bring it on, Snooki. There is room in the market for everyone, because the readers' tastes are so diverse. Chances are, the person who buys Snooki's book would never have even looked at your book in the store, so you haven't lost a single sale because of her, am I right? (And by "your" I didn't mean "you" specifically). So let them all write, or eat cake for that matter. There really is enough room at the top for all of you ;-).

Diane Kelly said...

I bet the Anus Wrap isn't too far from the truth. My grandad wouldn't let us eat hot dogs because he said they were full of icky parts. Just another reason why I'm a vegetarian. Then again, the Native American creed of using every part of the animal was a good one, so maybe Anus Wraps aren't so bad after all. Here's a question to ponder - if The Situation ate an Anus wrap, would he become The Constipation?

Leona said...

This is awesome. FYI I tweeted link and was retweeted twice. For those who came for last comment, it's the second one...

It was great :) Thank you for the laugh around a controversial subject. LOL

Jana DeLeon said...

Zita - I totally agree, although I must admit, I have little desire to be at "the top." I have friends at the top and the pressure is ridiculous. I don't ever want to hate writing. I'll settle for a solid mid-list that pays the bills. :)

Jana DeLeon said...

Diane - that explains why you're in such good shape. I don't know a single overweight vegetarian. :) If only I liked vegetables, I'd try that, I swear. I really love animals.

LOL on The Constipation! You're like me. I play games with that name all the time. Depending on the day, I may be The Frustration, The Aggravation or The Instigation.

Jana DeLeon said...

You're welcome, Leona! And many thanks for the tweets! I'm glad I could start your week off with a giggle. :)

krisgils33 said...

I would never buy Snooki's book, and I'm hoping Zita is right that someone who buys those types wouldn't be buying "yours" so that no sales are actually lost. Plus, the clock is ticking on her 15 minutes, so it's not like there would actually be other book deals in the future.

TerriOsburn said...

In the grocery store yesterday, I saw the book about Justin Beiber's life. Few things are dumber than that. I pay NO attention to this celebrity crap.

I don't want to know what makes up the center of that Anus Wrap.

Jana DeLeon said...

kris - oh, it's definitely a temporary thing for the Snooks. She's no Nora. LOL BUT, maybe, just maybe, her book will get someone to read and read a romance and then they'll read more. One can only hope. :)

Jana DeLeon said...

Terri - I saw that book yesterday at Sams. I was thinking - he's like, 12, WTH is he writing about.

Christie Craig said...

Jana,

LMAO! I'm gonna skip the wrap as well. And like you I'm so thrilled to have new blood at KF.
CC

Jana DeLeon said...

Christie - well, at least we don't have to worry about it ruining our diet efforts, right?

Gemma Halliday said...

Dude. I am never eating at McDonald's again. Evah!

~Gemma

Jana DeLeon said...

LOL Gemma! I thought the same thing, but then my second thought was "you don't eat wraps anyway." It just has this healthy sound to it - minus the "anus" part, of course. :)

Tori Lennox said...

I'll be giving a pass to both the Anus Wrap and Snooki's book. LOL!!! I have a limited book budget and I'd rather spend it on authors I like. :)

Jana DeLeon said...

LOL Tori - but if I HAD to choose, Snooki just might edge out the wrap. :)

Robin Kaye said...

OMG You Killers have to start giving spew alerts.

Anus Wraps! LOL My kids won't eat at Mickey D's they're food snobs to the Nth degree. Me, I'd kill for the fries which is why they're skinny and I'm sooo not!

As for Snookie and her book deal, I just shrug and think that many of her fans whose only reading material is Cosmo and People Magazine might just discover another pastime other than watching Jersey Shore. Oh and as a former Jersey girl, I gotta say, I've never seen anyone like them. I used to date the head lifeguard on North Wildwood Beach, I saw just about everything at the shore, but nothing compared to Snookie and The Constipation.

Thanks for the welcome and Diane, I spewed when I read your comment. LOL I think I need a new keyboard.

Jana DeLeon said...

Robin - you never know what useful, keyboard destroying information you may find here. :)

I know that Jersey people aren't really like that. They're a subset fringe sorta group, like Goth, and not in any one region. I've been watching the guido videos on YouTube for years. Good stuff.

Anne R. Allen said...

I love this: "Celebrity books are a category unto themselves, and I would argue, make the publisher scads of money so they have [more]to spend on legitimate writers."

I think you're right. Celeb books don't take people away from real books, any more than Really Rude People from New Jersey take away viewers away from Mad Men and 30 Rock. But the sleaze finances the quality programing.

Jana DeLeon said...

Anne - By God, that's what I'm going to believe! :) It does make business sense, so here's hoping Snooki funds a new author or two.