What Were They Thinking? is a new meme hosted every Thursday at The Crowded Leaf.
The Rules: Post a book that makes you ask the infamous, “What Were They Thinking?” And explain WHY you are so turned off by the book. Is it the title? Plot? Cover? What don’t you like? This is meant to be fun, so don’t be offended if you go to someone’s blog and your favorite book is their least. One blogger’s trash is another’s treasure. Join in and spread the love to judge!
This week we’ve got a plethora of stomach-churning baloney, folks. It’s the dreaded, the weary, the ultimate money-making scheme: the cross-over. Whether our “authors” are tv producers, tv celebrities, or musicians, I ask this question: What Were They Thinking?! Just because you can put words down on paper doesn’t mean you should!
Example A: Title: Glee: The Beginning: An Original Novel by Sophia Lowell
Synopsis: Want to know what was happening with Rachel, Kurt, Quinn and Finn before Will Schuster took over the Glee Club? Find out in the first Original Glee Novel, a prequel that transports readers to McKinley High’s hallways before the show began. Each Original Glee Novel reflects the show’s intelligent comedic sensibility and quirky, heartfelt storylines.
What Were They Thinking? Glee is amazing because it’s a TV SHOW! It’s amazing because people SING. Outloud. On the screen. The idea of this book and it’s sequel, Glee: Foreign Exchange: An Original Novel, are just sad. The cross-over from sitcom to bookcom should not have happened.
Example B Title: Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story by (take a guess?!) Justin Bieber
Synopsis: In this book, Justin tells the story of his amazing journey from small-town schoolboy to global superstar. Stunningly designed and jam packed full of exclusive unseen photos of Justin on and off stage, plus private captured moments, the awesome story of Justin’s phenomenal rise to superstardom is a must-have for any true fan.
What Were They Thinking?! I’ll tell you what they were thinking. Justin Bieber Book = screaming hordes of teenage girls bum rushing the bookstore like it’s the stage with Mom in tow to buy the book with the “exclusive unseen photos.” OMG swooooon. Stop it. Just because someone thinks you might have an interesting life story doesn’t mean it belongs in a book. We ALL have interesting life stories!
Example C: Title: Sugar and Spice (L. A. Candy Series #3) by Lauren Conrad
Synopsis: Fresh from being betrayed by one of her closest friends, new reality-television celebrity Jane Roberts has learned a few lessons. Most important: know who to trust. And in Hollywood, that list is short. (I couldn’t post the full synopsis without gagging, find it online if you’re that curious.)
What Were They Thinking?! Really?! Now I’m just angry. She’s a REALITY TV STAR and someone thought she should write a series? Of books??? Do you know how many honestly, goodnessly, FABulous writers there are trying to get their original pieces of work published and they get rejected but THIS gets turned into a series? Ack. I can’t handle it.