Ladies and gents, Fall TV is back, which means you will soon be subjected to Bachelor and ANTM references and generally be made to wonder how it is that I can be a literary agent who loves Ian McEwan and Melville while also being a tad too obsessed I mean fascinated by questionable-at-best reality television. I heart Fall!
But let it not be said that I am reading less because of all the good TV that’s on — I figured the debut of “Gossip Girl” on the CW was excuse enough to read the eponymous YA novel. Have to say — I really enjoyed it. Such attitude! Such dish! Such bad human beings! I loved it.
Meanwhile, back in book land, the little ole publishing industry often gets accused of not doing enough market research on its customers. Some people think we should be more scientific and, you know, figure out what kind of advertising works. Well! Let’s change all that. This is a HIGHLY SCIENTIFIC survey of REAL READERS that will result in some NEBULOUS ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE.
So here’s this week’s You Tell Me: How did you decide to buy the book you’re reading? Friend recommendation? Advertising? Book club? Random impulse buy? Debut CW series produced by Josh Schwartz featuring teenagers behaving very badly? (guilty – although I’ve been meaning to read it for a while. Which I guess is kind of worse.)
Let’s show those “scientists” where they can put their “formulas.” I bet they made all that stuff up anyway. Can’t fool me! Quadratic formula my foot.