Saturday, October 02, 2010

Ruthlessly lifted from graphjam.com

39 comments:

Indigo said...

I can't stop laughing. The whole concept of Snooki writing a book - hurts the brain. (Hugs)Indigo

College Boy said...

I don't know who Snooki is so I googled her and some pictures of a large-breasted woman in very little clothing came up. I am guessing that she is some sort of MTV celebrity. That reminds me of my comment about MTV. I said that if someone watches music videos for the plot with the closed captioning turned on for intellectual stimulation, we say that person is post-literate.

Becca C. said...

Hilarious AND true! Graphjam is amazing.

Josin L. McQuein said...

I'd leave a better comment, but it would require me Googling to see what a Snooki is, and I can't do that without laughing so hard my fingers fly off the keyboard.

Sounds like a Snuggie for True Blood fans. ("Now with Sookie's face silkscreened onto the front!")

amy said...

SO SAD. The person who is really going to be hurting in all of this has to be whoever edits the thing.

philangelus said...

Oh, come on. We all know that the WRITING counts. That the agent has to fall in love with the book, and the editor has to fall in love with the book too. I'm sure it's a lovely, wonderful book with a good concept, great voice, and a great hook for the plot.

Right? Because that's what writers keep hearing is what matters. ;-) It couldn't be anything ELSE, could it?

stacy said...

Who the hell is Snooki?

Alex said...

At least 50 pixels between those two circles.

They really let famous people do almost anything they want don't they?

Robin Ruinsky said...

I was talking about this just this afternoon. I said the problem the publisher hasn't condsidered is the people who love Snookie aren't readers. Readers aren't going to buy a novel "written" by a reality show twinkie.
Welcome to the remainder table Snookie!

staceyoneale said...

Snookie is the big haired loser from the MTV Jersey Shore show. You know, the show that makes people from NJ embarrassed. LOL, love to know who her literary agent is. PS: this book will flop. Do you really think the people that watch that show read, seriously?

lora96 said...

YAAAY. I personally wonder if snooki is writing said book with crayon/lipliner or if they found a ghostwriter who can stand being the room with her.

And for the uninitiated who do NOT waste time at work reading people.com, Snooki is some big haired chick on a cable reality show.

Don't have cable, can't say which station.

Ali said...

That made me laugh out loud. I cringe at the thought of the novel, and I can only imagine what the press tour will be like.

When I heard that she got a book deal, I tweeted this: Snooki's publishing a novel. Do you hear that sound? No, it's not the Shrieking Eels. It's the sound of Jabberwocky looking for vengeance.

It boggles the mind.

Becky Mushko said...

Over at Gawker.com, there's this:

http://gawker.com/5652252/we-need-you-to-write-the-first-page-of-snookis-novel

Please, Janet, reassure us that you're NOT her literary agent.

lotusgirl said...

Bahahahaha!

Julie Musil said...

Hilarious!

Sarah Laurenson said...

You're a lifesaver. I needed that laugh! (My keyboard begs to differ)

ARJules said...

I'm mad at you Janet. You made me snarf my Diet Coke. And snarfing Diet Coke HURTS! It's all fizzy. Fizzy + Nose= BAD! That and it got all over my keyboard.

But seriously, that graphic is incredibly funny. And so, so, so true. I read that she hadn't read a book until last year. (But at least she is now reading. That's good.) However, you are right. I don't think her fans are big time readers

Malia Sutton said...

Odd as this may sound, I wouldn't be surprised if this book was released in digital format and did fairly well. But if they go with print, it will tank.

There's a new, inspired group of readers of all ages emerging all over the world that is highly underestimated. And although not everyone agrees with their taste, these people are buying books by the dozens, weekly, in digital format.

And if it gets people to read...anything...how bad can it be?

Douglas Morrison said...

They had a contest to write the first page of Snooki book )Galleycat). The winner was the one who turned in a blank page.

_*rachel*_ said...

Is it bad that everything I know about some pop culture--Snooki, Twilight, Justin Beiber--I learn from hilarious things like this? They can be pretty informative.

lexcade said...

HAH. I love you.

Erik said...

I had to google Snooki to find out what it was, and I'm going to be very upset if I find out that some vital bit of knowledge was erased to make room for anything Jersey Shore-related. Come to think of it, even non-vital information will be missed.

Amy said...

Funny!

Carolyn Rosewood said...

'Nuff said. :)

Christina Auret said...

Golden opportunity to enlarge the red circle. Also: you can't tell if it is going to be a good book until someone has actually read it.

Margaret Yang said...

Since I had no clue who Snooki was until I saw the graphic and googled her, I have to say the Venn diagram is correct.

behlerblog said...

Bingo. I just blogged about this the other day.

Robin Ruinsky said...

Scott Miller at Trident is Ms. Snooki's agent.

CNU said...

LOL!

Oh the truth...

It's evil that Warhol's prediction of the "15 minutes of fame" actually turned out to be more like 30...

-C

Susan M. Boyer said...

When people started Tweeting about this deal, I had to employ Google to figure out what a Snooki was. On the one hand this is hilarious--and the graphic beautifully nails why. One the other hand, it's maddening that with less shelf space to go around, etc. this will be occupying some of it.

College Boy said...

If Trident is representing it, I suspect that it is a good book. How much do we really know about a woman from scantily clad pictures on Google anyway?

Caroline said...

I'm gonna go against the flow here and venture that lots of people who read books also watch Jersey Shore, as a guilty pleasure. Whether they would buy a ghostwritten book is another story. I certainly wouldn't. But I don't agree with the Venn diagram.

Jaycee Adams said...

The problem, my friends, is that you don't HAVE TO read a book to buy it. Anyone who is a fan must have had some time and money at some point in order to become one. Chances are a book will cost less than a TV and Cable, so they'll rush out to the bookstores, buying the book. Maybe they won't know how to use it. They'll buy multiple copies so that Snooki knows who loves her the most.

So I hate to dampen the fun, but as always, it's WHO you know, not WHAT you know that's important. She just happens to know a lot of people with more dollars than sense.

When you think about it, we all want such a ready market. Let's be honest; if you want to limit yourself to only the smartest people, I've got news for you: there aren't many of them out there, and they're probably smart enough to get what you're selling them for free some how.

If you can find a way to subdue your jealousy and judgmentalism for a few minutes, you'll realize she's being smart to capitalize on her fleeting fame while she has it.

I for one will not refuse money from anyone who wants to give it to me freely, or in exchange for what I'm offering. The "dumb" people make the world go 'round, and you know what? We're all dumb in someone else's eyes.

Ali said...

Jacyee~

I can almost agree with your argument, if not for a few things. Yes, I do believe that having a built-in audience is a good thing. This is why people who are already in the public eye can sell books easier than other people might (like Tori Spelling, for instance). (Or this is why writers build a platform. Hooray for blogging!)

While I dislike Snooki, or what I've seen of her, I don't necessarily buy your reasoning. I don’t think that anyone is limited to writing for the “smartest” people, because I can’t imagine how a person would write a book directed at Nobel prize winners. Personally speaking, I think books should be entertaining. Engaging. Not elitist.

That said, I don’t think that disliking Snooki’s book deal is about jealousy. It’s more about substance. Here is a person who has, admittedly, only read two books her entire life. And she’s writing one. Or having one ghost written (I don’t really know the details there). It’s a little bit ridiculous. Sure, she’s hopping on the gravy train, and that’s probably smart of her. But a smart business decision doesn’t necessarily make for a good book.

As for everyone being dumb in someone else’s eyes (and that they make the world go ’round) – I’m not sure about that. Why is this about dumb and smart? It seems to me that it’s more about people who like books/like to read vs. those who don’t. It’s not an indiscriminate judgment on intelligence.

Rebecca T. Little said...

My guess is it will be filled with pictures from her digital camera and have a ghostwriter. The audience they are going for doesn't read, but I'd bet my bottom dollar that they'll snap up a book filled with pics and gossip...provided they can find their way to the bookstore. ;)

Rebecca

jdh said...

Oooooh! I LOVE pop-up books!

MidnightMerry said...

From the Urban Dictiornary: SNOOKIE: 4'9" umpalumpa on Jersey Shore best known for being punched in the face.

Julie Weathers said...

I'll admit something inside died a bit when I read about her deal. I have some very talented friends who worry they will never be published and they are really remarkable writers.

However, when a book by Paris Hilton's dog is snapped up, we just have to recognize this is part of our society. Celebrities can sell anything because there is so much idol worship.

There's a country music song about being a celebrity and how the more he screws up, the more popular he becomes. It's a truism.

Virginia said...

Oh, I needed that.

I've been feeling, like so many others, really pissed that Snooki got a book deal while those of us with actual talent flounder in obscurity. Perhaps I should get a boob job and pose for Playboy - then I'd get an agent and a great book deal.