Monday, June 28, 2010


Little, Brown have announced that they're piloting eBook versions of certain novels with DVD-style extras. Some interesting ideas, but I feel they really don't go far enough. How about:

A 4000-hour long Andy Warhol style documentary showing the author's hands, typing out the novel.

A commentary track featuring author and editor.

Every draft of the novel.

A version of the novel in which every other word is redacted.

A Georges Perec remix in which every word containing the letter e is replaced with an equivalent.

A version of the novel which is twice as long, but contains nothing new or extra.

A version of the novel annotated with emoticons.

Video clips in which the people on which the characters are based explain what they would have really done.

Links to live video feeds from locations in the novel.

A mashup in which the novel's characters are replaced by characters from Pride and Prejudice.

The author's tax returns.

A map of the author's study.

All the material that ends up at the bottom of word-processing drafts (I believe Nicholson Baker actually did this).

A list of every book and newspaper and magazine article the author read during the period of composition, and URLs for every website visited.

A list of everything the author ate and drank during the period of composition.

The possibilities are endless!


Blogger Michael said...

Hours of footage of the authors shoes propped up on a desk for several hours a day as he conducts "research".

June 28, 2010 7:28 pm  
Blogger Wm. Luke Everest said...

An IMAX photo-capture of the author's butt-print in chair, 3D glasses sold separately.

June 28, 2010 8:13 pm  
Blogger P.M.Newton said...

A collection of the comments posted by the author on blogs, forums, those comment spaces under enraging online newspaper articles, polls, facebook status updates, twitter, and those weird types of online questionnaire things where you find out what character in Lord of the Rings you most resemble ......

June 29, 2010 12:03 am  
Anonymous Sergey said...

Scandalous interview with editor which reveals complete incompetence of the author :)

June 30, 2010 9:49 pm  
Blogger George Berger said...

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July 02, 2010 3:20 pm  
Blogger George Berger said...

In "Secret Harmonies" you unwittingly predated this idea. For no other SF book has Kurt Gödel's own statement of his famous First Theorem placed before the main text.

July 02, 2010 3:39 pm  
Blogger PeteY said...

The Pierre Menard version, a form of fanfic, where M. Menard immerses himself in the author's milieu to such an extent he reproduces the original novel, word for word. If budget is tight, just copy and paste another copy of the original work, and attribute it to Pierre Menard.

July 06, 2010 2:08 am  
Anonymous Nico said...

Now you're on to something...

July 13, 2010 2:50 pm  

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