A Friday Guilty Pleasure

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  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (February 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0312362293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312362294

Lipstick Jungle doesn’t start until next week and it’s months until Sex and the City, The Movie opens. Meanwhile, how about a book video?

Several bloggers this week have been going nuts for three videos created to promote Celebutante by Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khaligi Hopper. The book’s authors are connected in Hollywood (Ruthana is Dennis Hopper’s daughter; Amanda’s father is a producer), so they were able to get an actual Hollywood director, McG (Charlie’s Angels) and some recognizable actors (the biggest name is Autumn Reeser from the O.C.).

Even more amusing than the videos is the way Hollywood types look at the book world. Entertainment Weekly‘s “PopWatch” blogger is gob-smacked by McG’s “unlikely new directing task: crafting four [sic — there seem to be only three] short trailers to promote a new book. That’s right. A book” and compares them to “all those awful TV commercials with James Patterson woodenly touting his new title.” (Hopper and Goldberg can only hope to sell as many books as Patterson regularly does).

So, take a much-needed Friday break and check the videos out for yourselves. One of the blogs warns that they are NSFW; “Not Suitable For Work.” I assume that means corporate environments, not libraries. On the other hand, they may be NSFPOLWS (“Not Suitable for Posting On Library Web Sites”).

The book was reviewed in the 11/15 LJ. The reviewer called it a “fun first novel,” although, “Tolerance for Hollywood excess… is necessary to enjoy this book.” It’s on all library catalogs that I checked.


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