fake-books

In the movie and television world, there are plenty examples of fake authors talking about fake books.  From the Necronomicon of the Evil Dead series (or HP Lovecraft stories) to Kenny Powers’ You’re Fucking Out, I’m Fucking In, there are tons of fake-ass made up books that sound like they’d be a real treat to read.  After all, since they don’t really exist, the writers can hype them up to high heaven because we’ll never get a chance to read them and see if they’re full of as much genius as we’re told they are.  Until now, that is.

We got an email tip from reader Martin that publisher Simon & Schuster is releasing a book entitled God Hates Us All by one Frank Moody – aka the previously fictional novel that was the best selling work of David Duchovny’s Frank Moody on Showtime Networks Californication. Here is the official synopsis of the book:

A wry literary masterpiece, God Hates Us All is a coming-of-age tale for the apathetic generation. Hank Moody’s self-loathing yet darkly likable narrator is a college drop-out-turned-accidental-drug-dealer enveloped in a world of contradictions. His boss — a bong-hitting, dreadlocked Pontiff figure — runs a remarkably organized and ingenious illegal trade patronized by, among others, a sweater-set-wearing Upper East Sider, a Wall Street hotshot, and a wannabe rock star with a hard-to-resist model girlfriend. The lonely narrator yearns for more than the tenuous but intimate thread he shares with his clients. To escape his mother’s desperate expectations, his father’s endless disappointments, and his certifiably insane ex-girlfriend, he moves to the city’s mecca of ambitious slackers — the Chelsea Hotel — where the pursuit of lust (and the rock star’s girlfriend) sends him on a series of well-intentioned misadventures that lead him right back where he started. Told in a unique and subtle voice, God Hates Us All is ironic, optimistic, and unforgettable.

It’s worth noting that the cover design is the same as that featured in the show.  Definitely a cool little tie-in that lands on September 15th.  Two weeks later, on September 29th, you’ll also be able to get your hands on the hottest crime book of the year, Heat Wave, by Richard Castle of ABC’s Castle starring Nathan Fillion.  In the series, playboy and part-time crime solver Richard Castle is an author who tags along with a hot female cop as research for his next book, Heat Wave, about a headstrong female detective named Nikki Heat.  The book mirrors the TV show, as it follows a ‘fictional’ writer following a ‘fictional’ cop around on her case while the sexual attraction between them grows.  The official synopsis is below:

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. She’s hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York’s Finest. PulitzerPrize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren’t her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. The one called heat.

This is ten times cooler than a novelization of a movie or TV show.  This is like getting your hands on a piece of entertainment that has some real depth behind it.  Make no mistake it takes a lot of effort and work to produce books and both of these shows have decided to really go for it in the world of tie in marketing.  How awesome would it be to see more of this level of integration?  TV shows about fictional authors and books where you can actually pick up the book they wrote?  This is the print equivalent of the world’s coolest viral advertising.  Cooler than viral, I’d say, because you can carry this around with you.  I really love that the books author is the character from the show, though the real writer may not share my enthusiasm over that!  I’m definitely on board with this idea and as a fan of both shows, I’m down to read both of these when they hit in September.  Hopefully they live up to the fictional hype.

What do you think about these tie-ins?  Awesome, lamesauce?


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