Now here’s something that doesn’t happen too often. After a massive search, Brennan Hawkins, the cub scout who went missing in the Utah wilderness, was found alive and uninjured. There was much rejoicing throughout the nation.
Could the book deal be far behind?
Imagine the type of memoir an 11 year old would write:
“Day One. It was cold. There wasn’t anything to eat. I was really thirsty. I was scared."
“Day Two. It was cold. There wasn’t anything to eat. I was really thirsty. I was scared...”
Of course it can’t be that much different from the book that Runaway Bride Jennifer Wilbanks will be receiving half a million dollars to write.
“Day One. I got on the bus. I read a book. I tried not to think about the lost deposit on the reception venue. Or how really really pissed those 28 attendants were going to be once they find out this whole disappearance thing was completely bogus...”
Ms. Wilbanks has a movie deal in the works as well. I’m assuming it will be for television, of the “Amber Frey, Witness For The Prosecution” genre. I can’t imagine people paying good money to see a film about a bug-eyed woman who cuts out on her extravagant wedding by secretly boarding a bus to Albuquerque, NM.
Another book deal went to Ashley Smith, the single mother who managed to talk the Atlanta Courtroom Killer Brian Nichols into giving himself up (along with not killing her). She did it by reading to him from Rick Warren's Christian self-help book “The Purpose Driven Life.” An admirable feat to be sure, but it still doesn’t make for interesting reading.
“Hour One: I Read pages 127 to 133 on Discovering God’s Purpose In Our Lives.”
“Hour Two: Brian helped me hang up the curtains, which really brighten up the room....”
But I guess it doesn’t really matter whether the book is interesting. Ms. Smith has had a difficult life and deserves the windfall.
Makes you wonder about the book business though. They’re printing more and more books (including mine) but fewer and fewer people are buying them. Who wants to read a book, when you can watch DVDs or surf the internet or play video games?
Especially one about a bus ride to Albuquerque.
Posted by judy5cents at 8:33 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 22 June 2005 8:40 PM EDT