Hollywood vultures circle new books

In response to Aleksandar Hemon’s recent evisceration of a book for which he says the “target audience is a cash-happy Hollywood producer,” Edan Lepucki writes:

After two years of working at Book Soup in West Hollywood, I can tell you that the book-to-movie craze is alive and well. Studios call every single day, multiple times a day, to buy books that they hope to make into films. Not only do they purchase novels, but disposable humor books (a la Hipster Handbook and the Zombie Survival Guide), and nonfiction, as well…. There’s a guy who comes in every few weeks whose job it is to find books to option. He’s no longer a reader, he’s a giddy vulture.


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