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Not content to sit by and watch other single-topic blogs ink book deals, Look At This F**king Idea For A Blog-To-Book Deal goes wide where others have gone narrow. (Actual site and URL not censored. Adjust your NetNanny expectations accordingly)
posted by mkultra (42 comments total) 47 users marked this as a favorite

 
Thank you. I love this. Reminds me of Sky Maul
posted by joelf at 12:21 PM on January 7, 2010


This is hilarious.
posted by brundlefly at 12:21 PM on January 7, 2010


I don't get the blog-to-book phenomenon. Is there really that little overlap between people who read books and people who have internet access?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 12:30 PM on January 7, 2010


Best. MetaConcept. Ever.

(I reached ROTFLMAO status between “You Ruined A Perfectly Good Word” and "This Is Why You're Fett")
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:30 PM on January 7, 2010


Wicked funny. Thanks.
posted by fourcheesemac at 12:33 PM on January 7, 2010


I am sad to say I didn't get it at first, then it hit me, kind of like when you get punched in a bar and you think, "Did that guy actaully punch me?"

Sadly, this happens to me more often than it should. I'm slow.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:34 PM on January 7, 2010


The true question of my intelligence would be whether I could explain sufficiently to my mom why this is so hilarious.
posted by gagglezoomer at 12:37 PM on January 7, 2010


I don't get the blog-to-book phenomenon. Is there really that little overlap between people who read books and people who have internet access?

Presumably many of the books are bought as gifts, often by people who have seen all the content online. It's socially unacceptable to give a gift that cost you nothing, so repackaging the content as something that you need to pay for is kind of a genius publishing move.
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 12:38 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't get the "Regular-Tuned News" video clip on the bottom of this page.
posted by punkfloyd at 12:42 PM on January 7, 2010


This reminds me that there's a lot of internet I haven't read yet.
posted by tapeguy at 12:42 PM on January 7, 2010


I don't get the blog-to-book phenomenon. Is there really that little overlap between people who read books and people who have internet access?

No, but there's that little overlap between people who read books and people who read weird random tumblr blogs in their spare time. Blog-savvy metafiltery types are far from normal with regard to blog-awareness. I still regularly run into 'normal' people who are astounded and intrigued by postsecret, even though for most of my friends it's painfully passée.
posted by Tomorrowful at 12:42 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't get the blog-to-book phenomenon.

Having just suffered through Julie and Julia, I can't agree more. Waiter Rant? Stuff White People Like? I read it for free, now I'm gonna pay? They can't all be bought as gifts, can they?
posted by fixedgear at 12:48 PM on January 7, 2010


BWAH! :D
posted by zarq at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010


I don't get the "Regular-Tuned News" video clip on the bottom of this page.

As compared to autotuned news (no book deal, but available for purchase). See these previous posts on the blue. See also: Auto-Tune the News feat. T-Pain.

I read it for free, now I'm gonna pay?

See also: Cake Wrecks: The Book.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010


"Ain’t It Cool Children’s Recital News" is a rip-off of one of David Sedaris' old humor pieces.
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010


I LOLed at Your Money is Stupid.
posted by Nattie at 1:03 PM on January 7, 2010


I don't get the "Regular-Tuned News" video clip on the bottom of this page.

As compared to autotuned news (no book deal, but available for purchase). See these previous posts on the blue. See also: Auto-Tune the News feat. T-Pain.


Ahhhhh... Nothing like the hilarity of a joke that needs explanation. It's funny that I watched the whole thing thinking, "wait for it..."
posted by eperker at 1:15 PM on January 7, 2010


Now I'm laughing.
posted by eperker at 1:21 PM on January 7, 2010


Really really great. I'm upset with myself for recognizing so much of the source material.
posted by 2bucksplus at 1:27 PM on January 7, 2010


As a person who follows a lot of dsign blogs, everything as a vintage paperback was probably the one that tipped me over the edge from "this is funny" to "this is really really funny."

Does anyone else actually want to start a couple of these?
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 1:28 PM on January 7, 2010


This is excellent and hysterical. Usually I find these blog-to-book ideas entertaining, but only for like three entries. So, perfect!

...I just realized that I've exposed myself as someone too hyperactive to read a full page of a tumblr. Damn.
posted by threeants at 1:31 PM on January 7, 2010


it keeps getting better and better
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:35 PM on January 7, 2010


This is the funniest blog I've seen in a long, long time.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 1:38 PM on January 7, 2010


Got Cake Wrecks for Christmas. Loved it. *shrug*
posted by WinnipegDragon at 1:41 PM on January 7, 2010


here's an interview that reveals who they are (television without pity folks!) and what they're up to:
"no, we're not trying to shame anyone out of their single-serving site ideas. More power to anyone who can wring money out of the publishing industry -- they should while there still is a publishing industry. ...It definitely is meant to be positive. We don't have any axes to grind; we're just being silly and trying to make each other laugh. "

Successful.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:43 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Anyone know the name/url of that site that tracked all the (actual) blog to book deals?
posted by jca at 2:06 PM on January 7, 2010


Didn't expect to find that as funny as I did.

There is definitely some funny there.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:07 PM on January 7, 2010


oh sweet imaginary jesus morpheus babies awesome.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:11 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Good stuff.
posted by delmoi at 2:12 PM on January 7, 2010


This is awesome. I wish I had the follow-through for a single blog-to-book blog to get one of these spoofs off the ground, let alone a genius collection of them.

Oh well, back to not finishing one of the novels I started.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:18 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


(television without pity folks!)

Aaaaah, I wondered what Glark was up to. No wonder this is so great.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 2:19 PM on January 7, 2010


Reminds me of bUD uGLLY of yesteryear...
posted by Wizzle at 4:03 PM on January 7, 2010


Consistently brilliant. I'm amazed no one has offered them a book deal yet.
posted by a little headband I put around my throat at 4:04 PM on January 7, 2010


I am torn between laughing at this site and crying over the fact that the three other links on this FPP *actually* *got* *book* *deals.*
posted by Zinger at 4:40 PM on January 7, 2010


It's cool to find out Glark -- and I'm inclined to think it's more Glark, just due to the humour -- is behind this. I don't know how much he wrote on Television Without Pity, which was never really that funny to me, but I used to get the same sort of laughs out of his blog/personal site.
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 5:14 PM on January 7, 2010


If arianoism-glarkism is involved, that’s your warning sign right there.
posted by joeclark at 7:48 PM on January 7, 2010


Bill Clinton in Hot Weather and Ice Cream Shop Disasters. Wow. I think this requires having spent way too much time spent looking at the sites that the jokes are based on (or being aware that they exist - eg is "Sketchy Satans" funny if you have never seen Sketchy Santas? I don't know...), but it's damn funny to me.
posted by mike_bling at 9:30 PM on January 7, 2010


They could also skip the back patting as it does make it seem like they are aiming directly for dead trees and interrupts my laughing.
posted by mike_bling at 9:33 PM on January 7, 2010


Having just suffered through Julie and Julia, I can't agree more.

I read J&J as a book, being unaware of the blog. Prose blogs work nicely - Belle de Jour, Bete De Jour, I would say Wife in the North but the very existence of that blog makes me want to don a flat cap and spit at a Tory. It's the image ones that sit oddly as books - rather like someone in the late '90s printing out funny email fwds.
posted by mippy at 4:12 AM on January 8, 2010


The Fuck You, Penguin book is unusual in that it actually uses the medium to expand on the ideas of the blog rather than being a printed collection of blog posts.
posted by minifigs at 4:50 AM on January 8, 2010


The ideas of the blog being "cute animals should fuck off with their cuteness" of course
posted by minifigs at 4:51 AM on January 8, 2010


mike_bling: "is "Sketchy Satans" funny if you have never seen Sketchy Santas? I don't know..."

I've never heard of sketchy santas and I found it funny. Actually, now that I know it's a riff on that, I find it less funny.
posted by brundlefly at 8:05 AM on January 8, 2010


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