Why do movies and television series make getting published look so easy? Agents and editors wonder why they receive thousands of queries a month, pitches on planes and in bathrooms...why writers start querying their books right after typing the words ‘the end’ and expect all their publishing dreams to come true?
Well, after Monday night’s Gossip Girl episode it has become painfully clear to me.
The character Dan Humphrey has written a fictional memoir about his upper elite friends. Never planning to publish it, he stuffs it literally in a drawer.
His best friend Vanessa finds the manuscript, takes it and delivers it BY HAND to an editor at a big publisher
Low and behold, the editor loves it and plans to publish it even though 1. This is a rough draft and has seen no editing. And 2. They don’t know who the author is.
Give. Me. A. break.
Then by some powers-that-be, the book creates major buzz around Manhattan. Dan’s mentor steps forward and claims the work as his own in an attempt to get Dan himself to take credit.
Dan takes the bait, and at the launch party it is revealed that he’s the author of the book which has now obtained a top –four spot on amazon and will go on to receive rave reviews in the New York Times.
Oh, come ON!
The entire plot line just had me shaking my head and screaming at the television. Only in tv land are things so incredibly, stupidly simple.
I definitely notice in TV and film we watch the characters either after they’re already published or they manage to get published in some easy, unrealistic way. When you think about it-of course we like to see people succeed but part of me wishes the entertainment industry would show someone who actually struggles beforehand. It makes it all much more worth while, don’t you think?