What Movies Teach Us About Book Publishing

I read a lot of book reviews and even more movie reviews. Setting aside the critiques that are not really reviews – attacks on personage or perspective – the resulting (real) reviews are insightful for the book or movie in question but also in better understanding their respective industries.

Though I’ve not carefully scrutinized this, I’ve noticed a difference between movie reviews and book reviews. In movie reviews it’s common for reviewers to address issues such as quality and budget. Phrases like “big budget” and “b-movie” or “hastily produced” and “carefully crafted” come to mind. Even saying “star-studded,” “foreign film,” or “cult classic” carry implications about quality and budget. Sometimes, the marketing of the movie makes its way into a review. Some movies have flopped, not because the movie was bad but because of…  read more>>