It's funny, because I literally just finished responded to a commenter back at my post about VidLit who suggested that it was silly to complain about the advertising in this dayandage because entertainment and advertising have become so intertwined.
Then he went on to plug his book.
I agree that what he said is true. Advertising and entertainment are intertwined. He mentioned music videos -- but music videos are nothing. And sure, product placement has been going in in movies forever, there are infomercials, there's QV Effin C, for crap's sake.
But what I said is true, too: Just because it's true doesn't mean I have to like it.
I'm sorry. Meg Cabot teaming up with Clinique? That's just... gross.
She doesn't NEED to do it. Her books fly off the shelves regardless -- all it takes is her name slapped on the front and girls eat 'em up.
I took the VidLit for what it was -- an entertaining ad for Meg Cabot's books. I took the blog for what it was -- very entertaining ads for Meg Cabot's books.
But now she's hawking cosmetics? Ick. Ick ick ick ick ick.
On a related note: Due to a comment made over at Fuse's site, I've come to a major decision, and I'm going to make a public apology. Ahem.
Tamora Pierce, I'm sorry.
There was this horrible woman in her mid-thirties who used to come into the bookstore I worked in, and for hours on end, she used to lie all over the floor of our very small Chapter Book/Young Adult section reading your books -- always your books -- and she never bought anything and she was always in the way and the other customers had to step over her and we had to step over her while shelving and we always asked her (nicely, with gritted teeth) to move but she never would and I hated her with a burningseethingraging passion, and I held it against you.
I'm so totally going to give your books another try because YOU ARE VERY, VERY COOL.