Have you ever seen the Celebrity Mean Tweets recurring segment on Jimmy Kimmel? It’s basically just what it sounds like: Celebrities read aloud real-life viscously nasty Tweets about themselves from strangers with a public platform, and react. They tend to be hilarious.
That inspired author Marc Tyler Nobleman to do a similar idea, but with AUTHORS reading and reacting to OUR WORST ONLINE REVIEWS.
When Marc wrote me and asked if I would do it, it was a no brainer – I love hamming it up for projects like this – so I went trolling the interwebs for crappy Crankenstank reviews of Crankenstein. (*Luckily, there aren’t too many! Phew.)
The end result, a three-parter (I’m in the 2nd), is hilarious to a book nerd like me. I love the way Marc scored big authors like Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket, Marla Frazee, and Mac Barnett. I love his choice of the cheesy “page turn” transitions, because it’s all book-folks. And naturally, I love the choice of using the song “It’s Alright to Cry” performed by Rosie Grier from FREE TO BE YOU AND ME.
But even more than that, for me it starts the new year off with a powerful message—always be willing to laugh at yourself!
Interestingly, it’s kind of the message of Crankenstein too.
If you’re a book person, you might mildly chuckle, gasp and guffaw, spit-take or split-a-seam, but no matter what, I hope you enjoy.