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With my freeze ray I will stop the world.

Sometimes Amazon makes me laugh. From the listing of The Ghost Downstairs today:

What Do Customers Ultimately Buy After Viewing This Item?

89% buy the item featured on this page:
The Ghost Downstairs

11% buy
Luvs Premium Stretch Diapers, Size 4 (22-37 Lbs), 180 Diapers

Hmm, diapers or a book; it's always the quandary I face when browsing Amazon. Just like 11% of the population, apparently.

I do like the items that have shown up (and sometimes vanished again) on the Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought section: What Does Mrs. Claus Do? by my sister Kate Wharton, of course; the DVD of the Colin Firth Pride & Prejudice; The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R.A. Dick; and the DVD of Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Getting lumped with Joss Whedon, even by a computer, for one day once upon a time, is a high honor.


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Jun. 5th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
On a related tangent, I'm really enjoying the book. I'm a cliche of a reader - I was up late in bed with it, and had trouble stopping after each new chapter.

On the other hand, I will never voluntarily buy diapers.
Jun. 6th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Cool, thank you! That's exactly what authors like to hear. If I ever get it made into a movie (and if I have any influence over the film whatsoever, which is even less likely), I'll get you to compose the score.
Jun. 6th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
You are very sweet.

The book seems well-suited for a TV mini-series at the very least. Though I'm sure you wouldn't turn down the offer, I suspect a single feature film might rush things too much. You seem to have enough cliffhangers to support a episodic structure over time.

By the way... have I been tricked into reading young adult fiction?

Jun. 6th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Worse yet, you've been tricked into reading romance! This one isn't young adult, but by reading the Harry Potter series, of course, you've already read plenty of YA anyway.

A back-burner project idea is to turn Ghost into a screenplay. Of course I'd love to see each scene lovingly crafted for miniseries-length, but I bet I could do a good feature-length adaptation too. Would be easy enough to film--practically all takes place inside one building; not too many special effects.

Jun. 6th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
I ordered your book a few weeks ago from my local bookstore. They said it would take awhile since it had to come from Tennessee but I would've thought it'd be here by now. May have to be part of that 89%.
Jun. 6th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for the order! Tennessee, huh? Interesting. I assume that's where one of the distributors is based or something. I learn some new strange tidbit about the publication world (and the book's availability in particular) every day...
Jun. 6th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
I didn't know your sister was a writer too! Neat!
Jun. 6th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Yep! She wrote that kids' book a couple of years back; it just got released last Xmas. Nowadays she works more on screenplays, and is doing her best to get one produced. Tough market to crack, but much better pay.
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