Saturday, October 29, 2011

What's With All the Profanity in Book Titles Lately?

That's the question posed by USA Today.

From the article...

•S--- My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. Originally a Twitter feed, the book became a CBS series that was canceled in May. It peaked at No. 9 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list.

•A------- Finish First by Tucker Max. Peaked at No. 14.

•Go the ---- to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortes, a parody of a children's book directed at adults. Peaked at No. 6.

•Out this week: If You Give a Kid a Cookie, Will He Shut the ---- Up? ($14.99) by Marcy Roznick, a parody, aimed at adults, of the 1985 children's book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie ….

St. Martin's Press executive editor Marc Resnick, 37, is editor of the Cookie parody, which was inspired by Go the ---- to Sleep. "Whether they verbalize it or not, every parent has that moment when they want the kid to shut the ---- up," he says.

To critics, he says: "It's a book for adults who have heard these words. If you don't like, don't buy it. Books have a lot to compete with these days."

Publishing has met with little or no resistance from booksellers.

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