For those unfamiliar with Australian customs, News Agencies are local shops which specialize in selling newspapers, magazines, current book releases, stationary, gift cards, school paper supplies, candy bars, scratch-its and lottery tickets. They are like oversized news stands – glammed-up, indoors and without the baseball cap-clad barker hollering Getcha papah! Getcha papah!
Yesterday I happened to be near my local News Agency and as I passed by the bookrack a hearty grin reshaped my face. Not a single copy of or advertisement for Going Rogue was in sight. I’m sure that will change, but for now it just feels good to know that I live in a country that hasn’t yet been poisoned by Palin’s pen. I imagine this is what it felt like to be outside the pod zone in The Body Snatchers.
It is listed on news.com.au – but as a ‘parody’. So – looks like some of her own advertisers don’t believe her either hahaha!
On a lark I asked my husband to check the internet back allies for me – you know, those dark places that let you download stuff without actually paying for any of it? None of the sites we looked at had anyone offering copies of Sarah’s book. Which is something because you can get pirate copies of anything on the internet these days. So… apparently, while the sales may be booming in US bookstores, on a global level, Going Rogue – isn’t even attractive enough to steal. (I know, I know, sarcasm is so unattractive.)
And here’s a bit of trivia for you to mull over… Sarah didn’t even come up with an original book title. City of Heroes, a popular RPG game, last May announced it’s first expansion set titled – you guessed it – Going Rogue (and there’s the trailer to prove it).
I’d love to paste their cover for you but my graphics programs aren’t running yet so here’s the link. I wonder if the pictured Desdemona isn’t Sarah’s secret hero *smirk*
In all the discussions about this book, (admittedly I’ve stayed away from most of them) has anyone touched on the choice of words used in the title? I mean – who thought it was a good idea for Sarah, a potential 2012 presidential candidate to liken herself to a rogue? Positioning herself as a rogue in McCain’s bid for president, pretty much is an admission she was out of line with his campaign – and not the other way around.
Check out dictionary.com and then look in any thesaurus for synonyms. There’s not a single positive, complimentary word offered to describe rogue. Albeit, swindler, cheat, trickster and quack look completely appropriate to me!
Comp is officially wiped – now I’m reinstalling programs in prep for adding new ones… later