Friday Videos Are Highly Amused

First, from many, many people: what to do with bad reviews? Put them in the mouths of your little league team, your grandparents and their friends, and anyone else who will appear on camera. Then make it into a ersatz book trailer. What makes me giggle, personally, is that this many reviews, even bad ones, from this many powerhouse publications is in and of itself something of an accomplishment. To turn them on their ear and make them humorous (the armpit farts are inspired) is just absurd and awesome.

But wait, there’s more!


I don’t know how I found this, but the interpretive dance about guacamole, and the rhyming motif nearly bent me in half with the laughing. Now I need to visit West St. Paul.


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    That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen (and heard…how ‘bout them knee-farts?!) in a loooooong time! Thank you for that!

  2. 2

    This makes me want to marry Brad Meltzer and have his smart, Little League-playing babies.

    On a more practical note, this level of humour, assurance and generosity makes me want to check out his books, which I have not, until now, read. (D.C. conspiracies aren’t my usual thing.)

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    Kimberly Anne says:

    “This is my grandson’s book.  Don’t read it.”

    HAH! Grandma for the win!

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    wendy says:

    Well, it looks like they HAVE got it all in West Saint Paul. I just wish i could get rid of that earwig.

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    Sparky says:

    That’s inspired. Though I’m with Sarah – the fact that so many major publications have reviewed your book is a success in and of itself! Who cares what they say when you have that much attention

    What bowled me over was the “B+”
    “No I got a D+”
    “Oh, then you have to work for a B+” like he’s brought home a bad report card to grandma and needs to up his grades more

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    Shae says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t post the Piper Palin spit shine ( It made me laugh for five minutes straight. XD

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    Julie Leto says:

    Brian Meltzer is brilliant.  I want to meet his grandma!

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    Ocy says:

    My five-year-old is now running around the house singing about West St Paul.

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    TracyS says:

    Brad Meltzer is brilliant!  It makes me want to check out his books.  Seriously, he should teach a class on how to handle bad reviews!

    How about that little girl that said “preposterous!” adorable!

    I have two boys that learned how to do armpit and knee farts this summer so that part cracked me up.

    But, his Grandma~how precious is she?  The “B+” “No, D+” exchange was great and the last line~bwahahahahahahahaha!

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    RfP says:

    I thought that kid was queefing, but it was a boy, right?

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    KimberlyD says:

    The West St. Paul lady’s dancing scares me. But its quite a catchy tune-I can’t get rid of it! Thanks a lot, SB Sarah *glares*

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    Victoria Dahl says:

    Omg, there is nothing sexier than a man who can laugh at himself. *twinkling stars*

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    karmelrio says:

    Now THAT’S the kind of book trailer I like.

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    Yet Another Person Named Jane (No, Really) says:

    Now I want Stephanie Meyer to do one for Breaking Dawn.

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    AmandaG says:

    The first video made me want to go buy his book, just because it was so cute.

    The one about West St. Paul made me want to get my winter coat. Holy crap it looks cold there. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much snow in my life. (I live in TN.)

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    J.C. Wilder says:

    That was BRILLIANT!

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    SonomaLass says:

    If only all authors could handle D+ reviews with such humor and grace!  What a more civil atmosphere that would create.  Brad Metzger is obviously a classy guy.

    I have been to West St. Paul.  I would not have thought of it as the subject for a promotional video, but then I only visited, never lived there.  Nice creativity going on in this one, too.

    Really a nice pair of videos for restoring my faith in the good humor and creative intelligence of the human race.  Needed that, thanks!

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    TracyS says:

    The one about West St. Paul made me want to get my winter coat. Holy crap it looks cold there. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much snow in my life. (I live in TN.)


    Unfortunately, that’s not very much snow for MN! LOL

    I live in WI, but I lived in MN for a few years, and they can get MUCH MORE snow!  My first year in MN? 28 inches of snow on Halloween!

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    kpsr. says:

    Brad Meltzer had another trailer video for the Book of Lies. It was also quite fun. It’s got Joss Whedon in it.

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    Wryhag says:

    Hate to be a killjoy, but I lived in St. Paul for six years (not West, but the heart of) and thoroughly hated it.  I’m not surprised that 93%-white army of stiffs had their convention there.

    Loved the Meltzer vid, though.  If you can’t beat ‘em, milk ‘em for all they’re worth.

    (Ducking out now.)

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    AgTigress says:

    The Meltzer video is funny, clever and classy!  It’s hard to believe that the book is bad, given his skill in handling criticism.

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    ev says:

    I thought that kid was queefing, but it was a boy, right?

    queefing?? What’s queefing?? At least one of those little leaguers was a girl.

    Unfortunately, that’s not very much snow for MN!

    Um, I think that was shot in June or July wasn’t it, by the amount of snow??

    And watching Piper the other night with the baby doing the spit shine was just too funny. I also liked her comment about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull. Lipstick!!!

    Now there is some people who live with snow and cold.

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    TracyS – that must have been the blizzard in 1990?  It was the only time I remember school being closed (I was in college at the time) for snow in years…Our school closed more often if it got too cold or too hot.

    That St. Paul video did give me flashbacks of the winters, and since I get SAD, they aren’t good flashbacks.  My favorite scenes were the ones with the gray snow…that’s always so pretty.

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    Isn’t there a some saying about bad press being much better than no press at all? I must say, Meltzer has a unique talent for turning brad press on its head. . . and for marketing in general. Getting Joss Whedon in on a fake movie trailer? That’s sheer brilliance. . . Now, if only all of us had such connections!

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    Jen says:

    Hilarious!  Makes me want to check out his books.  Dad reads that genre I’ll have to see if he’s read it what he thought.  Jen :)

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    Brandi says:

    I gotta say, Meltzer’s piqued my curiosity! I just put a request in at my library when the new book arrives…

  27. 27
    Brandi says:

    queefing?? What’s queefing??

    To put it even more crudely, it’s pussy farting.

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    sandra says:

    I can see people’s mouths moving, so I believe they are supsoanposed to have soundtracks.  But all I get is dead air. spamword is merely 89, as in How many times have i commented.

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    Anj says:

    Well if she thinks that’s Minnesota’s beauty, you should see it in the summer. Or at least when the snow is fresh : )

    Yes, I agree (currently living near St. Paul) that it’s not too much snow for MN. But on the other hand, I love it. I like snow and winter and seasons. And it’s better than the years I spent living in Fargo.

    And now that song is going to be stuck in my head for days. Maybe I’ll drive on down to West St. Paul just for the heck of it.

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