Eating supper Monday night, I flicked on the TV and watched Oprah Winfrey interview author James Frey. She and her team certainly hyped the shit out of this episode, and she has so few left before she goes off her new gated community—I mean cable network—I figured I could sit down and watch her show for the first time in a long time. As it stands, if I hadn’t bothered I wouldn’t have missed much at all.
Rather than sitting in her studio with a packed audience, Oprah sat down with Frey in some nondescript room in New York City. Considering the drubbing Frey received the last time he was on the show, I am not surprised that he wanted to stay as far away from that environment as possible—what surprised me is that the most powerful woman on TV conceded the home turf. I mean, it’s not like Frey is that much of a “get.”
So, they talked … and talked … and somewhere in all that talking it became pretty clear that not a whole lot was going to said. The whole interview basically boiled down to a halfhearted apology for his transgressions with A Million Little Pieces and a detached musing on the backlash he received. If something was to be gleaned from the episode, it was how she had a guest on her show that didn’t gush incessantly about her or kiss her feet. Though, had that happened, it would have made the show far more entertaining.
I should have been surprised, as well, how the subjects of I Am Number Four and Frey’s alleged sweatshop of young authors went utterly untouched. But, I guess that was another proviso from Frey’s camp to agree to the appearance. There was zero mention of Frey’s brand new controversy in the world of literature. I suppose there might be some hope of that appearing in the second part of the interview on today’s broadcast.
Christ, there’s a second part? I don’t know if I have the stomach to sit through two hours of this drivel.
But I don’t know which book to give away as a prize, so I thought I’d seek out some opinions.
One idea is to offer a choice of any dark fiction title up to $10 via Book Depository. Another is to group another five books from my own collection and ship them out to the winner; I’ve got five urban fantasy titles I could offer, or five books that would fit with the #SupportTheLittleGuy theme.
Another smaller giveaway I was thinking of involved offering a $5 Kindle grab bag of self-published titles, as another #SupportTheLittleGuy theme.
I dunno, so if you have a suggestion, I am all ears.
Far be it for me to tell people how to do their jobs, but here’s a bit of free advice to the people soliciting blogs for book reviews:
Before you hit the “send” button on that e-mail, maybe run it through spellchecker first. Also, if you’re going to ask I download the e-book or whatever from the included attachment, make sure you’ve actually included the attachment.