Sunday, February 28, 2016

New Feature – Tell Me What You Think

With the publishing industry constantly evolving and more and more information made available to readers, I’m thinking of starting a new segment here where I can share something new from Penguin Random House with you.

Recently Penguin Random House’s digital video department started sending out a weekly release featuring recently produced PRH video clips. These clips feature a wide range of book-inspired topics and author anecdotes, from top-name authors talking about the first thing they ever wrote, to passersby trying to guess what a book is about based only on the cover.

They have two video channels, Papercuts and Videracy, which broadly cover “Fiction” and “Non-fiction,” respectively. In general, Papercuts features two new videos per week, and Videracy features one. 

In this week’s release Gayle Forman (IF I STAY) is discussing romance novelist Jackie Collins; there’s a stop-motion tribute to Mark Watney (the main character from THE MARTIAN); film critic David Thomson (HOW TO WATCH A MOVIE) is critiquing Stanley Kubrick; and there a series called Fiction to Fashion where we assemble an outfit inspired by a book (in this clip, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir).

Author Gayle Forman on discovering romance novelist Jackie Collins | authorcuts - At a very young age, author Gayle Forman (I WAS HERE) began reading the works of romance novelist Jackie Collins (LUCKY; HOLLYWOOD WIVES). While "completely inappropriate," they proved to be the ultimate escape.

Meet Mark Watney from Andy Weir's THE MARTIAN | kick-a** characters - Why do we love astronaut Mark Watney? Hint—it's more than just the form-fitting spacesuit. Let us introduce you using the only medium appropriate for interstellar travel: Stop-motion.

A regal Roman outfit inspired by Sabaa Tahir's AN EMBER IN THE ASHES | Fiction to Fashion - Fiction Fashionista Julie puts a summery spin on ancient Rome, taking inspiration from AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir. It's all about the gladiator sandals.

Critiquing the films of Stanley Kubrick | Author David Thomson with Michael Barker - David Thomson (film critic and author of HOW TO WATCH A MOVIE) and Michael Barker (Co-President of Sony Pictures Classics) discuss Thomson’s ambivalence toward EYES WIDE SHUT, and how a film can change over time. 

Thanks for stopping by today. What do you think about the videos? What do you think about having a feature on them once or twice a month? Would you rather have links to all the videos with nothing playing on the blog or would you rather have a couple of videos only? Please let me know what you think and what you’d like to see.


  1. Videos don't float my boat and use a LOT of my internet allowance.
    However, go with the flow. If people like them, go with them.

  2. Hi Mason - fascinating new feature - definitely yes. I looked at two - the Roman fashion one and the Kubrick one ... I'd love to have more - cheers Hilary

  3. The Martian one is funny. And anything about movies I'm all for. Of course, if I was a top Penguin Random House author, I'd like the book ones even more knowing my book would be included at some point.

  4. These are really interesting, Mason! Thank you for sharing! It's so nice to know what's going on in the publishing industry, and to know what other authors are doing.

  5. I think this feature fits perfectly with what you've been doing on your blog. You are offering us an option. We don't have to watch if we don't want to. I say go for it and see how your comments go.

  6. I think the feature is a great fit for you site. I would say one or two videos at a time 'cause you know, internet attention span. I suppose you could offer a brief overview for non-video watches.

  7. I have to say, I'm glad people are paying tribute to Jackie Collins. I read a few of her novels when I was a teenager and I'm sure some of her writing shaped me as a writer today, as did all of the writers I read back then.

  8. How clever. I think it would be a great feature.

    I still think they should have named the merger Random Penguin. LOL


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