It seems that everyone wants to see their stories in print. To this end, would-be writers write everywhere and anywhere, and about anything.
Just witness the phenomenon of the Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt on Amazon.com. According to the news report I saw online, the shirt had been selling there for a few years when B.Govern decided to post a humorous review of something he didn’t even own. His “review” is still the highest ranked, with 9,126 of 9,202 people…yes, close to 10,000 people…finding it “helpful”. A college humor website pounced on his review, its readership adding their own works of fiction.
Like most stories, they range from the extremely well-written to the poorly thrown together; none of them (as near as I can tell) are in any way serious. There are now 909 such “reviews” posted–an anthology, if you will–all for this rather benign T-Shirt, making it Amazon.com’s number one rated article of clothing. It even has a highly-viewed YouTube video.
As if seeking more places to publish, the reviews have…um…poured over to the Tuscan Whole Milk page. This one has risen to include poetry–the parody of The Raven is particularly well done.
There are probably many other items where this impromptu storytelling occurs; these are just the few that I have found tonight and thought I would blog about.
Hey! Maybe if I bought a Three Wolf Moon T-shirt of my very own, I would finally have agents knocking down the door to get to my books! I’ll post a review on Amazon if it works.