James Frey and Jobie Hughes worked on I AM NUMBER FOUR together. They published together as Pittacus Lore. Long story short, Jobie Hughes signed a contract with Frey and he got super-screwed in the deal. Lesson for us all? Don't sign contracts that give you squat just so you can get published under an alien pseudonym. The movie rights for the novel sold before the publishing rights, so that should be our first clue about the motivations behind its writing, right? Wanna know more? I'll refer you to this article over at New York Magazine called James Frey's Fiction Factory.
I'll admit that after that news came out (like one day after we concluded the Read Along) I felt dirty. Super dirty. I promoted this book on my site! I chose it to encourage people to read! What the heck was wrong with me? But I've come to the point now where I'm back to being comfortable with my decision. The movie is huge, let's face it. It's everywhere. We are all going to read the book, and we wanted to read it before we saw the movie, so the Read Along was still a great thing, not to mention fun. And, now, after much pondering and struggling within my psyche, I've decided that there's really no reason not to promote the movie. The actors didn't have anything to do with what James Frey did. Disney didn't either. Sure, Frey is going to make more $$ off of the movie, but then again, hopefully Hughes will too?
So where does the You're The Expert part come in this time? I want to know what you think about this whole thing. Even the movie trailer I posted. O_o Ready? Go.