Monday, May 10, 2010

Pen vs. Sword: Literary Action Figures

After marketers caught on to kids TV (thanks in large part to Disney's successful merchandising) it seemed like there were dolls or action figures for everything. And then that spawned the rest of the merchandise that followed successful brands: sheets, backpacks, pajamas, pencil cases, etc.

Until now, though, all the merchandising attention has been paid to the characters. But wouldn't it be amazing if the authors of classic literature received a similar level of hype? I don't mean I want to see Wordsworth's face all over my bed cover or anything, but there's a pretty good argument to be made for creating awareness through presence. Sure, Shakespeare isn't going to be forgotten any more than his plays and poetry will be, by Mary Shelley? I bet there are a lot of people out there who don't know she's the author behind Frankenstein and his monster.

So, with all of this already flitting through my mind, you can only imagine how thrilled I was to see this video (now making the Internet rounds):



I mean really, if that doesn't make you want to A) read something by the Bront√ęs and/or B) read their biographies, you may be a lost cause already.

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