How’s it going?
Almost every Sunday, I pick up a paper and read it. Usually the comics—and yes, if you talk to me that DOES count as reading the paper. There’s an interesting thing writers can do with the Sunday paper besides read it.
So here I am, hunting through the paper to find the comics (they stopped wrapping them in plastic with the coupons a while ago), and I found the special section they wrap them in. I usually look for Dilbert, because that’s the tipoff where the comics are, usually.
Well, I found the section, but instead of finding Dilbert, I found…
Okay. Maybe if I open it up, I’ll get to the comics then. Inside, it’s…pictures of Megan Fox in different dresses.
For those of you who don’t know, Megan Fox was in the first two Transformers movies, Jonah Hex, and other shows too (including a movie called How to Lose Friends and Alienate People—never seen it). She’s been married to Brian Austin Green (from the original 90210, as well as a few episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), since 2010.
She’s also starring in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie—which was probably what prompted this switch-out in the first place. That, and maybe it was a fashion thing—girls would be interested in the dresses and other things she was wearing, and guys would be interested because…she’s who she is.
So anyway, to answer the question about the popularity contest, between the comics and Megan Fox, there’s really no contest…
Ha. Obviously not. Unless somebody else got them and I didn’t, last Sunday it was Megan Fox 1, Comics 0.
What’s the big deal about Megan Fox brushing aside the comics, anyway? I think the focus of culture is interesting—especially since the comics, Megan Fox, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all have to do with entertainment.
Maybe the real lesson for writers and marketers is to experiment, and at the same time, go with what works (a bit of a spin on my last post).
And speaking of newspapers and experimenting, you can get great marketing ideas from actually READING parts of the paper that aren’t the comics—there’s a subject for another post or three.
Make sure to stop by Fabulous Fiction Friday for the writing prompt (a.k.a. Triple F).
And if there’s been a time things got switched up on you, and you’d like to share, drop me a line in the comments. Did you get the comics in last Sunday’s paper, or not? Are you the kind that prefers routine? Let me know.
Until next time,