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Why advertising guys should not write novels

Posted March 19, 2013 into Writing by John Birmingham

Because we'd never see cool shit like this, wot I stole from Buzzfeed at lunch. Go on, read it. I resisted the big slab o' text too. But then I gave in.

It's great.

23 Responses to ‘Why advertising guys should not write novels’

Jacques Stahl reckons...

Posted March 19, 2013

And I'm thinking they might have the Buffy book, n'est ce pas?

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M. puts forth...

Posted March 19, 2013

That could also be the synopsis of the next Nicholas Cage movie.

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JG would have you know...

Posted March 19, 2013

Terrific ad, with a quirky twist. Hey ho, let's go. Hooked me in and I kept reading.

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Lobes mutters...

Posted March 19, 2013

I cried a bit when he got dumped again.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted March 19, 2013

We've all been there.

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Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted March 20, 2013

I think there is surprising depth to what it says. Especially that bit about needing movies and literature that are not like our lives.

Respects,

Murph

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Matthew F. mumbles...

Posted March 20, 2013

I liked that too. And I'm at the age where "You think about what you want to be when you're grown up. You realise you are grown up" pack a bit of a punch.

Dick is gonna tell you...

Posted March 20, 2013

@Nocturnalist, and what age is that? I'm 51 and still sometimes wonder when I am going to grow up. So does the missus.

insomniac puts forth...

Posted March 20, 2013

You know the bit at the end of Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, the Giant Baby bit ... that's me

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TC is gonna tell you...

Posted March 20, 2013

As if we don't get enough narcissism these days, we need more from ads? Not that I didn't find it a thought provoking read...

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Rhino asserts...

Posted March 20, 2013

Hipster douche bullshit.

Dave W asserts...

Posted March 20, 2013

I read it all because JB said that it would be worth it. About halfway through I realised just how indulgent it was and where it would be heading. I find it sad that the modern take on Irvine Welsh's 'choose a big car' speech would be a hipster dog-whistle (because clearly this is speaking to some inner-city hipsters and not to the rest of us) advertisement for a book shop.

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Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 20, 2013

Off topic - suggestion on blog design ... would it be possible to have the button that expands/collapses the comments move to the bottom whenever the comments are expanded?

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted March 20, 2013

Already on my to do list. Or my 'get Dan to do' list.

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 20, 2013

I can only imagine what he would have prodcued if he had been a sign writer.

Matthew F. is gonna tell you...

Posted March 20, 2013

I imagine that pool balls are what he would have prodded with his cue, down at the pub after a hard day's signwriting. /lowhangingfruit

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w from brisbane dolefully ducks in to say...

Posted March 20, 2013

You move on. You get tired….. You escape. You get dumped. You get tired… You get tired…..You get tired…. You get divorced. You get tired….. You get bored…

I sense a pattern.

You get an offer to become a copywriter.

You write an ad that expressed your boredom with copywriting.

w from brisbane apologetically puts forth...

Posted March 20, 2013

Oops.

Dave W mutters...

Posted March 20, 2013

And ironically mirroring the whole "you do this" theme, so clearly that wasn't a mistake, right?

w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted March 20, 2013

You make a mistake and most of your comment is a meaningless code dump. People say it is better your usual crap.

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted March 20, 2013

* better than your usual crap.

< Sigh, so typical. >

JG mutters...

Posted March 20, 2013

I didn't read all of your post-modern comment, Warren. After scanning it, I felt sick. Coding is so not me, nor maths. I'm a left-side-of-the-brain type. Creative, expressive, unpredictable. I thank you for your 'oops'. You are forgiven.

Barnesm mutters...

Posted March 20, 2013

That was an amazing story W I lauighed I cried it changed my life.

Also Joanna the whole left/right brain analystical/creative neuroscience tends not to support such a division.

Here is quite a good piece about it in lifehaker but there are plenty more

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