What if famous novels were written for an ad agency? (pictures)
Do you know what F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salman Rushdie, and Joseph Heller have in common? Before they took off as self-made authors, they worked in ad agencies as copywriters.
Look what would happen if some of their greatest works were written in the ad agency, answering creative brief, and were subjects to endless remarks from a client side.
An example of feedback on the The Great Gatsby:
One last thought we’ve been bouncing around the office here, can we add a cat? Everyone loves cats. The Great Catsby. Just a thought.
The ads were created for a British fiction contest Winston Fletcher Prize, to encourage ad writers to submit their stories for the 2015 edition.
Click or tap on each ad to see the fictional client’s remarks. They are hilarious (and scary, if you realize what would happen if they had been implemented).
Oh, and one last thing, “Does it have to be a book?”
Client feedback on famous novels: The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Client feedback on famous novels: Catch-22 – Joseph Heller.
Client feedback on famous novels: Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie.
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About Piotr Kowalczyk
An ad man who decided to devote his life to books. A founder of Ebook Friendly, ebook enthusiast, and self-published short story author. He reads mostly on an iPhone, but when it comes to history books, he always picks print.
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A Woman of No Importance:
The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell
France was falling. Burned-out cars, once strapped high with treasured possessions, were nosed crazily into ditches. Their beloved cargoes of dolls, clocks, and mirrors lay smashed around them and along mile upon mile of unfriendly road. Their owners, young and old, sprawled across the hot dust, were groaning or already silent. Yet the hordes just kept streaming past them, a never-ending line of hunger and exhaustion too fearful to stop for days on end.
Ten million women, children, and old men were on the move, all fleeing Hitler’s tanks pouring across the border from the east and the north. Entire cities had uprooted themselves in a futile bid to escape the Nazi blitzkrieg that threatened to engulf them. The fevered talk was of German soldiers stripped to the waist in jubilation at the ease of their conquest. The air was thick with smoke and the stench of the dead. The babies had no milk, and the aged fell where they stood. The horses drawing overladen old farm carts sagged and snarled in their sweat-drenched agony. The French heat wave of May 1940 was witness to this, the largest refugee exodus of all time.
Day after day a solitary moving vehicle weaved its way through the crowd with a striking young woman at the wheel. Private Virginia Hall often ran low on fuel and medicines but still pressed on in her French army ambulance toward the advancing enemy. She persevered even when the German Stukas came screaming down to drop 110-pound bombs onto the convoys all around her, torching the cars and cratering the roads. Even when fighter planes swept over the treetops to machine-gun the ditches where women and children were trying to take cover from the carnage. Even though French soldiers were deserting their units, abandoning their weapons, and running away, some in their tanks. Even when her left hip was shot with pain from continually pressing down on the clutch with her prosthetic foot.
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