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Musical Comedy = Book Trailer?

Our sibling blog GalleyCat posted a story about a new project sponsored by the storytelling site Lit Drift, which is commissioning videos from musicians who agree to summarize a classic novel in song in less than a minute. The first video is posted above.

Here’s more from the site: “The concept is pretty simple: we get writers, musicians, actors, and other creative types to summarize their favorite novels. In 60 seconds or less. With no time to prepare…We’re kicking off the project with Matt Mazur, a NYC-based folk and comedy musician. He composed this little diddly about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby off the top of his head.”

Now, we wish we could say we felt like this guy was trying his hardest and doing his best, but, frankly, we’re not quite convinced. Seems like he just made it up on the fly, which has its charms, but if F. Scott Fitzgerald had made up The Great Gatsby on the fly, we wouldn’t be watching humorous book trailers about it today. Harumph.

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