Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bree Tanner Sucks Indies Dry

First, who the hell is Bree Tanner in the greater expanse of the Twitrocity? Is she one of the rogue vampires in the third book? Why the hell was a novella dedicated to such a speck of a character?

Anyway, it appears that while selling 350,000 copies in the first two days is nothing to snuff at, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is proving a parasite for indie bookstores. Outside of the big online retailers and the fact that the story is up for free on one of SMeyer's websites until July, it certainly doesn't help those smaller bookstores any who had no help in the promotions department when it came to getting the word out about this newest addition to the hysteria.

With smaller retailers selling only low-end single digit copies of the books, they're not going to be left with many options when it's time to rotate the book out. Mark this shill 11,000 for SMeyer but down 1 for the indies.

10 comments:

Barbara said...

No idea who this Bree is and I did read the books.

Natasha said...

I agree, who the hell is Bree Tanner?
When I first heard one of the twilight characters were getting a spin off book, I was like.. cool. Hoping maybe for Jasper's life before the Cullan's or something.. but then i see it's for some unknown character that not only is a small part, is one that hardly anyone remembers.. I haven't read the book yet.. It could be good, but I just don't see me buying it...

Book Tweaker said...

Nice post. It's good to see that I was not the only one who saw this and was like "WTF". I might read it, but in truth.... it doesn't spark my interest. Is it any good?

A Simple Love of Reading said...

Great post! I did read the book, and it's not until I got to almost the very end that I had that "light bulb" appear above my head and I said: "HOLY CRAP, SO THAT'S WHO SHE IS!" The book was alright, nothing too special about it, it builds you up and then poof it ends! I definitely don't consider it a "must" read!

Jillian said...

Hmm I think I am going to skip this one. Not going to pay $10+ for this, sorry.

Marie said...

I'm starting to think I'm the only person who remembered who Bree Tanner was... none of my friends remembered who she was either. I thought her short appearance in Eclipse was tragic.

miss cindy :) said...

So who is Bree Tanner? I might read it...when I can check it out at the library.

Michele said...

Hey, hey, don't bash the novella, personally I liked it better than the actual series. Bree Tanner is the newborn that the Cullens spare at the end of Eclipse...And the novella is being added to the movie, Eclipse.

Donna said...

See, Eclipse is the book that least stuck with me. I can't even tell you what it was about let alone who such an insignificant character was.

Denny said...

I actually enjoyed it ... and definately remembered who BT was ... it was nice to get a perspective other than the Cullens. And as usual ... if you want to buy it you will .. if not, you read it online for free to see what you are missing ...

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