Friday, February 22, 2013


"Bambi meets Cruella DeVil" is a tag line I thought would appeal to publishers. But the reaction I’m getting from the industry is that the writing is strong, the book is funny but there’s not enough conflict and intrigue in animation to sustain interest and nobody wants to read a book on the subject.  
This surprises me quite a bit because so many people from all professions have expressed interest in animation over the years and I’ve busted my chops creating an opinionated protagonist, twisted villains and colorful characters who are dealing with life’s harsh realities as well as studio dramas while animating at crunch time speed.
     Can this be true? Are people interested in watching animation but not reading about it? “Oh, what fun!” they always say. But do they really secretly think animation is childish and silly and beneath them? This is the impression I get from a few haughty folks, but ANIMATED isn’t a book for intellectuals, it’s a fun look through the eyes of an animator at a wonderful, complex art that most people love.
Those of us in the business know how much conflict and drama there is in animation so I’m wondering if this is a biased view based on ignorance or if readers really don’t want to read about animation. If so, there's a lot more disdain for animation than I thought.
    An animation studio is no less compelling than the fashion industry, baseball, love in the mountains, sparkly vampires or the journals of a fat girl. But I know some publishers, afraid to take a chance on an unknown subject, will wait for an author to self-publish so they can see if the book sells or not. If it does, they'll snap it up à la "Fifty Shades of Grey". Understandable, I suppose in these precarious times.   
      So Many people have asked where they can buy ANIMATED I'm wondering how many people haven't asked but might like to read the book.
    Here's the question, dear readers: would you read a novel set in the animation industry? If so, why? And if not, why not? Please post a comment to this effect if you'd be so kind.


davidgilray said...

Yes, I would.

Nora Lumiere said...

Thank you for your follow and positive vote, David.
It would, howeve, also be useful to know why you'd read a book about animation as you appear to be a writer. :-)

John said...

I'm slightly biased since I'm an animator, but I think a novel set in the animation industry could appeal to a wide audience. It just doesn't have the instant marketability of, say, the restaurant industry or the FBI, which people know more about. There was a book called "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" based on the comic book industry, another art form rarely seen in adult fiction, and it did very well.

Nora Lumiere said...

Yes, Michael Chabon's book even won a Pulitzer prize in 2001 and was widely praised.
Comics and animation are considered by some to be lesser, childish art forms but in fact, they both have large and enthusiastic adult audiences.
Apart from passing mentions, no novel I've heard of has been set in the animation industry and nobody I know thinks it's a boring business devoid of drama.

JamesLL said...

Naturally, I definitely would!
Love the art form.

Nora Lumiere said...

Thanks, James!

Nora Lumiere said...

From @Charles_Kenny (engineer) on Twitter"

"Haha, you know I would ;)"

Colin Shelbourn said...

I think this sounds a fun idea and is one of those rare beasts - a novel set in a world which not many have direct experience of. I hope it gets published!

Nora Lumiere said...

Thanks, Colin! Readers may be surprised how much serious hard work and even science is involved in animation. It's not all jokes and fuzzy bunnies.

Colin Shelbourn said...

Drat. I was looking forward to an exclusive read about jokes and fuzzy bunnies.

Nora Lumiere said...

From @Dartacus on Twitter:

"Is there a little stick figure at the bottom corner of the page that dances as you flick through the pages? ;-)"

Nora Lumiere said...

Buy the book and find out:-)

Squibble said...

I would definitely read your book! Partly because of my interest in animation, but also because I have enjoyed the snippets you have posted here and there on your blog. I want to read more!

For the record, good writing and interesting characters trump sparkly vampires and all fifty shades of grey. Let me know as soon as it is available to purchase! :)

Nora Lumiere said...

Oh, thank you Vicky!
It seems there is a great deal more bias against animation than I thought. Even the fact that I use Lisa Simpson as an avatar has caused more than one person on Twitter to assume that I'm an 8-year-old who doesn't know a comma from a colon.
And I thought animation would be a good selling point!

lovehounduk said...

Yes I would too !
Makes a change from the usual scenarii
I certainly dont think animation is limited to kids and cartoons !

(sorry for late reply, I thought this had gone through on my phone)

Nora Lumiere said...

Good to know a former coffee company executive would read a book set in an animation studio!
Thanks for your comment.
You must miss France.