Endgame – James Frey makes millions ripping off ideas!

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And so we enter… endgame!

James Frey is back in the news because Fox has optioned his upcoming book series Endgame. If the name James Frey is vaguely familiar to you, that’s because you might recognize him from:

A- Being the author of A Million Little Pieces, a fabricated account of James Frey’s life on drugs that was championed by Oprah, until she found out he was a liar. Then he was confronted by Oprah on a very special episode.

B- The “author” of I Am Number Four and related books, which was turned into a forgettable movie that maybe broke even, but certainly didn’t set the movie world afire.

C- The word “author” above is in quotes because James Frey is actually the head of Full Fathom Five, which is basically a YA fiction writing sweatshop, where ghostwritten YA novels are pushed out with pseudonyms on the cover.

“His” new book series Endgame is totally not The Hunger Games:

“In a world similar to Earth, there are 12 bloodlines, or races. Each bloodline has a champion between the ages of 13 and 17 who is trained as a warrior and is always ready to do battle. When they turn 18, the teen warrior behind them gets promoted. This has been the case for hundreds of years, but no one remembers why — they’re always ready for some sort of battle to take place, but it never does. But the tradition continues. And then one day they’re called to fight, and all the bloodlines but the winners will be exterminated. They’re fighting to be the last race.”

Why anyone would think that sound just like another popular film franchise is a complete mystery to me. It’s Racial Genocide: The YA Adventures!

He got $2 million for this. $2,000,000!!! Might I remind you book stores are overflowing with YA books that are far less direct ripoffs than The Hunger Endgames.

Speaking of mysteries, Google is mysteriously involved in this book to film deal. Exactly how, no one knows. It is a mystery, a Google Mystery.

via Deadline and LATimes

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