Friday, April 6, 2012

Family Guy: Brian Writes a Bestseller

Sometimes it's entertaining to see the way pop culture portrays the life of a writer. In an older episode of Family Guy, Brian, the family dog, writes a self-help book to follow a publishing trend. The book becomes an instant bestseller. An overnight celebrity author, Brian becomes a total prick and is brought back to earth after he gets ripped apart on Real Time with Bill Maher.  



For those of you who want to take a short break from writing, revising, or surfing blogs for Blogging A to Z, here's 20 minutes of brain candy. Click here or here to see the SUPER HILARIOUS Family Guy episode. Courtesy of Family Guy Direct, the episode is free to watch, and no download is necessary.  

Unlike Brian, I do not aspire to write a bestseller. I just want to write a book that would find an audience, even if it's a small audience. 

15 comments:

Anna Smith said...

I agree. If I ever do write a book, which I hope I will, I will be happy if the few people who read it enjoyed it :)

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S.P. Bowers said...

Same here, I just want someone to connect with my story the way I do. Of course if it makes a lot of money I won't object.

Jocelyn Rish said...

I loved your blog title when I saw it on the list, so I had to come visit. I have to admit, I've never been a fan of Family Guy. It seems like a show I'd like, but I've tried a number of times and it's never clicked. But I do laugh/sigh at the way most shows and movies completely get the life of a writer completely wrong.

Wishing you continued success with the A to Z challenge,
Jocelyn

Nikki said...

Ooh I might watch that one this evening :) I love it when they put cartoons into real tv show, something about the way it looks just intrigues me!

Nikki – inspire nordic

Honey said...

I'm with you on the being happy finding a small audience. Publishing is not what it used to be, and I'll be satisfied just getting that done, someday!

Shelley Sly said...

I used to watch Family Guy years ago, but I don't remember this episode. I do remember Brian frequently saying he was writing a novel, and Stewie teasing him by asking when it's done yet. :)

S. L. Hennessy said...

Haha, loved Family Guy. Brian was hilarious, though Stuey was my favorite of course. Great post and happy A-Z blogging.

Heather M. Gardner said...

We can't watch this show anymore, our 6 year old picks up too much.
Brian and Stewie were my favorite.
Heather

Lynn Proctor said...

don't have the desire to go after being published

Stephsco said...

I hate that I laugh at this show because it's frequently offensive and obnoxious, but Brian is pretty awesome. Just seeing that pic of him on Bill Maher is making me laugh.

Kathleen Valentine said...

Brian is a BRAVE pooch to go on Bill Maher.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

Yeah, usually when a TV character writes a book, it becomes a bestseller and they go on book tours and TV and such, which is far from the typical reality of publishing.
Just like every TV lawyer gets fascinating important cases rather than just writing up contracts, and TV doctors deal with emergencies and exotic diseases rather than routine shots and flus and high blood pressure cases.

Carrie Monroe said...

Funny. I love when tv shows do things like this. I think my favorite was when the Simpsons did one with Neil Gaiman

Sarah Pearson said...

Writers on TV never seem to need to revise or edit do they?

Cynthia said...

Thanks for commenting on my post, everyone! The life of a writer is often portrayed as being more glamorous on TV and in the movies than what I believe it really is for most of us. But I still find this stuff entertaining to watch. =)

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