Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Gay Bunny Book Is Outselling the One It's Trolling

Photo by Eric Liebowitz/Courtesy of HBO.
Vanity Fair reports:

Guess who just managed to pull a best-selling book out of their hat? That’s right: it’s John Oliver and the staff of Last Week Tonight—specifically, writer Jill Twiss—whose picture book, the somewhat cumbersomely titled Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, is, as of this writing, the No. 1 best-selling book on Amazon. It’s a sweet victory, made even sweeter by the book that’s currently down at fourth place: Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, a picture book written by Mike Pence’s 24-year-old daughter, Charlotte, and illustrated by his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence.

The results may be even more satisfying for Oliver on the children’s book chart, where the Pence joint is being outsold not only by the hardcover version of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, but also by the Last Week Tonight creation’s Kindle edition. The Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo audiobook, featuring the talents of Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer, and RuPaul, is also Audible’s current No. 1 best-seller, beating out slightly more substantial audiobooks like James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty and the movie tie-in version of A Wrinkle in Time.

This, of course, is no coincidence. Last Week Tonight’s bunny book, which follows a sprightly young rabbit named Marlon as he meets and falls in love with a dashing male rabbit named Wesley (and defeats a stink-bug bad guy that doesn’t think boy bunnies should marry each other, one who looks an awful lot like Mike Pence), would not exist were it not for the Pence family’s book, a gentle dramatization of life in the Naval Observatory from a bunny’s-eye view.

See the full Vanity Fair article here

The Daily Beast reports:

Charlotte [Pence] and her mother Karen Pence were on Fox Business Network with Maria Bartiromo to promote their new book when the host casually brought up the fact that Oliver’s parody book about a gay bunny—revealed on his HBO show Sunday night—had just knocked James Comey’s upcoming memoir off of Amazon’s top spot.

“I mean, I think you know, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery in a way,” Charlotte said. “But also, in all seriousness, his book is contributing to charities that I think we can all get behind. We have two books giving to charities that are about bunnies so I’m all for it really.” 

Karen Pence stayed notably silent on the matter. But later, Charlotte Pence retweeted the Fox Business clip of her positive reaction to Oliver’s book.

See the Daily Beast full article here.

See yesterday's post that includes the full clip about Pence's LGBTQ views and how to get the bunny book from Last Week Tonight here

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