Two years ago, movie fans rejoiced when Simon & Schuster announced that they were going to publish Greg Sestero’s memoir in which he details his experiences as one of the lead actors in the infamous 2004 movie The Room. Well, fans of The Room rejoiced anyway. Boring people, who don’t love bad movies ironically, probably paid no attention.
It’s been a long two years, but the book, The Disaster Artist, is finally being released on October 1! No information was released about the book since S&S’s initial announcement in 2011, and for the longest time, fans weren’t even sure if there was ever really going to be a book.
So weren’t we all thrilled when we got our first glimpse of the book cover? After seeing so many fan-created book cover concepts, we could only imagine what the actual cover would look like. This is what we got:
It’s just so, so…blah! The first thing I thought when I saw it was “That’s it?!” Just a boring stock image of a celluloid strip, that’s all they came up with? Not only does it say nothing about the movie, it looks like something an eighth grader made with Photoshop.
I wasn’t the only person who felt this way. My other Room-fan friends were also left disenchanted by this obvious and unimaginative cover. Is S&S trying to drive up sales by making this book look like any regular film criticism book? Have they never even seen the hilariously awful movie that inspired the book?
The fan-created cover concepts are infinitely better! Any one of them would be a better representation of the movie’s spirit and humor. Take a look at these fake covers:
These fans clearly get what the movie is about, and that is, when you take yourself too seriously, hilarity often ensues. Just in looking at the cover, it seems that The Disaster Artist is trying to take itself too seriously. And as Johnny taught us before his unfortunate demise, “Don’t plan too much, it may not come out right.”
Ok, maybe I’m being a little crazy. It’s just a book cover after all. I’m still dying to read it, and I’m counting the days until its release. I just hope that Sestero and his co-author Tom Bissell (because you didn’t actually think that Sestosterone actually wrote the book by himself, did you?) will live up to the fans’ expectations. And even that is a pretty easy task, because the fans don’t know what to expect!
So what do you think? Do you hate the book cover as much as I do, and are you going to read it when it’s released?