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    This is extracted from a PM I sent another member of the RJ forums who agreed it was a good idea:


    Has anyone floted the idea of Retro Junk publishing a book in regards the growing collective of nostalgics and their fond memories of the 80's and early 90's?

    I think it would be a great way to generate publicity for the site as well as maybe make a few extra bucks.

    RJ clearly has the traffic clout to make the endevour more than worth its while. A retro book in the form of perhaps a guide (think, "Your Guide to Navigating the 21st Century with Brain Left Somewhere between an episode of GI Joe and TMNT";). I notice that lots of popular websites have written books in the interest of generating further word of mouth (as well as to entertain, of course). There's the CollegeHumor guys, Maddox, and all the rest.

    I think it would make a good addition to nostalgics who think that the best pop culture had to offer came in the form of "Spoon!" from Tick, as well as newcomers who perhaps wonder what all the fuss over Perfect Strangers is.

    Just a thought. RJ has a vast writing pool to draw on from its article correspondents. It would require coming up with a unique concept/hook and marketing strategy to state the obvious.

    I would craft the book around personal memoirs, punctuated with lotsa graphics and factoids. Writers could explain how and why a certain show, toy, or event made the 80-90's so special. I don't mean rants and raves like, "oh yeah, I totally loved such and such a show!" but more along the lines of how that particular show influenced your life and made you an 80's kid or an early 90's kid.

    What does everyone (in particular, the admin that run the site) think? There's virtually unlimited possibility here. The retro noir, or "retroir" genre, if I may craft a phrase, is only just beginning.
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      Gotta make this happen! 8)

      Me, Egon, and Dan should write the foward. lol
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          I would gladly participate. It would be great to get some work out in book form.
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            It would be good to make people aware of the growing nostalgia for the '70s, '80s, and early-mid '90s.
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              Sounds good to me. I'd buy one.
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                I could participate. It's sounds great.
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                  Be nice to see the book in stores :D
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                    While I would love to see something like this happen (and of course have my own writing published :greedy emoticon:), I don't think it would work.

                    Other sites that have had books published, like Maddox and Tucker Max, are more about a strong personality or net-celebrity (netlebrity?). And College Humor has a stronger editorial presence than RJ, which leads to a better quality of writing.

                    I think the best shot for a nostalgia site at getting a book would be X-Entertainment. A book by Matt would be awesome.

                    I've often thought about suggesting that RJ get a dedicated editorial staff. It would lead to articles of better quality, but it would also take away one of the great things about the site- that anyone can have their voice heard.

                    A middle road option could be having 'featured articles', or 'staff writers', which are subject to greater editorial veto than the regular articles that anyone can submit. (Note that I'm not suggesting that editors or staff writers would be paid. It'd have to be volunteer stuff.)
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                      Daniel85 wrote:
                      While I would love to see something like this happen (and of course have my own writing published :greedy emoticon:), I don't think it would work.

                      Other sites that have had books published, like Maddox and Tucker Max, are more about a strong personality or net-celebrity (netlebrity?). And College Humor has a stronger editorial presence than RJ, which leads to a better quality of writing.

                      I think the best shot for a nostalgia site at getting a book would be X-Entertainment. A book by Matt would be awesome.

                      I've often thought about suggesting that RJ get a dedicated editorial staff. It would lead to articles of better quality, but it would also take away one of the great things about the site- that anyone can have their voice heard.

                      A middle road option could be having 'featured articles', or 'staff writers', which are subject to greater editorial veto than the regular articles that anyone can submit. (Note that I'm not suggesting that editors or staff writers would be paid. It'd have to be volunteer stuff.)


                      I can see where you're going with this. Except this site is nothing like Tucker Max or Maddox. This site isn't about consuming vast quanities of alcohol and "getting some" under the guise of some absurd masculinity, nor about ranting about the latest Cameron Diaz fiasco. (BTW, I'm not knocking those sites, I visit them frequently; I'm trying to create a strong distinction here--they have their place, RJ has its own).

                      I would tend to agree it's probably best that RJ get a dedicated editorial board to better filter submissions.

                      My issue here is that so many books are devoted to discussing the past in terms of politics or historical events. There is a growing nostalgic (i.e. marketable) base that wants to have its own "bible" of the 80's to mid 90's. This is 'retroir.'

                      I'm not sure what kind of idea or hook is needed to reign in this base, but if we build it, they will come. (Okay, sorry, I'm not a big Costner fan, but nonetheless...)
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                        To add an afterword: Have you noticed the proliferation of retro-style big-budget movies coming out of Hollywood? Transformers went off the air like two decades ago, and yet no doubt some group of executives somewhere are spending millions to make the current production come out next summer.

                        You've also got The Smurfs premiering in 2008, a resurgence of G.I. Joe stuff flooding the market. And whatever happned to that He-Man remake I thought was coming out this year? Not to mention that some girls (my sister included) still wear Rainbow Brite and Care Bears stuff never having been born during the times those shows were new.

                        Retroir. Think about it.
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                          Well, nostalgia has always been a big part of Hollywood and pop culture in general, it's just ramped up times a million this decade.

                          I think the generation of people who are in their twenties now should be known as the Peter Pan generation, or maybe the Lost Boys/Girls... the generation that refuses to grow up.

                          Like I said, I'm behind the idea for the book, but it would really be up to Vertex if he wanted to pursue something like that, and how he went about it.
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                            Dean Brooks wrote:
                            Daniel85 wrote:
                            While I would love to see something like this happen (and of course have my own writing published :greedy emoticon:), I don't think it would work.

                            Other sites that have had books published, like Maddox and Tucker Max, are more about a strong personality or net-celebrity (netlebrity?). And College Humor has a stronger editorial presence than RJ, which leads to a better quality of writing.

                            I think the best shot for a nostalgia site at getting a book would be X-Entertainment. A book by Matt would be awesome.

                            I've often thought about suggesting that RJ get a dedicated editorial staff. It would lead to articles of better quality, but it would also take away one of the great things about the site- that anyone can have their voice heard.

                            A middle road option could be having 'featured articles', or 'staff writers', which are subject to greater editorial veto than the regular articles that anyone can submit. (Note that I'm not suggesting that editors or staff writers would be paid. It'd have to be volunteer stuff.)


                            I can see where you're going with this. Except this site is nothing like Tucker Max or Maddox. This site isn't about consuming vast quanities of alcohol and "getting some" under the guise of some absurd masculinity, nor about ranting about the latest Cameron Diaz fiasco. (BTW, I'm not knocking those sites, I visit them frequently; I'm trying to create a strong distinction here--they have their place, RJ has its own).

                            I would tend to agree it's probably best that RJ get a dedicated editorial board to better filter submissions.

                            My issue here is that so many books are devoted to discussing the past in terms of politics or historical events. There is a growing nostalgic (i.e. marketable) base that wants to have its own "bible" of the 80's to mid 90's. This is 'retroir.'

                            I'm not sure what kind of idea or hook is needed to reign in this base, but if we build it, they will come. (Okay, sorry, I'm not a big Costner fan, but nonetheless...)


                            Actually a collaborative effort sounds like a great idea seeing how there are many writers here already.
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                              I don't know who are great, but I saw Dean Brooks site and wow what a lot of well written stuff :!:
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                                The new guy wrote:
                                I don't know who are great, but I saw Dean Brooks site and wow what a lot of well written stuff :!:


                                Thank you very much New Guy! :D
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                                  I wonder what the book would be called. "Retro Junk: A Behind the Scenes look at how nostalgia is made".
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                                    The new guy wrote:
                                    I don't know who are great, but I saw Dean Brooks site and wow what a lot of well written stuff


                                    I like Dean Brooks' writing too. His article about how he should be Lindsay Lohan's boyfriend cracked me up.

                                    Hopefully, if there is a RJ book, he will be one of the contributors.
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                                      I would like to help too and indeed he should be the main writer :lol:
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                                        We need some artists too. :D
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                                          We need some artists too. :D


                                          Yes we do, but first we need the stories to write down
                                          and the artist? Well we know at least one :wink:
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