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Behind the Game: Bad Twin

Searching my normal sites today and there's some stories about everyone's summer reading assignment: Gary Troup's "Bad Twin." This includes confirmation on who actually wrote the book.

Variety.com: The news that he's the "Bad Twin" author may disappoint some fans who thought the novel might have been penned by Stephen King. But it may prompt some of them to search for anagrams of Shames' name..."

I'm not sure which "copyrighted" elements aren't going to be easy to use in the show. At first, this sounded like it could've been "in-game" talk that somehow made it into Variety. But no. This is inside talk. What it MIGHT give is some clues on how deepy the book will tie-in to the ARG.

Another recent article about "Bad Twin:"

Op-Ed article: Truth Doesn't Sell as Well as Fiction

Bones (aka KBarrick)

7 Comments:

Blogger Thrasher76 said...

First! AndI think this is a good find...kind of 'ignore the man behind the curtain.' But whatever...it is very interesting. I also wonder what copy righted elements are they talking about and can now not use? Everything ties in nicely so far...maybe THF/Disney...has this element of the game figured out as well..who knows but TPTB...

6/19/2006 12:41 PM  
Blogger k.barrick said...

Yeah, it's behind the game talk but if you're into strategizing what TPTB might be thinking/planning... it's good info.

Personally, I think the Monster.com leak was accidental. And that's behind the game. I could be proved wrong of course and I even HOPE I'm proved wrong. But it's something to keep in mind.

And it DOES give us some ideas about how much to expect out of Bad Twin. AND what that re-publishing date with the female co-writer truly is. I'm SO thinking of a Valenzetti Equation w/ Bad Twin re-printing. At least some tidbits.

6/19/2006 12:47 PM  
Blogger Ange said...

Just some thought: First, about what the Variety article called "copywrited" elements. I always thought it was weird that in the book the Widmores had twin boys, but in the show there is only "Penelope Widmore". Perhaps they are discussing more discrepancies that the author took liberties with. Is the female co-writer that you reference Hillary Aaron? I posted at the beginning of this ARG that her name appeared on a Borders site linked through garytroupbooks as a co-author, but her name was taken down when I looked for it the following day. When googled she came up as a children's author for Hyperion, but perhaps she needs to be looked in to further if she is the co-author of the re-release. Lastly, I have always found it weird that THF has come out so hard against Bad Twin, when really there is nothing to merit this in the book...we'll see what the reprinting has to offer I guess.

6/20/2006 9:15 PM  
Blogger moxy29 said...

Bones: where was the info on the re publishing date with the female co-writer? Maybe with a reprint they could extend the book from 39 chapters to 42 just to include the numbers.

So far I am disappointed in how the book has not been used in the experience. I know it is only June and we have scads of time for this ARG but I was hoping for more involvement with it. (since I bought it and all haha)

Has anything come of the highlighted texted that was in the copies that were handed out in Australia? I have seen the passages and dutifully highlighted my copy and have tried to gleam any kind of clue from the info without much luck.

6/20/2006 9:48 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

moxy, I think those highlighted passages are simply the most obvious connections between the book and the show (I even have a Ninja-fied copy, sent via post! OK, brag over, moving right along...). I have a theory as to why in the game Hanso have kicked up a bigger stink than Widmore over the book: The book talks about real Hanso people (Alvar and Mittlework), the later in not so nice terms. However, maybe the Widmores in the book are ficticious. This is a work of fiction even within the game. In the Gary Troup interview he mentions he includes a lot of real world things in his book, but the only things named as real (in the game world) are Hanso, the Hanso Foundation and the Valenzetti equation. Of course, I could be completely wrong, but it seems logical to me at the moment.

I think a timeline looking at how Gary Troup fits into everything would be quite interesting, and I think there is a lot of scope for using it more.

6/20/2006 10:49 PM  
Blogger moxy29 said...

well with our latest clue -61- we may have a glimpse of where either bad twin or the v equation will surface..this is the directory of the hidden folder on sublymonal.com

Parent Directory 16-Mar-2004 18:39 -
Go/ 06-Jun-2006 08:06 -
HA/ 27-Jan-2006 11:32 -
48/ 26-Jan-2006 16:22 -
108/ 1-Aug-2005 08:53 -
Public/ 05-Jun-2006 20:23 -
book/ 25-Aug-2005 20:32 -
cgi-bin/ 11-Aug-2005 18:57 -
files/ 07-Oct-2005 11:57 -

there is a folder titled BOOK. maybe we should keep an eye on that

6/23/2006 7:36 PM  
Blogger TEAM Lena said...

Man I wish I had this book already!

6/28/2006 1:35 AM  

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