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A major film studio announced the release date of a movie based on a novel that, though it was a bestseller when first published, has been out of print for nearly fifteen years. Hoping to capitalize on the anticipated success of the film, the publisher who owns the copyright on the novel plans to print a new edition to be made available the same week the film premieres.

EACH of the following, if true, supports the soundness of the publisher’s plan to capitalize on the success of the film EXCEPT

(A) The publisher has received permission from the film studio to stamp the words “Now a major motion picture” on the cover of each book.
(B) Last year a new edition of a novel that had been out of print hit the bestseller lists two weeks after a movie biography of its author was released.
(C) The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio.
(D) The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews.
(E) Last year a new edition of an unpopular novel was adapted into a top-grossing film, and sales of the book spiked.

I disagree with the OA.

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I believe it should be C. The fact that the publisher received money for selling the production rights to the studio is completely irrelevant to whether the publisher's plan to re-publish the book alongside the movie is sound. On the other hand, the fact that the lead actress in the film talks about her love for the novel in interviews will provide inherent advertising for the book, and will naturally lead to people purchasing it. Thoughts?
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IMO C must be the ans. rather than D because:

- in D the actress by her televised interview has discussed her love for the novel. Here she praises the novel and this can contribute to the success of the new edition.

-in C "publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio" which has nothing to do with the gaining a big profit from the new edition and its popularity in the future.
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31 Oct 2010, 16:01
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A major film studio announced the release date of a movie based on a novel that, though it was a bestseller when first published, has been out of print for nearly fifteen years. Hoping to capitalize on the anticipated success of the film, the publisher who owns the copyright on the novel plans to print a new edition to be made available the same week the film premieres.

EACH of the following, if true, supports the soundness of the publisher’s plan to capitalize on the success of the film EXCEPT

(A) The publisher has received permission from the film studio to stamp the words “Now a major motion picture” on the cover of each book.
(B) Last year a new edition of a novel that had been out of print hit the bestseller lists two weeks after a movie biography of its author was released.
(C) The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio.
(D) The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews.
(E) Last year a new edition of an unpopular novel was adapted into a top-grossing film, and sales of the book spiked.

I disagree with the OA.

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I believe it should be C. The fact that the publisher received money for selling the production rights to the studio is completely irrelevant to whether the publisher's plan to re-publish the book alongside the movie is sound. On the other hand, the fact that the lead actress in the film talks about her love for the novel in interviews will provide inherent advertising for the book, and will naturally lead to people purchasing it. Thoughts?

I have seen this question before. At that time I got it wrong. I answered c .
But thinking about it later , both c & d do not really support the publisher's plan.
Choice 'C' has something to do with the publisher and 'D' has nothing to do with the publisher or the plan.
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31 Oct 2010, 19:48
After POE : C and D prevail.

Argument : Novel's sale is related to the success of the film.Outside this there is no other factor mentioned in the argument,which effects the anticipated sale.Hence,publicity through media, open book reading sessions and surveys of people who had read the book 15-17 years back does not count.

D: It publicity through media - misses the central point which is related to monetary gain through some media. Hence, does not effect the argument.

C: Selling of the rights at such a high prize clearly anticipates an upsurge in the sales of the book after publishing. Hence eliminated.

D prevails.
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01 Nov 2010, 00:34
Both C and D prevail ... I doubt GMAT with throw such close choices.

Also would like to see the Official Explanation if any ?
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11 Nov 2010, 04:39
Can someone explain more clearly , why is it D and why not C?
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11 Nov 2010, 07:18
Marked C. Then stared at the Argument for another 5 mins, without any success. Calling on CR masters
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09 Sep 2015, 21:54
Marked C
After a long thought.....the plan of the publisher is to capitalize on the success of the film by publishing more volumes of the book. Hence, acc to me option D should help him in his plan, while option C changes his plan of publishing more volumes of the new edition.

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06 Jan 2016, 21:03
TehJay wrote:
A major film studio announced the release date of a movie based on a novel that, though it was a bestseller when first published, has been out of print for nearly fifteen years. Hoping to capitalize on the anticipated success of the film, the publisher who owns the copyright on the novel plans to print a new edition to be made available the same week the film premieres.

EACH of the following, if true, supports the soundness of the publisher’s plan to capitalize on the success of the film EXCEPT

(A) The publisher has received permission from the film studio to stamp the words “Now a major motion picture” on the cover of each book.
(B) Last year a new edition of a novel that had been out of print hit the bestseller lists two weeks after a movie biography of its author was released.
(C) The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio.
(D) The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews.
(E) Last year a new edition of an unpopular novel was adapted into a top-grossing film, and sales of the book spiked.

I disagree with the OA.

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I believe it should be C. The fact that the publisher received money for selling the production rights to the studio is completely irrelevant to whether the publisher's plan to re-publish the book alongside the movie is sound. On the other hand, the fact that the lead actress in the film talks about her love for the novel in interviews will provide inherent advertising for the book, and will naturally lead to people purchasing it. Thoughts?

Can Someone explain why option C is incorrect
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23 Jan 2016, 11:59
I think C has nothing new to support the conclusion. D shows that actress appraising the novel will increase the likelihood of the new pub. of the novel to succeed. so here D introduces a new piece of info to support the argument.
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02 Feb 2016, 22:49
"C " is very relevant to the context. If the publisher received money after selling the production rights to the studio it implies that the novel still has its popularity otherwise the film studio would not have bothered to pay such a huge amount to the publisher. Hence this answer choice proves that his plan to capitalize on the success of the film is quite sound.
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26 Feb 2016, 07:50
I have to agree with most posters here that the answer should be C.

The question reads: EACH of the following, if true, supports the soundness of the publisher’s plan to capitalize on the success of the film EXCEPT

What is the plan to capitalize on the success of the film?

"Hoping to capitalize on the anticipated success of the film, the publisher who owns the copyright on the novel plans to print a new edition to be made available the same week the film premieres."

How could that plan be supported?
- Using the popularity of the film to promote the book (A)
- Show that other books in similar situations (out of print) could have a successful re-release if coinciding with the release of a film related to the book. (B & E)
- If advertising for the film also promoted the book (D)

Since C and D are the contentious choices, let's examine them more closely

(D) The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews.
Clearly this is promotion / advertising for the book. Major film studio + lead actress = significant exposure. I really don't see how it can be argued that this would not support the plan to print a new edition of the book. The answer choice DIRECTLY PROMOTES the book using the popularity of the film.

(C) The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio.
Here it indicates that the publisher was paid for the rights to turn the book into a film. The arguments above suggest that this is a large sum of money (two hundred thousand dollars), and therefore that suggests that the novel is still popular. The problem with this line of reasoning is that is makes some assumptions that are not warranted.
1. Two hundred thousand dollars is a "HUGE" sum of money. --> We cannot make that assumption. We don't know if that is a lot or a little in the context of buying the production rights to a novel. Movies make millions and millions of dollars, so two hundred thousand doesn't sound like a lot in that context.
2. EVEN IF we were told that it was an abnormally large amount of money to pay for the production rights to a novel, that STILL wouldn't be enough to make the leap to say that the novel is still very popular and therefore publishing a new edition is a good plan. If the novel was still that popular, then it would be a good plan to re-publish it regardless of the film, and regardless of the money paid for the production rights. The amount of money paid for the rights has nothing to do with capitalizing on the success of the film.

It could be argued that ANY amount of money paid for the production the rights to the novel suggests that the book is still popular enough to be turned into a film, and therefore re-publishing it is a good plan. In that case we already know that the book is being turned into a film, and knowing the amount of money paid for the rights adds nothing to the soundness of the plan.

(D) clearly capitalizes on the success of the film, (C) is clearly unrelated to the success of the film.

As far as I can tell either the answer is incorrect, or there is some information missing in the question stem.

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