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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

The publisher has received permission from the film studio to stamp the words “Now a major motion picture” on the cover of each book.
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.
The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio.
The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews.
Last year a new edition of an unpopular novel was adapted into a top-grossing film, and sales of the book spiked.
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I dont agree with the OA as it will affect the book sales. I think the answer is C. What do u guys think ?
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18 Dec 2012, 02:05
I agree with vdadwal. If the actress confessed her love for that novel, the audience might be curious and buy the book.

The answer should be C
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18 Dec 2012, 08:31
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

The publisher has received permission from the film studio to stamp the words “Now a major motion picture” on the cover of each book.
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.
The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio.
The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews.
Last year a new edition of an unpopular novel was adapted into a top-grossing film, and sales of the book spiked.

Guys, Its EXCEPT question. Eliminate the choices that supports the plan to publish the book in the week movie based on it will be released. Tell the option to the publisher and ask, 'will you publish the novel based on the movie?' If he said, 'yes' with the option, Eliminate the answer choice.

(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. No. This supports the publisher's plan. If "Now a major motion picture" is not present on the book, it seems that sale would be relatively less.
(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. This year's event would work similarly how it worked last year. Eliminate. It supports the plan to publish the book along with movie release.
(C) The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio. Beware. The publishing event is linked with movie release. Publisher wouldn't receive $2000, if movie is not published. Eliminate this choice. (D) The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews. Correct. Actress loves thriller novels by Agatha Christie ( for example ). Will anyone purchase book on which her latest movie is running? Love for novel doesn't correlate with the novel based on the movie. This event doesn't justify to publish novel based on the movie. (E) Last year a new edition of an unpopular novel was adapted into a top-grossing film, and sales of the book spiked. The reason is same as that of B. Intern Joined: 21 Jul 2012 Posts: 10 Concentration: General Management, Technology GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V33 GMAT 2: 730 Q50 V39 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 1 Re: A major film studio announced the release date of a movie [#permalink] ### Show Tags 19 Dec 2012, 12:30 umeshpatil wrote: vdadwal wrote: (C) The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio. Beware. The publishing event is linked with movie release. Publisher wouldn't receive$ 2000, if movie is not published. Eliminate this choice.

Couldn't understand your reasoning for this point. Can you elaborate?
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19 Dec 2012, 20:19
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umeshpatil wrote:
(C) The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio. Beware. The publishing event is linked with movie release. Publisher wouldn't receive $2000, if movie is not published. Eliminate this choice. Couldn't understand your reasoning for this point. Can you elaborate? Yes. Usually, movies based on novels are not produced without taking grant for the copyrighted script present in the novel. Movie producer has to take permission from Writer or publisher. In this case, Publisher of the book has sold the production rights to film studio and has received huge sum of money. The book which was out of print from 15 years would obviously become popular after it has been reproduced in the form of movie. So, Movie production is the strong reason to justify the rise in sale of novel. Option (C) justifies the publisher’s plan to capitalize on the success of the novel. I hope this helps you to clarify your doubt. Intern Joined: 13 Jan 2013 Posts: 1 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1 Re: A major film studio announced the release date of a movie [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Jan 2013, 05:19 umeshpatil wrote: vdadwal wrote: (C) The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio. Beware. The publishing event is linked with movie release. Publisher wouldn't receive$ 2000, if movie is not published. Eliminate this choice.
(D) The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews. Correct. Actress loves thriller novels by Agatha Christie ( for example ). Will anyone purchase book on which her latest movie is running? Love for novel doesn't correlate with the novel based on the movie. This event doesn't justify to publish novel based on the movie.

I am not entirely sure about your reasoning and would rather go with C.

C: Even if they did sell the production rights for the movie to the film studio, this is not a reason to republish the books as this not means that the film will make a good advertisement for the book. They could give away the rights for free and it would not make a difference on the books sales compared to selling the rights.

D: You are assuming the novel to be a different one from the one the movie is based on. But the actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel and not for a novel. Therefore I think her interview would push the book sales.
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04 May 2013, 05:55
agreeed too many assumptions being made . Ill go with C. Is this OA from an authentic source ... if so please some u with answers wich are relevent to concepts of reasoning and not real world conventions
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04 May 2013, 12:42
IMO, D is correct.

KEY is: Hoping to capitalize on the anticipated success of the film
It means: The publisher's plan will be successful ONLY IF the film will be successful. If the film is supposed to be failed ==> the publisher's plan would be failed too.

Let assume you were a publisher, then ask yourself whether the film would be successful by considering each answer.

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.
Wrong.
Why the film studio accepted? Because the film studio is sure that the film will be success. If the film is supposed to be failed, the stamp will have double negative effect.

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.
Wrong.
Because it definitely supports the success of the novel.

C. The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio.
Wrong.
Let ask yourself why the film studio accepted to pay $200,000? This is the big cost for the film studio. The studio accepted this cost, because it is sure that the film can make a lot of money to cover the cost of production rights. If the film is supposed to be failed, why the studio accepted the cost of$200k? In fact, this is a very strong signal to show the supposed success of the film.

D. The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews.
Correct.
The actress just provided her love, it does not guarantee the success of the film. It's not the strong evidence of the success of the film. I would say this is INDIRECT evidence ==> we cannot say the film will be successful if we depend solely on the actress' comment.

E. Last year a new edition of an unpopular novel was adapted into a top-grossing film, and sales of the book spiked
Wrong.
It shows the similar case that proves the supposed success of the film.

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05 May 2013, 01:05
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IMO, D is correct.

C. The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio.
Wrong.
Let ask yourself why the film studio accepted to pay $200,000? This is the big cost for the film studio. The studio accepted this cost, because it is sure that the film can make a lot of money to cover the cost of production rights. If the film is supposed to be failed, why the studio accepted the cost of$200k? In fact, this is a very strong signal to show the supposed success of the film.

D. The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews.
Correct.
The actress just provided her love, it does not guarantee the success of the film. It's not the strong evidence of the success of the film. I would say this is INDIRECT evidence ==> we cannot say the film will be successful if we depend solely on the actress' comment.

Hope it helps.

In C: I believe we cannot assume that 2000\$ is huge money and stuff...

In my opinion the answer is C

problem with D:
My explanation: The actress is giving free publicity of the book.. helping the publisher... ultimately the publisher is capitalize on the anticipated success of the film by the statement from the actress.
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