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Experts please comment why the OA is option D when option C seems very valid choice. I need a clear explanation as to why option C is not correct and why option D is ...Till now in this forum I have got all my doubts cleared. hope same happens for this one as well.

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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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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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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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"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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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.

Answer: C
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Responding to a PM sent by Nez......

Correct: C

The argument claims that success of the film would boost the sale of book (Capitalization on success of the film means that the success of the movie would boost the sale of the book). Hence we need to find out the option that does NOT relate the success of film to success of the book (This is an EXCEPT question).

A. Printing “now a major motion picture” helps support the sale of the book. Therefore the release of the film (and its subsequent success) is related to the sale of the book…..eliminate.

B. Release of the biography of an author favored sale of his books. If release of biography boosts sales, then the story itself would probably boost sales more because the story itself is more related to the book than the biography is. Hence this statement also supports a relation between the release of the movie and the sale of the book…. eliminate.

C. CORRECT. It does not matter whether the publisher received money or not. Even if the publisher did not receive money, the book could still be a hit because of the movie. This option does not relate the “success” of the movie with the sale of the book. The author already capitalized on the sale of production right. This has nothing to do with whether the book would be successful because of success of the movie.

D. The actress of the movie gives positive feedback. Positive feedback favours the sale of book. Thus the movie release is linked to the success of the book…eliminate.

E. Similar incident occurred last year, hence supports the argument. If a boost in sales happened for an unpopular book, it is more probable that a popular book would be successful. Thus this statement too links the release of the movie to sale of the book... eliminate.

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It's D,
info from C is irrelevant, you make assumptions you don't need to make.
The producer received money, it means he has already capitalized.



Exactly - C is irrelevant as it clearly states that the publisher has already capitalized on selling the production rights to the film studio. This fact does not support the soundness of the publisher's PLAN to capitalize of film's SUCCESS unless he gets a percentage of revenue the film will generate (and there is no mention of this in the stem or elsewhere). Hence, C cannot be the correct answer (it does nothing to support the soundness of publisher's plan to get rich from success of the movie)

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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.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
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.


C is such a typical GMAT trap answer. Below is the reason why C is wrong.

in C the publisher has sold the rights to the production house to make the movie. That is the beginning of his idea to capitalize on the movie. Had he not sold the rights the movie would not have been made and there is no reason for him to capitalize from the making of the movie.
The selling of the rights to the production house is one of the pieces for him to capitalize from the making of the movie. Hope this helps.
D is the answer from POE of the rest of the options.

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ANS C)

The option has nothing to do with sales of Novel.


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