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I don't see how the answer could possibly be D. C is the only answer that seems reasonable; the money the publisher earned from selling production rights has nothing at all to do with its plan to reprint the novel.
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New post 09 Aug 2010, 02:44
I go for C too....Experts Experts.....Experts....
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New post 10 Aug 2010, 03:51
Hey I too went for C:

TO elaborate on why I think C is right


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 - This will definitely help strengthen the case for the publisher
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. - Obviosly shows the wisdom of bringing out a new edition
c The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio. Does not imply that the book will also be succesful, in fact its out of scope so I think C is right
d The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews. This is good publicity for the book, it may be that such publicity does not help sales but its not totally out of scope
e Last year a new edition of an unpopular novel was adapted into a top-grossing film, and sales of the book spiked. Same as B
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New post 10 Aug 2010, 05:31
one more C.

how D !! .. these kind of questions kill confidence.. Please post the questions from reliable sources.. Are there no experts\instructors to guide us in this forum.

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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.

Originally posted by ulm on 10 Aug 2010, 10:04.
Last edited by ulm on 10 Aug 2010, 10:14, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 10 Aug 2010, 18:39
IMO : C

but this thread explains it :

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New post 10 Aug 2010, 21:10
This is one of those UnClear Question and should never be used again. Once a question raise so much debate, it is not a good question.
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New post 10 Aug 2010, 23:45
gautrang wrote:
This is one of those UnClear Question and should never be used again. Once a question raise so much debate, it is not a good question.


There are some questions which raise a lot of debate and are good (high level) questions for that very reason. This is not one of those questions, unless the logic here has completely eluded me. If D is genuinely the 'OA', it seems like a very poor practice question to me, more confusing than helpful to test takers. I'd be curious to see an 'official explanation' of the answer.
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New post 13 Aug 2010, 11:14
IMO B because this option describes the situation that another novel became a best seller when a movie was made on the author and not the story of the novel. Where as the argument put forward in the question talks about making a movie on the story of the novel and not its author. Other option A, C, D & E in some or other way convey that the movie/novel are worthy.
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I chose D as the answer . My explanation

C - This one actually supports the soundness of the plan. If the author has sold the production rights , it means that there is still some sort of demand for the novel . There is a term called "anticipated success" in the sentence which tells us that movie would be a success ( we must go by the validity of the sentence ) which could rekindle the interest in the novel among the audience. Hence this point supports the soundness of the publisher's plan

D - The actress has discussed her love for the novel in an interview - Does it mean that the audience will fall for the novel ? what if the actress is least popular or a new face and her opinion is of less importance to the people . Well this is just an assumption but atleast we can tell that this point is not going to add steel to the soundness of the plan. There is a missing point here , it is not said anywhere that the actress is a reason for the film's anticipated success . That point could have made this more interesting .


So IMO D is the answer . The actress has nothing to do with the success of the movie and will not aid the publisher's plan either .
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C seems to justify the publisher's anticipation of making money off a reprint, if someone is willing to pay to make a movie out of it.
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New post 21 Aug 2010, 10:28
Yup ! I will do that if I am in the publisher's place.

D has no bearing on the money making stuff.

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C seems to justify the publisher's anticipation of making money off a reprint, if someone is willing to pay to make a movie out of it.
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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

(1) The publisher has received permission from the film studio to stamp the words “Now a major motion picture” on the cover of each book.
(2)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.
(3)The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio.
(4)The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews.
(5)Last year a new edition of an unpopular novel was adapted into a top-grossing film, and sales of the book spiked.


I go with B ..
there has been a lot of discussion on this one ...Most of the members picked C ... OA as given is D...For me it is between b and C ...but I go with B
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One more for C...don't get why it would be D since they are asking how the publisher is going to capitalize on the release not on the making of the film
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C should be the OA. D - actress advertised for the book which is good for the book's sale. If the publisher has already made money by selling production right, it doesn't not help to make the book a best-seller again.
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New post 18 Sep 2010, 07:14
here is my opinion:
The conclusion here: new print of the novel during the premier week ->more profit. so we need to attack this.
C: should be the answer, how is it relevant how much did the publisher made before even thinking about publishing the new novel, he just sold the rights to movie makers and that's it.
D: we all know if answer choice supports the conclusion even 1% then it's indeed strengthening the conclusion.when are most interviews made? during the premier week or in that range, to publicize the movie, so this could actually strengthen the conclusion because more people will be watching, more people will know about the novel, hence more sales. Now this is not an extreme assumption, it's common sense so it's not out of the gmat world
someone get Tommy to shed some light into this!
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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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New post 01 Nov 2010, 01:34
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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