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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.

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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.


Situation: A publisher hopes a film based on an out-of-print novel will prompt sales of a new edition of that novel.
Reasoning: 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.

Answer: C
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How is it possible that the lead actress of a movie speaking in favour of the book not cause an increase in the sale of the book?
Imagine Sandra Bullocks saying she absolutely loved Eat,Pray,Love and she is acting in the movie's lead role.
That will definitely get people very interested.
Whereas the publisher receiving an X amount of money may not even be publicised in the media(neither is it stated explicitly in the passage nor in the answer choice C). It might just be an in-house deal between the film production company and the publisher.
The book has been out of print since 15 years and now suddenly receiving an X amount of money makes the publisher confident again of reprinting the book.
A,B,E can be eliminated easily but otherwise C&D seem very debatable choices.
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Couldn't comprehend how D can be the answer. C it should be imo.
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Bumping this for further discussion.
Could the experts explain why D is a better option than C.
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New post 28 Jun 2015, 15:48
How c) even helps the plan? That the publisher received money from the studio so as to develop the movie is irrelevant.
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New post 27 Jul 2015, 13:08
I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. C is irrelevant and the payment had already been received. The production rights sold to the film studio has nothing to do with the success of the novel.
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New post 04 Aug 2015, 09:24
Agree answer should be C and not D.

D would clearly help the publisher, C is completely irrelevant
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I didn't realy find a problem with this question.

My reasoning is that "the soundness of the publisher’s plan to capitalize on the success of the film" is supported by A,B,C,E, but not definitely by D. Let me explain in detail:

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.
The film is anticipated to be a success. Now, it is true that we don't know why this is, but it does mean that viewers are interested in the film. It is logical to assume that some of these people will get interested in the book, as well. Capitalizing on the fimls success does not mecessary mean that the publisher of the book has to make a fortune out of it. Just to improve sales of the book that now are probably at zero. So, A does make his plan sound.

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 is a similar situation, so it is make the assumption that it could be repeated this year logical, at least to some extent. So, B is also ok.

C. The publisher received two hundred thousand dollars after selling the production rights to the film studio.
If the publisher got rid of a book that gave him no profit and gained 200,000$ out of it, then he did capitalize on the success of the film. He got 200,000$ when he wouldn't have got anything. So, C is also acceptable.

D. The actress playing the lead in the film has discussed her love for the novel in nationally televised interviews.
We don't know how much this actresses opinion matters. The stem also provides no information about the effect of lead stars' opinions on books their movies are based on. We cannot know if this will have any effect at all. Perhaps she is a good actress, but also has a name for being incredibly stupid. Why would anyone trust her opinion then? So, D is out.

E. Last year a new edition of an unpopular novel was adapted into a top-grossing film, and sales of the book spiked.
Same situation as B. Accepted.
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How is it possible that the lead actress of a movie speaking in favour of the book not cause an increase in the sale of the book?
Imagine Sandra Bullocks saying she absolutely loved Eat,Pray,Love and she is acting in the movie's lead role.
That will definitely get people very interested.
Whereas the publisher receiving an X amount of money may not even be publicised in the media(neither is it stated explicitly in the passage nor in the answer choice C). It might just be an in-house deal between the film production company and the publisher.
The book has been out of print since 15 years and now suddenly receiving an X amount of money makes the publisher confident again of reprinting the book.
A,B,E can be eliminated easily but otherwise C&D seem very debatable choices.



* It is Julia Roberts :roll:

It doesn't matter if the publisher receving this money is made public in the media. He only needs to gain from the fact that a movie based on the book he cannot sell is out. He got profit out of the release of the movie, because he received 200,000$. He wouldn't have had any profit if the movie was not being released. So, by selling the rights, he capitalised on the fact that a movie based on the book is being released.

I gave my opinion about D earlier.
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bumped into this question on CAT test.
I doubt D is the correct answer, just as everyone else does. Please review it in CAT as well.

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I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.
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New post 25 Dec 2015, 01:04
Just encounter this question and by all common sense and logic, D is the better answer than C
The "soundness" of the publisher's plan means whether it can sell lots of books. Apparently having someone advertise on national TV helps a lot right?
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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. Should be B
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I don't see why C is the correct answer either.
We already know that the publisher had to sell some rights to the film studio otherwise the movie would not be produced. But this does not garantee that the book will sell on the back of the film, as the question stem asks. On the other hand Answer D is more likely to help the book.
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Another vote for C over D. I find it difficult to even relate C (publisher getting money) to the plan (which is to make money by republishing the book with the film).
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I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.
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I think the main mistake with answer choice "C" is to specify that he received 200k. I think it's out of scope. we don't know if 200k means he already did a good deal. We don't have information to support that (out of common sense, but common sense is not tested on GMAT). to answer "C" we had to see some kind of monetary values in the question stem. such as:"The old edition of the novel sold 100k in 15 years".
I think D Supports the soundness. He is focusing on the effect that a film (That spreads through media) will yield positive increase in sales. The actress does exactly that in her nationally transmitted interviews, she actually anticipates this effect. While as we do not know if 200k is a good deal, a sound deal, with the information in the stem. For that reason "C" is the correct answer.
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New post 14 Apr 2016, 13:16
I think this is a poor-quality question. It has appeared in CAT tests. Kindly remove it from the CAT if it is not a GMAT type question.
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