Idea: What if a book — say, “Of Mice and Men” — was sold for different prices based on the quality of the story?
The paperback of “Of Mice and Men” costing, say, $6, ends with a meteor blast that kills everyone.
At the $10 level, George shoots Lennie in the head, but from the front, so Lennie sees George pull the trigger.
The $12 version has Lennie beating Curley’s wife, but they get interrupted before she dies and Lennie goes to prison and eventually gets the social work help he needs to re-enter society as a contributing, nonmenacing member.
For $14, George and Lennie are bankers who struck it rich in a Florida land scheme and don’t have to work as laborers.
And for $20, the book is hardcover and it’s “Anna Karenina.”
I’ll take the $12 version, thanks. It’s an interesting idea. Does the author have to do all that work?
I think the work’s already done — all of the options are less grim than Steinbeck’s original!