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The second trailer for J.J. Abrams' upcoming novel S. continues the creepiness

Sep. 9, 2013by: Alex Maidy

When J.J. Abrams teaser hit the Internet a few weeks back, we all began wondering what the heck it could be. It was soon revealed that the teaser was not for a film or television series but rather Abrams upcoming novel S. cowritten with Doug Dorst.

The new trailer gives more detail than the first but still keeps things vague and mysterious. luckily, Entertainment Weekly has some more details for the meta-fictional work:

S. is basically about the relationship between a grad student named Eric and a college senior named Jennifer. They trade notes in the margins of a (fictional) 1949 novel by a mysterious author named V.M. Straka. S. contains the novel within the novel; copious handwritten notes between Jennifer and Eric (“a conversation that plunges them into the unknown,” according to the book jacket); and dozens of pieces of ephemera between the pages like newspaper clippings and a napkin with a map drawn on it. (S. will come shrink-wrapped so none of this extra material falls out.)

While some may think this is another brilliant new idea from Abrams, the idea of this type of multi-format storytelling is not new to the publishing world. Check out the novels HOUSE OF LEAVES or ONLY REVOLUTIONS by Mark Z. Danielewski as a starting point. But Abrams' novel would definitely be the most mainstream attempt at a work like this and will definitely be hard to read in an e-book format.

S. will be a big deal when it comes out as it should be. This is definitely shaping up to be a nice season for the book readers out there. Between this and Stephen King's sequel to THE SHINING, my reading shelf is going to be full.

S. hits stores on October 29th.

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4:21AM on 09/10/2013
Nice trailer!
Nice trailer!
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1:37AM on 09/10/2013
Oh yeah, I'm all for a good book
Oh yeah, I'm all for a good book
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8:52PM on 09/09/2013
Ah, it's a book. Didn't see that coming, actually.
Ah, it's a book. Didn't see that coming, actually.
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7:12PM on 09/09/2013
so is a movie going to follow the book? That would be interesting, and if you think about it it's pretty smart. If you write the book and then you direct the movie, then it makes it easier to get the book translated into film the way you want it done. Usually a film from a book is nowhere near as good as the book. I'll have to check this out. If you like reading I suggest the Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey. It's a good series of books, and the prequels are out now too. The Shift series.
so is a movie going to follow the book? That would be interesting, and if you think about it it's pretty smart. If you write the book and then you direct the movie, then it makes it easier to get the book translated into film the way you want it done. Usually a film from a book is nowhere near as good as the book. I'll have to check this out. If you like reading I suggest the Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey. It's a good series of books, and the prequels are out now too. The Shift series.
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7:30PM on 09/09/2013
Maybe in the movie someone could just hold a book to the camera for the audience to read.
Maybe in the movie someone could just hold a book to the camera for the audience to read.
6:30PM on 09/09/2013
Who cares as long it gets someone to read something...
Who cares as long it gets someone to read something...
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6:20PM on 09/09/2013
Pretentious shit. It's a fucking book.
Pretentious shit. It's a fucking book.
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9:48AM on 09/10/2013
Yes only a book, only the written word, only what our existence was founded upon.
Yes only a book, only the written word, only what our existence was founded upon.
4:42PM on 09/09/2013

House of Leaves

This sounds like a complete rip off of House of Leaves, nice try Abrams... That being said, for those of you who do not know about House of Leaves I recommend you at least look at the Wiki for it. I cant think of a more unique, piece of fiction as the story within a story with a story also referenced music by the band Poe and held subtle hints at the mystery on the cover art itself.... Good Times!!!
This sounds like a complete rip off of House of Leaves, nice try Abrams... That being said, for those of you who do not know about House of Leaves I recommend you at least look at the Wiki for it. I cant think of a more unique, piece of fiction as the story within a story with a story also referenced music by the band Poe and held subtle hints at the mystery on the cover art itself.... Good Times!!!
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