Bristol Palin's ramp-up to the release of her book Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far made national headlines. And when the book dropped, it made headlines for its brutal depiction of the oldest Palin daughter's ex-fiance Levi Johnston and its digs at Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan. Now the book is making headlines for another reason -- failure to sell.
Keith Olbermann is back on television, having revamped his role as "Countdown" host on Current TV. In his popular segment, "Worst Persons in the World," Bristol Palin was singled out on June 29 as just a "Worse" person (as opposed to "Worser" and "Worst") for her memoirs of lost virginity and petty sniping. Olbermann revealed that even if her mother announced that she would "mud wrestle Michele Bachmann," a dig at a line used by Bachmann at a rally in South Carolina this past week to describe what the press would like to see occur between the two Republicans, the spectacle would probably do nothing to aid her book sales, which, according to the "Countdown" host, publishing sources reported as selling exactly 1,479 copies. The audiobook sold 18 copies.
As Olbermann pointed out, first week sales usually denote the zenith of a book's success. Less than 1,500 copies is not a good sign that the book will be much of a success. Being ranked #1579 (July 4) on Amazon.com is not a good sign, either.
Perhaps people are waiting for the movie...
Almost as if Sarah Palin heard Olbermann's words as a challenge, she appeared at a book signing at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, with daughter Bristol the next day, June 30. Although officials at the Mall noted that there were 700 books signed (in a pre-announcement, it was stated that Sarah Palin would not give out autographs unless someone was buying her daughter's book), the preparations for the Palin family visit (Todd and baby Tripp were in attendance as well) were seen as excessive considering the sparse turnout. The event ended a half hour early as well.
(Where were all those conservative Tea Party groupies that supposedly kept Bristol on "Dancing With The Stars"?)
And it still ended better than the last time Palin was in town and hanging out with Michele Bachmann. She was nearly pelted with tomatoes...
No comment as yet on the mud wrestling...
Part of Bristol Palin's problem with book sales may be that much of her life has already been part of the tabloid landscape and that many do not believe her memoir -- written at the wise-old-age of 20 -- will add that much to what has already been revealed. Pregnant at 17. Daughter of Sarah Palin. That whole campaign-with-Levi-they're-going-to-get-married-to-appease-the-Family-Values-voters charade. Custodial issues with Levi, the guy who "stole" her virginity (her recollections of the event read more like date rape than a drunken sexual encounter). Personality clashes with Meghan McCain. Except for the graphic details of her first sexual encounter, there was little new material.
(Wait -- there will be a movie, right? ... Right?)
Perhaps one could blame the poor sales of the book on the economy. Or blame it on opportunity cost. Or a little of both. If people buy Bristol Palin's memoir Not Afraid Of Life, they might not be able to buy Levi Johnston's tell-all Deer In The Headlights: My Life In Sarah Palin's Crosshairs.
(photo credit: Emily, Wikimedia Commons)