Jan 23 2009
I wish you could have seen my face when I read the title of this press release "Big Fish Games, romance novel company sign deal " because I thought that perhaps Harlequin was taking specialization a little too far when it comes to . I mean, I know that Linda Howard's husband is a champion bass fisherman and there was a brawny fisherman who starred in Kristan Higgin's Catch of the Day, but co branding with Bassmaster? I just don't see it.
Big Fish Games, however, is a video game manufacturer and the agreement is that Harlequin will publish a number of books in a miniseries called "Mystery Case Files" and Big Fish will create interactive games based on those books. I'm not sure whether this is a "choose your own adventure" web 2.0 style or whether it will be like those pens where you tip them and the clothed librarian becomes the sexy librarian or whether . . . I guess your imagination can fill in those other alternative scenarios until the games are released this summer. I wonder if it will be an iPhone app?
At the bottom of the release was this line: Last year, Harlequin sold 130 million books and has sold a total of 5.76 billion books.