China is a land where things get manufactured fast.
So it should come as little surprise that there was a new book about Michael Jackson out on the shelves within a week of his death.
China Youth Daily reports that publishing house Xiandai rushed a Jackson biography off the presses to capitalise on the nation’s fascination with the singer’s untimely demise.
The writers, Jiang Xiaoyu and Xing Han, were up-and-running within hours of his death, penning Moonwalk in Paradise: the Michael Jackson Biography.
Jiang and Han, who are also music critics, told the newspaper they wrote the 130,000 word book in 48 hours flat. To achieve this feat they forsook sleep, lived on a diet of cigarettes and coffee and – most importantly of all – turned off their mobile phones.
Neither has ever met or interviewed Jackson, but wrote the story from “their accumulated knowledge about the King of Pop.”
Jiang says he hopes the book will help relieve the pain of Chinese fans of the American singer. “I am not only a music critic, but also a fan, so I understand what fans really need,” he comments.
The China Daily says this type of publishing is known locally as the ‘instant book’ industry. “It is hard to know how big the market for instant books is in China,” says Xiandai’s general editor, Zang Yongqing, “but I am sure we have done a nice job in quickly responding to market needs.”
The newspaper estimates that a further 10 ‘instant books’ on Jackson have been commissioned by Chinese publishers.
But not everyone is impressed. Li Kun, a 26 year-old Beijing office worker told the reporter she planned to buy a classic biography rather than an instant one.
“It would be a kind of disrespect to my pop idol if I paid for a scrappy book of his legendary life, which was finished in two days,” she says.
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