Book Merchandise: Do You Buy It?
When the first Harry Potter movie was released, a wave of movie-related merchandise rolled into local retailers, and I was swept up in the Potter-mania. My collection grew to include a Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean cookie jar, a snow globe, and several HP Christmas ornaments. Before this, I’d never owned any book-related merchandise.
Last Christmas, I was shopping at our local Toys R Us when I came upon an entire aisle devoted to the Twilight phenomenon. Now, this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill line of movie (or book) merchandise. In addition to traditional action figures, there were lap blankets, pillows, and bedding (!) emblazoned with Edward Cullen’s face. Key rings, necklaces, lunch boxes, shirts, and posters rounded out the display.
I purchased a poster of (a shirtless) Taylor Lautner for my sister but resisted the throw blanket and crushed velvet accent pillows. I might have tossed a Team Jacob keyring into the cart for her Christmas stocking, too, but who’s keeping track?
With the upcoming film-adaption of The Hunger Games coming to the big screen (3/23/12), I’m fairly certain merchandise will be close behind. In fact, some items are already available for purchase.
I’m not sure how extensive The Hunger Games merchandise line will be, but if action figures are going to be sold, I’m hoping for a battery operated, hiccuping Haymitch who, when activated, will stumble around and fall off my desk or bookshelf.
So, have you ever purchased any book merchandise? Don’t be afraid to fess up! Calendars, mugs, t-shirts, an Edward Cullen Snuggie, perhaps? Would you buy a Katniss action figure if one is manufactured?