In 1843, Charles Dickens published his timeless novella, A Christmas Carol. The story introduced one of literature's most widely-recognized characters, a bitter old miser known as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Scrooge is greedy, cold-hearted, contemptuous toward his fellow man, and generally without virtue.
Remind you of anyone?
This project is simple: I'm replacing each instance of Ebenezer and/or Scrooge in Dickens' original text with Donald and/or Trump. That's it. I'll take the resulting text and publish an updated edition of the book.
The plan is to publish a standard trade paperback. The book will be 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 centimeters), and the interior will feature cream paper and black text. If the project were to overfund there would be room to explore including John Leech's original illustrations, or updated versions of them (as below).
I should be able to begin a production run as soon as this campaign has hit its baseline goal. So while I've set January as the estimated delivery date on tiers that include the book, I am endeavoring to fulfill before Christmas.
Part of the reason you've seen so many different renditions and adaptations of A Christmas Carol is because the work is in the public domain. Since there is no longer a copyright on Charles Dickens' original story, transformative works are permissible.
That said, am I worried about being sued by the President Elect? You bet.
Naturally, there will be some folks who find this endeavor in poor taste. To you, my friends, I say only that A Christmas Carol is ultimately a hopeful story. It is one of redemption, about recognizing the error of your ways before it's too late. Let us look upon and celebrate our fellow man, it suggests, no matter their station.
Is it unfair to compare Donald Trump to Ebenezer Scrooge? Maybe. After all, Scrooge worked his way up from nothing.
Risks and challenges
Let's start with the big one — I'm not 100% sure I can get this book in your hands by Christmas Day. The edit is well underway, and I can begin production as soon as this project passes the initial goal, but even then it's going to be tight. That said, my understanding is that Trump will not actually be haunted by three spirits until Inauguration Eve. So maybe you're okay getting it before then?
Also, I've never worked with this particular book printer before, and there is always a chance of delays or unfortunate production errors. But, they do come highly recommended and it has been suggested they might be able to make the tight turnaround.
So with that said, I will do everything in my power to get these books printed and to you as soon as possible. No matter what, I will keep you updated throughout the process, via Kickstarter's project updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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