Well it came out that a main difference with this book is that the Atticus Finch in this book is basically Bizarro World Atticus from the character in To Kill a Mockingbird better known as Gregory Peck in the movie version. Instead of the wise, caring man who stood up against racism in Alabama in the 30s, this guy is a bitter racist asshole who helps get off other racist assholes.
Now if the $16.99 price tag for the Kindle version hadn't already been scaring me away, those reports certainly would have. Like a lot of people I read the original book in school and loved it. The movie too. Atticus was a guy we could all aspire to be. And now...not so much. It's like taking say, Batman, and turning him into a brooding psychopath who murders people...wait, Frank Miller did that and we all lauded him for it to the point of basing a whole cinematic universe on it. So, bad example.
You have to think, gee didn't anyone at the publisher stop to think, "Hey, this is a terrible idea to ruin an iconic character." If someone did, I'm sure the powers that be said, "Shut up, there's money to be made here!" Millions and millions from this phony "sequel" which let's face it is just trash the author had lying around. Usually an author has to be dead for old manuscripts to be "discovered" but Harper Lee is still alive and apparently either too senile to care or too desperate for money to put up a fight.
Meanwhile in terrible publisher news, EL James came out with Grey, which retells her Twilight fanfic from the perspective of
This is why the publishing industry has zero credibility anymore. First they publishing EL James' fanfic in the first place because it was popular. Now they're beating the dead horse by releasing the exact same story! And hey, let's piss all over perhaps the definitive novel of the 20th Century because $$$$$. Tell poor ol' self-publishing me again how my books aren't real books because they don't have the stamp of approval from Big Publishing, the self-appointed arbiters of literary quality.
Big Publishing has become nothing more than a bunch of pimps. They don't care what they're selling so long as they get their cut. Meanwhile they try to sell the rest of us on these lies that if they don't want your book it's because it's not good enough. What Grey and Go Set a Watchman definitively prove is that it's not the quality of your writing; it's the quantity of the money they think they can make off it. Another example is someone Offutt and I know in the blogosphere whose novel got picked up by Big Publishing after a scandal that received a lot of media attention. I'm sure it's a great book, but do you think Big Publishing bought it because it was good or because of the attention it had received? Think real hard about that one.
If I can belabor the point I've made again and again, it's another example of being sold crap because we buy crap. When you, the reading public, allow yourself to be exploited with shitty first drafts or reheated books, how can you expect them to care about putting out good books? If you want good books and good movies and good TV the only way to make it happen is to vote with your dollar. If you bought one of those two books, return them! If Amazon got 3 million returns of Grey I'm sure it would send Big Publishing a message, more so than trolling EL James' Reddit chat.
In the meantime, Big Publishing should be ashamed of itself for allowing these disgraceful books out the door, but then this is the same industry that thought sequels to Gone With the Wind and The Godfather and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy not written by the original authors was a good idea. Because $$$$$$. And who approve every celebrity children's book. Does Caitlyn Jenner have a book out yet? I'm sure she's a hell of a writer. You know, because it's all about quality, not just being popular, right? Right?