4.16.2010

A Yen for Paper

I seem to be obsessed lately with advertising involving the clever use of paper. Maybe it's because interesting advertising is rare. But there's also a bit of nostalgia here, as paper becomes less and less important in society -- newspapers losing ground to reading online, books in print being overshadowed by ebooks, etc.

Paradoxically, paper has become even more important to me in the past few years. I've always been an avid reader of books, magazines, and newspapers (not to mention cereal boxes, catalogs, posters -- you get the idea), but now that I make books, I've developed a whole new and delicious appreciation for all kinds of paper. In some ways, then, I may be going backward instead of forward in time. In this case, I don't think it's a bad thing.

This is the trailer for Le Petit Nicolas, a live-action film based on the book of the same name. The book was first published in 1959, written by Rene Goscinny (who also wrote the Asterix comic books), and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempe. Followed by several more books about Nicholas and his friends, the books became wildly popular in France in the 60s.

Thanks to Celeste Frittata for the heads up on this video.



How about you? Do you, too, have a lust for paper?

P.S. For those of you who are much more Blogger-savvy than I, how do I get an accent mark on that final 'e' in 'Rene' and 'Sempe'?

29 comments:

shari said...

You are not alone, Bookgirl. I have a definite paper mania that's been going on for years... ever since I was little. I'm one of those readers of anything in print, too. I'd get in trouble by my mom for reading too much... trying to sneak my book under the table on my lap, and when caught, bringing the cereal box in front of me to read. ;-) No, I don't know how to get that accent on the "e"... I think it's a function button? Good luck!

Elizabeth said...

Hold down the ALT key & at the same time type the number 130: é

BookGirl said...

Thank you, Elizabeth! Another crisis averted ;-)

Shari, I did exactly the same thing as a kid. It drove my parents crazy when I read at the table, in the car, etc., etc., etc.

Tiffany said...

Hi, I just stumbled across your blog! YAY!! :) I love to find fellow readers~!! I have been obsessed with escaping in book for about 8 months and it is my new favorite thing!
Thanks for sharing!
~Tiffany

Tiffany said...

PS, are you on goodreads.com? If so, find me there~it is a great place to keep track of books!
tiffb123~

Sarah Von said...

That movie looks fantastic!

I just wanted to pop over and thank you for entering the giveaway for my Karma Cards on the Daddy Likey blog! We've got a few sets left if you're still keen (cough, shameless self-promotion, cough) ;)

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MizzJ said...

This trailer is utterly charming! Did they really do all this with just paper and pen? Very cool.

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Struggler said...

Love paper, stationery stores, art shops and anywhere like that!

As well as getting the E accent, there are HTML codes for all kinds of special characters. Here's a link for what you should type to get a myriad of cool things... don't forget the semi-colon on the end!
http://www.webmonkey.com/2010/02/special_characters/

Mike Davies said...

雙眼皮手術一定要找整形外科醫師,電波拉皮拉皮手術哪一個效果較佳。植牙除了選擇醫師之外專業性之外,當然就要比較人工植牙價格囉!

士凱士凱 said...

Fancy may kill or cure...................................................

洪勳華 said...

工作,是愛的具體化~~~~努力吧!............................................................

童祖如童祖如 said...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德............................................................

王順蔡秉源如 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

文王廷 said...

Quality is better than quantity...................................................................

家唐銘 said...

分享的朋友,在精不在多,分享的幸福就在下一秒................................................

張鴻黃淑娟水 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。............................................................

文王廷 said...

No pains, no gains.......................................................................

鄭雅雯 said...

教育的目的,不在應該思考什麼,而是教吾人怎樣思考......................................................................

國林林林林維 said...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德................. ................................................

陳欣陳玟珮陳玟珮琦 said...

真正仁慈的人,會忘記他們做過的善行,他們全心投入現在的工作,過去的事已被遺忘。.................................................

淑蕙春蕙春芬 said...

好熱鬧喔 大家踴躍的留言 讓部落格更有活力..................................................

建枫 said...

happy to read~ thank you!............................................................

三琪 said...

愛看您的新文章!加油!.................................................................

Michael Kline said...

Loved all of these videos!! Thanks. I've seen the Lisa Hannigan video somewhere, very memorable, as is the wine ad.

I had the pleasure of meeting Emily Martin this past summer at Penland and my daughter and I had a blast visiting the book studio and seeing what they were up to! There are a few pics on my blog from that day.