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The Mystery Trailer Has Been Solved! J.J. Abrams Is Attempting To Put Lens Flare Into Books Now. Pre-Order the Shiny!

By Jodi Smith | Industry | September 11, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | September 11, 2013 |

Yes, that J.J. Abrams Mystery Trailer is actually for a book. It’s quite sad, because Dustin really wanted it to be for some awesome cologne. If you’re too lazy to click on that link, let me refresh your memory about the trailer:

You might be asking, “What in the hell kind of book will it be? Book trailers are seriously a thing??” Yes, yes they are. Also, shut up and watch this newer trailer.

You see? It’s a book about a typewriter murder! That’s why that guy sews his mouth shut at the end. Er. Amazon?

“One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.

The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey.

The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world’s greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him.

The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they’re willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears.

S., conceived by filmmaker J. J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don’t understand, and it is also Abrams and Dorst’s love letter to the written word.”

Okay. Jennifer is a college senior that finds the notes of Eric, the disgraced grad student, and begins communicating with him via her own notes concerning the book written by Straka. In the book. Notes in the margins of the book and notes bundled with the book itself. Some of the notes are on napkins and there are also clippings and drawings to complete the story. The Huffington Post even got a postcard from Brazil that announced itself as “The first clue to the mystery”:

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This entire thing is so Raven Abrams, which makes me interested and cautious at the same time. I expect there to be one of the following in the book:

  • Time travel.
  • Alternate dimensions.
  • Polar bears.
  • Aliens.
  • A much maligned and argued ending.

I will now take all of your questions*.

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*wander off and take a nap

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.