Bowling Green, OH, January 07, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Filmmaker Jack Gunthridge started Jack Gunthridge Publishing as a subsidiary of his film company, Jack Gunthridge Productions. When he adapted his screenplay into a novel, he was expecting the same kind of rating system for books that existed for films. Since his book dealt with teens, he felt that it fit best within the Teens category. He was shocked to see that retailers placed his book as having a reading level of ages 9 to 12.
While Jacqueline Aguilera praises Life for being a “modern literary masterpiece” that “is not a simple memoir from a high school student, the mere fulfillment of an assignment, another reflection of teenage alienation and loss of innocence. This is a declaration of love for all time, not only for another, but in the end, for one’s self.” and encourages others to pass the novel “on to those you care for in life”, Mr. Gunthridge feels that his work should only be read by people old enough to fully comprehend what a declaration of love for all time really means.
Mr. Gunthridge says, “I have always written from the perspective that my audience is not stupid. While Life deals accurately with teenage experiences, I don’t think it is appropriate for people under the age of 13. Somehow when I placed it in the Teens category, I thought it would be listed as being appropriate for teens. The literary world seems to have a different definition of what a teenager is that includes children who are 9. In Europe there isn't even an age restriction on my book.” He then adds, “I am only one person. My company is small and just starting out. I don't have the resources to change the age appropriateness of my book. All I can do is try to educate parents.”
Mr. Gunthridge is experiencing the problems of a shrinking world and a global community. While he is able to self-publish his book, he is not able to control the markets that his book enters. He is also not able to define who should be able to read his book. Artistic integrity gets mass produced for mass consumption.
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Jack Gunthridge is a writer, director, producer, and actor from Bowling Green, OH.