(Okay, maybe not, but I can't help but feel that despite the Blackie write-in, she still wasn't given fair consideration. Call me paranoid, but that's what I think.)
Well, Uggie has apparently landed himself a book deal. That's right. Uggie's memoir is slated to come out this October. I mean, somebody else is writing the book for him, as "acting" abilities aside, he is in fact still a dog. I'm not sure he even knows as many words as Elka, but I still wouldn't rely upon her to write a book. Heck, I don't even let her blog.
On one hand, it can be cute for dogs to narrate their own stories. I don't object to it implicitly. An entire book, though....I mean, I liked Black Beauty and Beautiful Joe quite a lot as a child but this book, published by Simon & Schuster, is not indicated as being slated for children. Maybe it is. Or maybe it's adult non fiction.
The unreliable narrator is an interesting fictional tool; would a dog be an unreliable narrator, when giving his biography? Will it just be cutesy? I think I'd prefer a non first person narration when reading a dog's biography, really (like Susan Orlean's Rin Tin Tin, which I haven't read yet, I confess).
Really, I don't know what I'm complaining about. I guess it's sour grapes, to a degree; somebody's making bank on this little dog, because people are suckers for dog books. I don't know who gets the money if a dog is in a movie. Does the owner get a flat fee? Is the dog's food paid for? It's not like a dog is considered legally competent for the purposes of contractual obligation, that's up to their person. It's just another weird thing, like the dog wedding.