Surprisingly, it isn’t Carrie’s Vivienne Westwood bridal gown (minus the feather!) or Charlotte’s made-in-Poughkeepsie pudding that’s become the most coveted product highlighted in the Sex and the City movie. Instead, booksellers across the country have been bombarded with requests for Love Letters of Great Men, the book that inspires Big’s apology e-mails. (Abebooks.com, for one, says hundreds of customers have inquired about the book). Only one problem: it doesn’t exist. But some consumers have made do nonetheless: The book with the most similar-sounding title to Love Letters — Love Letters of Great Men and Women: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day (pictured, left) — has risen as high as No. 114 on Amazon’s bestsellers chart.
While I’m ecstatic that this proves contemporary audiences actually have an interest in reading, and not just aggressive shoe buying, this news made me wonder (and this is the last time I’ll wonder Carrie Bradshaw-style, promise!): With so many movies pushing real-life products to collect advertising cash, how often do writers actually create a nonexistent product worth manufacturing? What other fake consumer products from film or TV do you wish existed? I’m not sure if I’d ever buy Love Letters — a bit too sappy for my tastes — but if any company begins to market Saved By The Bell’s Buddy Bands, I’d be the first in line at the store (Hey, they work. Just ask Slater). Your turn, PopWatchers!