No Minesweeper movie exists, of course, and in this respect its fake trailer is indeed a "paratext without text". In other respects, however, it refers to and feeds off a multitude of "real" texts. In fact, our awareness of these other texts is essential if we want to be able to fully enjoy the Minesweeper trailer. As well as spoofing trailer-making conventions by copying them, fake trailers parody specific movie genres, clichés or trends that happen to clog our screens at any given time. So even if the "text" the fake trailer ostensibly refers to (the movie based on the Minesweeper computer game) never got made, we hear the echoes of "texts" out there that we're familiar with. And I'm not just talking about Minesweeper the game, but about a series of silly Hollywood ideas that were actually turned into movies (entire franchises based on certain theme-park rides or a shape-shifting toys, anyone?). Yes, we’ll find the Minesweeper trailer only funny if we know the source it's adapting. The line, "I’m here because I’m bored," dramatically delivered by one particularly desperate sweeper, will raise chuckles because we remember playing it for just that reason – but without any immediate threat to our lives. And of course the hard-as-nails drill sergeant of An Officer and a Gentleman (and no doubt a hundred other military-themed movies) looms as large in the background as does the entire, apparently doomed genre of videogame adaptations; many of them are paid "homage" to in the trailer’s producer credit at the beginning. The real movie the trailer evokes more than any other, however, must be Battleship, based on the classic board game (and this is prophetic, as Battleship was released some five years later). The Minesweeper trailer is funny because its text doesn't exist; it generates laughs because it plays with the absurdity of even thinking about making a feature film out of so banal a source. The Monopoly movie is currently in development. Can a little fake trailer, a paratext without a text, unwittingly have spawned an entire new breed of "absurd adaptations"?