Just last week, Zoe “Zoella” Sugg was the name on everybody’s lips. Her debut novel, Girl Online, was the fastest selling hardback of 2014. A week later, she’s still on everybody’s lips, but for much less positive news. Both she and her publisher, Penguin, revealed that her book was ghostwritten for her by children’s author Siobhan Curham, and did it get her fans mad. It got so bad that Zoella had to take a break from the internet (!!!!), and The Guardian had to devote three articles to the whole controversy. (Source 1) (Source 2) (Source 3)
And since we’re in England anyway, check it out: J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Stirke novels are going to be a BBC series! (Source)
This is Zoe “Zoella” Sugg, and she just sold 78,000 copies of her debut novel.
Youtube celebrity Zoella can add another feather to her cap, as her first novel Girl Online has become the fastest selling hardback of 2014. She’s only 24-years-old, so now is the time to look at your life and look at your choices. I know I have. And now I has a sad. (Source)
In more “People Younger Than You Have Accomplished More Than You” news, a seven-year-old has convinced a publisher to change the title of their books after sending a letter to them. I once wrote a letter back when I was seven. It got sent back to me. (Source)
My goodness, I just checked, and apparently the last time I did one of these things was way back in 2013? This is how much I’ve slacked off. Well, in my current attempt to get back into the swing of blogging things, I’m resurrecting this old feature and hopefully it sticks around this time!
If you haven’t seen it yet, embedded above is the a teaser trailer for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, which is yet another feature during the early days of this blog that i‘ve neglected. I started that when it was just the show’s first season!
The Hollywood Reporter talks to Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston, and Ben Foster about “Kill Your Darlings”, a film about legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. It’s already premiered at Sundance and is apparently being received positively. (Source)
In case you guys still don’t know who Chris Kluwe is, he’s the Minnesota Vikings punter who became famous when he stood up for fellow American football player Brendon Ayanbadejo, free speech, and marriage equality with an eloquent letter published in Deadspin and The Huffington Post. He also popularized the term “lustful cockmonster” and was named Salon’s Sexiest Man of 2012. ANYWAY, all of those links are to make sure you guys are all sufficiently intrigued to check out his book “Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies”, which will probably come out June 25. (Source)
It’s the 50th anniversary of the publication of Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar”, and the Guardian has a couple of articles about the Plath and the people she left behind. One is about one of Plath’s close friends, Elizabeth Sigmund, while the other is a verbatim interview with Olwyn Hughes, Plath’s sister-in-law and literary executor. Olwyn and Sylvia didn’t like each other very much, and that really comes across when you read the interview with Olwyn. (Source 1)(Source 2)
Wired has an incredibly detailed analysis of the contract Bilbo signed in “The Hobbit”. (Source)
io9 has a great ongoing series on pulp science fiction during periods of totalitarianism that you guys should definitely check out. (Source)
Still with io9, they have a list of SF authors talking about the books they wish they’d written themselves. (Source)
In Scotland, they have free pole-dancing classes in the library. The library is definitely OPEN. (Source)
Have you read some Frankensteinbeck recently? Check out these illustrated literary puns! (Source)
I have honestly not read any stuff by Kieron Gillen, but I do love me some Young Avengers. The Guardian’s got a list of work that he’s done, and Phonogram certainly looks interesting! I’m now excited to pick up Young Avengers this week! (Source)
And in a somewhat Avengers-related vein, did you guys know that Sebastian Stan — Bucky from “Captain America: The First Avenger” — is on Broadway right now in a production of William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Picnic”? He’s apparently shirtless in most of it. And trust me when I say you should check out what he looks like shirtless after the jump. (Source)
Like, is this the best Heyer in the world? Nah! Is the hero kind of unfortunately rapey in that way Georgette’s heroes sometimes veer toward where of course the heroine secretly likes it? Sure, a little! Is this audiobook Richard Armitage rumbling tenderly in your ear at every possible vibration, for five hours? You bet your sweet dixie cup ass it is!!! Cross your legs on the bus and blush through your daily commute, because this is HAPPENING to you. (BONUS: Richard Armitage also plays such characters as a sexy debutante and a tearful upper-crust matron. IT IS AMAZING!)”
All of the cool kids have blogged about it already, so let me just add that I had a great time at the Filipino ReaderCon last week! Our “Fifty Shades of Grey” discussion went well, thank God, and it was nice to see so many readers in one place!
The National Book Development Board also released their latest survey on the state of reading in the country. I haven’t perused it yet, but will be writing about it for the paper! (Source)
National Book Store is bringing Canada-based Filipino writer Jennifer Hillier here to the country! She’s set to do a talk and a book singing at the Powerbooks at Greenbelt 4. (Source)
A long, long time ago, when I wrote a review about “I Am Number Four“, I linked to an article from the New Yorker about James Frey’s “fiction factory”. However, it would seem that “The Rise of Nine” is no longer following that particular model. (Source)
Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some “The Lord of the Rings”. And that I also love me a lot of other authors. What better way to ring those two things together than with alternative author’s versions of “The Lord of the Rings”? I particularly liked the D. H. Lawrence one. (Source)
io9 has some really great samples from Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson’s “Manual of Aeronautics”! I am still waiting with bated breath for a copy to show up at my local National Book Store. (Source)
In case you guys didn’t know, Superman and Wonder Woman are now officially a couple. I thought they were already doing it before! (Source)
While I still haven’t gotten around to reading “Catching Fire”, I do know that Finnick Odair gets all the ladies and the boys who like boys all hot under the collar and stuff. And I do have to say that Sam Claflin — who has just been cast as Odair in the movie adaptation — is certainly doing that for me. What do you guys think? Pictures under the cut!
Watch thinking man’s porn star Stoya have an orgasm while reading Supervert’s “Necrophilia Variations”
I’ve been so remiss about blogging lately, that I haven’t told you guys about the great big Filipino Readercon happening at the Filipinas Heritage Library tomorrow. I’ll be there; you guys should check it out as well! (Source)
Jeffrey Eugenides and Junot Diaz do some historical cosplay for a Vogue spread on Edith Wharton. (Source)
I’m not really familiar with DC Pierson’s work, but he sure showed ” ? Idiot America ~ ???????x ?” that it’s a bad idea to outsource your summer reading to the internet. (Source)
The Guardian has an article compiling 20 irrefutable theories of book cover design. One of them involves kittens. (Source)
I haven’t read Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi” yet, but I’m sure a lot of you guys have. If you’re in the vicinity of the New York film festival, Ang Lee’s movie adaptation of the book is set to open it. (Source)
And since we’re “in” New York, here’s a cute little thing about New York bookstores from the New York Times. Say New York one more time. New York. (Source)
Self-publishing is all the rage these days, especially after E.L. James and Amanda Hocking, so the New York Times has compiled a handy list of the advantages and disadvantages that come with doing it your way. (Source)
Former reality show star and New York Times bestselling author *sigh* Lauren Conrad got a lot of people riled up after she put up a video on her Youtube channel of her slicing up copies of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” for a craft project. She’s since taken the video down, but on the internet, everything lives forever. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)
What does Lemony Snicket have to say about all this then? I quote:
“It has always been my belief that people who spend too much time with my work end up as lost souls, drained of reason, who lead lives of raving emptiness and occasional lunatic violence. What a relief it is to see this documented.”
Finally, Out Magazine has an interview with Stephen Chbosky, Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman, and Johnny Simmons regarding the big screen adaptation of Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”. Ezra Miller comes out as queer in it, if any one of you is interested. Because I know I am. (Source)
And don’t even front that you don’t want to see the photos, which you can find under the cut.
All my RL friends know that I’m not averse to a little erotica — or pornography, whatever you want to call it — and it seems that erotica is exactly what’s floating everybody’s boat in America right now. “Fifty Shades of Grey”, an erotic novel that is being described as “Mommy porn” and “Twilight for grown-ups”, has just been bought bought by Vintage Books for a reported seven-figure sum. And yes, it’s the same Vintage that gives us those literary classics with such beautiful covers. (Source)
This was all over Facebook and Twitter the past week, but in case you don’t know yet, The Guardian reports that 500 new fairytales have been discovered in an archive in Germany. You can read one of them “The Turnip Princess” over here. (Source)
Here’s another discovery for you guys. An archivist stumbles upon a 111-year-old short film that features characters from Charles Dickens’ novel “Bleak House”, making it the world’s oldest Charles Dickens film. (Source)
I’m linking to this story on the American Academy of Arts and Letters because of this great Michael Chabon quote: “I knew that when the gray came in it was only a matter of time before my augustness would be recognized.” (Source)
Movie adaptation news! Reese Witherspoon just bought the movie rights to writer Cheryl Strayed’s memoir and plans to star as Strayed in the movie adaptation. (Source)
I'm sure you guys can tell who drew this.
And just so we go full circle back to erotica, did you guys know that Theodor Seuss Geisel — or Dr. Seuss, as he’s more popularly known — wrote and illustrated a book for adults? And by adults, I mean adults? It was called “The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History’s Barest Family” and it was a humongous flop. Check out the rest of the illustrations over at The Atlantic! (Source)
It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these things!
Of course, the biggest thing happening in the country this March — at least for fans of YA — is the upcoming visit by bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She’ll be signing books at the Powerbooks at Greenbelt 4 on March 25, 3 p.m. And, five fans may even get to have lunch with her! Details are over at National Book Store’s Facebook page. (Source)
Lauren Oliver isn’t the only person that National Book Store is bringing over! As reported by Comic Book Resources, Mark Millar will also be visiting the country in May! (Source)
The University of the Philippines is also holding a month-long book sale in celebration of its 47th anniversary! All UP Press titles, bestsellers, and new releases will be sold at a 20 percent discount, and all consigned titles at a 5 percent discount. The book sale runs from March 1 – 31, 2012. The UP Press bookstore is located at E. de los Santos Street, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City and is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
A book blog by the Guardian ponders on what effect the increasing popularity of book trailers has on the books themselves. (Source)
Batman is named the greatest comic book hero. Of the top 10 heroes listed, Wonder Woman is the only…woman. (Source)
After facing protests from a group called “One Million Moms”, Life with Archie #16 — featuring the interracial gay marriage of character Kevin Keller — flies off the bookshelves. (Source)
The New York Times has a really interesting story on The Physical Archive of the Internet Arhive, which seeks to “collect one copy of every book.” (Source)