- Here’s the trailer for “Snow White and the Huntsman”, where Bella Swan, after being trained by Thor, leads the Men of Gondor in a rebellion against Aeon Flux. or Aileen Wuornos if you’re all indie and stuff.
- Two Pulitzer Prize winners will be heading to our fair shores next week! Edward P. Jones, author of “The Known World“, and Junot Diaz, author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao“, will be taking part in the Manila International Literary Festival, which will be held from November 16 to 18. (Source)
- There’s going to be a course on Harry Potter at Durham University in the United Kingdom. The Guardian’s kicker takes the cake, though: “Module will focus on ‘social, cultural and educational context’, but no word on whether Expelliarmus will be applied to students with poor grades.” (Source)
- I love a good plagiarism story, and boy is this one crazy. Debut novelist Q. R.
Markham’s novel, “Assassin of Secrets”, recently came out to strong reviews, with Publishers Weekly noting that the “obvious Fleming influence just adds to the appeal. Turns out, the “obvious Fleming influence” was around because Markham — Quentin Rowan in real life — used Fleming’s actual words, along with the word of Robert Ludlum and many more. The blog “Reluctant Habits” even provides a rundown of the works plagiarized! (Source 1, Source 2)
- “Assassin of Secrets” most definitely will not make it to Amazon’s Best Book of 2011. Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84” and Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus” made it though! (Source)
- The New York Observer has a nice profile on Anthony Bourdain, who it appears is now going into publishing. (Source)
- Barnes and Noble has a new Nook tablet out! (Source)
- Check out “The Books They Gave Me”, a Tumblr blog focusing on books given by lovers. (Source)
- Take a look at some stills from the David Cronenberg film, “Cosmopolis”, based on the Don Delilio novel of the same name. It stars Robert Pattinson! (Source)
- In that other Robert Pattinson film that’s based on a book, he talks about how Bella’s placenta tastes like “cream cheese and strawberry jam”. I can’t wait to watch this movie. (Source)
- Finally, “One Tree Hill” star Chad Michael Murray is now a graphic novelist, coming out with “Everlast” under Archaia. I will now take this opportunity to post shirtless pictures of him under the cut. (Source)
To be frank, I only really got to know about Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants” when Robert Pattinson’s name got attached to the project. Considering that the poor guy’s every move is reported on and gushed upon by countless Twihards the world over, it’s hard not to find out what he’s getting involved in.
And once I got a hold of “Water for Elephants”, it does seem like a good decision for him to get involved with the book’s movie adaptation. The blurbs declare that the book spent more than a hundred weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list, and there is even a Stephen King recommendation inside. The built-in audience may not be as rabid as the “Twilight fans”, but one can be sure that they’re there.
With so much buzz surrounding the book — and me being the most gullible person in the known universe — I started reading the book with pretty steep expectations. And as always happens when I expect something from anything and anyone, I end up slightly disappointed.
So last week, Summit Entertainment came out with its first trailer for Paul Anderson’s “The Three Musketeers IN 3D” (Emphasis mine) and it looks like a right mess. Slow motion musketeering (That is totally a legit word, shut up), Milla Jovovich’s Lady de Winter being all Alice from Resident Evil in the wrong era, and A FLYING SHIP. I mean, WAT EVEN.
If it weren’t for the fact that Orlando Bloom is in it, I wouldn’t even be mildly interested. I may watch it on October 14.
And as it turns out, it’s not the only book to movie adaptation coming out in the following months. Twelve book to movie adaptations are coming out this year, and I thought it would be fun to take a look at all of them and see which one is going to crush your book reading experience forever.
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