- Here’s the trailer for Daniel Radcliffe’s newest movie, “The Woman In Black”. The movie is based on Susan Hill’s 1983 novel of the same name. This isn’t the first time that the novel has been adapted to another medium; there’s a 1987 theayer version by Nigel Kneale that is still being staged today.
- Has anyone of my readers gotten their Pottermore email yet? Because my owl seems to have disappeared somewhere in the vastness of the internet. I am jealous of all the people who’ve already experienced what it’s like inside. Tidbits from The Guardian and Snitchseeker just ain’t cutting it anymore. (Source 1, Source 2)
- And since we’re talking about the Snitchseeker anyway, I hope you guys know that they’re giving away a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter. They don’t usually ship the letter outside of the States, and the contest rules are ridiculously easy, so go ahead and test your luck! (Source)
- The Register is reporting that the ebook versions of the “Harry Potter” series will be bundled with Sony’ newest e-readers. (Source)
- Yet another Potter-related item: a print-on-demand group called PublishAmerica is threatening to sue J. K. Rowling for defamation, because she put out a press release denying that she had any relationship with group. Why’d she have to do that in the first place? Because PublishAmerica sent out a letter to its clients claiming that they could have J. K. Rowling comment on their books for a fee of $49. The whole story is over at the Writer Beware blog. (Source)
- Today in book banning news: A Virginia school board has removed “A Study in Scarlet” from a sixth-grade reading list because a parent complained it was anti-Mormon. Not to worry — those kids can always download it from Project Gutenberg anyway. (Source 1, Source 2)
- Finally, National Book Store is bringing Nicholas Sparks to the country this October! Sparks will be in the country for a book signing tour, but so far that is the only detail that National Book Store has ironed out. I haven’t read a Nicholas Sparks novel ever (I know), but I will admit to crying while watching “A Walk to Remember”. I may have even perused some fanfic. (Source)
- We all know that we have our very own Hobbit House here in the good ol’ Philippine Islands, but apparently Montana is also getting in on that sweet Hobbit action. Steve Michaels of Montana runs an inn with “a four-foot stump-shaped troll house, a few round-door hobbit houses with chimney pipes and several shoe-box-size fairy houses.” (Source)
- Back when I was a prepubescent, I tried reading Stephen King’s “The Stand” and unfortunately couldn’t even make it past a quarter of it. I guess I should start looking for a copy and give it another try as David Yates and Steve Kloves (ugh) are coming up with an adaptation. (Source)
- Anybody who followed the London riots know that the bookstore Waterstone wasn’t touched by any of the looters. The Guardian has an essay up that asks: “Was it because the looters were uneducated, or because today’s publishing industry isn’t putting out books and materials that they can relate to?” (Source)
- The Guardian also has a great list of writing tips from several writers. I personally think Margaret Atwood’s tip are the best. (Source)
- Hate spoilers? Science Daily says you should suck it up because spoilers don’t really…uhm…spoil the story. (Source)
- The Google Books blog has tips on how you can share your books finds on Google+. (Source)
- Finally, OH MY GOD, FINALLY, we come to the best part of this week’s round-up. Back in May 2010, Tyra Banks announced that she would come out with a trilogy (trilogy!) of books set in Modelland (pronounced Model-land) which is described as a place where “where ‘Intoxibellas’ are trained. Intoxibellas are drop-dead beautiful, kick-butt fierce and, yeah, maybe they have some powers too“. Well, it’s been more than a year, and Barnes and Noble just put out a sample chapter of Tyra’s book. We have characters named Tookie de la Creme (TOOKIE!), Myrracle de la Creme (MYRRACLE!!), Theophilus Lovelaces (If that is not a rip-off of Xenophilius Lovegood I will strangle myself with an umbilical cord), and Zarpessa Zarionneaux. IT’S GLORIOUS. (Source)
- Marvel introduces a half-Black, half-Latino Spider-Man, floats the idea that we may even have a gay Spider-Man one day. The usual suspects react like totally racist jerkwads. Meanwhile, all of this happened in the Ultimates universe, which does not affect actual Marvel continuity. Call me when Parker actually kicks the bucket. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)
- Remember the “Paradise Lost” movie I mentioned a few weeks ago? Word is that Meryll Streep’s son-in-law, Benjamin Walker will be playing the role of Archangel Michael. I still think this is a horrible idea, but if Walker and Bradley Cooper battle it out shirtless, I may be persuaded.
- Finally, check out these sketches Wendy Macnaughton did for the New York Times! (Source)
It’s been a really busy week for me, with several interviews taking place one after another, that it’s been a little difficult to update this here blog. But I’m back now, O Faithful Readers in the Threes!
There’s been a post I’ve been itching to write for two weeks now that I hope you guys will really like. Watch out later in the day because I will definitely put it up before the weekend. But for the meantime this round-up of news will have to do!
If there’s one thing that really gets me riled up, it’s censorship. I don’t like it when it’s done to movies and I most definitely do not like when it’s done to books. It’s even doubly frustrating when these shenanigans go down in this day and age. So you can just imagine my contempt for the man on the right, Wesley Scroggins, who successfully campaigned to have Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five”, Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Speak”, and Sarah Ockler’s “Twenty Boy Summer” removed from a high school library and its curriculum. If there’s any silver lining in this, those kids will be searching the internet for ebooks of those three novels because that’s certainly what I would if somebody told me I couldn’t read something because it’s “dirty”. (Source)
- The Man Booker longlist is out, and this year’s list looks a little different as four of the novels included are debut works. There also seems to be more “genre” books this time around, which I’m certainly happy about. If a book’s good, it’s good, even if it’s “just a thriller”. (Source)
- I’m sure most of my readers from the Philippines notice that paperback books arrive really early here on our shores. Aside from the fact that it’s a tough battle to sell hardcovers here (I asked), it also looks like publishers are really pushing for paperback editions to come out earlier, mostly as a reaction to the rising popularity of ebooks. (Source)
- Finally, Lady Gaga, along with fashion photographer Terry Richardson, will be collaborating on a book of photographs chronicling a year in the Mother Monster’s life. (Source)
With the San Diego Comic Con now ongoing, there is a lot of book to movie news now making it out into the Web. From “Harry Potter” to “The Hunger Games” and all the way to the seemingly endless comic book adaptations, this week’s round-up will try to keep up with everything that’s happening, alongside other less “star-studded” book news.
- With “Harry Potter” no longer a contender, Moviefone has put together a great list of book to movie projects that could possibly succeed in replicating the success of “Harry Potter”. Of course, first on the list is Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games”, which just recently put out a teaser poster featuring a blazing mockingjay badge. Other series that seem set to make the transition to the silver screen are Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” trilogy; Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Wolves of Mercy Falls”; and Veronica Roth’s “Divergent”. (Source)
- One book to movie franchise that has consistently dominated — for better or for worse, depending on who you’re asking — Comic Con has been Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, and this year is no different. According to Entertainment Weekly, some fans were in line for the Hall H press conference three days before it was set to start. Say what you will about the franchise, but goodness me that is a different level of adulation. Or crazy. All I know for sure is this is one chagrined looking Edward Cullen. (Source)
- “Twilight” fans looking for a little bit of karmic payback for this particular Stephen King quote may have just had their wishes fulfilled as the adaptation of King’s “The Dark Tower” series looks to be dead before it even began. (Source)
- “Captain America” is opening on our fair shores next week, and from the
advance buzz it looks like plunking a few hundred pesos for it won’t be such a bad life decision after at all. And at least it gives me a better reason to watch the movie other than getting to see Chris Evans shirtless. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)
- And just to keep us on the Captain America track for a bit longer, Marvel has just released two concept art posters for the “Avengers” movie coming out in 2012. (Source)
- I quite enjoyed the “Sin City” movie when it came out in 2005, so I’m looking forward to the possibility of a sequel being made by Robert Rodriguez, who also helmed the first movie all those years ago. (Source)
- Bradley Cooper is set to play Satan in a movie adaptation of the John Milton classic, “Paradise Lost“. I don’t know about you guys, but this just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. (Source)
- Just when you thought Google couldn’t get any more omnipresent than it already is, the search engine giant just announced that it will be integrating with Pottermore so that future ebooks of the “Harry Potter” series will be able to integrate seamlessly with all the other Google products already on offer. (Source)
- There’s a great essay in the New York Times about how the digitization of historical texts and artifacts means for historians and researchers used to feeling a “contact high” when handling original manuscripts. Is there really any difference between handling an original manuscript and perusing it electronically? (Source)
- Finally, Jodi Picoult, author of “My Sister’s Keeper”, is set to publish a book she co-wrote with her daughter, entitled “Between the Lines”. (Source)
It’s been a busy week for me since the “Deathly Hallows” premiere, with interviews left and right as well as a few hectic days at the office as well. Nothing to complain about, but it hasn’t really been making it easy for me to take off a few books from my “to-read” pile. Hopefully, I can blog about a couple of books by next week.
In the meantime, enjoy this week’s selection of book news!
- With “Harry Potter” over for the time being — there’s still Pottermore, after all — people are looking to J.K. Rowling and what she has in store for the rest of the world. Rowling isn’t say much, though, other than that she is “working hard” on it. Here’s to hoping that she doesn’t end up like A.A. Milne. (Source)
- There’s an interesting post over at Jezebel about the women in the Harry Potter universe, how empowered most of them are, and a little bit of speculation about what it could mean for future YA franchises in books and movies. There’s also a lot of healthy and interesting discussion in the comments section, so be sure to check it out! (Source)
- To be quite honest, I have no idea what exactly Digital Adaptations is all about, and the interview with its executive producer over at Kotaku hasn’t exactly made things clearer for me either. From what I can understand, they’re adapting books to look a little like Microsoft Encarta’s Mindmaze and a little like those Flash games where you look for stuff hidden in backgrounds. I don’t know if that’s going to be terribly exciting, but I’m willing to see what they come up with. (Source)
- Oxford University shelled out $1.6 million for 68-pages of an unfinished Jane Austen manuscript. It was supposed to be 80 pages, but the first 12 pages are already owned by the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. (Source, Source)
- My birthday is in a few months, so would anybody be interested in gifting me with the pretty little book you can see on the right? It sounds like a lot of fun. I quote:
“The Elements of Style was first published in 1918. Think about that for a moment. In 1918, gay meant happy, opium derivatives were prescribed for headaches, and top hats and monocles were un-ironic fashion choices.”
- Finally, trailers for upcoming book to movie adaptations. The first one is Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo“, an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott-winning novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret“. Young stars Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz will be acting alongside Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, and Helen McCrory.
I haven’t read the book, so I don’t know how faithful it is. Looks interesting!
- This second one is for “John Carter“, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs “A Princess of Mars“. It stars Taylor Kitsch, which is all the reason I need, frankly. But to find out that the script is by Michael Chabon? Michael “The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” Chabon? I WILL BE FIRST IN LINE.
Will I pay P300 to see Taylor Kitsch in various states of undress? You bet.
First off, apologies for the lack of updates for the past week. Not only am I busy at my day job, I am currently slogging my way through a thousand-page work which I cannot talk about here because of legal considerations. DUN-DUN-DUN!
I will hopefully be able to finish this book over the weekend and move on to other works that I can feature on the blog. But for the meantime, enjoy this week’s round-up of news!
- With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” arriving in theaters next week, the Boy Who Lived is what is hogging the headlines right now. Newspapers from both sides of the pond are looking back at a decade of Potter, with varying opinions on whether J.K. Rowling’s hold on popular culture has been a boon or a bane for us all. (Source 1, Source 2)
- Another fantasy series is also in the news, and it is George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”. It’s sixth book, “A Dance with Dragons”, has just been accidentally shipped to over a hundred readers in Germany. To say that Martin is pissed is an understatement; he says he will “mount the head on a spike” of the Amazon employee who made the costly mistake. (Source)
- I rarely buy my books online — I like going to bookstores — but I do know that a monopoly in the book selling business will not be good for readers or my pockets. So just like fellow book blogger Honey, I would prefer that Amazon and The Book Depository to be separate entities. (Source)
- It seems like J.D. Salinger’s letters are just popping up everywhere. A new batch has been discovered that reveals that the author of “The Catcher in the Rye” and “Franny and Zooey” found graduations “pretentious” and that he had a deep love for cats. (Source)
- Finally, here’s an interesting idea. Twenty-six crime authors — from Alexander McCall Smith to RL Stine — have collaborated to come up with “No Rest for the Dead”. Each of the authors were just provided an outline of the chapter they were going to write and pretty much nothing else. (Source)
- If the people on my Twitter feed are to be believed, the biggest news of the day is the death of the Oxford comma. My response is to quote The Shoebox Project:
“Good advice though it may be, I am choosing to ignore all of it, since I have created a personal grammar that adheres to my needs both moral and punctuational. After all, with the world in its current lamentable state, I sincerely believe that rather than WASTING commas with the rest of my fat capitalist pig brothers on frivolous consumerist sentences like these, they should be donated to the more needy, such as the chinese, who as I understand it have NO COMMAS AT ALL.”
- Another big development online has been the quiet launch of Google+, the search engine giant’s attempt to dislodge Facebook from its social networking throne. While my initial wanderings on it have just made me realize it is Facebook without the annoying apps, Galleycat has been much more productive and outlined a few ways that the new Google product can be useful to writers, readers, and publishers. (Source)
- The Guardian has a list of phrases that should be considered cliche and meaningless, at least according to poets participating in the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Great, as I wasn’t worried enough about which phrases to use to not sound like some cliche-spewing robot. (Source)
- Finally, plagiarism! While not on the scale of Kaavya Viswanathan — Viswanathan’s book actually got published — there has apparently been a plagiarist on the loose on the wilds of the Internet. Somebody named Angela Priest has been taking published work, changing the character names, and passing them off as her own work. She’s not earning any money from it, but that is still some messed-up shit. The “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” background isn’t helping her out either. (Source 1, Source 2)
- Of course, the big news of the day is J.K. Rowling’s announcement regarding Pottermore. Rather than a Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) or an online game as some newspapers announced, the website is just a little bit more. Not only will it be the only place to get your ebook versions of the novels, it will also have interactive features and additional information about the books, characters, and the story, provided by Rowling herself. I personally just want to know which house I’ll be sorted in. (Source 1, Source 2)
- Spider-Man is dead! SPIDER-MAN IS DEAD! WHATEVER SHALL WE DO NOW?!? Oh wait, it happens in the Ultimates universe, so it basically affects nothing. Nothing at all. (Source)
- The New York Times has an interesting piece on Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg Larsson’s partner for more than three decades. I am particularly interested in the Viking curse ritual. (Source)
- Lastly, NPR has a really touching story on Alice Ozma and Jim Brozina, a father and daughter pair who kept up a tradition of reading together every night for nine years. (Source)
The return of the comeback! It’s been months since I last put up one of these, so I hope I can come up with some interesting stuff to present to you readers in bullet form.
- Of course, this week’s big news is still the exhibit of the original manuscripts of Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo” at the National Library of the Philippines. While I had originally blogged that the exhibit was only until today, the National Library has been ordered by the President himself to extend it up to Monday, June 20. So for those of you with an interest in history and our national hero, it’s best to check this exhibit out. The last time these works were exhibited to the general public was in the 60s, and you guys certainly don’t want to wait another 40 years to get to see these priceless historical relics.
- What has been keeping the Internet abuzz, though, is J.K. Rowling’s announcement of her new project, Pottermore. All everybody has right now is just a website, though; Rowling says the big announcement will come maybe five days from now. Mark your calendars!
- While some of my elementary school classmates grew up on Tintin, I grew up on a healthy diet of Funny komiks, Hardy Boys, Sweet Valley High, and Asterix comics. And as the cover on the right suggests, Asterix had quite a lot of violence in it. Probably because they had nothing better to do, a group of academics have analyzed the violence in these books in detail and published a study about in the European Journal of Neurosurgery, Acta Neurochirurgica. The results are just what you’d expect. (Source)