- This list of Top 10 Most Misunderstood Lines in Literary History is very William Shakespeare and Robert Frost heavy.
- In light of all the talk about EL James and the 50 Shades of Twilight Fan-Fiction, I found this list of what famous authors think of fanfiction to be really funny. From Stephenie Meyer:
"I hear so many people arguing about fan-fiction. This one and that one. It seems like they are not as much fun anymore. I don’t know…. People pour out so much energy and talent into them… It makes me frustrated. I’m like, go write your own story. Put them out there and get them published. That’s what you should be doing. You should be working on your own book right now."
Reading in the News:
- This article by Nathan Bransford on cnet has some pretty compelling arguments for Why e-books cost so much.
- Daniel Abraham methodically evicerates the myth that "the Middle Ages really were sexist/racist/filled with sexual violence" in this blog post entitled Concerning Historical Authenticity in Fantasy, or Truth Forgives You Nothing. Daniel Abraham, I THANK YOU!
- Microsoft and Barnes & Noble are teaming up to take on Amazon and Apple in the fight for dominance of the e-book market.
- Okay, so technically a list, this collection of Incredibly Unique Bookmobiles around the World has some seriously unique methods of promoting literacy! The Project Mobilivre is one of the most aesthetically pleasing mobile libraries I have ever seen!
Armed with approximately 300 books that include everything from small press publications to bigger name titles, the sleek Mobilivre Bookmobile travels across America and Canada annually. The vintage airstream trailer is supported through the help of volunteers — many based in Philadelphia and Montreal, QC — happily and stylishly distributing the written word.
- This New York Times essay from a teacher in a public school in Manhattan was so very sad but also important. She talks about her struggle to teach great books to her student in amongst all the test preperation required by law:
"I MAY not be able to prove that my literature class makes a difference in my students’ test results, but there is a positive correlation between how much time students spend reading and higher scores." (via bookshelves of doom on twitter)
- With all the whitewashed covers we've been getting in YA, it is nice to see someone taking on the issue of The Ongoing Problem of Race in Y.A.
Books in Movie Land:
- I might have screamed WHAT?!?! (in a happy sort of way) when I read this tweet:
Yes, it's true, I can confirm it! Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) is writing the script for The Knife Of Never Letting Go! I KNOW!!
— Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) April 24, 2012
- In case you haven't picked up on my fangirl devotion to all things Neil Gaiman, I am here to tell you I Adore Him. So I was also rather happy (read stupid excited) to find out that his The Graveyard Book will be adapted by Henry Selick -- he of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline fame. The Graveyard Book is absolutely perfect for that sort of film! (via tor)
- I also have a thing for John Cusack and Edgar Allan Poe, so I was a bit disapointed to read this movie review by Danny Bowes saying:
So, The Raven isn’t very good. It takes a randomly selective reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and a few bits of triviata from his life and grafts those onto a by-the-numbers serial killer narrative in which the Poe character, the ostensible lead, is completely superfluous.
- The screen rights to Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules was aquired by Palomar Pictures the same week it was released! Crazyness, I tell you!
That's it for this week!