J.K. Rowling announced yesterday that she would write the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, a movie set in New York, some 70-odd years before Harry Potter, and starring Newt Scamander. You’ve had 24 hours to process the following information: - Yes, there is wizarding activity in North America. Full Story
You ready? The long weekend is over. Summer is over. Gossip high season is before us. NY Fashion Week begins tomorrow. TIFF begins on Thursday. The Emmys are less than 3 weeks away. (Should we live-blog the show?) So the blog will be busy. And we had a taste of the seasonal gossip acceleration yesterday with the casting announcement for Fifty Shades Of Grey. More on this later.
Many of you have been writing to request more book recommendations. How many books do you read at once? I usually have two going at the same time. There’s the book you rip through, that doesn’t take very long, and then the book you spend an hour with every night, slowly. Sometimes you just want to make it last longer, to honour the care and the commitment of the author; sometimes it’s because the story is so devastating you have to take your time; sometimes it’s because you’re trying to convince yourself that by the time you’re done, the world might not be as cruel as the one that’s been written; and sometimes the book is like life, and it takes time to process. Read Full Intro
It’s been 15 years. Since when? Since many of us first met Harry Potter and went to Hogwarts. To celebrate the anniversary, JK Rowling is sharing some of her memories about writing the series and specifically who she misses the most: Dumbledore. The video is below.
When someone is awesome, we are compelled, for some reason, to search for their “next”. Who is the “next” JK Rowling? They’re now saying it could be Samantha Shannon. Shannon is 21 years old. She already has a 6 figure book deal for a 7 book series, the first of which, The Bone Season, was just released. Have you read it yet? I just started so I can’t say yet whether or not Shannon is what I like to call a First Book Bitch Read Full Intro
Have you read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak? I referenced The Book Thief exactly 3 years ago here in a post arguing in favour of YA – that it’s underrated, that it’s ignorant to dismiss it on the basis of its classification, because otherwise you’d be deprived of a work like The Book Thief, as profound, complex, and insightful as any so-called adult literature, and arguably more accessible.
The Book Thief has become a movie. The first trailer was released yesterday. The film opens in November. So watch the preview and then read the book – you have time. I promise this story will lift you.
And then there’s How I Live Now. Read Full Intro
Drew Barrymore is putting out a book of all hearts photography. Like an entire book of pictures of hearts. Page after page of hearts. Apparently she’s been taking pictures of hearts for 10 years. Now she’s curated her heart collection and wants to share the images with you. What!? But Taylor Swift totally wanted to do that! Said Drew of her heart affinity: “I have always loved hearts. Full Story
Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, the book I fell in love with earlier this year (click here for a refresher) is becoming a movie. Some books you read them like a movie. Night Film, for example, by Marisha Pessl, my current book infatuation, you totally read like a movie. There’s no doubt it will be a movie.
Life After Life though, even with all the rewinding and redoing, which should naturally lend itself to cinematic interpretation, as everyone annoyingly kept comparing it to Groundhog Day, just isn’t that kind of book. How can one life be captured in 2 hours, let alone a life that’s lived over and over and over again?
But here we are, Life After Life at the movies. Read Full Intro
Sovereign. Deadly. Perfect.
You will understand the significance of these three words when you read Night Film, the new book by Marisha Pessl due out on August 20th. But these three words also apply to Night Film, Pessl’s second novel, the follow-up to her high acclaimed Special Topics In Calamity Physics.
Night Film is the reason I didn’t watch the Teen Choice Awards last night. Or Breaking Bad. When you’ve been consumed by a Book Affair, you can’t do much else. I have become, in adulthood, a pretty disciplined person. But I have two weaknesses.
I am trying to defeat smoking and, so far, have had success with an electronic cigarette. A great book, however, I will never, ever, ever be able to quit for good. I tried with Night Film though. Read Full Intro
I’ve been on you about Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians. It’s the read of the summer. Have you? If no, get on it. Crazy Rich Asians has just been acquired by the producers of The Hunger Games. According to THR, the film will be made “outside the studio system” which is encouraging to me because, well, you don’t want a book called Crazy Rich Asians to suddenly become Crazy Rich White Asians. This is what’s exciting – a movie with significant Hollywood interest that will feature a totally Asian cast without calling for “computer geek in the back row”. I’ve been waiting for Liza Lapira to break out for a while now. Read Full Intro
He’s the right age. He’s the right build. He’s hot. But he’s also not interested. US Weekly reports that Garrett Hedlund has passed on becoming Christian Grey for the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey because he didn’t want to be locked into a trilogy which… I mean, if it’s really the “role every actor wants”, so what’s the problem with playing it three times? Well, Aaron Johnson recently said Full Story
Have you seen Spring Breakers yet? I put it on my iPad for my flight from Vancouver to Toronto the other day. Not really the best idea. Watching it on one of the plane’s personal seat viewers is one thing. But viewing it from your iPad, with much better resolution, so that the people around you can see your screen if they’re looking, is totally different. Full Story
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Dauntless at Comic-Con. It was a big day for Divergent at Comic-Con to kick off this year’s Dork Storm, as Sarah calls it. Look how many outfits Shailene Woodley had to wear. Woodley of course is the new would-be Kristen Stewart/Jennifer Lawrence, headlining the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s book series. Full Story