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In this week’s Buzz Worthy News: Cassandra Clare flees twitter after being abused by fans, Kate Upton to join Harry Potter spinoff, Jay Kristoff has a new series coming and much, much more!
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Kate Upton Is Up For The New Harry Potter Flick
So, going to freely admit I had no idea Kate Upton was an actor type person. Maybe it’s only that I’ve seen her in pictures? In any case, somehow she’s on the shortlist to star in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
According to multiple sources, Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons, and Alison Sudol are up for Tina while Kate Upton, Katherine Waterston, and Elizabeth Debicki are testing for Queenie.
Though she wouldn’t be playing Tina, Redmayne’s love interest, Second Lead Female Actor In a Harry Potter Movie would be a surprising role for Upton.
Jay Kristoff Looks Forward To Feeding Off Our Tears
Young Adult Writer (and bitter tear sipper) Jay Kristoff announced some big news from his website last week regarding his plans going forward from the Illuminae series:
You might remember late last year I announced I’d sold a new fantasy trilogy to the awesome folks at St Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books. Well, I’ve been slaving like a tall, caffeine-fueled grinder monkey (minus the cute jacket and little hat) in between working on ILLUMINAE and ILLUMINAE 2, and at last, I can announce some details!
So this new series is set in a world that’s part of a trinary star system, and having three suns constantly wheeling across the sky means the land only gets actual, legit nighttime once every three years. Which means my heroine’s ability to control darkness isn’t all that useful, but hells, grrl, you’re in a Kristoff novel – your life isn’t supposed to be easy.
Here’s the synopsis:
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.
The series comes out next spring/summer. I look forward to wanting to die over and over.
Because You Can Never Get Enough FSOG
If you’re like me, you FREAKING THRIVE on Fifty Shades of Grey news. You scour the internet for it, wishing for just one more tidbit. ahahahahahaha Couldn’t even keep that going for three sentences. No, seriously guys, there is actually going to be another book in this series. But wait, there’s a twist!
Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James announced Monday that she will publish a new version of her bestselling novel from S&M-happy billionaire Christian Grey’s point of view. Fans won’t have long to wait for Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian—the book comes out on June 18, the character’s birthday.
June 18th, as in THIS year??? How in the heck did the lady keep this under her hat so long?
According to a press release, the opening page of Grey reads: “This book is dedicated to those readers who asked… and asked… and asked… and asked for this.”
“Christian is a complex character,” James said, “and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past. Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story. It’s been a great pleasure to return to my happy place—writing, being with Christian and Ana in their universe, and working with the fantastic team at Vintage.”
If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in my sobbing corner, contemplating the fate of the known universe.
Pirating Gets A Cannon Blast From The UK High Court
As in days of old, England is going pirate hunting, only this time, she isn’t looking for ships and pirate flags:
The High Court has today granted The Publishers Association’s application under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 for a blocking order against the main UK ISPs. The order applies to 7 websites which have been found to contain substantial amounts of infringing content. Within 10 working days BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE will be required to block customer access to these sites.
These sites, all based overseas, have been infringing copyright on a massive scale. Investigations undertaken by The PA found that over 80% of the material available on the sites (and in some cases over 90%) infringes copyright.
Too bad for you illegal content downloaders, I guess.
All Male ‘Women in Comics’ Panel??
When I go to a conference and see a panel called “Women In Comics” I tend to assume that it’s going to be about women, for women, and most importantly, feature women panelists. Imagine the surprise of the Denver ComicCon attendees who went to said panel and found that ALL THREE OF THE PANELISTS were male. You read that right.
When comic fans attended the Women in Comics panel at DCC this weekend, some of them were surprised to see that all three panelists were men.
— Christy (@GeekChristy) May 23, 2015
Yeah, no joke! (I mean, it wasn’t a joke, right?) But the tweets didn’t end there.
As the panel proceeded, she tweeted that the all male panel gave a “lecture” on early female characters in comics “in relation to men.”
— Christy (@GeekChristy) May 23, 2015
But I’m sure there was a super great good awesome reason that ALL THREE PANELISTS on the “Women In Comics” panel were mens, right?
In an email response to Comics Alliance, the representative of DCC, Jason Jansky of DStreet PR defended the convention, saying that the panel was one “that took an historical view of women characters in comic books rather than the current role of women creators in the industry or diversity in comics — of which DCC has many with appropriately diverse panels.”
Nah, I don’t think so. Try again?
When I asked why there weren't any women on the panel I was told because it was a last month's addition and they couldn't find any #dc2015
— Christy (@GeekChristy) May 23, 2015
You’ve got to be kidding me. Or as The Mary Sue so aptly points out:
How it could be that someone like Kevin Robinette, who’s an expert on the history of women in comics “couldn’t find any” women who could speak knowledgeably on the topic alongside him? Especially since Trina Robbins, a comics historian, creator, and expert on women in comics herself, was attending DCC and was on other panels. We wanted to know if any attempt had actually been made and women weren’t available? Or if they just couldn’t think of whom to ask?
This was the stunning reply:
The session was never intended to be a staging of current female comics creators, and the panel description clearly indicated that it was a scholarly presentation…
We at DCC realize that a quick read of the title could be misinterpreted to indicate that it might have women creators on the panel, but the description or sitting in the panel room for five minutes would clearly indicate that Mr. Robinette’s intention was not to presume to speak for the perspective of current women creators, but to present an historical retrospective.
A historical retrospective on WOMEN creators and characters that doesn’t include a single WOMAN’S viewpoint??? I’ll let Wonder Woman do my talking for me.
Cassandra Clare chased off twitter, by Kat Kennedy
Cassandra Clare left twitter for what is expected to be a leave of absence from the popular networking site after the fandom erupted into a shitstorm and tried to drag her into it.
We’ll try to relate, briefly, what happened as best we can. Two fans of Clare’s work apparently got to read the script for the new upcoming TV show and found it problematic. They went public with their dissatisfaction at what they saw as troublesome elements and things WENT TO SHIT. Other fans reacted uproariously and some sent threats and harassed the fans and their defenders. The fandom began consuming itself like some kind of Ouroboros of self-fuckery.
People tried to drag Cassandra Clare into the middle of it, asking her to pick sides and berate fans on the other side, like she was their fucking mum! But good ol’ CC was having none of that! Oh no siree. In a widely circulated tweet, Cassandra Clare left twitter, refusing to mediate.
I have watched this fight between my fans unfold with horror and sadness. But I have also received a (cont) http://t.co/YVjeyuOHjp
— Cassandra Clare (@cassieclare) May 31, 2015
Rumour has it, as a result of this decision, Cassandra Clare was hacked and her DM’s made public but as of this moment we can not confirm nor deny. Mostly because it just seems like a rumour. BUT WOULDN’T IT BE JUICY IF IT WERE TRUE?!
Twitterary(Literary Twitter, get it?) Round-up (Sponsored by #BEA15)
First, there are the authors:
— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) May 27, 2015
And now tonight I will host one of my FAMOUS #BEA15 LITERARY SALONS!* * I'll be on the sofa with the dog muttering things
— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) May 28, 2015
— Libba Bray (@libbabray) May 28, 2015
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) May 28, 2015
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 28, 2015
Then, there are the fans:
— Disney Hyperion (@DisneyHyperion) May 28, 2015
— Gillian Berry (@mizgillianberry) May 28, 2015
— Heidi Schulz (@HeidiSchulz) May 28, 2015
— PenguinTeen (@PenguinTeen) May 28, 2015
And finally, there are the rest of us: (*sob*)
— Erin Bowman (@erin_bowman) May 27, 2015
No I'm not INSANELY JEALOUS of everyone at #BEA15. I'll just be over here in my Fortress of Solitude talking to my books–I mean friends.
— Victoria Schwab (@veschwab) May 27, 2015
And for those of us who DIDN’T get to go to BEA this year, I throw in this little nugget for the Beauty & The Beast fans among us:
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 28, 2015