In this week’s Buzz Worthy News: Go Set A Watchman news, a message from District 13, a three star review is apparently an embarrassment and much, much more!
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Go Set A Watchman News
In case you’ve somehow missed all the Buzz, To Kill a Mockingbird has a sequel – Go Set a Watchman and there has been all kinds of massive promotion around it. PBS has updated its documentary from 2012 with all kinds of people like Oprah Winfrey, Roasnna Cash and Tom Brokaw.
You can also now read the first chapter for free here.
But, perhaps the most alarming thing about Go Set a Watchman is the alteration to one of the literary world’s most beloved characters, Atticus Finch – with him reportedly becoming racist later in life.
All this came about when the New York Times broke the international embargo on the novel in order to review it and its contents.
Others are quick to point out that this has been the real life experience of many civil rights activists.
The Rev Al Shapton on Atticus Finch:
“When I was a kid and Dr King was dealing with raw racism in the south, the northern liberals supported him. But when I came of age and started fighting racism in the north, some of the liberals who supported the generation before me were the ones I had to fight in police brutality cases … Finch reflects the reality of finding out that a lot of those we thought were on our side harboured some personal different feelings.”
Sentiments about Go Set A Watchmen have been tense with many arguing the agent and publisher are taking advantage of Harper Lee. Robert McCrum had this to say about it:
“As a fan of Mockingbird, I will probably not be alone in regretting her publisher’s decision to subject a frail old writer and her lost manuscript to the unforgiving climate of the contemporary book world.”
It seems Go Set A Watchman was written before To Kill a Mockingbird. In fact, To Kill a Mockingbird was written on the advice of an editor who thought it would be a stronger story.
Malala Yousafzai Celebrates 18th Birthday with a Hashtag
What were you doing for your 18th birthday? Joyriding? Bar hopping? Reading great books? Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel prize wining laureate and all around awesome human being, was starting a hashtag, #BooksNotBullets.
The idea for the hashtag was to pressure politicians to divert eight days’ worth of military spending into education. Something her blog calculates would result in $39 billion raised for educating children as opposed to drone striking their cities.
The instagram photo she put up on the day, which pictured her holding The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, garnered 16.9K likes.
“I want world leaders to choose books over bullets. It may look as if I am naive. I’m still a teenager. But I measure the world in hope, not doubt.”
A Message from District 13
It errrr… It’s certainly something. Lots of soldiers in white doing marching things with their guns. Then a shot of Katniss and well, yeah. Not much to say, really. *shrugs*
Fake Lemony Snicket Trailer Goes Viral
Amassing almost 3 million views for a teaser trailer, it seems the new Netflix series is off to a positive start. Only thing is, the trailer’s not real.
Posted by Eleanor Poe, the clever video fooled a lot of people before Netflix finally revealed that the teaser trailer was fake.
There is no current release day set for the premiere of the series so fans will just have to rewatch the 2004 movie adaptation starring Jim Carrey.
Goosebumps Movie Trailer is Out
So the Goosebumps movie is happening and it actually looks kind of funny. Not that I’ll actually watch it, but still. Jack Black plays the role of the Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine while Dylan Minnette plays Zach and Odeya Rush plays Hannah.
The movie is slated for release in October 16. When Zach stumbles in Stine’s house to try and rescue Hannah, he accidentally unleashes every monster that Stine ever wrote. Screenrant has a list of the 25 spotted out of the close-to-200 monsters that are possible.
The Rosie Project Adaptation to star Jennifer Lawrence
— THR Movies (@THRmovies) July 10, 2015
The Rosie Project, a best selling Australian book is set to be adapted into a movie and one of the lead stars has already been announced as Jennifer Lawrence. Just a side note, you should try reading YA Aussie Lit, because it’s so cool. It’s what all the cool kids are doing.
As of yet, there’s no news on the lead role of Don Tillman and there’s been no director attached to the project. The script was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber.
The story is about a socially awkward Genetics professor who performs an experiment to find the perfect girl for him. However, a bartender by the name of Rosie Jarman, who is the opposite of the survey qualities he requires, comes along and blows that all out of the water.
This book screams RomCom where Jennifer Lawrence excels having won an Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook and just being all around awesome.
Three Star Review an Embarrassment
@J_Leatherberry this review is an embarrassment.
— Linda Beutler (@oregonclematis) July 6, 2015
It might have been bad enough if it had just been left there. But someone else piped up on the authors behalf, managing to make the ingratitude of the author seem a million times worse.
— Suzan Lauder (@SuzanLauder) July 9, 2015
You can read the rest of the somewhat baffling exchange here which has been storified thanks to Tez Miller.