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In this week’s Buzz Worthy News: Authors and readers clash on twitter, the real cost of Hogwarts Tuition, Film Adaptation of Stargirl on the way and a Third Harper Lee book on the way!
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Film Adaption of Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl, first published in 2000 by Random House, is getting an adaptation sixteen years later.
The story, about a homeschooled girl who breezes into the lives of a high school Sophomore class, and starts dating on of the boys, Leo Borlock. Leo who loves her unique ways until he doesn’t, and asks her to change.
Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight, has signed on to direct the project. while Producer, Kristin Hahn has adapted the project for the screen.
“This is one of those stories and characters that stir your imagination and steal your heart and just stick with you forever. I am thrilled to have the chance to adapt this beloved novel and I can’t imagine anyone more uniquely equipped to bring this story to life than Catherine Hardwicke, a Stargirl in her own right,” Hahn said.
There Will Be A Legend Of Korra Comic Book
Man, Dark Horse Comics is on a roll these days. Kicking butt, taking names, making awesome comic book series about amazing ladies. Looks like Korra is up next!
The series comes from Michael Dante DiMartino, who co-created Korra and its predecessor Avatar: The Last Airbender. No other details have been announced yet, but the promo art used by Dark Horse at the panel suggests that the comic will pick up where the show left off.
Now this is exciting! More of Korrasami to come, eh?
The art features the show’s female leads Korra and Asami, whose relationship progressed beyond friendship toward the end of the TV series, which concluded in December. Now, fans will get to see what’s next for two of the most awe-inspiring women in animation as the comic series explores their romance.
This isn’t the first comic based on the Avatar world, which marked its 10th anniversary this February; Dark Horse has previously published three Avatar: The Last Airbender comics that bridge gaps between the two shows, but this Korra series will be the first written by one of the show’s original creators.
Awesome! Can’t wait to get a peek at this one!
Joss Whedon To Write Comic Book Series
Not content with breaking our hearts in television AND on film, Joss Whedon has set his sights on killing us with comic books.
Twist, to be published by Dark Horse Comics, sounds quintessentially Whedonesque.
“It’s a Victorian thriller about a meek chambermaid who is fed to a dark horror — but instead of dying, she returns, with knowledge, power, and rage she can neither deny nor control,” Whedon told EW in a statement via Dark Horse. Expect a strong steampunk aesthetic, some dark knight thematics, and Whedon’s typically imaginative, provocative approach to political, social, and feminist concerns.
Seems like typical Whedon fare to me. Which means I will read all of them.
Third Harper Lee Book??
Because the controversy apparently never ends over this story, there is more potential news in Harper Lee Land.
Harper Lee’s lawyer Tonja Carter, the woman at the centre of the mysteries surrounding Go Set a Watchman’s publication this week, has broken her silence. In a lengthy piece in the Wall Street Journal, she intimates that there may be a third novel by Lee residing in a safe-deposit box in her home town of Monroeville, Alabama.
Wow, does anyone else get a seriously skeevy vibe from this lawyer who waits till just after the death of Lee’s sister and former protector before releasing all of these hidden treasures?
Looking again at the pages in the safe-deposit box, she found Go Set a Watchman.
“I immediately went to Nelle,” she writes. “I said, ‘Nelle, when I was in the safe-deposit box, I found something’. She said, ‘What?’ I said, ‘It’s a manuscript of a novel called Go Set the Watchman.’ She said, ‘It’s ‘Go Set aWatchman.’ ”
“I asked, ‘Is it finished?’ Nelle replied, ‘I guess it’s finished, it’s the parent of Mockingbird.’” Carter adds that she asked for, and received, permission to read it.
Carter reveals at the end of her piece that she returned last week to the safe-deposit box to see if there were any “other things hiding in plain sight”.
If there was a soundtrack for this story, it would be ominous, I tell you.
Well, my colleague very carefully removed its contents, which were about 300 pages of typed manuscript. It was clear to us that what was in the package had not been removed since it was first mailed.”
The pages, she said, appear to be the original manuscript of Mockingbird. And Watchman itself, she writes, was sitting “underneath a stack of a significant number of pages of another typed text”.
“Was it an earlier draft of ‘Watchman’, or of ‘Mockingbird’, or even, as early correspondence indicates it might be, a third book bridging the two? I don’t know,” said Carter.
I’m sure we’ll find out when it hit shelves in like a year, right?
US School Libraries Get A Funding Boost
Thanks, James Patterson! I’m telling you guys, every time I get to report on this guy and what he does for the book community, it totally makes my day. This is someone who literally puts his money where his mouth is.
James Patterson — the Daddy Warbucks of American publishing — made good on his pledge to help school libraries today. The bestselling writer of thrillers announced $500,000 in grants to 127 schools across the country. This is just the first installment of a $1.75 million program to help libraries buy books, fund literary programs and make repairs.
In March, Patterson invited librarians, teachers and principals to apply for $1,000 to $10,000 grants. Scholastic Reading Club, a division of children’s publisher Scholastic, pledged to match each grant with bonus points that can be used for books and classroom materials.
More than 28,000 applications came pouring in.
Wow! I wonder where all are tax dollars are going? I’d like to divert mine to public schools, please!
Carolyn Jo Starkey, a librarian at the Shades Valley High School in Irondale, Ala., told Patterson: “It has been about three-quarters of a decade since the school libraries in Alabama have received state funding to support our work and facilities. Like many other school libraries across our country, our collections and equipment have grown dated in content and fallen into general physical disrepair.”
Patterson was so moved by the applicants’ stories that he increased the size of his initial program from $1.25 million to $1.5 million and then to $1.75 million.
I have no words. This is just amazing. Don’t mind me, I’ll be over here wiping the dust from my eyes.
The Cost of Becoming a Wizard
When a news site published the cost of attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, they probably didn’t anticipate the reception they’d receive to the piece.
According to MATH, that tricky and devilish thing, you could expect to fork out 43,301 USD per year to be taught at the prestigious Wizarding school. Bad luck for the Weasley’s, aye?
Using a quote from Rowling that a Galleon converted approximately 5 pounds, Mic was able to build on logical groundwork laid by the Harry Potter Fan wiki to come to their conclusions. Keeping in mind that one year at Harvard is approximately 45,278 USD.
Yet, Mic made one serious flaw.
The hardest thing to figure out is tuition. Some insist tuition at Hogwarts is free, though the books are unclear either way. For the sake of this exercise, we’ll say that tuition must cost something. Multiple figures place the price around $42,000; we’ll take that number at face value.
They didn’t bank on how awesome JK Rowling is.
.@jk_rowling Guess us Muggles need to get it together. *waves wand over school loans*
— Mic (@micnews) July 17, 2015
Damn right, Mic!
“The Ministry of Magic covers the cost of all magical education!” she said. That makes us wonder: What are the taxes in the Wizarding World like? How much are the childless citizens paying for others’ education?
Regardless, we are happily correcting our original number of $43,031 to just $1,031, the cost of supplies. We’ve sent our apologies to Rowling.
Amazon Might Be In Deep DooDoo
Looks like Amazon.com is in the hot seat this time over claims of underhanded deals.
The American Booksellers Association, the Authors Guild of America, and two other groups together representing thousands of authors, agents, and indie booksellers, are asking that the U.S. Dept. of Justice examine Amazon’s practices for antitrust violations.
David Streitfeld writing in the New York Times reports that the Authors Guild, the American Booksellers Association, the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and Authors United wrote in letters sent this week to the Justice Department that “Amazon has used its dominance in ways that we believe harm the interests of America’s readers, impoverish the book industry as a whole, damage the careers of (and generate fear among) many authors, and impede the free flow of ideas in our society.”
Unlike the case brought against publishers, which outlined collusion over book price fixing, so far there does not seem to be any concrete and fact-based claims. Time will tell, however, how far the online megastore has gone to make itself the biggest bookseller in US history.
Author Katie M. Stout Leaves Twitter Over Racism Claims
based on some of the quotes from Katie M Stout’s new book, Hello, I Love You, it would seem some of the content is problematic. The book is set in South Korea where North American girl, Grace, has decided to attend boarding school. Its Kirkus review goes so far as to call it “clueless cultural appropriation“.
Readers of the book took to twitter to chastise the author for the content of the book.
These are actual quotes and I'm just going to lie down and die now thank you pic.twitter.com/qtnqVya8lr
— Erin (@solcelo) July 19, 2015
[email protected] hi maybe if you're gonna write about Asian people consider not being racist! Just a thought.
— biracial af (@alyssakeiko) July 19, 2015
— Xib (@Xibuna) July 20, 2015
Stout left twitter today after the incident and there has been no comment from her since.
Maggie Stiefvater Twitter Clash
Maggie Stiefvater fended off twitter users this week who sought to discuss, what they saw as, the problematic characterisation of Bulgarian character, Kavinsky, in Stiefvater’s highly popular Raven Cycle series.
Twitter user @edmundcorcoran approached Stiefvater over the claims and others joined in to say their displeasure at the way the character was portrayed. As much of the twitter conversation as we could find is below.
— not all tumblr users (@edmundcorcoran) July 19, 2015
i want a clver caption but i dont have one. *salutes* pic.twitter.com/TjCvtZv51g
— not all tumblr users (@edmundcorcoran) July 19, 2015
@fairychesters Ok, I'll play, since it's a party. Tell me, then, what I should have done differently in the text. I'm listening.
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) July 19, 2015
@mstiefvater muting people for criticizing you? bro you've been to Bulgaria once and we're NATIVES so yeh we have the right to complain
— mirela (@fairychesters) July 19, 2015
@fairychesters Now I'm VERY confused.
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) July 19, 2015