Welcome to this week’s Buzz Worthy News! Yet another couple of the Big Six talks about getting married and turning itself into one big baby, E.L James’ publisher is threatening people for being “parasites”, but why would anyone want to be a parasite to a book that can’t even make the shortlist for the worst sex in literature? A new Bad Lip Reading video is out, this time for New Moon and Game of Thrones Season 3 Trailer is out. Perhaps the most shocking news of all is that we managed to fit two entirely separate Sean Bean memes into the same post! All this and much, much more. Read on to find out everything that’s been happening in the book world this week.
Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly Monday news post. Bringing you all the most interesting, relevant and fun news from the publishing and book blogging world.
So the end is nigh, ya’ll. From big six to big five and now maybe big four? Chuck
Wending Wedig Wendig said on Twitter:
I agree. Except it won’t be two companies. It will be one giant publisher Harperschustette RandomPenguinillian and it will still be struggling to compete with Amazon. Have we yet mentioned how beneficial it is to buy from your local Indie? Buy your ebooks from Smashwords? Online order from usegoodbooks.com?
More about the possible merger:
“News Corp, owner of HarperCollins Publishers, has expressed interest about buying the publishing company Simon & Schuster from its owner, CBS Corp, according to News Corp-owned The Wall Street Journal.
This comes following News Corp’s unsuccessful, last-minute bid for Penguin, shortly before its announced merger with Random House. “The people described the talks as preliminary and cautioned that a deal isn’t imminent,” wrote the Wall Street Journal.”
So there’s lots of different kinds of literary awards out there. Some more prestigious than others. But apparently badly written sex scenes are even more prevalent in literature than I had originally presumed and it also turns out that it gets bad enough that they have an award for that too. The shortlist came out this week and here it is:
–The Yips by Nicola Barker
–The Adventuress: The Irresistible Rise of Miss Cath Fox by Nicholas Coleridge
–Infrared by Nancy Huston
–Rare Earth by Paul Mason
–Noughties by Ben Masters
–The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills
–The Divine Comedy by Craig Raine
–Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
The question everyone is inevitably asking, because how could you not, is why on earth Fifty Shades of Grey is not on this list? The answer is simple:
Now how did Fifty Shades of Grey manage to escape this dubious honor? Well, on a technicality. The book wasn’t eligible, The Guardian reports, because “the prize’s rubric explicity excludes pornographic and erotic literature,” said Johnathan Beckman, Literary Review senior editor.
Well, there you have it.
I would like to mention that, once again, the literary community has overlooked women writers. Of these eight terrible sex scene writers, only TWO are women. But, you know maybe women are just born knowing how to write better sex?
You know how you hear every so often that some douchebag like O.J. Simpson is going to write a book about their nefarious deeds and try to profit off of causing other people pain and agony and possibly taking their lives? Well the upside to that is that sometimes the victims can do that too. Elizabeth Smart joins the growing number of people writing about the horrific things done to them in a tell-all memoir.
Ten years after she was abducted, Elizabeth Smart is penning a memoir about the nine months she was held, often in chains, and raped almost daily.
Now married and a senior at Brigham Young University, Smart, 25, is co-writing her story with Chris Stewart, a Utah Congressman-elect.
“She has taken a professional outlook on this and is able to talk in an impressive way about these things frankly,’ Stewart said.
I say good for her.
Ah! The Way Back Machine! How we sometimes delight in the things that can be found in your saucy, saucy archives!
So, the French Publishers for infamous P2P writer, EL James has been doing this thing where they send out threatening legal-like letters to people. Why? Well, they feel that some of these titles bear a little bit too much similarity to Fifty Shades of Grey which was a totally original novel and was never based off or heavily inspired by anything. Ever.
The Telegraph had this quote from editorial director Laurent Laffont: ”Some of these titles, which pick up on elements of the book, are clearly parasitical … We would like those planning new releases next year to know that we are watching very closely to ensure they are not parasitical.”
But it really takes the Way Back Machine to appreciate how incredible it is that EL James’ publishers would accuse anyone else of being parasitical.
The official line from James’ team is: “This did start as Twilight fan fiction, inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s wonderful series of books. Originally it was written as fan fiction, then Erika decided to take it down after there were some comments about the racy nature of the material. She took it down and thought, I’d always wanted to write. I’ve got a couple unpublished novels here. I will rewrite this thing, and create these iconic characters, Christian and Anna.”
But of course, it’s all forgivable if the original (ha!) Fanfiction underwent heavy editing before being professionally published. Oh wait…
Blogger Jane Litte used the Turnitin plagiarism detection program to measure similarities between the two books. She reported: “According to Turnitin, the similarity index was 89%. There are whole swaths of text wherein just the names were changed from MoTU to 50 Shades.”
I don’t believe it! Impossible! EL James would never… Oh wait. Never mind. Anyway, back to that Hunger Games/Harry Potter fanfiction I plan to write so that I can pull and publish.
So I’ve yet to actually sit down and watch Game of Thrones, but I hear it’s awesome. Whenever my best friend mentions it, she gets a wild look in her eyes that could rival that of a Twi-hard’s. One of these days I’ll join the rest of humanity and check it out. Especially since they seem to have added interesting new additions to the cast.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Will Champion, the drummer of the Grammy Award-winning band Coldplay, and Gary Lightbody, lead singer of alternative rockers Snow Patrol, have signed on to make cameo appearances this season. Champion will appear as a drummer and Lightbody’s role has not-yet-been-revealed.
You can check out the teaser trailer below. In my opinion, I’d barely call it a teaser. But Game of Thrones fans only have to wait until March 31, 2013 for the season premier!
Dark Horse Comics has teamed up with Nintendo to make one of my dreams come true. In January they are releasing a full-color Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia encyclopedia! *plays Zelda music on her ocarina*
The encyclopedia will cover the full history of The Legend of Zelda franchise and will include an introduction by famed game designer and producer Shigeru Miyamoto. It will also include the official chronology of The Legend of Zelda games, concept art, information on the making-of of the franchise, and a comic by The Legend of Zelda manga artist Akira Himekawa. Dark Horse Comics and Nintendo will release the book on January 16, 2013.
And it has a cool trailer!
Bad Lip Reading: New Moon
About a month or so ago Kat and I ran across a hilarious parody of Twilight. Now they are back again with New Moon. There are so many great lines in this one. “Yeah, well. We gots y’all’s toothbrushes. So it’s like viva la toothy.” And “Fish breasts! Little pig, little pig, china men!” LOL.
A Reading of Fifty Shades of Grey in Fifty Different Voices
A person’s creativity never ceases to amaze me when it comes to parodies of Fifty Shades of Grey. Will this ever get old? Well, I’ll stop laughing as soon as it stops being funny.
So we haven’t done the Scandals section in a while, mostly because there is nothing much to report these days (thank goodness!). However, this time we feel the need to include one instance to help warn bloggers from being scammed.
Thea and Ana from The Book Smugglers hired designer Anna Marie Moore to redesign their site. They paid a total of $260 back in June with the understanding that the work would be completed in only 2 weeks. Unfortunately, they were met with excuse after excuse and never received the design or a full refund.
Which brings us to today, November 25, 2012. We would not have posted about this ridiculous situation publicly, except that Anna has a banner on her site saying that she is currently accepting design projects.
We know that we’ll never get our money back, and we’ve made peace with that. This post is not about getting our money back – this is a public service announcement.
We want to make sure that NO ONE else goes through what we went through.
If you are considering purchasing design services from Anna Marie Moore, we implore you to look elsewhere.
Shortly after the PSA was announced, Anna’s design site went down. And if you remember correctly, this is the same designer who redesigned The Story Siren and defended her venomously on Twitter when the plagiarism scandal broke. What’s more saddening are the comments on the post where others report similar experiences as well. Looks like irony is off being a bitch again.
You can check out their full statement in their Smugglers’ Stash & News.