Welcome to this week’s Buzz Worthy News! Kat Kennedy is back after her month long break to bring you all the fun, juicy stuff! So, what’s been happening? Cosmopolitan and Harlequin are joining together to take over the world, Eloise Klein is Los Angeles’ new Poet Laureate, someone decided Tin Tin is not racist. Clearly doesn’t understand the meaning of racism, and the Bad Sex in Literature Award has been given out. Read on to find out all the most fascinating things that we have dished up for you today!
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.
Los Angeles’ first Poet Laureate has been selected and it’s Eloise Klein Healy!
“The post, funded by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, is the brainchild of [Mayor Antonio] Villaraigosa. Most U.S. states have poet laureates, as do many cities, large and small, including Boston, Santa Fe, N.M.; San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Gioia said the committee began by brainstorming a wish list of 11 candidates they wanted to see in the mix. All but one of those poets were among the 40 people who were nominated or applied, he said.”
Step 1. Get our own list on the NYT
Step 2. ?
Step 3. Take over the world
We’re that much closer, guys! Congratulations on making it that little bit further towards complete and total world domination!
Much to John Green’s chagrin, he will not be able to crush Bill O’Reilly under his heel on the NYT list of best sellers because he has been moved to a different list. Our sole hopes remain with Colbert.
“The New York Times will divide its Children’s Bestsellers list for chapter books, creating separate middle grade and YA lists. NYT editor Pamela Paul announced the news last night on Twitter. We’ve embedded her three tweets below.
The newly formed middle grade and young adult lists will account for both eBook and print book sales. However, the picture books list will continue to exclusively spotlight on hardcover titles.”
This year’s Nobel Prize winner is following in the footsteps of other esteemed Nobel winners by saying shit that he probably shouldn’t say.
“Nobel Prize laureate Mo Yan, who has been criticized for his cozy relationship with China’s Communist Party, has compared censorship to security checks at airports, suggesting it is unpleasant but necessary.
Mo says he does not believe censorship should stand in the way of truth, but that it can be used, or is sometimes even necessary, to stop rumors and defamation.” SOURCE
Han Han, who recently published This Generation has a different opinion: “i don’t know how a country where a writer starts shaking as soon as he picks up his pen can become a cultural powerhouse”
Mo Yan explains his reasoning that censorship protects against defamation – which is a reasonable argument, but defamation for who? Still, whilst I understand why people are upset, I also kind of understand where Mo Yan is coming from. China is a nation of more than a billion people with a very bloody recent history due to civil wars. Keeping peace and control of that many people must be extremely difficult. On the otherhand, censorship! Gah!
Cosmopolitan, writer of some of the absolute worst sex advice ever is teaming up with Harlequin, publisher of romances are joining up in what may be one of the best worst ideas in the history of best worst ideas and I’m including the time that everything, ever happened.
“Starting in May, the series will release two original eBooks by Harlequin authors every month. They will feature “modern young women living the free-spirited and outgoing lifestyle espoused by the international magazine.””
We look forward to sexy stories about modern, young women living the free-spirited and outgoing lifestyle while traumatizing an increasingly erratic series of partners with their terrible bedroom skills.
Did you guys know Steph and I work for Random House? Think you could please drop Random House a line and tell them we totes work for them. Cause, uh, this year for Christmas bonuses, Random House employees are getting a cool $5,000 each due to the massive success of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Okay so the bonus is only for like, actual Random House employees that have been with the company for more than a year. Those who have been for less will receive a variably lesser amount depending on their service.
“According to The New York Times, every one of the company’s several thousand U.S. employees, from ‘top editors to warehouse workers,’ will receive a $5,000 bonus because of the book’s stellar success.
Random House picked up the book and published it in 2011 to massive popularity. The novel has sold over 35 million copies in the United States, while setting the record for fastest-selling paperback of all time.”
Tin Tin’s Not Racist – MY ASS!
A Belgian Court has ruled that TinTin is not racist and that ““Tintin in the Congo” is full of “gentle and candid humour”.” Right. –SOURCE
But you know, it’s not like Belgium has a history in the Congo. After all, in the 1880’s King Leopold created a Humanitarian effort in Congo which stated that “Under terms of the General Act of the Berlin Conference, Leopold pledged to suppress the East African slave trade; promote humanitarian policies; guarantee free trade within the colony; impose no import duties for twenty years; and encourage philanthropic and scientific enterprises.”
So of course, in no time at all, under his direct supervision, ““The result was one of the most brutal and all-encompassing corvée institutions the world has known . . . Male rubber tappers and porters were mercilessly exploited and driven to death.” Leopold’s agents held the wives and children of these men hostage until they returned with their rubber quota. Those who refused or failed to supply enough rubber often had their villages burned down, children murdered, and their hands cut off.”
Want to know where I got that information from? The Genocide Studies program for Yale.
You know, Mister Belgian Judge, say you don’t want to ban a book that its own author admits was a “youthful sin” and reflected the prejudices of its time” then there’s lots of other options. Like in Britain where these books are sold with a warning for its racist content. But dismissing the OBVIOUS racism as gentle and candid? FUCK YOU, ASSHOLE!
This court case upheld a decision against Mr Mondondo’s group who have been campaigning for justice since at least 2010. I can’t express how much I hate the world right now.
An author took to her blog this week to blah blah blah… NOBODY CARES! “Waaaaaaah! Mean reviews!” “Waaaaahh! Fight back!”
We’ll let you read the Ultimate Moan for yourselves if you can stay away long enough. But we want to illuminate one point:
“There are a few reviews out there that are out right mean and hurtful. The intention of said reviews was to evoke a reaction. One review in particular on Amazon and Goodreads insulted not only my work, my editor and myself personally. Upon looking at the reviewers profile, I noticed her blog. After clicking on her blog I found she was an author, too. She. Was. An. Author. Too. I also found my book wasn’t the only book she gave a 1 star review to with similar insults. I want to work in a community where we lift each other up and support one another.”
Somebody call Whine-one-one! We need a whaaaaaaaambulance!
The review seems to be this one by Katiebabs which is absolutely by no means a personal attack, reaction provoking (other than the reaction of hiring a better editor – or any editor at all, for that matter) or even particularly mean! It’s certainly harsh but only addresses the quality of the product and her sentiments. But, you know, feelings are hurt and that’s all that matters.
In lieu of being talented or doing anything worth mentioning, Bret Easton Ellis has taken to ranting on Twitter like a senile grandpa who wants people to get off his lawn. This week it’s a jab at Kathryn Bigelow who, as you’ll remember, won an Oscar for Hurt Locker in one of the rare cases where a movie actually deserved winning an Oscar.
Of course, this isn’t hard because everyone knows that being a woman and an attractive one at that, instantly makes like easier when you want to be taken seriously in just about any profession where you don’t need to wear swimsuits and have pictures taken.
“Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting film-maker if she was a man but since she’s a very hot woman she’s really overrated.”
Wow. This coming from the guy who also ranted about the possibility that a gay man, Matt Boomer, could play Christian Gray in the upcoming adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey. Sure. Because no woman has ever found this man attractive.
This leaves us wondering about Ellis’ motivations, which can probably be summed up as:
Tiffany Reisz Has a Moment on Twitter.
So this review went up. Reisz took to twitter and made some choice comments:
The rest of the screencaps are here.
But then this happened:
So the exchanges were kind of funny enough and sincere enough that everyone got over the scandal pretty quickly and peace returned to the nation of Goodreads.
We should probably just create a regular Foz Meadow section for Buzz Worthy News. This week, as with most weeks, she wrote an awesome article that conquered the internet and defeated all that tried to oppose her. The post was in relation to two other totally awesome posts written this week. One by Tansy Rayner Roberts and the winning of the internet by author Scott Lynch in his rebuttal to criticism that his middle-aged black female pirate captain is unbelievable and pandering.
“Time and again, we see fans and creators alike defending the primacy of homogeneous – which is to say, overwhelmingly white, straight and male – stories on the grounds that anything else would be intrinsically unrealistic. Contrary to how it might seem at first blush, this is not a wholly ironic complaint: as I’ve recently had cause to explain elsewhere, the plausibility of SFF stories is derived in large part from their ability to make the impossible feel realistic. A fictional city might be powered by magic and the dreams of dead gods, but it still has to read like a viable human space and be populated by viable human characters. In that sense, it’s arguable that SFF stories actually place a greater primacy on realism than straight fiction, because they have to work harder to compensate for the inclusion of obvious falsehoods. Which is why there’s such an integral relationship between history and fantasy: our knowledge of the former frequently underpins our acceptance of the latter.”
Go read the rest for yourselves, it’s worth it!
The fact that Universal Studios is suing the creators of a pornographic version of Fifty Shades of Grey is hilarious on more than one level. It’s like an overflowing cup of hilarious. The humour just keeps coming. Consider, for example, that a XXX version of Fifty Shades of Grey is probably infinitely more faithful to the original narrative than whatever barely R rated version Universal is going to be putting out.
It’s not like making pornos out of very famous works isn’t something that has been happening since the beginning of forever. Somewhere, someone, was inventing fire and other people made a porno about it. But the fact that Fifty Shades has such a… SHADY past regarding toeing the line on copy right violations makes the whole debacle doubly hilarious.
“The suit was filed on November 27 in U.S. District Court in Central California by Fifty Shades Ltd. and Universal City Studios, which owns movie rights to EL James’s best-selling trilogy (which also includes “Fifty shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed”). In the complaint, the plaintiffs maintain that Smash Pictures, of Chatsworth, Calif., along with two other adult filmmakers and three other men, are producing and distributing unauthorized adult films and sex toys based on the best-selling salacious books.”
Hahahaha! Universal! You’re hilarious!