Buzz Worthy News
An author says that Libraries are no longer relevant before he sneaks in, steals all their books and cancels reading, Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson have a catfight, John Green is hanging with the President… OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! More movies of your favourite books are coming, Harry Potter gets a facelift and much, much more.
Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly news post bringing you all the best information about the book and blogging world, particularly for the venn diagram of people who overlap between the two. For new releases and cover reveals of all the best Young Adult fiction, check out our Sunday post: How New Titles.
Terry Deary reached out to the world to inform them of what all wealthy people have known about since they realized they could afford books: Libraries serve no purpose. And since they say so, I guess it must be true. Deary wants to make it clear that it’s not like he wants to hunt libraries down, stab them seventeen times in the chest and watch their bodies burn. Nor is he the actualized embodiment of a literary Grinch. He’s just being practical, folks.
“I’m not attacking libraries, I’m attacking the concept behind libraries, which is no longer relevant,” Deary told the Guardian, pointing out that the original Public Libraries Act, which gave rise to the first free public libraries in the UK, was passed in 1850. “Because it’s been 150 years, we’ve got this idea that we’ve got an entitlement to read books for free, at the expense of authors, publishers and council tax payers. This is not the Victorian age, when we wanted to allow the impoverished access to literature. We pay for compulsory schooling to do that.”
Julia Donaldson was among a cacophony of authors and industry professionals to roll their eyes, flip their hair and tell Deary to shut the fuck up.
“In reality, libraries are the places where our readers and book-buyers are created. Without the huge choice of books which libraries provide, children are not going to discover their favourite authors, and will not then be asking for books for their birthdays or buying them when they are adults with their own money.”-SOURCE
So true. I spent a great deal of my childhood in a library. So did my husband. Our local library isn’t just about giving away a free product, as Deary would put it. They hold story times to help literacy and book exposure to poor young kids, moms and bubs sessions, host author events, provide invaluable service to the community, help foster reader tastes. I could go on and on. I, and most of the people I grew up with would have been severely disadvantaged without a library.
Governments around the world did not form libraries with the sole intention of institutionally thieving from authors. That was only ONE of their intentions, duh! You know what’s great about libraries? They mean rich people aren’t the only ones who get to escape from this Deary/dreary (ha!) world into an infinite landscape of mind-opening learning and imaginative adventure. It means poor people also get to engage in a lifelong passion for learning while still being able to eat. It’s, like, pretty much the only good thing governments ever collectively decided to do AND YOU WANT TO SHUT THAT DOWN?!
Good job, sunshine. Why don’t you just go punch poor kids in the face and steal their pocket change to console yourself while you’re at it?
Everyone knows that, publicly, authors tend to get along or at least politely ignore each other. So we’re all absorbed by even the slightest hint that there’s a competitive, snarky edge to their professional interactions. Such delight came this week in the form of competingly awesome inscriptions written in The Wise Man’s Fear and The Way of the Kings by authors Patrick Rothfuss and Branden Sanderson. Whilst it all was probably hilarious, friendly horseplay, I for one choose to see it as a marvelous opportunity to spread salacious gossip.
In Rothfuss’ book, The Wise Man’s Fear, Rothfuss wrote:
“More majestic than The Way of Kings.”
This prompted Sanderson to sign a copy of The Way of Kings with:
“1000% less sex with random goddesses than Wise Man’s Fear.”
Now, no matter how much this is probably playful banter between two similarly situated adults having friendly jabs at each other, surely I’m not the only one hoping that behind the screen they’re like:
Alas, a full fledged battle didn’t break out as the tit-for-tat ended with Rothfuss writing “Well played, Sanderson…. Well played….” on Facebook.
John Green and President Obama Hang Out. Shoot the Breeze.
So on a completely normal Thursday for John Green, he will be hanging out with President Barrack Obama on Google+.
Yup. And, I mean, Steph and I aren’t angry about this. We are totally fine.
You didn’t think to ask us, Green? You know what totally adorkable Obama fangirls we are and you’re just going to go hangout without us? DUDE! I thought we were friends! I thought you were cool. You should also know that you could have made Steph’s life-long dream of having Obama tell her “Don’t Forget To be Awesome” come true. I guess she’ll just have to wait a little longer for that.
Okay. Okay. Okay. We’re willing to forgive you on account of the fact that you have no idea of who we are and have never heard of us before. Also on account of that time I photoshopped a crown on your head and called you the King of Teen. That was fun.
Still. I am so jelly, dude! You can see J-Green’s video about it here.
Life definitely has a positive outlook for John Green these days. Josh Boone is being predicted as the director for The Fault in Our Stars movie while Shailene Woodley was confirmed for the role of Hazel Grace. Nice, nice nice.
In case you didn’t know, Random House and Penguin books met, dined, danced and then finally, the question was popped. Now the happy day approaches where we all get to give congratulations to the happy couple. There’s still a few roadblocks in the way before Romeo and Juliet can be together, but one of those roadblocks was overcome today when the DOJ dropped its investigation.
“The proposed merger is currently under review by the European Commission, the Canadian Competition Bureau and various other antitrust authorities around the world. Pearson and Bertelsmann continue to expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2013, after all necessary approvals have been received. Following completion, Bertelsmann will own 53% and Pearson 47% of Penguin Random House. It will encompass all of Random House and Penguin Group’s publishing units in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, as well as Penguin’s operations in China and Random House’s publishers in Spain and Latin America.”
I know we’re all hoping that those crazy kids will work it out.
CW really wants to make The Selection work, but the attempts so far have been cursed by fate. CURSE YOU FATE!
Is what I would be saying if I actually cared about The Selection becoming a TV show whatsoever. Still, it’s fun to report all the gossip each week. This time the gossip is saucy. Almost the entire cast appears to have been dumped from the show.
Sean Patrick Thomas is reportedly the only actor to actually keep his role in the TV drama. This saddens me greatly, because I actually like him and think he’s a great actor. Aimee Teegarden, Ethen Peck and William Moseley will not be in the show after all, with Aimee having been confirmed for another CW show titled Oxygen.
I’m so excited. All my favourite stuff is getting turned into movies! And now Shadow and Bone has landed a writer and is on its way to possibly becoming a movie.
“Christopher Kyle is in negotiations to adapt Shadow and Bone, DreamWorks’ adaptation of the YA fantasy from Leigh Bardugo.
Harry Potter producer David Heyman is producing as is Jeffrey Clifford (Up in the Air).”
“Kyle, repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, penned K-19: Widowmaker and co-wrote The Weight of Water, both of which were directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and worked on Oliver Stone’s Alexander, which starred Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie.”
New Covers for Harry Potter
You know, for one of the most famous series of books published in the last 100 years, they have some pretty hilariously bad covers. Case in point:
“On Wednesday, J.K. Rowling’s American publisher, Scholastic, unveiled a new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first of seven new covers that will appear on paperback editions of the series in September.
The new covers, each focusing on a scene from that novel, are designed by Kazu Kibuishi, author and illustrator of the graphic novel series Amulet. Their release will mark the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Sorcerer’s Stone.”
Why does no one come to me to design their covers?! WHY?!