This week in Buzz Worthy News: Google kills the Google Reader – internet hasn’t been this dismayed since the death and rebirth of the twinkie, an 11 year old is publishing her first book, did anyone else ever think Game of Thrones would be perfect if it were set in high school? And controversy got the blogger world all riled up! All this and more, waiting for you to check it out!
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.
Ah! Google Reader! Remember how useful you were before Google ripped out all your features to try and push people toward using Google+? Well, I don’t because I never used it, but I guess so since a petition to save it passed over 100,000 signatures. The mad scramble for an alternative has begun, now that it’s imminent death in July has been announced. Alternatives are being tested by the masses looking for an alternative – many providing bitter, bitter disappointed.
But Digg has come out to announce that it plans to release a new reader:
We hope to identify and rebuild the best of Google Reader’s features (including its API), but also advance them to fit the Internet of 2013, where networks and communities like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit and Hacker News offer powerful but often overwhelming signals as to what’s interesting. Don’t get us wrong: we don’t expect this to be a trivial undertaking. But we’re confident we can cook up a worthy successor. SOURCE
Wait… I thought Digg was dead? I don’t remember. I was too busy tooling around on reddit. This is totally book news, by the way. I don’t know why. I just felt like putting it here.
Cue my incessant weeping. No, really, I’m so proud of this little girl. Not only did she write what looks like a kick-ass book (The Clown That Lost His Funny! I challenge you not to AWWWWWwwwwwww!) But she launched a Kickstarter to help, which has already raised $5,500 toward that venture! An amazing achievement for someone of her age.
“Hairy the Clown loves his job at the circus. But one day, something tragic happens and he ends up losing his ability to be funny. He’s forced to get a job he doesn’t like. What happens next is really cool.”
Go for it, Lauren! Fulfill your dream! Run toward it with all the wild abandon of youth! If you need me I’ll just be over here in the corner. It’s totally water in my glass that I’m drinking.
There’s this little thing that’s been doing the rounds around TV lately called Game of Thrones. Something about Starks and Lanisters and a winter that’s apparently coming and all I know is that Jason Mamoa spends a sufficient amount of time shirtless:
And I want to punch this kid in the face even though I have NO IDEA who he is:
I just… really need to punch him.
But, regardless of how little I know of the series, this webshow looks freakin’ badass! Although, Prom Night is coming? C’mon! Everyone knows that nobody who’s anybody goes to Prom!
Check out the first episode here:
Amazon stated a new imprint. Yey! What can I say? It’s a slow news week.
Day One is a digital-only series within Little A that is focused on short stories from debut writers and is available in North America and in the U.K. The first title, Kodi Scheer’s, haunting, fabulist “When a Camel Breaks Your Heart” was released on February 5, 2013. On March 19, Day One will release “Monster” by McSweeney’s contributor Bridget Clerkin, in which a woman struggles to keep her dysfunctional family
together amid unsettling events–the family dog goes missing and an unidentified, mysterious animal corpse washes up on the beach.
But get this, right? They’re publishing James Franco.
I ask you this, Amazon, isn’t his blog on HuffPo bad enough?!
Did you hear some kind of loud, incessant squealing at some point this week and wonder what caused it? It may have been the news that Theo James was cast as Four in Divergent.
Here’s a picture of him naked in the bathroom. You’re welcome.
Here’s more about it:
“As a fan of Divergent, I am thrilled to have been chosen for the role of Four and to be a part of such a phenomenal story,” James told Entertainment Weekly. “As an actor, I am excited to explore and play this incredibly complex and mysterious character. Director Neil Berger is a remarkably visionary filmmaker. Along with the incredibly talented Shailene Woodley, we are looking forward to the fantastic adventure of bringing this beloved book to life on the big screen for all the fans.”
Four’s casting wasn’t the only one announced this week – though the other’s don’t necessarily look as good naked in a bathtub. Other casting announcements are:
James’ casting is the latest in a slew of announcements this week. Jai Courtney will play Eric (Divergent leader), Maggie Q will play Tori (the tattoo artist), Zoe Kravitz will play Christina (Tris’ eventual friend), and Ansel Elgort will play Caleb (Tris’ brother). Shailene Woodley will play Tris. Kate Winslet will play Jeanie Matthews, the leader of the Erudite faction.
Jennifer Rush… RUSHES INTO CONTROVERSY
Hahahahahaha! I love coming up with corny titles. Anywho, it went down like this. Jennifer Rush has been getting some negative reviews of her book, Altered. To blow off some steam, she wrote this blogpost:
How To Know When To Get Off The Internet
So another blog who does a news feature not unlike this one was posting about some random stuff a random author did.
You know, usual crazy shit that some authors are prone to doing these days and the fact that we’re used to it shows how far we’ve fallen, people!
But then the author decided to clarify and explain his very reasonable and logical position, as well as correct a few misconceptions. All of which he managed to do without making himself look like a flaming bag of turds. Hahah! Nah, you know I’m just messing with you.
I checked WebMD, author-dude, and the diagnonsense wasn’t good. Special Snowflake Syndrome – Recommended cure is to immediately close all browsers. Besides, everyone knows that Anna Karenina isn’t a real person! Rather the Spirit of Hilarious Chaos that manifested as a result of humanity’s collective need to mock.