Buzz Worthy News
Jane Austen makes the ten pound note, sparks a shitstorm, Fight Club is getting a sequel, the Manbooker Prize is branching out from its usual candidates at an impressive rate this year, diversity in YA sucks and there has been a buttload of scandals this week.
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.
Chuck Palahniuk is Writing a Sequel to Fight Club
I’m not even sure why this is something he feels he has to do now. I am not sure how I feel about this. Palahniuk’s work is a little up and down for me. Since the movie is still a cult hit for disaffected youth the world over, I can’t help but think a sequel is only going to interfere with that.
Here’s the basic plot for the second book:
Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla is bored. Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom. It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.
Dude. Step away from the pen.
Manbooker Prize is Diverse this Year
The diversity of this year’s Manbooker prize is a flaming relief. But I must say, I wish it wasn’t so shocking. A shortlist that actually contains an amazing group of writers from different backgrounds. I just guess I wish that in 2013, this wasn’t so surprising and amazing to behold. It seems like we should beyond all that by now.
The Full List:
Five Star Billionaire, Tash Aw (Fourth Estate)
We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)
The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (Granta)
Harvest, Jim Crace (Picador)
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman, Eve Harris (Sandstone Press)
The Kills, Richard House (Picador)
The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)
Unexploded, Alison MacLeod ( Hamish Hamilton)
TransAtlantic, Colum McCann (Bloomsbury)
Almost English, Charlotte Mendelson (Mantle)
A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
The Spinning Heart, Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)
The Testament of Mary, Colm Tóibín (Viking)
Children’s Books are Still Woefully Lacking in Diversity
We all knew the statistics were going to be bad, but the length of badness is rather shocking when looking at this illustrated representation:
There really is no excuse for this complete inequality of representation. I doubt it’s much better in YA novels.
I am very pleased that the first picture book I am illustrating, The Change Your Name Store by Leanne Shirtliffe, has an Asian-American main character. I hope to see these numbers shift in the children’s book industry. I grew up going to pow wows and reading picture books by Gerald McDermott and Byrd Baylor. (The little girl in my illustration is a Jingle Dancer.) My grandmother, the primary picture book buyer in the family, grew up on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin. She taught art at the first Indian Community School in Milwaukee, where her sister, my Great Aunt Dorothy, was principal. I would LOVE to see more Native American picture books!
Jane Austen is Going to be a Tenner
The Bank of England has decided to put Jane Austen on the ten pound note. Yey! Caroline Criado-Perez campaigned for Jane Austen to make the note and succeeded this week, though her success has been met with violent protest. Criado-Perez received an average of 50 rape and death threats an hour for her efforts. One man was arrested in conjunction with the threats and Twitter is currently reviewing it’s report abuse feature. Her home address and personal information was also doxxed.
Jane Austen is one of the most widely read authors in English literature and her sharp commentary on social life in the 19th century has helped her remain a widely popular and renowned author. She helped usher in an era of realism, being critical of the themes of sensibility that were prevalent in novels of the day.
“Making her [Austen] the third woman to ever appear on British currency (other than a member of the royal family, naturally), behind Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Fry. She’s also the third artist (unless Wikipedia is steering me wrong), behind composer Edward Elgar and the Bard himself. This comes after protests that with the replacement of Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill, the only woman depicted on British banknotes would be the Queen. The bill also includes a quote from Pride and Prejudice, but I can imagine that it was difficult to resist making it “money is the best recipe for happiness.”
Goodreads Counts over 20 Million Users
Goodreads, Goodreads, Goodreads. What are we going to do with you? The site that everyone loves to hate right now. It has 20 million users now, having grown exponentially in the last year.
We now have 20 million members, up from 10 million members just eleven months ago … Your love of reading shines through everywhere on Goodreads, from group discussions to ratings and reviews to reading updates. You’ve written more than 25 million reviews and added more than 620 million books.
Goodreads was founded in 2007. In March, Amazon acquired Goodreads. The company is now headquartered in San Francisco.
It sent out a letter this week to advise those readers who are the most popular. This 1% of Goodreads now rules over all with its iron fist of strength and magnitude. The 99% were left with nothing to do but quake in fear as they were ruled over by the mighty one percent. The epicness was epic.
New Catching Fire Trailer Out
Ready for The Hunger Games Sequel, Catching Fire already? The trailer was released this week.
There’s been pretty widespread criticism of the actor chosen to be Finnick Odair. A campaign for Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy fame began a while ago, gaining a lot of traction. I happen to be team Jesse simply because that gorgeous specimen of a human being happens to be almost exactly as I imagined Finnick to be. The same racist assholes who protested the casting of Rue came out in force to protest Williams, even though this was a fancasting movement and Williams hadn’t even been offered the job or officially considered.
I’m sorry but unless I read the wrong book, isn’t Finnick Caucasian? By tanned skin Collins meant his skin was darkened from the sun (swimming/fishing) not that he is of a darker skin ethnicity… Don’t get me wrong, this guy is great just completely wrong for this role.
I think that Jesse Wiliams just won’t work. Finnick Odair in my eyes is Tall, young, disheveled medium long luscious Golden blonde hair, ocean blue colored eyes, he has a glowing tan, washboard abs, and wears almost no clothes, at the same times carries a trident. That is the guy i wan’t to see as Finnick. For example PERFECT GUY is Ian Somerhalder. Color him blonde and throw in some contacts and wala you have Finnick Odair!
For all those playing at home, Finnick Odair is supposed to have tanned or golden skin, bronze coloured hair and green eyes. So this total dickwad thinks it’s okay to take an actor that’s pale, with black hair and crazy eyes (okay, blue, but they’re still crazy eyes!) and turn that into Finnick. But you can’t give Williams contacts and have him otherwise fit the bill perfectly. That would just be weird according to the asshole.
In the end, Sam Claflin ended up playing Finnick Odair in the much anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games. But some people aren’t so enthusiastic of his casting. However, he does seem very invested in interacting with fans and his fitness regime! So, end result equals unabashed enthusiasm from me.
Flowers in the Attic is Going to be a Movie
I never read this book, but I’ve been assured it is a veritable deluge of incestuous teenage angst.
“Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn have both signed on to star in Lifetime’s TV movie adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ bestselling novel that familiarized countless of adolescent girls with the beauty of “cerulean blue eyes” and fucking your brother…Flowers in the Attic—the story about four children who are locked away in their rich grandparents’ and abused because of a deep, dark family secret, leading two of the kids to start having sex—will star Graham as the children’s mother and Burstyn as their evil grandmother.”
I am kind of disappointed that I never read this, since it seems like some kind of right of passage for adolescence.
There was a whole bunch of drama this week. Unfortunately, Cuddlebuggery is all dramaed out. I don’t think we could take another drop of it. So unlike our usual rundown, we’re just going to sum up a bunch of stuff and provide links so y’all can read it for yourselves.
There is an epidemic of Indie authors plagiarizing and “skimming” stories. Read more about it here.
A shitfight broke out on Khanh’s review of POD when the cover artist and someone seemingly associated with the author attacked the reviewer.
And… frankly, there may have been other stuff but we weren’t keeping track. Sorry!
To be honest, this all takes its toll on us. But the important thing is, wonderful bloggers whom we love, we are still here and loving you!
That picture really stresses just how bad racial diversity is in children’s fiction – and I doubt very much it changes across other axis of marginalisation or in other genres.
I pictured Finnick as a MOC – but given how fandom reacted to Rue, I’m depressingly unsurprised
Attacking reviews and yet more plagiarism – this plagiarism seems to be growing these days
Fangs4Fantasy I definitely hadn’t pegged Finnick as definitively caucasian, that’s for sure!
As for the racial diversity. I just want to huddle in a corner and rock back and forward.
Read Books and Blog
Flowers in the Attic being adapted again? TV movie this time? It was adapted back in the 80s with Kristy Swanson (movie Buffy) as the older sister. Can’t remember much of if it, accept that it was disturbing. And I haven’t read the book either.
Read Books and Blog I didn’t know it’d been adapted the first time! But then, I’m not very well versed on it. I haven’t read it yet.
Oh, I’m so excited about the Jane Austen pound note!! 😀 I need to get one of them!!
Thanks for all the news
AnimeGirlAlex Yeah, I kind of wish I were in the UK, just so I could get one!
I have to talk to Dan about The Fight Club sequel as it’s one of his favorite books. I think he will hate this idea as well. BAH.
Makes a note to read A Tale for the Time Being ASAP since I own it and it’s a Man Booker nominee.
I am dramaed out too. That’s why I’ve been staying out of most of it these days. I have no time to be stressed out when I could be loving life. Don’t blame you at all there!
Yeah, I’m not happy about it. Fight Club was what it was. He’s only going to ruin the magic by trying to extend it.
Christina @ Christina Reads YA
America needs to catch onto the awesomeness of adding Jane Austen to money. Can we do the same to recognize our greatest authors?
The children’s book graphic is one of the saddest things I’ve seen.
The Catching Fire trailer gave me chills and omg. Why are people so stupid about the casting roles? “So this total dickwad thinks it’s okay to take an actor that’s pale, with black hair and crazy eyes (okay, blue, but they’re still crazy eyes!) and turn that into Finnick. But you can’t give Williams contacts and have him otherwise fit the bill perfectly. That would just be weird according to the asshole.” Jesse Williams would have been ten thousand times better than Ian Somerhalder. Wtf.
Oh and congrats on being in the top 1% on GR, Kat :).
As always, thanks for letting me know about some of these links! Will be passing on as well :).
Whenever someone volunteers Somerhalder for some random roll, I always resist the urge to fall down and die from rage. He does what he does well, but fans nominate him for EVERYTHING!
Chuck Palahniuk: I’m not sure how I feel about this. Actually, I’m fairly certain this is a bad idea, just like the Bridget Jones book that just got a cover. YOU’RE DONE, GUYS.
Man Booker: I’ve actually read one of these. I’ll pretend I am cultured.
Diversity: Should not be surprising. Also, this is depressing.
JA: I really don’t care about faces on banknotes.
GR: *stomps on 99%*
Flowers in the Attic: This can only be good.
Lol. I like how you didn’t even link to Steph’s post.
Why bother linking? We’re so over the drama! We just want to get on with our lives! Have you read Flowers in the Attic?
KatKennedy Nope. I haven’t read it. Though I did skim it once to see what the big deal was. It mostly seemed boring and not my thing. Sort of dialecty and the kids are really dumb. X_X
I am holding my breath about Finnick – one of the best fictional characters to come along in a while. I seriously cannot wait for November.