Please Don’t Have Sex in a Restaurant: Chapter 10 of EL James’s “Grey”

Previous Post. At this point I feel like I should tell you that I've been doing a Harry Potter re-read as a palate cleanser whenever I get slightly overwhelmed with rage at this book. Which works for the most part, except that now and then I get confused when Harry and Ron don't stop about once a chapter … Continue reading Please Don’t Have Sex in a Restaurant: Chapter 10 of EL James’s “Grey”

Are the New Scholastic Harry Potter Covers Worse than the Originals?

About two or three years ago, Bloomsbury re-released the entire Harry Potter series with beautiful minimalist covers. What made the new illustrations a welcome change was the fact that they better encompassed the progression of the series from kid's books to teen novels. The original covers of the UK editions always made the books look … Continue reading Are the New Scholastic Harry Potter Covers Worse than the Originals?

Is JK Rowling Participating in Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special?

The quick answer is that no one really knows for sure. But given that the BBC announced they were working with 11 British children's authors to come up with 11 short stories -- one for each regeneration of the Doctor -- as part of the show's giant 50th anniversary celebration, nearly everyone has assumed that … Continue reading Is JK Rowling Participating in Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special?

Why Do So Many Adults Read Teen Lit?

Right before Harry Potter got insanely popular, around the time Grand Theft Auto was responsible for all adolescent misbehavior, adults wept for their surely illiterate children. Why were these cretins more interested in the multi-colored pencil toppers at the Scholastic Book Fair than the books themselves? What could be done about this national tragedy? Luckily … Continue reading Why Do So Many Adults Read Teen Lit?

Write What You Know (Will Sell): J.K. Rowling Returning to Kid’s Books

The Casual Vacancy debuted at the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list (50 Shades had already been displaced two weeks earlier by Lee Child's A Wanted Man and again the next week by Ken Follett's Winter of the World), but the reviews have been less than stellar and many booksellers are reporting … Continue reading Write What You Know (Will Sell): J.K. Rowling Returning to Kid’s Books