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”
It's a rare day when news of a remake elicits a general response of, "Oh, that's a great idea." But given that the first attempt to turn Lemony Snicket's series about a trio of savvy orphans and their scheming evil uncle into a big-screen adaptation fell somewhat flat, the recent announcement that Netflix is going … Continue reading Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Series to Be Adapted for TV
Remember when this site was about books? Those were the days. Remember my New York Times project? We shared some laughs. Book laughs. Then I sold out for the bright lights of TV and film and the dozens -- literally dozens -- of readers clamoring for more unnecessarily vicious book reviews were left out in … Continue reading Why Aren’t We Talking about JK Rowling’s New Work?
JK Rowling's been doing a lot of talking lately and -- shock of shocks -- people aren't happy with what she has to say. Should Ron and Hermione have ended up together? Suddenly Jo isn't so sure, saying that as a writer, she was more focused on fulfilling her initial endgame than being true to the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Death of JK Rowling
JK Rowling has more money than God, so it seems a little antithetical to describe any project she embarks on as a "cash grab," and yet that's the first phrase that came to mind when I heard that she was adapting one of her Project Red Nose books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, … Continue reading Is Anyone Actually Stoked for JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts Spin-Off?
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?
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?
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?
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
Every time I post about 50 Shades of Grey, I feel like I should do something useful like plant a tree or donate money to the BCSPCA or vow to stop making posts about 50 Shades of Grey. But since I'm a terrible person, let me make things even worse by instead turning my attention … Continue reading About the Other Professional Fanfiction Author, Cassandra Clare