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?
Last year, a first-time author penned a small crime novel about a detective hot on the trail of a supermodel's killer. It got fairly good reviews, but wasn't selling terrifically well. So when that first-time author was shockingly "unmasked" by a series of clumsy tweets, and Robert Galbraith was instead revealed to be book-writing … Continue reading JK Rowling’s Detective Sequel Due Out in June
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?
This past week, amidst the outpouring of national pride surrounding the London Olympics, Britain has harbored a dark, shameful secret: 50 Shades of Grey has just become their best-selling book of all time. It finally eclipsed each individual Harry Potter tome to snag the top spot and has just been named the biggest-selling book from … Continue reading Today in Embarrassing News, 50 Shades of Grey is Now Britain’s Bestselling Book of All Time
I have this misguided theory that before I can make fun of something, I should probably give it a fair chance first. In some instances, like with the downright unreadable Twilight, this has served me well. But in others, I feel a little disappointed in myself when I realize that curiosity has turned into genuine … Continue reading Ugh. I’m Enjoying The Help