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This week covers the ongoing debate about the relevancy of libraries, J.K. Rowling clarifies Harry’s love life, but not really, DreamWorks joins the book industry and holy covergasm, Batman! *splooge*
Robert Muchamore Fulfils Liberal Expectation of Right-Wing Conservatives
Robert Muchamore, a children’s author, wants to go on a killing spree of fellow authors who want to preserve libraries.
I was so angry I wished I’d brought a big samurai sword so that I could have gone on a ‘slaughter a whining lefty’ spree.
The only way his rant could have been more stereotypical is if his weapon of choice had been a gun, but then, he’s English so maybe the sword DOES make more sense. Muchamore, author of The Cherub series as well as rants, claims that saving libraries is futile because:
“We live in an age when 50% of kids go to university, books cost less to buy than the return bus fare for two people to go to the library and whenever I leave the UK, everyone raves about our amazing history of kids’ books and kids’ writers.”
First thing that sparked my attention is that I have never heard of this, but that’s cool. I’m from the Colonies as some UK people refer to it. The only thing people rave about here is how easy it is to die.
Also, for kids whose parents are struggling to even put food on the table, which increasing amounts of them are, paying for books isn’t exactly plausible. But great for you that you earn enough to be able to easily buy books without using a library. I’d say you’re not the target audience for a library anyway, mister Richie McRich.
There was a flurry of backlash to this rant, with Alan Gibson saying:
“Defending the library service from the predations of ideologically-motivated public schoolboys who had immensely privileged childhoods isn’t ‘whining,’ it is the pursuit of passionately held beliefs.”
Calm Down, Potterites, Harry DID Love Ginny!
The general panic about some comments Rowling made three weeks ago has still not died down, and JK Rowling has had to clarify that:
“Harry did love Ginny.”
Thanks, Rowling. I don’t think this will be enough to cure some of the emotional scars left by your comments, at least for some people, but it’s kind of you to try to help. We all need you, JK. Except those who tweet things like, “Who needs Harry Potter when we have Justin Beiber?” Those people, there is no helping them.
Also, Harry Potter was originally named Harry Batt. No matter how much anyone moans about the name Harry Potter, it is infinitely better than Harry Batt. Infinitely.
Also, JK Rowling liked to write as a man because it was freeing:
When I write a man I take certain things out and give free rein to aspects of me that would not be acceptable.
I don’t doubt that one bit.
DreamWorks Getting into the Children’s Book Thing
Tired of just making heart touching movies like How to Train Your Dragon and Turbo, DreamWorks, like Disney, is getting into the book business. Which makes me wonder if the publishing industry is that troubled when it seems big companies are jumping up and down to get into it. Or maybe it’s that they figure they’ll save themselves the trouble of having to purchase the film rights from publishing houses by publishing stuff they think will make good movies.
The imprint’s list will focus on titles based on the movie studio’s popular properties including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar. In the past, DreamWorks had licensed several of these properties to traditional book publishers. Prior to the launch, the organizers had to work on recovering the rights.
Oh. That’s quite different to what I had in mind. So it’s children books, children books. Time will tell whether this diversification into publishing will take off.
YA New York Times Bestsellers (February 23, 2014)
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
4. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
6. Paper Towns by John Green
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
8. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
10. This Star Won’t Go Out by Easter Earl with Lori and Wayne Earl
Untitled by Sarah J. Mass
Agent: Tamar Rydzinski (Laura Dail Literacy Agency)
Catherine Onder at Bloomsbury has acquired the final three titles in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. Books one and two have already been released; book three, Heir of Fire, pubs in September 2014.
Ladybirds by Jenny McLauchlan
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Rights: North American
Agent: Miriam Altshuler (A.M. Heath)
Pitched as Geek Girl meets Dirty Dancing. In book one, Flirty Dancing, a girl signs up for classes so she can enter a national dance competition, and discovers her dance partner is the hottie who just happens to be the bullying queen bee’s boyfriend and the kindest boy in school.
Hoodoo by Ronald Smith
Agent: Adriann Ranta (Wolf Literary Services)
A Southern Gothic middle-grade novel set in rural 1930s Alabama, in a two-book deal. In the story, a boy from a long line of folk magic conjurers must unravel a web of family secrets and overcome his inability to cast a simple spell in order to defeat a stranger who wants to use the darker powers of hoodoo for evil.
Inviolate and Invincible by Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Agent: Sarah Davies (Greenhouse Literary Agency)
The third and fourth titles in the Twixt series for teens. The books will continue the story of a girl who is accidentally marked by a mysterious boy to whom she becomes indelibly bound, finding herself caught between the world of the Folk and the world of humans. Publication is scheduled for summer 2015 and summer 2016.
SOURCE: Publishers’ Weekly