Our last Common Room post having been nearly a month ago, we’ve aggregated quite a number of links, so prepare yourselves for a full and (hopefully) satisfying websurfing experience.
We all know the Internet world has exploded with Hunger Games movie reviews. Along with those have come various spinoff posts, including Slate.com’s fascinating “How Will They Make a Movie out of Mockingjay?” and FilmCritic.com’s “How YA Like ‘The Hunger Games’ Came to Rule Fantasy and Scifi Films“. For those who read The Hunger Games and want more books along the same lines, Tor.com offers “Hunger No More: YA Fiction to Fill the Hunger Games Void“, and Flavorwire gives us a similar post starring mostly different books, titled “Required Reading: Dystopic Books where Kids Meet Tragic Fates“.
While we’re talking movies, here are MemeBurn’s 17 Movies worth geeking out to in 2012, and Science Daily casts a Cheering Charm on all us Potter fans with “Watching Harry Potter Films Enhances Creativity in Children“.
As we’ve all celebrated the release of the Harry Potter books for e-readers this week, here are a couple of posts about digital books and their effect on our lives: James W. Harris asks “What is the Kindle Doing to the Science Fiction Genre?” and SMU Research discusses a study claiming that “Middle school boys who are reluctant readers value reading more after using e-readers”–but that girls seem to prefer print books.
Readers and writers of fan fiction may be interested in Dear Author’s piece on fan fiction, plagiarism and copyright.
If you haven’t yet heard, one man landed in the hospital after an alcohol-heightened debate over, allegedly, the relative merits of Tolkien and Lewis. That’s never happened at The Hog’s Head Pub, of course. We limit our firewhisky intake when arguing over whether John or Jack is the better author.
A collection of five hundred fairy tales, many of them not existing in previously known collections, has been found in Germany. It’s hard to overrate the importance of such a find.
On the theme of fairy tales, designer Christian Jackson has created a lovely and visually arresting set of minimalist posters for many children’s classics.
Library Journal’s genre spotlight on Christian fiction contains some interesting comments about the relationship between Christians and speculative fiction, including Marcher Lord Press founder Jeff Gerke’s claim that “The hotter the Harry Potter and Eragon and similar books got in secular fiction, the cooler became the reception to fantasy and other speculative fiction at Christian publishing houses.” Thanks to Pottermom05 for the link.
At last, in the familiar randomness of Potter and other fantasy fandoms, here are a few entertaining posts: L.B. Gale gives the results of her study sorting non-Potter fictional characters into Hogwarts Houses, MSN Entertainment announces the opening of the Harry Potter studio tour in London, and–thanks, David Craig, for this link–did you know you can get your very own Hobbit Hole playhouse, reading nook, shed, doghouse, or other small outbuilding?
I owe thanks to Revgeorge for most of the links not otherwise credited. Thanks, George!