The Olympics have been on everyone’s mind and television these last couple of weeks, and apparently a giant Voldemort waged war against Mary Popp
inses(yes, plural) during the opening ceremonies. Between J.K. Rowling reading Peter Pan and Rupert Grint carrying the torch, our Harry didn’t have to show up himself to get good representation in his home country. It sounds like children’s literature in general got fair play in Danny Boyle’s opening ceremonies.
I wouldn’t know, because I don’t have a TV and can’t be bothered to look it all up on the Internet. What I can be bothered to do is come up with a bunch of Potter- and other fiction-related links for an Around the Common Room post (credit where credit’s due: the Blogengamot helped!) Here it is.
First–and this one is so important that multiple people sent it to me–NPR has finally announced its voter-chosen “100 Best-Ever Teen Novels.” Guess who’s number one? Number two is not much less surprising, nor is number three. Twilight hit the list at number 27, and I’m pleased because Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl made the cut (at #80; superb fairy tale retelling, and I voted for it myself).
Upon the list’s release, the Internet took note: female authors may struggle in every other genre, but they write a fair percentage of the favorites in YA. Middle-grade author Nathan Bransford asks, in a positive way, why.
Meanwhile, in fantasy and science fiction:
- Alan Jacobs has a fascinating piece at The Atlantic titled “Fall, Mortality, and the Machine: Tolkien and Technology.”
- Here’s a moving and fascinating article on Maurice Sendak’s “tooth and claw, horn and beak” battle against overprotecting children.
- Mythic Scribes defends Peter Jackson’s reasoning on dividing The Hobbit into three movies and asks whether it’s all right for Christians to write fantasy.
- Fantasy Faction has an article on gritty fantasy, for fans of George R.R. Martin and the similarly inclined.
- Geeks of Doom lists the 5 Batman Villains who Deserved the Christopher Nolan Treatment.
- io9 lists ten futuristic technologies that will never exist.
- Along similar lines, Flavorwire comes up with the ten best end-of-the-world novels.
In general fiction:
- Hollywood questions the presence of heavy violence in movies after the shooting at the Dark Night Rises premiere.
And in Harry Potter:
- The first question is: how young of readers do we have to be to get into Rowling’s new book club for young readers? Which is coming with a live webcast in October?
- Emma Watson is baffled by rumors that she’s been chosen to star in 50 Shades of Grey.
- All right, this ‘Snape’ tweet is kind of hilarious. As is this (The Customer is) Not Always Right moment.
- I can’t believe I never saw this until this week: a Potter parody of LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem. Some language, loads of awesomeness.
And finally, if you have not seen the wonder that is James Hance’s art, you’ll want to do that now.