Around the Common Room: December 14, 2012

It’s release day for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! On account of which, there are a nearly infinite number of relevant articles and such this week, some of which are aggregated here:

In not-so-small Harry Potter news: the stars of the Potter films are getting together to film a Potter mini-movie, which will be shown at the theme parks containing Potter attractions. Over at The Guardian, Ellie Lewis makes a guess at what the movie may be about.

Great news for all pub fans–there’s a stellar new voice in Harry Potter and fantasy conversation: blogger Kelly Orazi has been posting some fascinating stuff. Check out The Hogwarts Sorting Hat: the Struggle of Family Bloodline and Personal Identity in the Chamber of Secrets and Belief and Marvel in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien Criticism for some great starter posts.

In various news:

WhatCulture’s Christopher Weeks chronicles The Rise and Heartbreaking Fall of Doctor Who. And while we’re talking the Doctor, Kate Atherley over at Knitty can tell you how to make a beautiful Doctor Who-themed scarf.

While Kirkus lists its Best Teen Books of 2012, Scholastic predicts hot trends for 2013, with expectations for lots of sci-fi and resourceful female protagonists à la Katniss Everdeen.

io9 has Your Ultimate Holiday Nerdtainment Guide–”The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Holiday Specials Ever.”

They also discuss the fact that female sci-fi and fantasy authors are still using male pseudonyms–which, of course, includes the androgynous initialing reportedly recommended to J.K. Rowling.

There’s an official trailer out for the latest Superman movie, which film is titled Man of Steel and stars British actor Henry Cavill.

Pan’s Labyrinth is going to become a musical.

Star Trek fans: Adam B. Vary at EW’s Shelf Life reviews David A. Goodman’s book Federation: The First 150 Years.

And lastly, in various funky/weird/wonderful items: artist Jodi Harvey-Brown’s amazing story-character paper sculptures (headlining with a beautiful image of Harry, Ron and Hermione), famous starships made out of old computer parts, BodyOdd reports that Pinocchio was no lie–the nose reacts in measurable ways when you fib, and Star Wars makes it into a random cashier-client conversation on Not Always Working.

2 thoughts on “Around the Common Room: December 14, 2012

  1. Jenna, you’ve outdone yourself! This is one if the most fun-filled AtCRs and will keep me well-entertained as I wait in multiple airports tomorrow.

  2. Thanks! It’s only fair to acknowledge that I have help; Blogengamot members send me links all week, and sometimes a couple of the Pub regulars do as well. :)

    Best of luck for a smooth trip through all those airports!

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