Around the Common Room: January 11, 2013

Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer has been chosen to write one of eleven new Doctor Who short books, and the big speculation of the week is that J.K. Rowling may be chosen to write another. Colfer’s much-revered name was the first to be released; other news will hopefully be coming soon.

A series longer in the making than Harry Potter released its finale on the eighth of January: Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time epic began with The Eye of the World in 1990 and now, after Jordan’s death in 2007, has been completed (from Jordan’s notes) by Brandon Sanderson with A Memory of Light. Jordan’s story is known for worldbuilding almost unrivaled in its depth and range, a cast of characters large enough to fill a decent-sized small town, a high page count–fourteen books averaging over 800 pages apiece, a fantastic magic system, a handful of repetitive descriptors, and–to its loyal fans–a great deal of awesomeness. One of those loyal fans happens to be writing this blog post, and can hardly stand the wait for her copy to come in the mail.

Brandon Sanderson’s release post offers some final details: for instance, that Jordan himself wrote the ending before he died, and why the ebook release has been delayed. Also, Tor art director Irene Gallo toured the bindery as the book was in production, and posted a long set of pictures from the process.

There are rumors–again, only rumors, but still–that Universal may be getting the rights to create a Middle-Earth theme park. It seems likely that a satisfactory recipe for lembas will be as difficult to come up with as a satisfactory recipe for butterbeer.

At Salon, Ilana Teitelbaum asks “Has Hollywood Ruined Tolkien?

A remake of Godzilla is in the works, with writer and producer Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption) set to draft the screenplay.

Susan Carnell over at SmartPopBooks has laid out the science behind Edward and Bella’s attraction, in much detail.

The Guardian has some predictions for the future of science fiction in 2013.

The new thing in young adult fiction is a category just one step above high school: the New Adult category, aimed at depicting the life of the freshly independent. It’s hard to tell for sure–one never quite knows how much influence Rita Skeeter’s Quick-Quotes Quill has on these things–but to hear the media tell it, anyway, it’s awfully fixated on sex.

Along similar lines, io9’s Esther Inglis-Arkell has a piece on why the modern Holmes adaptations’ versions of Irene Adler aren’t working. Warning: nude, if judiciously covered, image.

Ordered lists of the week: 10 things you probably didn’t know about Star Trek: The Original Series, 10 book series so addictive you never want them to end, and 10 stars who were almost cast in Doctor Who.

Cracked video: “The worst decision ever made in the Harry Potter universe.” Warning: likely to contain all manner of language and innuendo along with the humor.

Dresden Codak artist Aaron Diaz has been posting a series of drawings and paintings based on The Silmarillion.

There’s a whole tumblr called Harry Potter Humor. Warning: language.

Lastly, this somehow manages to be creepy and hilarious and sweet.

4 thoughts on “Around the Common Room: January 11, 2013

  1. Thanks, Jenna, for including the link to the photos of the book-production and binding process! That was actually really fascinating to follow. Now I just need to start that Wheel of Time series…. 🙂

    Embedded in the link to the Middle Earth theme park is a link to Hobbit-themed menu items at Dennys, which I wish I hadn’t followed–those photos made me feel a little queasy.

  2. I unfortunately had the opportunity to eat at Denny’s several times in November. Unfortunately because I was near one because of hospital visits I was making. Anyway, the Hobbit menu wasn’t that bad. Sure, if you were looking for healthy, low-fat, non-greasy, non-high in carbohydrates & starches meals, then it probably wouldn’t work for you.

    Fortunately I wasn’t looking for those kind of meals. 🙂

  3. Regarding the Godzilla remake, well, it’s one of those “I fear to look, but I cannot turn away” moments. I can’t imagine they’ll get it right but there’s always the wild hope that they’ll put out something good & worth watching.

  4. I really enjoyed the Salon review of The Hobbit and agreed in every single way. Especially when it is pointed out that the very best parts of the film were the parts most like the book. There’s a reason it’s called The Hobbit….it’s supposed to be about….a Hobbit. Plus it must be said that Bilbo would never, never, ever go into a rage and attack that monstrous Pale Orc, whoever he is. That was so out of character I could barely stand it.

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