Here’s a list that’s slightly less monstrous, having aggregated for only a week instead of a month. Never fear, though–it’s still packed with interest.
First, if you haven’t checked out Mythgard Institute, i
t’s worth a look and then some, as it offers college-level classes on medieval and fantasy literature (accreditation coming soon). Dr. Amy Sturgis has been teaching classes on Harry Potter, and on Saturday, September 1, she’ll be giving a “live, one-time only video lecture” titled “The Hunger Games and the SF Tradition.”
While we’re on The Hunger Games, the movie for Mockingjay is going to be split into two parts. Surprised, anyone?
Here’s a fascinating post: Lit Reactor’s Rob W. Hart on the question of whether–and what–series writers owe their fans. Does George R.R. Martin owe it to the world to spend every waking moment writing, in order to provide highest likelihood that he won’t die before finishing his series like Robert Jordan did? Or are fans too demanding in worrying, publicly and sometimes rather desperately, whether Martin has another six or seven years to write the last two books?
Now, something to warm every Hog’s Head regular’s heart: a couple of warm testimonials on the importance of fairy tales, fantasy and science fiction: Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s “Opening the Door to Imagination: My Discovery of Science Fiction and Fantasy“, and from Briana of the review blog Pages Unbound, posting at DebzBookshelf, “Why Fairy Tales Matter.” Says Briana: “Whether we personally rewrite or reread “Sleeping Beauty” or “The Little Mermaid” can reveal something about us as individuals. But that something will never be that we are trite.”
And while we’re talking things dear to the Hog’s Head and friends, here’s a post by Stan Szczesny on great books and the importance of discussion. He includes a superb summary of the principles of good conversation.
In other science fiction and fantasy news:
- Firefly fans can watch for a cast reunion TV special, currently filming at Comic-Con.
- Tor has announced a new five-book deal with superstar author Neil Gaiman.
- Tom Baker, who starred as Doctor Who in the late 1970s, has been asked to reprise the role for the series’ fiftieth anniversary, which occurs in 2013.
- S.M.D. at The World in the Satin Bag picks the Top 7 Science Fiction and Fantasy Musicals.
- For writers, Roger Colby sifts The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien for ten tips on writing (edited by Humphrey Carpenter).
In general fiction:
- SurvivalBlog.com has a post on all the different survival techniques practiced by Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family. Having grown up with those books, I could not but be curious.
- YA author Justine Larbalestier takes on an intriguing (at least, I found it intriguing) topic: “The Purpose of Bad Books.”
- One boyfriend got so bothered by his girlfriend reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” that he squirted her in the face with a bottle of steak sauce. Make of that what you will.
And in the world of Harry Potter:
- A trailer for Furious Molecules’ new series “Harry Potter and the Ten Years Later“
- James and Oliver Phelps–whom most of us may remember as Fred and George Weasley–have let the red hair dye go and moved to Hollywood for a new start in the movie business.
- Well worth checking out: Off the Mark’s Harry Potter cartoons.
- And finally, speaking as a wearer of yellow and black, my favorite–Not Literally’s proud Hufflepuff parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. (Advisory: some of these girls are dressed like they’re in a Lady Gaga video.) “I’m in the right house, baby, I was Sorted this way!”