What a week it’s been for the Potterverse. No sooner do we get back from donating our copies of The Casual Vacancy to the used bookstore, than we discover that the entire Harry Potter series was written under a pseudonym, and that the real author is a retired bank manager named Robert Q. Galbraith, O.B.E.
No—wait. That didn’t happen.
According to this website, today is the first day of the first annual Sherlock Holmes Week, which this year runs from July 30 through August 5. So welcome all of you Sherlockians to a week here at The Hog’s Head that will be filled with Sherlock-related posts and contests (see the First Sherlock Contest rules below the jump)!
This past year has seen a number of tributes to one of literature’s greatest detectives: BBC’s justifiably well-regarded Sherlock series (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman), the second Holmes film Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law), two Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy volumes (one edited by Josef Steiff and the other forthcoming one edited by Philip Tallon and David Baggett).
These represent just a few of the most current highlights of the ongoing, more-than-century-long fascination with all-things-Sherlock. Did you know that . . .
If this hadn’t come from Alivan’s newsletter, I’d have certainly thought it too good to be true.
Entirely fan-made, it’ll be much like any TV serie
s (though web series often have shorter episodes), just presumably uploaded to YouTube. It contains all original characters and storyline, but it’s set in the Wizarding World, New York chapter. Best of all, it looks startlingly well shot, acted and produced, especially considering that it’s a small private enterprise.
There’s a website for it, a Tumblr blog, and a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for it. They’re dependent on reaching their funding goal by July 6, so hie thee over and contribute if it interests you.
This is one I don’t intend to miss. What about you?
After a couple of weeks’ buildup, we have an immense number of links this week. Accio interesting stuff!
First, the Hogwarts Professor’s report on St Andrews’ academic conference on Harry Potter. The members of the Blogengamot who couldn’t catch a broom to Scotland for that experience are all thoroughly mopey for having missed it.
In the fantasy realm, in bullet points:
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“.
It’s a dark and stormy Halloween night at Hogwarts.
The wind keens, and the Whomping Willow churns and rustles. Fang’s lugubrious howls curl around a full moon hovering between silvery clouds. The Hogwarts ghosts flit silently throughout the still castle. Filch and Mrs. Norris prowl the halls, seeking miscreants.
Having feasted, Hogwarts students are now gathered around sprightly fires in their respective common rooms, telling spooky stories, as they toast marshmallows on long forks. You are one of them, and we want to hear your tale of terror from the wizarding world.
Regale us with a scary story, featuring characters known or unknown to us. It may be a wizard urban legend; a story passed down in magical families, a chilling new tale, or a retelling of something printed in the Quibbler. Adapt a Muggle story, if you wish. But your tale must take place in the wizarding world.
We’re waiting . . .
[NB: Deadline extended to 4/4.]
If you follow pub regular Katherine Langrish’s wonderful blog Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, then you already know that Katherine has been travelling round the blogosphere in a virtual book tour [cough] including a guest post at Paradoxes tomorrow [cough].
Her West of the Moon trilogy has just been revised and released in a single volume from HarperCollins. I’m halfway through my own copy and I have to say–it’s breathtaking. A complex, emotional, well-wrought coming-of-age cycle. It’s also about Vikings, but not in the way you’d immediately expect.
So I’m delighted to announce that The Hog’s Head has two signed copies to give away.
Here’s how you get one:
The Harry Potter Franchise is just too good to stop. It’s not enough to hear the author tell us what she thinks happened–we want to read it, and we want to see it, right? Continue reading
Saw a very interesting article the other day over on Techdirt regarding a teenager who remixed and or plagiarized the works of others into a best selling book which is up for a prestigious prize in Germany. I’ll share some passages from the Techdirt article and then a few brief quotes from a New York Times story and leave you to make of it what you will. Anyway, from the Techdirt article:
“Here’s a story that will get traditionalists up in arms about “stealing” and “laziness,” but they’ll all be missing the point. We’ve see for decades how remix culture works in music. The ability to take the works of someone else, mix them up with others, change them around and create something new and powerful, is a wonderful expression of culture, that shows how artistic culture is often about shared experiences and sharing works of art. But what about in the literary world?”
And here from the New York Times article:
“Ms. Hegemann finds herself in the middle of a collision — if not road kill exactly — between the staid, literary establishment in a country that venerates writers from Goethe to Mann to Grass, and the Berlin youth culture of D.J.’s and artists that sample freely and thereby breathe creativity into old forms.”
“Although Ms. Hegemann has apologized for not being more open about her sources, she has also defended herself as the representative of a different generation, one that freely mixes and matches from the whirring flood of information across new and old media, to create something new. “There’s no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity…”
Well, those quotes by themselves should be enough to generate some discussion but check out the full articles. Interesting reading. Have fun!