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“.
[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
Instead of distracting from Gwen’s very good article on Luna by asking about fan fiction, I thought I’d just start a separate post. Use this space to share if you like reading fan fiction or not, why or why not, what sort of fiction you like reading, any particular ships, and especially (for my selfish purposes of finding new fan fiction) any sites you’ve found that you like and use a lot.
I’ll start off. I like reading fan fiction. I generally prefer canon compliant stuff, mostly post-DH stuff, but I do like missing moments from the books as well. Not much into Alternate Universe stuff & really don’t like slash, especially Snarry stuff. Mostly prefer canon ships although anything that seems to work & capture the feel of a character I also appreciate. I’m always looking for good Neville/Hannah, Neville/Luna or Dean/Luna stories.
So, please feel free to share your fan fiction likes and dislikes here and any favorite fics. I’ll post in the comments some of the sites I’ve found useful. Thanks!
Note: Please also note if any sites you recommend are family friendly or not. That is to say, whether or not they have ways of restricting levels of content to age appropriate categories, or speaking plaining, making sure minors can’t get to any naughty bits. 🙂 Thanks!