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Around the Common Room: July 13, 2012

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?

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Martin Releases Sample Chapter for “The Winds of Winter”

Here’s a story about George R.R. Martin releasing a sample chapter of his upcoming book The Winds of Winter, part of the A Song of Fire and Ice series. It’s a large sample, about 6,100 words. There are also plans for another sample to be released when the paperback of A Dance of Dragons is released this summer.

Now, I’m not a fan of Martin’s writing. I think you can take gritty realism only so far before it becomes tasteless. So I won’t be reading any of the samples. But for fans of Martin’s writing, have you checked out the sample yet? What are your thoughts? It looks like the series will have only this and one more book left before concluding. Thoughts on that? Let us know.

When Book Trailers Attack

That is to say, what happens when a publisher teams up with an “up and coming” filmmaker to make a book trailer for a new fantasy novel? Well, we’ll find out in a minute. But first, what about book trailers? They’re basically what they sound like, a trailer for a book like the trailers for movies. Except usually more sedate, or boring as I saw referenced somewhere.

Anyway, here are a few links to book trailers for books you might be familiar with. After these links, I’ll put up the one I reference in starting this post.

Harry Potter and Imagination by one Travis Prinzi.

Hogshead Conversations by Travis Prinzi.

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A Game of Thrones HBO Mini-Series

(A posting by our own Red Rocker)

Here is one for the epic fantasy buffs.

Sean Bean stars in HBO’s new 10 part series Game of Thrones. It’s based on George RR Martin’s saga A Song of Ice and Fire. Episode 1 Winter’s Coming will be aired on HBO on April 17th.

I haven’t read the books, but they sound enormous in scope, with a detailed backstory going back thousands of years and many plot lines with multiple characters. The emphasis is on war, but with strong fantasy elements. From Wikipedia:

The narrative is set primarily in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros a large, South America sized continent with an ancient history stretching back some twelve thousand years, and where the seasons last for years. The original inhabitants of the land were the Children of The Forest (whose old gods are still worshiped in the North), a diminutive race who lived in harmony with nature and employed powerful magic. The First Men, a civilization of primitive warriors wielding bronze weapons and riding horses, crossed over from the eastern continent via a land bridge (destroyed in the resulting conflicts) and fought a series of wars against the Children, which ended with the Pact of the Isle of Faces, with the First Men taking control of the open lands and the Children remaining in the forests.

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