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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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Around the Common Room 3/31/12

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“.

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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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2010 Nebula Awards & Picks of Best Heroic Fantasy

I don’t normally pay attention to various awards, except in a tangential way, but I did take note of last year’s nominees for the Nebula Awards, which are given out by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.  They’ve been presenting these awards in various categories since 1965, which just happens to be when I was born, not that this has anything to do with my post. 🙂

Anyway, they do also have some other awards, one of which is the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, which we’ve discussed here in the past, is one of the nominees.  I really don’t recognize any of the other books, except for one, that it’s up against, so I’m curious if anyone else is familiar with some of the books and what chances you think Mockingjay has of winning.  Personally I thought Mockingjay the weakest book in Collins’ trilogy, but I think it has good chances of winning.

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Mockingjay: Is There Redemption amid the Horror?

My first analytical thoughts about Mockingjay involved uncertainty as to how to write about it for any sort of discussion. The response that felt appropriate to me as I processed the last few pages of the book was silence—the sort of thing I would expect in parts of a funeral, or after touring a Holocaust museum. I hesitate to write that, because it might sound like I think John Granger is wrong for his twenty-odd-and-counting posts on the book or you fellow Pub members are wrong for your comments. I do not. There is a time to keep silent and a time to speak, and the tale needs both.

For now, I don’t know how to take Collins’ trilogy in any way other than as a portrayal of ultimate cruelty and suffering. The books might be alchemical; they might be symbolic on many levels; considering John’s proliferating posts on the subject, I’ll assume they are. Maybe someday I’ll be able to read those posts and think about the tale on that level. The fact that I have not may leave me with some wrong conclusions, but tonight, I am still not ready.

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Deathly Hallows News & Other Notes

Last weekend a test screening of part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was held in Chicago.  Denise Roper has put together many of the reviews and notes of this screening on her blog The Lord of the Hallows.  Check it out but note there are plenty of spoilers for the movie.  There’s also some new photo stills out from the movie.  Denise also has a link to them here.

There’s also some casting news as a 10 year old actress has been picked to play the young Lily Potter nee Evans.  H/T to The Torch Online.

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Mockingjay–Beginning the Discussion

I just finished reading Mockingjay an hour ago and am still reeling.

It’s as much of a page-turner as the two previous books in the trilogy. It’s a masterpiece screed on war and its impact, and the terrible things people do and the sacrifices they make. I had a hard time with it because I don’t like horror, and the dystopian horror is cranked to 11. Collins’ imagination is stunning.

I’m no literary critic. I recognized the strong literary alchemy and some symbolism, but want to give some early impressions as a reader, because that’s what I am first and foremost. Please check out John Granger at Hogwarts Professor; he’s enlarging on the deeper meanings and scaffolding of the book. I’ll just lightly touch on some things here to get the conversation going.

ALERT—SPOILERS beyond this point.

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