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Around the Common Room: December 14, 2012

It’s release day for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! On account of which, there are a nearly infinite number of relevant articles and such this week, some of which are aggregated here:

In not-so-small Harry Potter news: the stars of the Potter films are getting together to film a Potter mini-movie, which will be shown at the theme parks containing Potter attractions. Over at The Guardian, Ellie Lewis makes a guess at what the movie may be about.

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Around the Common Room: November 30, 2012

As this post goes up, it’s still November 29 by my clock, on account of which: Happy Birthday, C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle! Born exactly twenty years apart–Lewis in 1898 and L’Engle in 1918–the two authors must have shared a trace of magic along with a birthday, for few children’s books have been more loved than The Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time. Here’s to Jack and Madeleine, both of whom have been loved by many of us for nearly all our reading lives.

Fairy tale writer and aficionado L.C. Ricardo, has written a beautiful piece on symbolism and meaning in fairy tales, which was just published on the webzine Enchanted Conversation. From L.C.:

That is not to say that fairy tales are mere allegory. Perhaps this one-sided interpretation carries some blame for people’s frustration in“telling the same story over and over again.” If a tower is always a phallic symbol and the maiden either imprisoned or protected from the masculine, we rob the tower of its first childhood impression. That of something tall, stone, unreachable. Something enchanted, according to that which makes up its very definition. And from there—who knows what it could be?

Do you agree with her on the openness of interpretation, or disagree? What do you think of the universality and personal appeal of fairy tales and fantasy literature? Feel free to hold forth in the combox.

Here’s the news from the week:

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Around the Common Room: October 26, 2012

We’re just days away from Halloween, and have a few good links well suited to the holiday. First, Fantasy Faction has quite the aggregation of SFF links and v

ideos, including information on how to zombie-proof your house and dress as a famous work of art for your Halloween party. Kirkus Reviews has a piece up on H.P. Lovecraft, Off the Mark imagines out a soft drink for werewolves, and all the Top [n.] lists of the week seem to be horror-related: 10 massively awesome giant movie monsters, 10 stereotypical horror movie victims, 8 things Hollywood can no longer make creepy, the 15 greatest mad doctors of nerddom, and–in a nicely meta twist–the top 10 lists about horror movies.

Excellent non-Halloween news for Tolkien fans: Mythgard Institute has announced Mythmoot, a Tolkien/The Hobbit conference in Maryland, running December 15 and 16 with a private screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. From the site:

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First Trailer for Jackson’s The Hobbit

Released late yesterday:

The long-awaited prequel to Peter Jackson’s oft-revered, oft-despised interpretations of The Lord of the Rings is still a year out, and even then we only get the first half of it. The trailer does its job giving us a taste of what’s to come, though, showing us epic photography such as we all remember from the LOTR films along with some humor–Tolkien’s story has its funny moments, after all–and a fair amount of personality from Martin Freeman as Bilbo. Love it or hate it, it’s hard not to imagine the movie fulfilling all its blockbusting expectations.

More information at ComingSoon.net.

Titles and Release Dates For the Hobbit Films Announced; White Council & Dol Guldor Confirmed!

The studios behind The Hobbit films announced the titles and release dates of Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved classic novel. The two films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be released on December 14, 2012 and December 13, 2013 respectively. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, also directed by Jackson, also had release dates in December around Christmas. The films will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D as well as in 2D. Continue reading