by Susana Polo | 5:03 pm, May 20th, 2013
Because teenagerdom is a mess, but some people handle it better than others.
by Susana Polo | 5:03 pm, May 20th, 2013
by Jill Pantozzi | 2:03 pm, January 4th, 2013
Once upon a time, there was a man called The Doctor. The BBC had the fantastic idea of inviting author’s of famous children’s works to collaborate on a series of eleven short stories for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Fans rejoiced. The End.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 11:02 am, December 17th, 2012
And here you thought all the Harry Potter fun was over. (At least until they reboot the film franchise, anyway.) Warner Bros. has been working on two projects sure to excite fans. A secret mini-film has been shooting while a Harry Potter shop has opened at King’s Cross station in London between, you guessed it, platforms nine and ten.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 11:45 am, December 3rd, 2012
Well, that didn’t take long. JK Rowling‘s The Casual Vacancy, a global bestseller and the first adult book by the author, is being adapted for the small screen by the BBC. As of yet there’s no specific information on anyone who will be involved in the projectsave Rowling herself, whom the BBC reports “will collaborate closely with the project, with the number and length of the episodes to be decided once the creative adaptation process has formally begun.”READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 2:48 pm, November 26th, 2012
I am eternally amused by the existence of the Bad Sex Awards, a yearly attempt to crown the worst sex scene in an otherwise non-erotic work of fiction “to draw attention to the crude and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel – and to discourage it.” Every reader knows how fun it is to encounter a terrible sex scene in the middle of an otherwise adequate or even enjoyable book. You know, ones that look like they were created in a game of madlibs, which, by the way, is a game I have totally played with dollar store paperback bodice rippers.
The other thing I totally love about the Bad Sex Awards is that this is the one literary award list where I don’t mind if women are always underrepresented on it.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 2:02 pm, October 16th, 2012
The New York Times recently sat down with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to discuss something near and dear to her – books! But in the midst of talk ranging from classic authors, to books that made her cry, and her favorite literary heroine, something huge was revealed. Rowling doesn’t read fantasy or sci-fi. DOES NOT COMPUTE!!!READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 4:00 pm, October 7th, 2012
Praise Merlin! J.K. Rowling revealed to a crowd at the Cheltenham Literature Festival that her next book will likely mark her return to children’s literature, though the book will be geared toward a younger audience than Harry Potter. (Which will stop now-grown Potterites from reading it about as much as the “children’s literature” label stopped all those teens and adults from reading Potter.)READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 2:45 pm, October 1st, 2012
I can’t decide whether this makes her more or less amazing. Given the opportunity to travel into space, J.K. Rowling turned it down.
The author related the invitation—and her snub thereof—to a group of fans at an event in London following the release of her most recent book, The Casual Vacancy.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 2:46 pm, September 26th, 2012
J.K. Rowling has a new book coming out soon, her first book that isn’t a Harry Potter book and so necessarily her first book since finishing the Harry Potter series. So it’s not surprising that there are a lot of interviews out there and that there are a lot of good quotes from her about writing, writing her first book that isn’t in a fantasy setting, how fame has changed her writing process, and how she feels about her bestselling wizard boarding school series just over five years from the release of its conclusion.
Turns out, like pretty much any author, she’s not 100% happy with how all the books turned out. She feels like two of them, in particular, could have used some extra editing. And when she reads them, she assuages those feelings by imagining the “directors cut” version of them. Aaaand that’s it.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 11:25 am, September 25th, 2012
I had a lot of real-world material in me, believe you me. The thing about fantasy — there are certain things you just don’t do in fantasy. You don’t have sex near unicorns. It’s an ironclad rule. It’s tacky. — J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, to The New Yorker.
With the imminent release of her first post-Harry Potter book, The Casual Vacancy, The New Yorker has secured an indepth feature with the British author, and fortunately for the rest of us, it’s available free online. It’s an interesting read, despite a strange moment where the writer feels the need to let us know that Rowling’s wearing too much foundation. Flavorwire has some key quotes.