How about that?! TWO whole blog posts during the month of March. Of course, I had a two-week break for study week and Easter, and I was still working on my research that entire time, but bottom line: I’m trying, bookworms. I promise. March also saw my birthday (yay!), and my second St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland (and I thought Boston took it seriously!). It’s finally starting to feel more like spring, or at least as spring-like as Ireland gets. So enjoy the book news and I’ll keep doing my best to get more content up.
- Forget basketball! It’s DABWAHA Time! The annual “Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hella Authors” is well underway and you can help your favourite romance novel fight its way to victory in the final few rounds. Among the eight different categories are many of my personal favourite authors and novels, including Sonali Dev, Tessa Dare, Nalini Singh and more. The polls are open to anyone, so vote as often as you can, and from as many devices as you can juggle. May the best romance author win!
- While on the subject of things that are (subjectively, at least) “the best,” the Games Radar website has compiled a list of what it is calling the 50 greatest book-to-movie adaptations. There’s no indication what kind of criteria the website used, so it’s kind of hard to argue with their conclusions. But there are some surprising inclusions (I didn’t know Die Hard was originally a book!) and a wide range of movies going back to the early days of cinema. Still, there were a few book-to-movies missing (Atonement, for one) and I’m not sure I agree with their #1 pick. Maybe you will, though.
- In other romance news, the Romance Writers Association (RWA) recently announced the finalists for the annual RITA Awards, celebrating the best of the best in the romance genre. With categories for best first book, contemporaries, historical, paranormal, and more, there’s something for just about everyone on the list. Among the finalists are Julia Quinn, Elle Kennedy, and Jill Shalvis. Winners will be announced later this year at the RWA conference in July. Love wins!
- For those who thought J.K. Rowling could do no wrong – nope! Following Rowling’s release on Pottermore of a series of short essays on the history of magic in North America, several fans, writers, authors, and Native American scholars called Rowling out on her overly simplistic and stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans. Rowling has apparently not responded to any of the criticisms, which I personally find troubling given her previous support for people of all different walks of life. I’m not at all an expert on Native American literature and the response to Rowling, so instead I’ll point you towards Book Riot’s post, which is a good overview of what’s wrong with Rowling’s essays and to Debbie Reese, who has an excellent round-up of responses from Native people to Rowling. (Reese has been writing about this a lot and it would be worthwhile to read her other words as well.)
As always, happy reading.