It’s been awhile, bookworms. And so much has happened. SO. MUCH. I won’t comment on recent events here, because I’ve tried to keep this blog focused on books, reading, and the bookish world. So here are some book-related news stories that might make you happy. Just in case you maybe weren’t happy for reasons. Books may not solve all the world’s problems or make things magically better, but they can be comforting and familiar. So enjoy a good book today, and enjoy this random collection of book news.
- In September, to honour Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, the Oxford English Dictionary added a number of words from Dahl’s writing to the dictionary. Along with those new words (including “scrumptious” and “splendiferous”), several existing words received updates, among them “gremlin.”
- A new TV movie adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is coming to PBS later this month. The Canadian production aired in Canada earlier this year and now it will make its way to the U.S. The movie, whose trailer you can watch by clicking on the link, stars Ella Ballentine as Anne and Martin Sheen as Matthew.
- In other literary adaptation news, a feature film version of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is in production and the casting news makes me very hopeful. The lead role of Meg Murray will be played by actress Storm Reid, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris Pine taking on the parts of Meg’s scientist parents. Perhaps even more exciting is the news that Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling will portray Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who, respectively. Directed by Ava DuVernay, this film is shaping up to be spectacular!
- And in the last bit of adaptation news, director David Yates confirmed that a young Albus Dumbledore will indeed appear in the second planned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie. The first movie is due in theatres later this month, and will give fans a glimpse of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, once and former best friend of Dumbledore. The only downside? Apparently, Grindelwald will be played by Johnny Depp. Ugh.
- And while on the subject of the JK Rowling-created wizarding world, a Harry Potter fan created a data set that shows how many times a specific spell was used in the novels. The chart can be sorted to view spells by most occurrences or by order of appearance. According to Tor.com, the most commonly used spells by Harry and his friends were spells of non-violent resistance (e.g., Expecto Patronum, Expelliarmus, and Stupefy).
- Turns out, Shakespeare had some help after all. For the first time, Christopher Marlowe will be listed as a co-author to Shakespeare on three plays (Henry VI Parts I, II, and III) in a new publication from Oxford University Press. Shakespeare’s collaboration with Marlowe (or possible theft of his material) has long been a topic of discussion among Shakespearean scholars. With regards to Henry VI, at least, that question has been answered.
As always, happy reading.