Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have picked up on the fact that today is the premiere of the Outlander television show on Starz. (You could have watched it online during this past week, but why quibble with minor details.) Based on what I’ve seen so far, the show looks amazing, but thanks to my upcoming move, I’ll only be able to watch a few episodes before leaving. Maybe someday I’ll get the see the whole thing. Will you be watching? Why or why not? Ponder that, and the book news:
- Classy all the way. Last month, after a teen girl survived a shooting that claimed the lives of the rest of her family, she paraphrased Albus Dumbledore in a public speech. In response, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling recently sent the girl a personalized, handwritten letter in Dumbledore’s voice, along with a Hogwarts acceptance letter, a wand and a signed copy of Prisoner of Azkaban. Though the contents of Rowling’s letter will remain confidential, it strikes me as a very classy move by a very classy lady.
- Tolkien is never far from people’s minds, especially with the final Hobbit movie releasing this winter. Now, you can also consult Tolkien for writing advice, thanks to an infographic from EssayMamma.com. The advice is culled from the letters of J.R.R. Tolkien and features ideas such listening to critics, finding inspiration in dreams and understanding that you will always improve as time goes on.
- Madeleine L’Engle told readers that there is such a thing as a tesseract, and now movie-goers will get to see it as well. Jennifer Lee, the director of Disney’s mega-hit Frozen, is writing an adaptation of L’Engle’s novel A Wrinkle in Time. Disney is apparently eager to maximize on the book’s strong female heroine and science-fiction elements. (We’ll just ignore that television version of the novel from awhile back, mmkay?). No word yet on who will direct, or the cast. I’ll keep my fingers optimistically, but cautiously, crossed; A Wrinkle in Time is one of my all-time favorite childhood novels and I’d hate to see it messed up.
- Football, schmootball! Who needs a fantasy football league when you can have a fantasy author league? Thanks to Book Riot, you can now lead a fantasy league with your reading friends, drafting authors instead of athletes. (Everyone knows authors are more fun, anyway.) In this year, you get points for an author’s productivity (bonus points for the Nobel Prize!), media and publicity appearances, and, “feuds, disputes, and ruckuses.” May the best fantasy draft win!
- This just in: reading is sexy. And when beautiful, attractive, sexy people read books aloud, well, that’s just even better. The lovely people at Book Riot have compiled a list of 10 sexy celebrities reading children’s books (although they included Justin Bieber on their list and I wholeheartedly disagree with that, so I’m calling it 9). You may think that sounds icky, but trust me – you haven’t really lived until you’ve listened to and watched Benedict Cumberbatch read The Little Red Hen. You’re welcome, book world.
As always, happy reading.