Art & Lit News: We Have our Christian and our Anastasia (But We Don’t Like Them)

Karri Justina Shea September 8, 2013 5

Books

  • the-bone-seasonThe Bone Season‘s 21-year-old author Samantha Shannon was hailed as the next J.K. Rowling, but now that the book is out, has it measured up to expectations?
  • Your childhood is entering the future: Dr. Seuss picture books will now be available for coloured e-readers.
  • Five newly discovered books by J.D. Salinger are set to be published within the next few years.
  • new novel authorized by Agatha Christie’s estate is in the works, written by Sophie Hannah and featuring Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot.
  • Amid the current controversy, a Russian novel featuring a gay character is published with an 18+ warning attached.
  • Margaret Atwood’s latest Maddadam, the last in the trilogy beginning with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, was released this week to positive reviews.
  • The first chapter of the next Percy Jackson book, The House of Hades, is now online. The spoilery synopsis is as follows:

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors on both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

Book to Screen

  • After much speculation, Fifty Shades of Grey has finally cast its stars: Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam. Apparently, the fans aren’t happy.
  • Author John Green has been sharing photos and stories from the set of The Fault in our Stars.

Arts

  • The arts may not always be a lucrative field, but apparently artists have high job satisfaction, at least in Europe.
  • Here’s something fun: a world map depicting a battle ground between different types of art is on display at an exhibit in New York.

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  • arielletje

    Also: how much is the TFiOS movie going to make me cry? Answer = a lot.

  • ElissaS

    What they need to do is replace Christian with a guy named Raleigh, change Anastasia to a total bad ass named Mako, and replace the horribly written porn with robots fighting giant monsters from an alternate universe.

    …I just want more Pacific Rim, is that too much to ask?

    • arielletje

      No, no it is not.

      I want a sequel where they go to Kaijuland and kick more ass, while having terse, witty conversation and repressing their emotions the entire time.

      • ElissaS

        well apparently [POTENTIAL PACIFIC RIM SPOILERS DON'T READ ON IF YOU EVEN WANT TO RISK IT] they were discussing the possibility of Newt becoming a bad guy. Like, that’s what was initially in mind when they were writing the first one, but now they don’t know if that’s the way they want to go or not.

        • arielletje

          He is one with the kaiju borg? It could work!

          I could see him being a villain a la Warren – goofy and stupid at first but then increasingly more terrifying until he’s gone completely off the deep end.