Books to screen
The first trailer for the Hungers Games movie premiered at the MTV Video Music Awards! Check it out:
Amazing book sculptures left as mysterious, anonymous gifts
These awesome creationshave been popping up all over Edinburgh, and no one knows who made them. This is one of my favorites:
Isn’t it beautiful? I think this is such a cool story!
The crap women authors have to deal with
Sci-Fi writer John Scalzi posted a very thought provoking piece on how women authors receive much more hateful comments, abuse, and threats than male authors. I find this notion disgusting. Has our society really not gotten past this yet? And moreover, why are women still being treated as less than human? This post by author Seanan McGuire only confirms what Scalzi is talking about, and it breaks my heart. Author Jim C. Hines also has a really interesting and inspirational post on this topic.
On the other hand, it’s good to know that this behavior isn’t universal. Author Ilona Andrews says that she doesn’t get overwhelming amounts of hate mail, but she muses that it might be partly because she writes with her husband.
On a related note, author Kate Elliott has posted some interesting thoughts on what it means to be a female science fiction writer. She says that if she could go back in time, she would publish her epic fanatsies under a male or gender neutral pen name.
In short, I am now depressed about the state of our culture. I hope that if I have children, they won’t grow up in a world where this shit still happens.
Agent asked author to “straighten” gay characters in YA
Oh joy, more news that sickens me. This feels like the Wicked Pretty Things fiasco all over again, and people are saying pretty much the same thing as they did then. Here’s some thoughtful commentary from Seanan McGuire as well as more detailed coverage from Dear Author and Katiebabs. But I think it’s John Scalzi who sums it up best when he says:
[T]here should be gay characters in YA because a) surprise, there are gay folks everywhere and b) in my opinion as a father, there’s not a damn thing wrong with my child encountering gay folks in her literature, because see point a).
Well said, Mr. Scalzi.
Let’s end on a happy note, and look at some pretty covers!
Sins of the Demon is the fourth book in Diana Rowland’s Kara Gillian series, a unique blend of police procedural and urban fantasy that gets more addicting with each installment. (Check out my four star reviews of books one, two, and three on Goodreads.)
I really like this cover’s creepy, yet sexy, feel. It was done by Don Dos Santos, who does AMAZING work.
And look!!!! It’s the cover for the sixth Chicagoland Vampires novel by Chloe Neill! Book five comes out November 1st, and I cannot wait. I love this series! (By the way, there’s still time to enter to win a Drink Deep ARC!)
I really like the title Biting Cold, and this cover is definitely one of the best in the series. I am so impatient to read this book it’s ridiculous.
That’s all for now, folks. I’ll probably be posting some random awesomness this weekend, so look out for that.