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Fusenews: Appropriate for the Month of Halloween, I Think

  • Oh goody, she said in a flat toneless voice.  Another literary sequel.  By a relative of the author.  Tell you what, let’s make this interesting.  I will give Stoker Jr. $100 cash if he makes his vampires sparkle in the sun.  $50 if they play baseball.  $25 if they just sit about staring at people.  Thanks to Bookninja for the link.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland gets its queens, as Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter are cast as the White Queen and Red Queen ("Off with their heads!"), respectively, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by Tim Burton, the new movie adaptation of Alice in Wonderland already stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as Alice.

Do you want to break it to Disney that the White Queen and Red Queen are in Alice Through the Looking Glass, or shall I?  Seems cruel after all the work they’ve put into it already.

  • I read on YPulse the other day that there’s a YA for McCain Ning out there.  I don’t know what a "ning" is, but I was curious as to whether or not the site had YA authors pulling for that side of the fence.  Apparently not.  They appear to have a whopping total of 5 members, thereby putting my heart at ease once more.

  • Urban Outfitters makes Alison Morris cranky.  And now, after reading her post, they make me cranky too.  That is due in part to her very good point about women and literary tees, but also because it reminds me that I once had a Reading Is Sexy t-shirt of my own that I destroyed on my first wearing by my spilling copious cups of red wine onto it.  *sniffle*

  • And for you literary agents out there, this one’s going out to you.  Gawker recently busted a lady looking for a little help doing her job.  Problem was, she went to the all-powerful Craigslist with her query.  Note how she described herself as a "cute girl" to get some help.  Thanks to the Longstockings for the link.

  • Daily Image:

So true it makes my teeth hurt.  The webcomic xkcd needs to be added to my blogroll or something.

Thanks to Read Roger for the link.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Here’s a theory:
    Writer bitten by vampire. “Writes what he knows,” i.e. a vampire book.
    150 years later he’s still alive! And needs quick cash. Writes another book under name of his great-grandson.

    This theory explains Stoker’s “Lair of the White Worm,” since only a dead writer could produce such a book.

  2. fivedimes says:

    The monster, scary, dark trend is tired and old. The market has milked the cow dry. Just more and more poor imitations of Harry and Buffy. Let’s move on. Please.

  3. Ooo. I like your theory, Sam. Along the same lines I know a fella who wrote a blog about turning into a werewolf. It was so successful that he was able to play it into selling the film rights and he’s now writing a Werewolf survival guide.

  4. Based on Tim Burton’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I don’t think we need to worry about Burton being upset by book/movie discrepancies. “Leaping off point” is the best way to describe that book/movie relationship.

  5. Well, he just loves the color red so. Guess that’s why the Red Queen is present. And really, when you look at some of the past cinematic takes on the Alice genre, his might end up being the most authentic.

  6. dot dot dot says:

    I saw a Canadian boy wearing the Catcher In The Rye shirt and nearly peed myself, thinking it some genius knockoff. Was less enthused to discover it readily available from UO.