I dunno. Seems pretty coincidental that the man who does all the Harry Potter audio books in England (Stephen Fry) would get into trouble because he tweeted some HP pics without the express permission of Warner Bros. Then again, England is a mighty small island. Hey, I know a fun game we can do! Let’s play six degrees of Harry Potter! So, um, Stephen Fry was in Wilde with Jude Law who was in A Series of Unfortunate Events with Timothy Spall who plays Wormtail in the Harry Potter movies. That’s okay, but I bet you can link him even faster than I. Maybe you could use the Spice Girls Movie or something. Don’t use Extras, though. Television shows don’t count.
- Speaking of tweets, how many of you were aware that Peeta from The Hunger Games has his own twitter feed? Tis true. Alongside HalfPintIngalls (who always outdoes herself with the Halloween tweets) there is a dedicated and growing fictional community out there. Thanks to @molly_oneill for the link.
- Webcomics. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re out there (have you seen the great Dracula-related Hark, a Vagrants?). At least I can appreciate the one called Waiting for Bilbo. There’s a premise that makes sense to me. You’ve got your plot, your characters, your end date, all that stuff.
- We can still milk a couple Halloween links for all they’re worth, right? I’m thinking specifically of the pictures Alvina Ling posted of the Little Brown costumes. Everything from Arthur to The Curious Garden to (my personal favorite) the cover of Twilight. Now THERE is an obvious LB&Co. costume! Very fun.
- Monica takes our recent debate about the role of real world facts in fictional books and displays a chart that shows “the continuum between nonfiction and fiction.” That’s how the teacher types do it. With charts!
- New Blog Alert: I would be amiss in missing a missive (all right, enough of that) about the new Horn Book blog. Tantalizingly named Out of the Box: “An exclusive look at what comes into the Horn Book offices”, the site is the brainchild of editorial and marketing assistant Katie Bircher. Gotta say, I like what she’s written so far. I mean, I totally missed that the endpapers of The Baby Goes Beep failed to make the cut in the board book version. That didn’t stop me from giving it to one of my buddies’ new babies recently though. I mean, the book’s a hoot.
- Philip Nel writes, “People once kept commonplace books — personal, portable anthologies of favorite quotations.” With that in mind, he has posted both his ten favorite quotations and his ten favorite children’s literature quotations. I would personally have a devil of a time coming up with my own personal list. How do you even begin?
- Daily Image:
I think we’ll wrap up today with what must be the world’s most ineffective bookshelf of all time.
Kinda blows your mind, don’t it? Thanks to Swiss Miss for the link.