Fusenews: Remember the Date
Got some weird ones for you today. Nothing particularly heartbreaking, but definitely weird just the same.
As celebrity picture books go, you would think that the timing could have been better with Eliot Spitzer’s upcoming title Daddy’s Day Out. The Harper Collins title may be delayed indefinitely as the former governor of New York goes on to consider penning his own autobiography which, one can assume, will be longer than 32 pages.
J.K. Rowling has finally formally announced her plans for an eight Harry Potter novel. Though she had hinted at such a book in the past it was sort of generally assumed that she’d leave Harry alone for a little while. Not so much. According to an interview with The Guardian, Ms. Rowling broke the news by saying, "There had been some thought about continuing the story through the next generation of wizards, but then I considered the character of Daedalus Diggle. At first I was just playing around with giving him some background in the upcoming books, but then I found myself increasingly interested in what he had to say. What was his story? I think readers will be willing to forgo a little Harry if it means reading about someone whose time at Hogwarts was, in a sense, just as interesting." Daedalus Diggle and the Curse of the Surly Mountebacks is tentatively due on bookstore shelves Fall of 2010.
Filming continues to go forward on the upcoming version of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing. Casting rumors have been flying as screenwriter Simon Kinberg (of Jumper and Mr. and Mrs. Smith fame) confirmed this week that he’s decided to reset the whole book in the future. The newly post-apocalyptic script is rumored to have cast the ubiquitous Shia LaBeouf in the lead, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense if you’ve read the book, but clearly they don’t really care much at this point. Ah, Hollywood.
I’m sure you all heard already that Stephenie Meyer announced two days ago that she was no longer going to release the fourth installment in her incredibly popular Twilight series. "I just wasn’t happy with it," she confessed. "I know this will disappoint a lot of my fans, but at this point in time the last thing I want to do is mess up Bella and Edward’s story. My readers deserve more." Readers, however, were livid on multiple boards, some going to so far as to film YouTube videos in which they actually rent their garments asunder. One such video, simply called Bella Cullen Reacts has already received 1,345,654 views.
And some of you may remember that today is April Fool’s Day. Kept slipping my mind, I’m afraid. Still, if you’re looking to prank someone on your own, might I recommend Peter Answers? Here are the instructions.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy 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.
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