Hello Lovely Readers,
Usually I try to have a theme to the news stories that I share in a single post, but I couldn’t figure one out today. Mostly I wanted to share these stories with you, so please excuse their randomness.
The first news is something I am very excited about, 24 June of this year the next Robert Galbraith novel is out. For those who don’t know this is the pseudonym that JK Rowling used to publish a mystery novel last year, The Cuckoo’s Calling. There is a synopsis of the book here. I loved the first book, and cannot wait to see more of her characters Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. In much the same way that Rowling was able to lay intricate plots in Harry Potter, her mysteries are complicated but make sense when you look back.
The second is a news story that says that despite fears that the book industry is dying, this is not the case; in fact e-books seem to be raising the whole industry. You can read the full article here. The sales of physical books are down, there is no way to soften this, but at the same time people are buying and reading more books, e-books. As a book lover I am glad the industry is not in too much trouble. While I love physical copies of books, e-books have made my life a lot easier, especially as I live in a foreign country and have to worry about possibly moving my books back across an ocean! The full impact of e-books can only be guessed at though, as there are not currently ways to compile all e-books bought across the many sellers, let alone the self published ones and the out of copyright free books. I think this will be an interesting trend to continue to watch, but if you want to keep bookstores around, we are going to need to by books from them (not just from places like Amazon).
For those of you who follow what movies are doing well in the box office, this year has been a little strange. As I was reading about some of that I found an article that is wondering if Twilight and that franchise have killed the vampire movie genre for the time being. You can read the full article here. This is rather upsetting news for me, as I love older vampire movies, but the article has some very good points. Twilight is clearly a very divisive series. If vampire movies are marketed after the fans of the series, they expect a vampire like Edward, which is not usually the case. On the other hand, those who are not fans are staying away from vampire films for fear that the movie will cater to those fans of Twilight. So it is a bit of a conundrum. There are many great older films with vampires, and older film goers know this, but many of the younger generations only know Twilight, and therefore will fall for those two above mentioned categories. While it concerns me, as many of my favorite films are vampire films, I do recognize that film trends are cyclical. Almost every 10 years there seems to be a new push for vampire films, and I have to hope that maybe in another 10 we will go back to the scary vampires that are alluring and deadly!
The last news is very sad, and I would have shared sooner if I had known. It seems that the actress Margery Mason who played the food trolley witch in the Harry Potter films has passed away. She passed away on January 26, 2014 at age 100, and had been an actress since she was 17! There is some more information about her mentioned here. She seems to have been a very interesting woman who lead a very full life.
Until next time,