The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was one of the greatest marketing schemes to come out of the J.K. Rowling’s franchise. So good in fact that the folks at Warner Bros. and Universal are planning to duplicate the success of the Orlando, Florida attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood in California. You know what that means…double the Butterbeer!
How much money would I have paid to stop them from making those new Sherlock Holmes movies?
As a writer, I could really get behind the idea of being paid not to write my bad ideas in addition to getting paid to write my good ideas. Is there a Kickstarter project we could start to start this? (GeekDad)
I’m totally going to go to the Santa Monica event!!!! Anyone else want to go?
In January of 2012, Hank and I (and the Katherine and occasionally the Yeti) will be going on tour to celebrate the publication of The Fault in Our Stars, and also because we haven’t been on tour together since 2008. These events will feature music, readings, hilarity, free posters, fancy…
That would be an epic story! And let’s throw in Oliver too while we’re at it! I think they’d all learn a lot from each other.
We talked about writing fanfiction again in British Novel. Only this time we talked about writing a book about what would happen if Pip and David Copperfield met in London.
So, Peter Jackson has been shooting The Hobbit in 3D, which is certainly going to be a breathtaking thing to watch! And one of the actors returning to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien to reprise his role from Lord of the Rings, Elijah Wood, also likes the prospect of a sweeping, beautiful movie shot in 3D. But what about movies that aren’t shot in 3D and are altered afterwards? Well, some of those are okay, according to Wood. Even the Star Wars movies. Especially the Star Wars movies! But why — OH WHY — do we as a moviegoing audience have to see them in order? Starting with Episode I? Elijah Wood is not happy, you guys.
What’s your sign? Who is your favorite Disney princess? Hey, maybe they’re the same! Maybe not! Either way, we found a lovely Tumblr (called Blahlalala Blog Blargh) with 12 Disney heroines as astrological signs. Mine is Capricorn/Jane, from Tarzan. I like her! She’s educational! See what yours is after the jump.
DeviantARTist JosephB222 has done the awesome and turned Disney princesses into Sith warriors. The results are kickass. True, Ariel is a bit more exposed than we’d assume a Sith warrior would be, but check out this otherwise excellent mashup after the jump.
In case you were faced with the high school English class task of memorizing the famous "To be, or not to be" monologue from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, here is one solution: find a ukelele, learn how to play it, acquire musical talent and a lovely singing voice, and turn it into a song! Or just memorize Courtney Welbon's version, the melody of which, she admits, does not exactly match the tone of Hamlet's soliloquy, in which he ponders whether or not to kill himself in light of all the death and sorrow that has been taking place. (via Neatorama)
I want this sign!
Yet another reason to love bookstores. And look! It is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, written by my friend-from-college Ransom Riggs!
Love so much, especially since I’m re-reading the Oz books