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Friday News: Rowling to pen Hogwart’s screenplay; Holy Crap method of selection; Mark Twain on writing

Friday News: Rowling to pen Hogwart’s screenplay; Holy Crap method of...

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling, in a statement.  “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.” Inside Movies |

It’s interesting because I actually see a lot of indie authors writing these types of books from Heat by RL Smith (aliens coming down and harvesting dopamine from humans) to teacher student love in which the teacher isn’t portrayed as a predator but a loving alpha male being the right parental figure for a virginal 17 year old in and out bed to the priest turned truck driver rapist to the depressed wife who has a great and loving husband but decides to cheat on him with a younger man. Those books seem like HOLY CRAP books to me. Certainly Elite by Rachel Van Dyken with her tiny college owned by a mafia don full of uniformed students and bells falls under the HOLY CRAP standard. Is that the standard we should use to pick for reviewing? CHRISTOPHER R. BEHA

Mark Twain pondering at desk

“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

Not every book is for every reader. Azevedo’s Reviews

I’ll leave you with this video. It’s not Porn. It’s HBO.

Thursday: More NA nonsense; Mass markets up huge in November; Tablets transforming back into laptops predicts Intel Chief

Thursday: More NA nonsense; Mass markets up huge in November; Tablets...

“The book is in a relatively new genre called “new adult contemporary” (read: it’s basically a mashup of romance and erotica — think Fifty Shades of Grey). Publishers are wary to take risks on things that are new and relatively unproven. And they’re right to: It’s hard to get bookstores to stock new adult contemporary books (unless they’re huge hits already) because they don’t really have a section for them yet. Are they erotica? Romance? Big-time successes like Easy by Tammara Webber and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series are the exception and not the rule.”

Easy is not a mashup of romance and erotica.  It is not 50 Shades.  For god’s sake neither is the huge mass of New Adult books. And neither is NA the exception rather than the rule.  If you look at the past bestseller lists both at the Times, USA Today and Amazon, the NA books have dominated the list. DOMINATED.  Is the NA genre short lived? I don’t know but big time successes in that genre is not an exception.

Guess what book was number one last week? Reckless by S.C. Stephens. I’ve met Jeremy Greenfield who runs DBW and is the author of this piece but it just seems like another sign of gender bias. Women books are successful. Must be sexy times.  Forbes

” Growth of adult e-books slowed to 20.7% in November with sales from publishers that report to AAP’s StatShot program hitting $94.8 million. Still, overall sales for the adult trade segment rose 2.3% in the month as the much-troubled mass market paperback segment saw a 75.5% leap in sales, to $38.2 million. “Publishers Weekly

It makes sense. Tablets that have larger screens kind of beg you to do something with them other than simply consumption but tablet on screen keyboards aren’t well designed for input. Many cases offer a keyboard option.CRN

Britain’s literature has grown less emotional since the 1960s, but American literature has become more so. Overall, English-language literature has used far fewer emotionally-charged words over time, but American writers have bucked the trend: They’ve ramped up their use of “mood words” in the past few decades as Brits have grown more stoic.

There are other fun factoids in the paper.The Atlantic

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