Friday News: KU illegal in France, Marvel’s all-female A-force, diversity and screenwriting, and tricky animal sex
To be clear, the subscription model itself is not illegal; a publisher could launch a service with just their own titles and pass legal muster. Another possible example would be a service which sold credits which could be applied to read ebooks in a catalog, or a service which let readers pay to subscribe to specific publishers (similar to premium cable channels). . . .
Curiously, Pellerin told Le Figaro that self-published ebooks as well as books by foreign publishers would not be affected by this opinion, just books published by French publishers. –The Digital Reader
Marvel calls the team A-Force, and it’s made up of women spanning the entirety of the Marvel Universe. From Runaways’ Nico Minoru to She-Hulk and Dazzler, the lineup is absolutely packed with powerful, diverse characters. Co-written by G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel) and Margaurite Bennet (Angela: Asgard’s Assassin) with art by Jorge Molina, A-Force seeks to include a diverse cast of women, while also introducing a few new ones—including Singularity, a cosmically powered hero. –Entertainment Weekly
Essentially, “they’ll let women in” to this part of the filmmaking process, O’Neill says frankly. That’s a cruel, powerful sentiment echoed by many screenwriters in the business. Oscar-winning screenwriters (who later ended up taking the reins in the director’s chair) like Diablo Cody have voiced these perils, saying in an interview “most writers are shoved aside as soon as the film goes into development.” Nora Ephron, nominated thrice for classics like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, said she became a directorbecause she saw how powerless screenwriting was (she knew firsthand, since both her parents were also screenwriters). Diana Ossana, who won an Oscar in 2006 for co-writing Brokeback Mountain said she wouldn’t have been taken seriously without her writing partner Larry McMurtry, adding that “writers are considered bottom feeders” in Hollywood. –Mashable
Female nursery web spiders build a special web where they tend their young. When they find a female, males often wrap up a nuptial gift for her: a delicious insect exquisitely wrapped in white silk. If the female accepts it, she lets the male copulate with her. Males can secure matings without giving gifts, but the copulations are 30% shorter. The longer it takes the female to unwrap and eat the gift, the longer the male gets to copulate.
For the males, gifts are expensive. It takes time and energy to capture and stun prey, transport it, and gift-wrap it in silk. So some males wrap up worthless items, like the remains of already-eaten prey or bits of plants. –BBC Earth