Thursday News: RIP Bertrice Small, Apple loses another lawsuit, Hollywood and originality, and requiem for a bookstore
Bertrice published her first novel, The Kadin, in 1978, and went on to write more than 50 romances. Fans flocked to her passionate, exciting stories, and many count her beloved raven-haired, hot-tempered Skye O’Malley as an all-time favorite heroine. Bertrice not only hit the bestselling lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today and more, but she helped found this genre that we love so much, by writing exciting, edgy stories, at a time when no one else was doing so. –RT Book Reviews
Apple described Smartflash as “exploiting” the system in a statement sent to CNET:
“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.” –CNET
Hollywood’s economic design thrives on formula – a set of expected elements associated with a particular type of film – but it has rarely operated according to a strict execution of said formula. Formula is not Hollywood’s set of constraints that bastardize pure artistic visions, as the repeated narrative of artists vs. suits always seems to illustrate, but is instead the genius of the system. It doesn’t always produce good stuff, it mostly produces forgettable stuff, but it has sometimes produced great stuff because of, not despite, the eternal play with formula.
Formula is not a set of rules, but a database of possibilities, and it’s where Hollywood has perfected its own unique type of originality. . . .
That something may be formulaic does not preclude it from originality, creativity and invention. In fact, the opposite is true: the existence of formula actually encourages invention – if not in Hollywood itself then at least in many of the creatives Hollywood hires – for within formula is an implicit challenge to do something new with it, to take the familiar as a foundation to execute something new, even, occasionally, something bizarre. –Film School Rejects
If you do it right, you end up not with shelves, but with a community. You meet good friends when they decide to come to events, and you get to host them at their book signings. You share experiences that are good and bad, anything from great new books to mourning the losses of favorite authors. And, you get placed on a list of good romance sections throughout the country so that people searching for community can find you.
The romance section at Posman Boooks in Grand Central Terminal became that kind of community. How do you say goodbye to that? –Smart Bitches Trashy Books