Tuesday News: Let’s Pretend it’s Monday!
Sorry about the news yesterday, folks. I finished a two-year long work project (not exaggerating) on Friday and pretty much collapsed after that.
Roberta Gellis dies – Thank you to the DA reader who sent me a link to this obituary, because although I had heard of Gellis’s death, her obit isn’t burning up the Google rankings. Gellis, one of the great Historical Romance authors, died on Friday at 89. Did you know that before she wrote Romance she worked as a research chemist and co-invented pink hair dye and “aerosolized shaving foam”?! What’s your favorite Gellis book?
Starting with Knight’s Honor in 1964, Roberta was the author of nearly fifty novels. These included more than twenty historical romances, including the Roselynde Chronicles and the Heiress Series, a number of medieval murder mysteries, and several historical fantasies. Other novels ranged from space opera to gothic romance to a mystery featuring the much-maligned Lucrezia Borgia as an amateur detective. She mostly wrote under her own name, but occasionally wrote as Max Daniels, Leah Jacobs, and Priscilla Hamilton. She won numerous awards for her writing, including a 1983 award from Romantic Times for Best Historical Series and a 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America. – mlive
Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Isn’t Actually Spoiling Many Future Book Plotlines – Paul Tassi analyzes some of the plot points in the TV show and the books that have already diverged, addressing the unusual circumstance in which the show has now moved forward past the books’ original material, leading some fans to see the show as spoiling the new books that haven’t yet been written (this has to have happened with other adaptations, right?).
. . . I don’t think fans need to be quite as upset as they are. While Game of Thrones started out being surprisingly faithful to the source material, things have changed as time has gone on. Martin himself refers to this as the “butterfly effect.” Kill one character the book doesn’t, and three years down the line, they could be the focal point of a major plot turn.
Now, Game of Thrones has effectively become a butterfly swarm. The show has either killed off or cut many book characters completely, and they’ve altered so, so many storylines in significant ways, it’s hard to say for certain what is being spoiled at this point, and what isn’t. – Forbes
Debut Author lessons: Sensitivity readers and why I pulled a project. – An interesting post from Mary Robinette Kowal on writing outside the white person experience and her use of outside readers to check her portrayal. The comments are worth reading, too, and the whole discussion actually illustrates Kowal’s concerns about representing a diversity of cultures and identities, but not necessarily in the way she intended.
The controversy won’t hit just you. This was the one that was hardest for me to grasp. It’s easy to worry about “What if I get it wrong?!?!” and “What if people get angry at me!?!” What is harder goes back to bullet point #2. Culture is not a monolith. If you are writing about something that is outside your community and controversial, that controversy and the conversation surrounding it will hit all the people in that community. Worse than that, the things you got wrong are probably things that you inherited from a systemic system of oppression, which means that you are reinforcing that oppression in the public consciousness. And that doesn’t hit you. That hits only the community you’re writing about. – Mary Robinette Kowal
DRMed eBooks Vanish in Kobo Library Update – Apparently Kobo performed an upgrade and people are experiencing the disappearance of books, some of which were grandfathered in from the defunct Sony Store. Some readers at MobileRead report upwards of 400 books missing. Nate Hoffelder provides a possible workaround if your Kobo library is among those affected:
Fortunately the old library menu is still accessible at kobobooks.com/library/library.html, because vanished ebooks are just the beginning of the problems. “I am a little baffled on how the sorting works. How does N come before G?” one user wrote, before posting a screenshot. “The search function doesn’t work correctly as well. I search for a particular author and only 1 book shows up. I know I have 10+ books by the same author.” – The Digital Reader
My favourite Roberta Gellis book is Gilliane. Perhaps because it was my first. But all of the first four (in particular) of The Roselynde Chronicles are just brilliant and hold up wonderfully on re-read.
She and her husband were high school sweethearts and were married for 68 years! Awesome.
Congratulations on finishing your project. Collapsing for a while is recommended and encouraged.
Off to see what Kobo has done with my books. Thanks for the notice.
I’ve read a few of Roberta Gellis’ books. Very sorry to hear of her passing. She lived very close to us and the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI is only 10 miles or so from me. Beautiful cemetery and fitting, I think, for her.
My favorite Gellis is The Rope Dancer and now I have no excuse not to re-read it. I always thought it would make a great movie, especially due to the supporting characters. Thanks for the notice of her passing.
Congratulations on finishing the long term project!
I haven’t actually read much of Gellis’s romance, but I love her Magdalene la Batarde series. I’m sorry to read of her passing.
Congrats on finishing your project!
Very sorry to hear about Roberta Gellis but it sounds like she had an interesting life – maybe that’s why her books were so good. I read and loved a lot of her books in the 80’s, I have especially fond memories of the Roselynde chronicles series. Time to search out one I haven’t read since she wrote so much!
My favorite Gellis is Bond of Blood, which is not an ebook so no rereading for me. :-(
I’m sorry to hear of her passing; I always think of my favorite authors as being ageless and it’s a shock to find they aren’t. But what a legacy they leave behind.
I’m old and grew up reading historical novels by Thomas B. Costain I checked out of the public library. When I started buying paperbacks back in the day, Roberta Gellis was one of my favorite authors. I loved her 3 book series “The Coming of Henry II” but my favorite of all is a stand-alone The Dragon and the Rose about Henry VII and the princess Elizabeth. I did read the Roselynde Chronicles but still enjoyed the “Henry II” series and TDATR the most! I never got rid but sadly can’t them all. I still have some well-worn copies of some of them that I treasure.
I’m old and grew up reading historical novels by Thomas B. Costain I checked out of the public library. When I started buying paperbacks back in the day, Roberta Gellis was one of my favorite authors. I loved her 3 book series “The Coming of Henry II” but my favorite of all is a stand-alone The Dragon and the Rose about Henry VII and the princess Elizabeth. I did read the Roselynde Chronicles but still enjoyed the “Henry II” series and TDATR the most! I never purposely got rid of any of those books but sadly can’t find them all. I still have some well-worn copies of some of them that I treasure.
Sorry to hear of the passing of such a great author! :(
Oh, Kobo… following in Amazon’s footsteps now, I see. And this is why the first thing I do is strip the DRM from every ebook I purchase (among a few others steps I take to safeguard my precious library!)
Anyway, congrats on finishing your project!
@Courtney Dion: Me Too Courtney! I buy from Kobo, Smashwords, ARE, and Amazon and I put everything into Calibre (removing the DRM first) so that I can still have access to all my paid for books!
I remember a few years ago looking at the Daily Deals post for Roselynde. “Hey, it’s free, let’s check it out.”
So that one will forever remain my favorite.
While I’m sad to hear she passed, it seems she got to pass away in peace. I don’t know how many people get that.