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Rebel Wilson in a genderswapped remake of Dirty Rotten Scroundels? Yes, please. Remake ALL the eighties comedies with women!!!

And Anne Hathaway and Rihanna in Ocean’s 8? Man, this was a good two weeks for lady casting.


➝ Fireside magazine recently published #BlackSpecFic — a special report about short fiction SFF publishing and stories by black authors. The report takes 2015 as its sample year and highlights that out of 2,038 SFF short stories published in 2015 only 38 were written by black authors. There's data, accompanying essays from various authors, and an interview with N. K. Jemisin. I haven't read everything yet but it's very interesting so far.

➝ Excited to see the judging panel for the Jhalak Prize announced. This is a UK prize for BAME authors which allows submissions from all kinds of fields (including YA).

➝ Important Supergirl news — Katie McGrath is gonna be in Supergirl!!! Be still my heart ♥ She's playing Lena Luther, Lex's sister, who 'wants to be seen as her own person' after her brother is arrested. My dream for this show is that they make Kara and Lena complicated friends like they did with Lex and Clark in Smallville (except with less evil-Luther shenanigans). Expect me to talk about this A LOT in the run up to Series 2.

➝ Also, pictures have started to emerge of Tyler Hoechlin as Superman in Series Two of Supergirl and they're making me SO happy. They're gonna make him bust his shirt open just like they got Kara to do! He's so perfect for this! Here is Hoechlin's Clark Kent hanging out with Jimmy Olson (I had totally forgotten that they would be best friends in this version). Here he is hanging out with Kara. They're just gonna be so adorkable together!

➝ Stacked shares Teenage spies: a 2016 booklist.

➝ This comic strip, about how different stories resonate with different people, made me tear up a little.


➝ I want this plush dog so bad.

➝ I liked Social justice, shipping, and ideology: when fandom becomes a crusade, things get ugly by Aja Romano. I was in Teen Wolf fandom and saw some troubling stuff (and I'm sure it's often similarly bad in other fandoms). It bothered me enough that I left the fandom after it was clear that between the creators and some fans it was just not going to be a fun place to hang out and was bumming me out. This article unpacks a lot of my feelings.

Sebastian Stan is going to be in an adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I'm excited about this because a) Stan's face and b) it seems the film will have a lady director, Stacie Passon!

Hank Green and Taylor Behnke Peters created videos on how to vote in every state. This is so cool and I thought our resident political nerd editors would dig it.

➝ The cover reveal for Nnedi Okorafor's Binti: Home is here. IT'S SO PRETTY.

Ava DuVernay Will Be First African American Woman to Helm $100 Million Film. Now let's have about 100 more.

Book Acquisitions

Added TBR: The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin, Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, & Laura Martin, A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole, Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks, Pretty Deadly, Vol. 2: The Bear by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Emma Ríos, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg, You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson, Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 2: Cosmic Cooties by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Marco Failla, & Natacha Bustos, The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn by Louisa Gilder, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin, We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire by Jules Grant, Asteroid Hunters by Carrie Nugent, Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski, How the Post Office Created America: A History by Winifred Gallagher, Revenger by Alastair Reynolds, Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen


Life Hacks: A Netrunner Story — I'm not gonna lie, when I first read this piece I cried, and then sent the link to my spousal unit because I know these feelings and this was the only way I had to explain why I got so emotional when I played Magic. Yes, even (especially) the relationship to card games, to being bad at something in front of people. But it's hopeful, and it inspired me to finally get into Netrunner and practice being bad at things, so I'm quite fond of this!

➝ This is a somewhat old link; June was not a great month for keeping faith in humanity, but I got linked to a letter from E. B. White (... I assume as in the style guide!) which almost helped!
As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate.

Yoon Ha Lee's post at The Book Smugglers on being trans and how that informed both his career and Ninefox Gambit in particular is... Actually what moved the book off my "I am interested in this book but will see if I remember it in a month" list to "I am setting a reminder on my phone so I DEFINITELY remember it in a month" list. The discussion of Cheris and Jedao as a metaphorical trans system makes a lot of sense to me!

Date: 2016-08-11 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
So excited for the remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. And the casting news for Oceans just keeps getting better.

Date: 2016-08-11 01:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
Suuuuuper-dubious about the Shirley Jackson film. Why do we even care about male casting for this story? The young dude in the story is a minor flim-flam asshat. The old dude is more interesting than young dude, and he's minor too. But the stars should be women, and casting a big name dude and saying he's "starring" makes me think that it's yet another case of using Jackson's book title and maybe some character names and then doing whatever with it. I expect some rom-com nonsense now.

Date: 2016-08-11 07:07 pm (UTC)
renay: Pink pony with brown hair and wings on a yellow background bucking hind legs in the air. (Default)
From: [personal profile] renay
Well, I care because I like Sebastian Stan a whole lot. It's fine if you don't. But I also mentioned the female director...which I feel is pretty notable given the opportunities female directors get. Writing off the film this early based on one casting which of of course entertainment media is going to skew in favor of the dude to make it sound more newsworthy feels short-sighted.

Date: 2016-08-11 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.com
I'm so excited to see who they're going to cast as Constance and Merricat. Sebastian Stan as cousin Charles is g.d. excellent casting, and I really am glad he's not setting aside all his roles as skeazy handsome jerk now that he has this Bucky Barnes thing going on.

Date: 2016-08-11 07:10 pm (UTC)
renay: Pink pony with brown hair and wings on a yellow background bucking hind legs in the air. (Default)
From: [personal profile] renay
He's so good at handsome jerk!

I may try re-reading this book since a lot of people are coming out to talk about it since this news in really positive ways that make me think I gave up too soon! I bounced off of it pretty hard when I tried it the first time. But I am still very excited for a female director!

Date: 2016-08-11 11:07 pm (UTC)
vass: Jon Stewart reading a dictionary (books)
From: [personal profile] vass
(... I assume as in the style guide!)

He also wrote Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little.

Date: 2016-08-20 12:16 pm (UTC)
spindizzy: (*facepalm*)
From: [personal profile] spindizzy
I did not know that was him! For some reason in my head those were different people!


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