J. K. Rowling is in the news yet again this week as she posted a short story to the Pottermore website. The story features a middle-aged (34 year old) Harry Potter and friends in attendance at the Quidditch World Cup. Skewing her typical narrative a bit, the story unfolds as a fictional live-blog of the Quidditch match between Bulgaria and Brazil, from the perspective of journalist Rita Skeeter and Ginny Potter (née Weasley).
Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects is being made into a television drama, and Buffy alum Marti Noxon has been picked as showrunner. No problem with that decision here. The author’s smash-hit bestseller Gone Girl is due in cinemas in a few months, while her debut novel will be adapted for a one-hour-long show sometime in the near future.
London’s National Portrait Gallery has opened its summer exhibition based around the life of modernist literary giant Virginia Woolf. The exhibition, subtitled ‘Art, Life and Vision’ will run until October, and showcase portraits, rare documents and personal objects – including her suicide notes – to illustrate the author’s life.
Are you a Janeite or Jane Austen obsessive? Ever wanted to know exactly how the classic literary figure looked? The Jane Austen Centre in Bath has used forensic techniques to create a waxwork likeness of the novelist. Austen’s appearance was generated from contemporary accounts provided from a number of sources to give the fullest visualisation yet of the beloved author.
A new survey has discovered that writer’s nowadays survive on an average income of around £11,000 from writing professionally, meaning that the number of authors actually able to make a living from the art has dwindled dramatically over the years. Writing in this day and age is no longer a feasible career; no longer are authors guaranteed significant sales by writing critically acclaimed or prize-winning works.
Fans of wacky supernatural vampire dramas will be happy to hear that the TV show The Originals – a spin-off from The Vampire Diaries – now has a three-book deal in the pipeline. The books will tell brand new stories about the thousand-year-old vampire siblings, and these books will be released across 2015 to coincide with the show’s second series.
Last week was the first ever YALC event, hosted by Malorie Blackman. The Children’s Laureate opened the young adult fiction conference dressed in a Star Trek outfit and speaking in Klingon. Held at the London Film and Comic Con, this event brought together authors such as Patrick Ness and Rainbow Rowell for talks and panels on the YA genre, and, from all accounts, was a resounding success.
And finally, head here to watch what happens when you question George R R Martin’s ability to finish his Song of Ice and Fire series before he leaves this mortal coil. Hint: he gets a bit angry.