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Fun Friday–Authors and Books in the News

Friday, April 25, 2008

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Back at the beginning of the year, I wrote a post about the lawsuit J.K. Rowling has brought against the writers of a Harry Potter Lexicon (Fun Friday–J.K. Rowling, Are You Kidding Me?). Well, the case is now in court. The British newspaper The Guardian has an update on it.

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Have you ever ended a relationship because your tastes in literature differed, your partner hated your favorite author, or he didn’t read at all? Check out this essay from the New York Times.

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Are you like me and love your Roget’s Thesaurus? Ever wonder who Roget was? Here’s a review of the biography of Mark Roget, The Man Who Made Lists.

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What’s the difference between a creatively written memoir and fiction? The New Yorker magazine explored this question recently in “Just the Facts, Ma’am: Fake memoirs, factual fictions, and the history of history.”

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Okay, so this one isn’t really about books or an author. With the upcoming release of a long-awaited and somewhat questionable fourth Indiana Jones movie May 22, National Public Radio correspondent Christopher Joyce recently explored the question, Indiana Jones: Saving History or Stealing It?

The piece is part of a series NPR is running called “In Character” in which they’ve taken critical and historical looks at some of our favorite fictional characters from TV, movies, and books:
Hannibal Lecter: A Psycho with an Unlikely Soft Spot
Jack Bauer: Quiet, Ruthless Defender of America
Fictional Characters That Inspire: TV’s Jack Bauer
Catwoman: Feminine Power, on the Prowl
Blanche DuBois: Chasing Magic, Fleeing the Dark
Was Captain Ahab Ahead of His Time?
Pretty, Plastic Barbie: Forever What We Make Her
Unapologetically Harriet, the Misfit Spy
Hester Prynne: Sinner, Victim, Object, Winner
Elmer Gantry, a Flawed Preacher for the Ages
Darth Vader: The Tragic Man Behind the Mask
Cookie Monster: A Sweet, Sensual Id, Unfiltered
Valentino’s Sheik: An ‘Other’ Made to Swoon Over
‘Salesman’ Willy Loman: A Towering Little Man
Was Jim of ‘Huckleberry Finn’ a Hero?
Shrewd, Selfish Scarlett: A Complicated Heroine
Pollyanna: Spirit of Optimism Born Out of War
Our Characters, Ourselves: ‘In Character’ From NPR

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NPR has also been running a series entitled “You Must Read This,” in which modern authors speak about one particular novel they’ve read that has had a profound influence on their lives.

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Gail Gaymer Martin’s Writing the Christian Romance has been made the subject of a very ribald article which tries to harpoon the Christian romance genre. Be sure to read the comments that have been left. You might recognize a few names of published Christian romance authors!

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Have a wonderful weekend! 

6 Comments
  1. Friday, April 25, 2008 7:02 am

    Oooh, thanks for all the great links…I will enjoy perusing those this weekend. I half thought Fun Friday today would be a “Robin Hood” post. LOL!!!! 😉

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  2. Friday, April 25, 2008 11:57 am

    I can’t get to the Pollyanna link…could you repost it please 🙂

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  3. Friday, April 25, 2008 12:34 pm

    The NPR links should be working right now.

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  4. Friday, April 25, 2008 1:49 pm

    Cool links! Funny, I listen to NPR every morning and I didn’t hear about these. Hmm…I must be a distracted driver 🙂

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  5. Friday, April 25, 2008 2:25 pm

    The In Character series is the only one of NPR’s series (that I’m familiar with) which I don’t think is broadcast at a regular time each week. I’ve only heard it once or twice, and I listen to NPR at the same time every day. But it’s nice to be able to pull it up on the website and listen to it when I’m not either getting ready for work or driving, so that I can really concentrate on it!

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  6. Friday, April 25, 2008 7:34 pm

    I loved Athol’s comment on the jab article about GGM’s book.

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