BA Post Challenge: Intense Reactions

BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge

BA's 26 Posts Challenge for Book BloggersWelcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.

Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.

Quick Note: Thank you to those who have sent me feedback in regards to the future of BA’s Posting Challenge. If you’d like to send me feedback, or want to catch up on what’s going on, you can do so here. Thank you!

This Week’s Topic

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Intense Reactions: What are some books that have given you intense emotional reactions and why? Can be rage, crying, skipping born from happiness, laughter… well you get the idea! Continue reading

Why Book to Movie Adaptations Aren’t Getting it Right

This article necessarily contains discussions of the plots and endings of several recent movies and books including the Harry Potter series and The Lord of the Rings. Accordingly, readers who have not viewed the movies and/or read the books may be exposed to information which may ruin their later enjoyment of them. Please keep that in mind before reading on.

Hollywood has long had a trend of adapting popular books in to big screen treatments. In fact, the practise goes back at least as far as 1924. In that particular case, a literal adaptation of the novel McTeague by Frank Norris which weighed in at 453 pages, resulted in a monstrous film of more than sixteen hours in length. The film was eventually butchered down to around two hours, but was predictably left bereft of most of the meaning, and was largely considered to be incoherent.

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Fun Fridays: Harry Potter Geek Out

Tomorrow I will be seeing Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Now, I’m 28, and I’ve never gone and geeked out (by this I mean dress ups) on anything. Not even when I was nuts about TMNT when I was a kid and always role playing the part of Donatello (I didn’t like April). So I figure it’s about time I got overly excited about something and went all the way. That’s right. I’m geeking out with dress ups! I can’t guarantee you’ll see a picture, but I thought I’d share that little piece of geekiness and because I’m going to see the film, I thought I’d share a whole bunch of HP goodness with you today! Enjoy!

First, Butterbeer…

*Picture is not from recipe

Do you fancy yourself some Butterbeer? I’ve found a recipe for you to try out (by Melissa over at MuggleNet).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (8 oz) club soda or cream soda
  • ½ cup (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
  • ½ tablespoon butter

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Fun Fridays: J.K. Rowling’s Announcement

Last night (at least that was the time in Australia) J.K. Rowling made an announcement on YouTube. Incase you missed it or didn’t know about it and are a Potter fan, I thought I’d share it here as a Fun Fridays post instead of something else.

The clip became live at around 9pm (AEST) and yes I had the laptop opened, while I was watching Go Back To Where You Came From, so I could sneak peaks at the count down. If you hadn’t seen it before, there was a count down timer and plenty of owls perched on branches doing birdy things like shaking, twitching, and ruffling their feathers. It was nice. Continue reading

Harry Potter Plagiarism (Article From SMH)

This article was taken from The Sydney Morning Herald’s website and was published on the 19th.

Harry Potter Author Fights ‘Absurd’ Plagiarism Allegations.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says she will ask a court to dismiss plagiarism claims against her popular series of books, branding the allegations “unfounded” and “absurd”.

Multi-millionaire Rowling has been named in a lawsuit claiming she stole ideas for her stories about a young wizard from another British author.

“We will be applying to the court immediately for a ruling that the claim is without merit and should therefore be dismissed without delay,” she said on Thursday.

Representatives of the estate of the late Adrian Jacobs claim Rowling’s book Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire copied parts of one of Jacobs’ books about the character Willy the Wizard.

On Wednesday they added Rowling as a defendant to an ongoing legal claim against Bloomsbury, her British publisher.

Rowling hit back, saying she had never heard of Jacobs or read the book before the plagiarism claims emerged.

“I am saddened that yet another claim has been made that I have taken material from another source to write Harry,” she said.

“The fact is I had never heard of the author or the book before the first accusation by those connected to the author’s estate in 2004; I have certainly never read the book.”

“The claims that are made are not only unfounded but absurd and I am disappointed that I, and my (British) publisher Bloomsbury, are put in a position to have to defend ourselves,” she added.

The lawsuit concerns Jacobs’ book The Adventures Of Willy the Wizard No1: Livid Land.

The estate first came forward with its claim in 2004 but Bloomsbury said it had been unable to identify any text in the Potter books that had been copied.

The fortunes of Rowling, 44, from her books about the boy wizard stand at $A864m, according to last year’s Sunday Times Rich List.

I wonder how many plagiarism claims arise that she has to deal with? I wouldn’t be surprised if it was more then other writer’s because of how successful she has been. Some people out there might be jealous of her success, but then again something can look like plagiarism too when everyone is so easily influenced by what’s around them these days, especially as original ideas are hard to come by in the entertainment industry. Oh wait, no that’s just Hollywood.