Posts tagged with such-wrongness

Jan 17 2023



I still haven't read a Colleen Hoover book, but have kept her novels on my mental list of stories to check out if I run across one in a Little Free Library. (The descriptions of her books really don't sound like my thing, but I'm willing to give them a chance... as long as they're free.) However, her recent attempt at producing a coloring book tie-in...

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Jul 25 2019

What a charmer


Okay, this is definitely one of those "laugh so you don't start crying" things, but if you're looking for a (possibly microscopic) silver lining to Boris Johnson becoming the British Prime Minister, at least we're getting to enjoy this delightfully scathing review of Johnson's "novel" Seventy-Two Virgins...

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Jul 16 2019



How is there still demand for this? HOW? There is going to be another round of Lifetime movies inspired by V.C. Andrews books. This time it's the Casteel series, and the trailer looks like the filmmakers were working with a clear checklist...

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May 30 2019



Tea and literature are two of my favorite subjects, so I opened this recent NPR article expecting nothing but joy... only to discover a horrifying announcement about a link between hot tea and esophageal cancer...

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Apr 2 2019

Not a Good Look


According to The Guardian, Catholic priests in Poland were photographed holding a book-burning ceremony of titles that "promote sorcery", including J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. Two things: A) if the Harry Potter books successfully promoted sorcery, we'd have lost an entire generation to Hogwarts by now, and...

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Feb 1 2019

Right show, wrong network


The New York Times recently took a look at the unexpected success of Netflix's You, based upon Caroline Kepnes's novel of the same name. I keep hearing the show described as a "Netflix Original" (it's right there on the cover!), but...

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Jun 5 2018

Excellent (if depressing) work


The #MeToo movement has made investigative journalists out of some unexpected sources, Eater NY among them: the culinary news site recently posted an in-depth look at the accusations facing celebrity chef Mario Batali. (It is a follow-up piece to an earlier article on the subject that they posted in December.) Eater should be proud...

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May 17 2018



Another day, another depressing Stan Lee-related lawsuit. According to the BBC, Lee is suing Pow! Entertainment, the entertainment company he co-founded, for one billion dollars, alleging that...

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Mar 29 2018

Hard pass


Is this... a real book? More importantly, did Sean Penn get a real advance for it? This review suggests it is a real book (and that it's horrible), but I don't want to accept it. In a world where it took Madeleine L'Engle at least 27 tries to find a publisher for A Wrinkle in Time, this...

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Jan 23 2018



Ouch: a bookstore in Bangor, Maine, suffered a massive loss recently when a water main burst near the building, seeping into the basement and destroying a number of rare books. The damage included dozens of first- and limited-edition Stephen King books, as well as...

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Jan 11 2018

No, no, no


The trailer is out for the upcoming miniseries adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and it looks perfectly miserable. I can't imagine why anyone would want to watch this, but I guess it's targeted at people who just can't get enough of Cumberbatch playing insufferable rich characters...

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Nov 29 2017

Hug a librarian


The Guardian recently posted an article about an open letter to the UK's Education Secretary, written by a bunch of literary bigwigs (Neil Gaiman, Antonia Fraser, and Philip Pullman, among others). The letter was written to protest the decline in support for school libraries...

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Nov 1 2017



I know The New York Times is infamous for their out-of-touch "trend" stories, but I'm going to have to take their word on this: according to the paper, Arnold Lobel's classic 'Frog and Toad' stories have become a popular meme. I'm...

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Oct 26 2017

Um, what?


According to Pajiba, Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are planning to adapt James Frey's discredited "memoir" A Million Little Pieces into a feature film. This confuses me. If the contents of Frey's book are made up, and Frey's actual writing skills...

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Oct 12 2017

The Tell-Tale Heart (plus corn)


Here's the trailer for (yet another) Stephen King movie adaptation, in case you were longing for more. The movie is based on King's novella 1922, and is currently available to stream on Netflix. I haven't read the short story, but...

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Sep 27 2017



Whoa: an elementary school librarian named Liz Phipps Soeiro just published an open letter to Melania Trump, responding to Trump's gift of ten Dr. Seuss books. The tone of the letter is civil, and many (though not all) of the author's criticisms are valid, but... but... I just can't get behind responding to a gift with a condescending explanation of where the gift-giver went wrong...

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Sep 14 2017

Yeah, but... (Part II)


There's been an update on the recent literary scandal surrounding the publication of Lani Sarem's Handbook For Mortals, which recently rocketed to the top of the YA bestseller lists via some seemingly questionable sales practices. While...

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Aug 31 2017

Phony: Part II


The Guardian recently posted an update to the fascinating John Smelcer story, which we wrote about last week. It seems that the overwhelming pile of evidence suggesting that Mr. Smelcer is 100% full of garbage...

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Aug 24 2017



Okay, this article is great, and I strongly encourage you to go read the entire thing yourself. It's an investigation into the many alleged lies of an author named John Smelcer. It seems that Smelcer, who has been nominated for awards and given jobs based on his Alaskan Native ethnic heritage, might not be Native after all...

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Aug 17 2017

Absolutely ridiculous


We might have been consistently underwhelmed by V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series, but nobody deserves this kind of nonsense: according to the...

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Jun 14 2017



According to the Guardian, Australian website Mamamia has apologized to author Roxane Gay after publishing a podcast interview with text that detailed all the ways they "set up" for her interview...

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Jun 13 2017



The trailer is out for Will, an upcoming TNT series about a young, "sexy" William Shakespeare in 1589, after his arrival in London (and, it must be noted, well after his marriage to Anne Hathaway). It appears to be pretty much 100% anachronisms...

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May 16 2017

Still ew.


The fine people at Pajiba have identified the main problem with that KFC/Colonel Sanders-themed romance novel we mentioned a few weeks ago: it's that the book has no sex in it...

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May 4 2017

You get what you pay for


Well, this is nice of them: Kentucky Fried Chicken has written a romance novella featuring Colonel Sanders, and made it available as a free digital download. According to CNN Money, "Tender Wings of Desire tells the story of 'rebellious Lady Madeline Parker,' who falls for Harland Sanders, 'a handsome sailor with a mysterious past...

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Mar 31 2017

Maybe on DVD?


The first trailer is out for the updated version of Stephen King's IT, and, surprise! it looks scary. I'm not sure how much of a difference modern special effects will make in this story, but I am hoping that the director and screenwriter have a really brilliant idea for coping with...

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Mar 25 2017

I'm pretty sure you're fine judging this book by its cover.


Wow. I suspect that this cheesy-looking romance novel from the Philippines is hardly the skeeviest thing out there featuring Justin Bieber...

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Jan 26 2017

The more you know


NPR recently posted great article about the Merriam-Webster twitter feed, which has been sharing a lot of pointed political definitions recently. Frankly, I don't think the new president cares much about expanding his vocabulary...

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Jan 25 2017



So... according to the Guardian, George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty Four recently became the 6th best-selling book on Amazon...

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Jan 4 2017

Ugh times a million


I've been struggling to choose what makes me the angriest about Simon & Schuster's decision to pay Milo Yiannopoulos (editor of Breitbart Tech, alt-right pundit, and all-around racist asshole) what Yiannopoulos described as "a wheelbarrow full of money" for his upcoming book, Dangerous, and I think I've finally figured it out: it's Simon & Schuster's...

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Dec 12 2016

Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays, by Mike MacDonald and Jilly Gagnon


Written by Onion alums Mike MacDonald and Jilly Gagnon, Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays is an R-rated choose-your-own-adventure story that takes you through countless holiday misadventures, ranging from moderately gloomy to gross as hell. The set-up is simple: your family is out of town, and your relationship is too new for a shared Christmas, so...

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