Publishers Weekly

ibookbuddies  asked:

hi can you please explain the drama going on in the booklr community? with the white cis male author that got a movie deal? I haven't heard abut anything about this???

Yesterday, Publisher’s Weekly (a huge book news site) posted an article written by Sue Corbett about Scott Bergstrom‘s book called The CrueltyLink.

The headline reads: “YA Debut Gets Six-Figure Deal, Sold to 16 Territories and Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean)” and you think, oh my goodness, good for him, his book took off after being picked up and it’s a huge deal.

The articles writer, Sue Corbett, descibes the books as “Bergstrom’s heroine is Gwendolyn Bloom, a Jewish, slightly overweight 17-year-old, who is transformed into a “lean warrior with hair dyed fire-engine red,” during her mission to rescue her father, a kidnapped diplomat. Her search takes her into Europe’s most dangerous slums, and into contact with gangsters, spies, and arms dealers.”

You can probably already hear several alarm bells. For one it sounds like the plot of all three Taken movies -  plus several other people pointed out it sounds exactly like The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. For some reason, Ms. Corbett makes a giant negative connotation on both overweight (and some people say Jewish as well) to a positive “lean warrior” and for some reason red hair is also an important part of the heroines development. Because of course overweight girls can’t rescue their fathers - they have to completely physically transform themselves in order to become truly kick-ass.

Then it gets worse when Scott Begstrom says “The morality of the book is more complicated than a lot of YA so I wanted to try doing it on my own,” Bergstrom said. “In a lot of YA, the conflict takes place inside a walled garden, set up by outside adult forces. If you think of those stories as a metaphor for high school, they start to make a lot more sense, but that was one thing I wanted to depart from.” 

Bergstrom disses both the YA genre writers and his primary audience - which is primarily women and girls. Not only that, but he sounds like he’s literally never read a YA book in his life, let alone have any business writing one. This was I think the primary spark that caused the firestorm on twitter.

Then the article praises the story as being revolutionary and outstanding, basically the next best thing that happened to YA. So when white man writes a YA book about a hyper-violent teenage heroine people say it’s morally ambiguous instead of being a high-school metaphor– he’s revolutionizing the genre, gets a six figure book deal, sells to 16 countries, and a movie deal with the Pirates of Caribbean director.  Meanwhile, all the female authors who’ve literally created and up-kept YA for decades are still dismissed and side-lined and deemed unimportant and are constantly forced to defend their work and prove it’s worth simply because they are women.

The article finishes with Scott’s agent Tracy Adams  “thought that Gwen would get a lot of leeway from readers because of her mission’s goal. “She’s going to do whatever it takes to save her dad and that was good enough for me,” Adams said. “Kicking butt to save your dad is actually a lot easier for me to swallow than kids killing kids in The Hunger Games.”

Can you believe that this woman basically dismisses one of the most important YA novels of our decade by trivializing it? Literally what she’s saying is “the violence is our book is more palatable that the violence you’ll see in that one really popular YA… you might have heard of it”

So as you can tell, this got a lot of people - authors, readers, and bloggers very angry. Not even because of this instant, but because this shit happens all the time, and women writers are tired of being side-lined every single time a white man decides that he’s better at doing what women have been doing their entire lives while he haven’t even bothered to learn anything about the subject.

Kayla Whaley @PunkinOnWheels on twitter created the #MorallyComplicatedYA hastag on twitter in response so that people could not only respond to this but also give recommendations about morally complicated YA novels that already exist. 

I’ve also heard that people have read excerpts from the book ( @buttermybooks and @ladybookmad and @cresdarnels) have told me that this guy basically created a “I’m better than those other females” character and basically bashes the YA dystopias that already exist and their readers.

At this point, I’m not really angry with Bergstrom but with the publishers, who clearly decided that this guy - a debut author- is worth a six figure deal, rights in 16 territories, and a movie deal with a basic plot like “fat Jewish girl gets lean and red-haired when her diplomat father goes missing and she has to go to Europe to rescue him while beating up and meeting up bad guys”.

They’re showing us what they think they find valuable while ignoring the fact that this guy is literally insulting not only to the genre but the readers who love it as well.
Donald Trump is going to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants
Donald Trump has ordered his new administration to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants. The US President’s sweeping new executive order on immigration, which he signed on the fifth day of his presidency, includes a paragraph mandating the Secretary for Homeland Security to “make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens” in the US. The list will also include details of so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to hand over immigrant residents for deportation.

Donald Trump is a Nazi. He has assembled a cabinet of Nazis to run his fascist regime. He doesn’t call himself a Nazi, because Nazis never do. From the start “Nazi” was an insult. We all now face a choice in how to respond to this. We can either resist or collaborate. There are no other options. This is a decision we all face, but it is a particularly pertinent choice for the American people, and, crucially, the political establishment in America. Both Republican and Democrat politicians need to choose, are they going to resist or collaborate?

Make your choice now, before people start being rounded up and put in camps, before tanks roll out and bombs start falling. If enough people choose to resist now then the worst can still be avoided.

Do You Like Punching Nazis?

If so, you should be aware of some great Nazi-punching opportunities coming to communities near you. The Trump administration has announced plans to publish weekly lists of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities. This policy amounts to government weaponization of alt-right harassment techniques - a weekly list whose sole function is to give white supremacist mobs targets.

What this is going to mean, in practice, is that there are going to be families in your community who are going to become the targets of mob violence. They are literally going to need people to set up lawn chairs on their sidewalks at 3am and scare off Nazi lynch mobs. 

So if you’re really into punching Nazis, figure out what local groups are organizing to protect people on these lists and get involved. Because there are an awful lot of Nazis to punch beyond Richard Spencer.

Straw Hat insert in other series published in Weekly Shonen Jump 2017 issue #33 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of One Piece.

My Hero Academia chapter 145

The Promised Neverland chapter 47

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma chapter 223

Dr. Stone chapter 19

Gintama chapter 643

Black Clover chapter 117

Robot x Laserbeam chapter 16

Kimetsu no Yaiba chapter 70

Cross Account chapter 5

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. chapter 252

Haikyuu!! chapter 262

Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san chapter 71

Shudan! chapter 6

We Can’t Study (We Never Learn) chapter 23

Hinomaru Zumo chapter 153

Spring Weapon Number One chapter 37

Hunter x Hunter chapter 364

Hungry Marie chapter 20

Isobe Isobee Monogatari Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo


Immigrants respond to Trump’s executive orders by declaring #ImAlreadyHome on Twitter

  • In his first week, President Donald Trump signed one executive order laying the groundwork for his infamous pet project, a wall along the Mexican border, and another executive order turning America’s back on refugees, especially those from Muslim-majority countries. 
  • Trump also plans to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants and defund sanctuary cities.
  • While Trump has made it explicit that he’s ready to throw out the founding principles of America and say no to immigrants, immigrants have something to say back: #ImAlreadyHome. 
  • After Trump signed the executive order beginning the wall, the Huffington Post called for people to respond with stories of their families on social media. And they did. Read more.
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A List of Things Donald Trump Has Done - Week 1

Trumps actions stand alone in their absurdity, sheer danger and as he puts it “enormity” that Australian journalist and host of The Project, Waleed Aly, found that simply listing them all out loud, spoke louder than dissecting them individually. The full list includes

  1. Signed First Executive Order to Rollback Obama Care
  2. Took Control of Nuclear Codes
  3. Declares January 20 (his inauguration day) to be the National Day of Patriot Devotion
  4. The White House Spokesmen lied in his first press briefing about the size of Trump’s inauguration “The biggest in History”
  5. A Senior Trump Adviser supported the lies, claiming they were ‘Alternative Facts’
  6. Ordered the shut down of the National Park Service Twitter account after they retweeted photos comparing the sizes of Trumps and Obama’s inauguration crowds
  7. Trump planted staffers to cheer and applaud at a speech he gave to the CIA
  8. Bypassed anti-nepotism law to hire his son-in-law as a senior White House adviser
  9. His office confirmed that he’ll never release his tax records
  10. Withdrew America from the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership). A multi-national economic deal that is seven years in the making
  11. Allegedly allowed his businesses to take money from foreign government
  12. Now is facing a new law suit for breaching the constitution.
  13. Claimed the election suffered mass voter fraud (2-3 million votes illegitimate, which no evidence supports such high numbers) specifically with regard to dead voters and voters registered in more than one states.
  14. The white house spokes men (mentioned earlier), his son-in-law (also mentioned earlier), his youngest daughter, his White House strategist and his Treasury Secretary are all registered to vote in more than one state
  15. Reinstated a global GAG rule to cut all US funding to international NGOs that offer and council women on abortion
  16. His party passed a bill that permanently bans American women from using federal funds or private health insurance towards abortion services
  17. Vowed to cut funding to Violence Against Women’s programs, National Arts and Humanities, Legal Services, Minority Business Development Programs, Public Broadcasting, and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  18. Trumps Administration removed the Spanish Version of the White House Website
  19. Deleted Website pages of Civil Rights, LGBT Rights, and Climate Change
  20. Overturned the ban on two major gas projects where a fear of water contamination, and destruction of sacred land is present
  21. Ordered a total media blackout on the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.
  22. Imposed a hiring and regulatory freeze across all government agencies
  23. Except for the Military and a handful of public safety sectors
  24. Drafted orders to temporarily suspend America’s refugee intake
  25. Syria refugees face a indefinite ban on entry to America
  26. Announced plans to halve America’s Asylum Program
  27. Drafted new plans to suspend Visas from people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen
  28. Plans to open CIA black-sights, around the world, to reintroduce torture as an interrogation tactic
  29. Moved to redirect allocated Federal Funds to start building a $20 billion wall on the southern boarder
  30. Suggested to cancel his upcoming meeting with the Mexican President, to him publicly on Twitter, after the Mexican President refused to fund the building of the wall. The meeting was canceled
  31. Following this, he flagged a 20% tax increase to all imported goods from mexico in order to recoup the cost of the wall
  32. Stated he would publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants
  33. Stripped Federal Funds from US cities that provide sanctuary for Illegal Immigrants
  34. Laid the legal ground work for mass deportation

It can be easy to lose track of what is happening with Trump at the moment, but it is vital that, if you hope you fight back, even so much as build a healthy opinion on him, you know what he is doing. So please, read every entry on this list. In a single week, Trump has done more unimaginable things that people give him credit for. This has been a week, people. There are still over 200 left, at the least

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GRIMTALK - Week 10

GRIMTALK is a weekly snapshot of my personal Grimoire as it progresses each week and this week on GRIMTALK is a spell to increase the love between a couple. This spell will not make someone fall in love with you. This spell is to strengthen a bond between a couple so that they can weather any hardship together.

Our Love Will Grow

To help love grow strong and last until death. This spell is perfect for couples that are considering marriage and want their relationship to last.

“If a couple wishes for their love to endure;

To remain strong, healthy and pure;

Plant a sapling of a fruit-baring tree;

And their love shall grow for eternity” 


-          Apple (Love, Good Fortune, Healing)

-          Apricot (Love, Romance, Happiness

-          Cherry (Love, Happiness)

-          Lemon (Love, Friendship, Longevity and Purification)

-          Peach (Love, Lust, Longevity and Fertility)

-          Pear (Love, Lust, Romance)

Once the sapling of the chosen fruit-baring tree has been planted by the couple, dig a moat around the base of the tree.

Grind and combine

-          Dried Rose Buds

-          Cloves

-          Cardamom Seeds

-          Dried Plums ~ Prunes

Once ground pour into a large ceramic bowl and pour in a 2 cups of whole milk or plain yogurt. Add two spoonful’s  of honey and half a cup of almond meal. Mix clockwise with a wooden spoon while pouring your love for your partner into the spell.

Then take the mixture to where the tree is planted and pour it into the moat around the base of the tree.

This was a spell I originally designed for @wiccan-elements however I tweaked the version for them a bit so that it wasn’t as permanent as this one.

Since this is Week 10 of GRIMTALK, this is the last week that I will be publishing weekly photos of my grimoire on tumblr. I have achieved my goal. I’ve created a habit to work regularly on my grimoire and I’ve gotten to share this wonderful experience with you guys!

Don’t worry, I will post pictures of my grimoire in the future but it won’t be a weekly thing. Thank you for sharing this experience with me!

-          Marci

To see any of the previous weekly photos, check out the GRIMTALK page!

Mashima Hiro interview by Character JAPAN (10/5/17)

Character JAPAN posted an interview with Mashima Hiro just after WebNewtype published theirs. Most of the questions are the same as what I’ve posted here, but there are a few extra questions in the Character JAPAN interview and I’ve translated them below.

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When did you become aware of “manga artist” as a profession?

I’ve wanted to become a manga artist since I was in primary school. However, after entering high school, I felt that being in a band would make me more popular as compared to drawing manga (laugh), and there was a period of time when I was engrossed with that. However, when I entered a certain contest, and the winner was a teen around 13 years old, I thought that “I can’t survive in the same circle with such a talent around!” and returned to manga.

I went to Tokyo and entered various competitions, and I think I was really lucky back then. There were hardly any fantasy manga published in Weekly Shonen Magazine when my serialization first began, and I filled this niche (laugh).

Are there movies that you have used as a reference in your work?

I’ve liked fantasy from the start, and I’ve used The Lord of the Rings movie as a reference. I like the original work as well. The buildings and scenery in Fairy Tail use medieval Europe as a motif, and Magnolia, where Natsu’s guild is, is based on the townscape of Paris.

Mashima-sensei’s weekly serialization is currently ongoing. Did you get mixed up since you were working on the story of the manga and the story of the movie concurrently?

I got mixed up (laugh). I drew the storyboard for the movie quite some time ago, while serialization of the manga was also ongoing. Miraculously, the movie and the climax of the manga were revealed at around the same time. It might have been better if the movie was released slightly earlier.

How did you come up with the original characters for Fairy Tail Dragon Cry?

I started by thinking “It would be interesting if this character were to battle against this character”. “If someone were to battle against Gray, he should have this kind of ability.” I conceptualize each character by following this train of thought.

Did you request for particular seiyuus to voice the original characters?

I left the decision to the anime staff. I participated in the audition back when the anime of the TV series began, and requested for the person who matched the feel of the character the best.

Natsu’s seiyuu, Kakihara Tetsuya-san, looks just like Natsu. They seem to resemble each other more and more each year!

They resemble each other to the extent where I wonder who is the one becoming more like the other person. There have been times where I could hear Kakihara-san’s voice while drawing the manga.

Weekly Update #3

This time i don’t have much to say about the game.
It’s going as planned, most of the development it’s being done according to the schedulle (yes, i have a schedulle). I would like to post some of the first parts of the first scenes, but it still need some revision.

 I’m almost officially on vacations, so that would mean a break from the studies, and more time being put on the development of the game. That time would include the development of the backgrounds, found and creating music/sounds, visual effects, and more stuff.

More stuff it’s going to be posted here. Next update will probably going to include more details about the game.

I’m working with @bear-lover890 to make this possible.
Also i have recieved some support from you guys. Including those who just read this post, and those who say hi. Really appreciate your interest and support. You guys are going to be part of the credits.
Thanks a lot.

There are a few funny things I noticed while rereading bnha and I want to share them with you 😁 I’m kind of sure most of you noticed them already ( ✌︎'ω’)✌︎

Carefully looking at Kirishima’s room, I took the time to read the posters and banners. I got the impression that he is really all ‘fired up’ (気合) about improving and not giving up. Most of those messages display this and things like victory (必勝) and ‘I’m burning for this’ (燃える). He also has a plan for his training and a funny detail can be found on top of the shelf on the right. Kirishima is having a collection of the shounen jump magazine. This might be just a remark because bnha is published weekly in this magazine, but my heart beats for little otaku Kiri. 

Two things didn’t catch my attention immediately, first, is Satou really picking in his nose? Tell me he’s just scratching it (〃ω〃) Second, look at little angel Bakugou, he looks so damn peaceful with his little snoring bubble. 

This is a close up of Kaminari’s room, who would’ve thought he’s a skater boy? And he is fucking using a skateboard as a shelf!!!! I want one too! To me it doesn’t look like he was just throwing in stuff, it’s the room of a typical teenager and I love it. Denki please invite me over, I want to go through your CD collection. 

A cute detail from one of the previous frames, Ochako and Mina kept some of Tenya’s glasses. Since we don’t see him making any comment about it, I assume it doesn’t bother him that much. 

By looking at those tiny details I get the feeling that those kids are one big happy teenage family ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡

While rereading my own post I realized that the print on Deku’s shirt says ‘ラグランTシャツウ’ , which means a raglan shirt. When All Might visited him and his mum to get permission for the boarding school, he wore a similar attire, his shirt stating ‘dress shirt’. Izuku my son, why are you like this? I love you so, so much!

Ron Weasley once said in an article published on Witch Weekly, “please pray for Harry Potter. There’s nothing wrong with him; he’s just really extra and it’s tiring us all out.”

The next week Harry Potter made the loud and dramatic proclamation that his best friend in the world had betrayed him and they were no more. That night Ron and Harry went out for drinks.

So amiekaufman and I have been sitting on some pretty exciting news for the past few weeks, and today we finally get to share it with all of you! The announcement went live today for our new series together, starting with Unearthed, to publish in Fall 2017.

The quick and dirty down-low? The book is Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft… in space. 

If that’s not enough of a teaser for you, then check out its page on Goodreads for the (slightly) longer version of the pitch!

anonymous asked:

Hi! How's your sterek boarding school au coming along? Do you have a general estimate for when it will be out? Thanks :)

well, originally i had been planning to finish it and publish it with a weekly update alongside the new season of TW, but a lot of life stuff happened and i got really busy :( . but definitely i’ve got a lot of renewed interest ESPECIALLY how like a lot of scenes are like, straight up out of it lol.

do you remember how this gif inspired SO MUCH

ahaha i mean. i was looking at giftsets from yesterday and was like LOL WHAT EVEN it was like right out of the fic. if i was a cool editor person i would be all over that, and i’m sure people are and i’m looking forward to new content and stuff. 

so tldr: i started working on the new version yesterday. will post a new chapter soon. i think what was bogging me down was all the tumblr fics were all stiles pov, and the new, improved fic has stiles and derek pov, alternating (like soulmates tbh), so it’s a bigger project than i expected it to be. 

thank you for checking in! i mean, i never know since you’re on anon, but i always like to think there’s like one boarding school au enthusiast who always comes back to say hi and see how things are going (maybe there are a few of you?). you’ve been great about supporting this fic through a long time and i appreciate it a lot. thank you for sticking with me. <3