It Was a Pleasure to Burn
Dystopian novels are having a moment, and it looks like The Handmaid’s Tale is not going to be the only classic of the genre to be re-adapted for the big screen. HBO announced this week that it will produce a new feature-length version of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Michael B. Jordan will star as the fireman Guy Montag, with Michael Shannon playing his boss, Beatty. As a big fan of Bradbury, Jordan, and Shannon, I couldn’t be more excited. I only wish the subject matter didn’t feel so timely.
So Many Books, So Little Time (Literally)
A new study of 2,000 adults in the UK commissioned to mark World Book Night reveals that 67% would like to read more, but 48% “admit” (interesting word choice, there) they are too busy to read. Rather than wondering how much time these oh-so-busy folks spend on Facebook and TV, I’ll move right along to the survey’s more interesting finding: 26% of respondents say they would read more if they got recommendations from someone they know. The algorithms haven’t won it all, friends! (And perhaps we at the good ship Book Riot should step up our UK awareness efforts?)
Now for Something Completely Different
In what is hands-down the weirdest publishing-related headline in recent memory, the band Insane Clown Posse are being sued for allegedly plagiarizing a poem. And not just any poem. A poem originally published in A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul. More questions than answers to be found in this story. I don’t even know.
Bonus unexpected combo: here’s Ludacris rapping a Llama Llama book.
Until next time, happy reading.
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