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The Thursday Book Beat: Accio New Harry Potter Play?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to open on the West End in 2016

Whether you’re going by Floo Network, broomstick, or portkey, London’s the place to be for Harry Potter fans next spring. J.K. Rowling has remained silent about what the play will be about, though she has confirmed that it is not a prequel to the bestselling series.

Personally, this Lily/James shipper and Marauders fan is a tad forlorn, as a prequel is the only thing she’d ask Rowling for, given the chance. But Rowling does assure fans that the story, a collaboration between her, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, “will be a real treat” and that the theatre medium is exactly right for it.

Scribd to remove romance novels from list of offerings

Looks like this particular e-book service isn’t a fan of reformed rakes and brawny Highlanders, as it has begun culling romance titles from its rosters. Smashwords CEO Mark Coker has estimated that between 80 and 90% of Smashwords’ romance novels will be removed from Scribd. Balance seems to be the end goal for Scribd: they cite the need to “adjust the proportion of titles across genres to ensure that we can continue to expand the overall size and variety of our service” as the driving force behind the changes.

Ellen Degeneres to produce adaptation of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted

Novik’s newest fantasy novel was only released on May 21 of this year, but it’s garnered strong buzz and critical praise. Degeneres will be working with Warner Brothers, who won rights to the text in a bidding war with Fox 2000 and Lionsgate.

I’ve heard lots of good things about this book from fellow WWAC staff writers, and will definitely be bumping it up on my TBR in addition to following the adaptation.

  1. Ginnis Tonik

    July 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Am I the only one who is a little sick of Harry Potter and the more stories in different mediums coming from it? I think there was something significant in setting the story to years 1-7 and ending there.

    1. Wendy Browne

      July 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      I enjoyed the books but never got into the diehard fandom. I am quite content with letting things stay as they ended in book 7.

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