Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Cuckoo's Cover-Up: or How J K Rowling fooled the literary world into enjoying her new book

This weekend saw massive books news. Literally nobody was crying out for me to offer my opinion on the matter but that's not stopped me so far. As we all know by now, on Saturday it was revealed that a book with positive reviews but mediocre sales was actually written by one of Britain's most bankable authors: JK Rowling. As cover-ups go it's not exactly the most exciting but the revelation that Robert Galbraith is actually just JK's second pseudonym has taken the literary world by storm. The BBC New website has helpfully quoted the following from a Waterstone's spokesman which pretty much sums up the general feeling: “this is the best act of literary deception since Stephen King was outed as Richard Bachman back in the 1980s”. JK insists that she wishes that the truth could have come out a little later but her publisher must be pretty happy that people found out just as sales weren't going so great. What a happy, happy coincidence.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Monsters University (2013)

With every new Pixar releases we find an influx of reviewers and random people on the internet (*ahem*) getting angry about the recent abundance of sequels and the company's supposed focus on merchandise. I have, in the past (as you can see in this very blog), argued that the once outstanding animators are running out of fresh ideas but I must get angry at the suggestion that this prequel to the super popular Monsters Inc. was created solely because of the merchandise potential. Just take a handful of the many reviews out there and you'll no doubt get bored of the phrase 'golden age of Pixar' and the lamentation that we are witnessing yet another nail in the studio’s coffin. Saying that Pixar have lost their way since Disney got involved is as much of a reviewing cliché as saying that every Woody Allen film of the last 20 years isn't Annie Hall or Manhattan. Quite frankly guys, I'm getting a bit bored of it. Monsters University isn't a terrible film and certainly doesn't bring shame on it's predecessor. Also, in my opinion this film had way more going for it than last year's Oscar winning Brave (but you can read about that for yourself when you're done here).