Starting today, Around the Interwebs will be the place where we compile all the fun videos and humorous things we find around the internet during the week and more pressing news articles will be given their own posts! You may have noticed that we kind of already started the latter once or twice or thrice.
Walter White’s “I Am the One Who Knocks” Written By Other Authors (via Tumblr)
Back in September author Laura Spadanuta imagined what it would be like if Walter White’s infamous “I am the one who knocks” speech was written by famous literary figures. It just popped up on our Tumblr feed and we’re still missing “Breaking Bad” super hard so we’re sharing it now. You can check out the full article to see how the speech would sound through the lens of Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, George R. R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison, Dr. Seuss and Stephenie Meyer.
“And so I come, heartily rapping, not at all gently tapping, tapping, upon the chamber door. Tis I,” he blustered, “and no one more.”
The CW and the “Veronica Mars” Creators Are Teaming Up For an iZombie Show (via Rickey)
The CW is joining forces with “Veronica Mars” creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero to turn the comic book series iZombie into a television show! The comic (which ran for four volumes) follows zombie Gwendolyn Price as she eats brains and retains the memories of the deceased once a month to keep herself alive. The show will be more of a police procedural, with the main character as a zombie medical student who works in a coroner’s office who teams up with the police to help solve murders. It could be great, or it could be terrible.
Matt Smith is Your Singing and Dancing Patrick Bateman (via Kickstarter)
If you missed our previous post about it, the novel about serial-killer/music lover Patrick Bateman, Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho is being turned into a musical in London and the role of Patrick Bateman has been filled by none other than the 11th Doctor himself: Matt Smith. Hey, he does have a lot of free time on his hands now that a new Doctor has been announced to take over where he left off. What better way to fill that hole in his life than as a 80′s yuppies with a penchant for murder?
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Pride and Prejudice was only half the story.
If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.
Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: A retelling of Pride and Prejudice told from the POV of one of the Bennet’s maids sounds like our kind of novel. Here’s hoping it ends in a wedding!
The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen by Lindsay Ashford
“Where would I begin to explain it all…?”
Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen. Armed with a lock of Austen’s hair as perhaps her best clue, Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane’s close friend, has decided at last to tell her story—a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder…
Upon its publication in the UK, Lindsay Ashford’s fictional interpretation of the few facts surrounding Jane Austen’s mysterious death sparked an international debate and uproar. None of the medical theories offer a satisfactory explanation of Jane Austen’s early demise at the age of forty-one. Could it be that what everyone has assumed was a death by natural causes was actually more sinister? Lindsay Ashford’s vivid novel delves deep into Austen’s world and puts forth a shocking suggestion—was someone out to silence her?
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Here on Bibliomantics we’ll pretty much read anything Jane Austen. Assuming of course that it’s not just a sequel with an excuse to write some Mr. Darcy porn. Let’s not ruin the public domain completely people.
We Don’t Know How You Celebrated Harry Potter’s Birthday, But We Hope It Was With Drunk Ron Weasley (via YouTube)
It was Harry Potter’s 33rd birthday last week and to celebrate Jimmy Fallon brought out comedian Simon Pegg dressed as Ronald Weasley to sing him a drunken birthday song. Be warned, it is very drunken. Twenty points to Gryffindor (or another house of your choosing) if you can figure out why he’s a grown man and still wearing his school wizard robes. Another ten points if you can figure out how fake Latin can make magic work.
Chuck Palahniuk Announced a Graphic Novel Sequel to Fight Club and Now We Won’t Be Able to Wait Patiently (via GoodReads)
Author Chuck Palahniuk is planning a sequel to his hit novel turned movie Fight Club but rather than a prose sequel, he plans to continue the story in graphic novel form. Palahniuk plans to create a series of books (not sure if this means comic books or trades) set ten years after the events of the original. Specifically, Jack and Marla are married, and things are going well enough until their son is kidnapped by Tyler Durden and Jack is once again dragged back into the dark and messy world of Project Mayhem. Sounds amazing!
Surprise! J.K. Rowling Published a New Non-Harry Potter Book in April (via Huffington Post)
Just when you thought J.K. Rowling would finally get to work on that Harry Potter encyclopedia we keep hearing about, she goes and writes a mystery novel under the pen name Robert Galbraith called The Cuckoo’s Calling. We don’t blame her, The Casual Vacancy probably would have been reviewed less harshly if everyone knew it wasn’t by J.K. Rowling, but she probably should have taken that secret to her deathbed. Like Deep Throat, or that man who took that Loch Ness Monster photo.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Is Getting a Novelization Somehow Not Called Pride and Prejudice (via LeakyNews)
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern day web-series based on the events in Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, and apparently it’s getting a novelization. Revealed during the Lizzie Bennet Diaries Extravaganza panel at this year’s LeakyCon in Portland, TLBD has a book on the way in the spring or summer of 2014 from Touchstone books. And according to writer Bernie Su, the book will be a companion to the now finished series and the hope is that they can create an “enhanced book.” Whatever that means. Just thanks for staying away from Anne Frank.