Scientists Create an Invisibility Cloak: Nerds Imagine Best Marauders Cosplay Ever (via The Mary Sue)
While we would love to discuss the scientific and militaristic ramifications of an invisibility cloak, all we can think about is OH MY GOD, ONE THIRD OF THE DEATHLY HALLOWS IS NOW REAL! At least in box form, because it’s more an invisibility box than a cloak. But, it does cloak things in the verb sense of the word so it’s still technically an invisibility cloak. Get it? Get it!?! In scientific terms, it splits light into waves which travel around the cloaked object and blah blah blah blah technology.
Bag End Doll House! We Want to Go to There! (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Now that invisibility cloaks are capable thanks to science, it’s time to figure out how to shrink people to doll-size so we can live inside this amazing replica of Bag End. We know, we have the best priorities. Completely hand made by the coolest Mom ever slash LotR superfan Maddie Chambers, there is no detail too small in this model. You can see all the amazing touches on the Geeks Are Sexy blog post. Bag End now lives in Australia at the Fortinbras Proudfoot Esq. Foundation (AKA the Best Name Ever Foundation) which promotes children’s literacy.
He looked up from the newspaper. "Who is that bell tolling for?" he wondered. "For WHOM," she admonished sternly. #LastLinesFromGreatBooks—
Jenn Frank (@jennatar) November 12, 2012
"Slaughterhouse Three ... Slaughterhouse Four ... ah, here it is, Slaughterhouse Five" #LastLinesFromGreatBooks—
Cranberr-ity Jon (@calamityjon) November 12, 2012
He cocked the revolver and took aim. "All I have for you is crime... crime, and punishment." #LastLinesFromGreatBooks—
Christopher Bird (@mightygodking) November 12, 2012
Maybe you’re tired of us covering silly literary hashtags by now, but we’re not so you’ll just have to deal with it. This time around, the hashtag is #LastLinesFromGreatBooks, but it’s not quite like it sounds. Instead, they’re fake endings to classic books. It really should have been #FakeLastLinesFromGreatBooks. Other notable uses of the tag include: “And lo, these heights… they are so very wuthering.” and “‘Au revoir, Mr. Arms,’ the butler said gravely. ‘Indeed… I might even say farewell.'”
In young adult movie news, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars has some more information from its producer Wyck Godfrey. In addition to landing the screen-writing duo who penned 500 Days of Summer, Godfrey is on the hunt for a director and already has every actress imaginable fighting for the role of Hazel. Despite producing all the Twilight films, we trust Godfrey. Specifically because he describes TFiOS as “… The best book, it makes you rip your guts out, it makes you want to go out and live a better life. I love it, I can’t wait to make it.” HUGS!
“Game of Thrones”: The ABC’s of Death (via Wear Pink Wednesdays)
In the style of Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies (a picture book about child murder – YAY!) is this “Game of Thrones” themed illustrated online storybook. WARNING: there be spoilers. As in, you will be spoiled for every single character death up through A Dance With Dragons. There are 26 letters in the English alphabet after all, not that all of them involve murder. To see the complete A through Z, check out the post on Wear Pink Wednesdays. Unless you haven’t made it past A Clash of Kings of course.
Cassandra Clare Talks The Mortal Instruments Movie and The Dark Artifices (via Entertainment Weekly)
Things we’ve learned from this EW interview with Cassandra Clare: Robert Sheehan who plays Simon is just like his character on “The Misfits”. Therefore, he’s naked on set. A lot. For inexplicably no reason. Second, The Dark Artifices will focus on some L.A. Shadowhunters dealing with the ramifications of the events in the end of City of Heavenly Fire. Clary and Jace will play a (thankfully) very minor role in the new series to this new generation of Shadowhunters who have all new problems (again thankfully) to deal with. Finally, THERE’S A BRAND NEW TEASER TRAILER AND IT ACTUALLY LOOKS AWESOME!
SlushPile Hell: One Literary Agent, His Tumblr and All the Anger (via Book Riot)
The Tumblr SlushPile Hell features, “One grumpy literary agent, a sea of query fails, and other publishing nonsense.” In essence, a literary agents shares snippets of the best (read: most depressing) emails from wannabee authors and people who don’t understand the English language yet insist on writing anyway. They’re crazy, and while it might seem fun to have to slog through hilariously bad emails on a regular basis, it takes their toll on the snarkiest/angriest literary agent ever. Psst, we secretly love it.
Dads Get Tricked Into Answering Twilight Trivia to Make Their Daughters Happy (via Screen Junkies)
Oh the things father do for their daughters. On this episode of Screen Junkies, three daughters are invited on the show to fight for tickets to see the Breaking Dawn: Part 2 premiere, but their fathers ended up being tested instead. Ruh roh. From the father’s inability to answer any questions and the daughters’ commentary in another room, this is a pretty hilarious if painful game show. Particularly when the girls start discussing the name Renesmee and how they think it would be a great name for a real child. There are not enough facepalms for that.
Terry Pratchett Promises Discworld Will Be Safe in His Daughter’s Capable Hands (via The Mary Sue)
Apparently Terry Pratchett has a daughter (who is also an accomplished writer) whom he wants to take over Discworld when he passes on. =( All the sad faces. Rhianna Pratchett is already set to co-write the BBC series “The Watch”- which picks up where the books left off- and that Terry is more than happy to have her continue his book series when he can no longer do so on his own. The whole interview, including more info on “The Watch” can be read here. Try not to tear up too much.
Everyone’s Favorite Serial-Killer is Getting His Own Comic (via USA Today)
Dexter author Jeff Lindsay is taking his titular character to the comic book world for a five issue miniseries that promises to be bloody and gore filled. YAY! Dexter will take on a killer called the Skid Row Slasher who will fit right into the pre-existing Dexter lore. No word yet if the series will follow book or movie cannon, or both if it’s a prequel. The only problem? Who is that man on the cover and what has he done with Michael C. Hall? We hope he didn’t strap him to his table.
Effie Trinket Cupcakes Are a Capitol Idea- Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge (via Fictional Foods)
Effie Trinket looks good enough to eat! In cupcake form. Her outrageous style, fluffy hair and flair for bright colors makes her the perfect vehicle for a cupcake. We kind of want her to be made into a 90’s Cupcake Doll now. We expect her to smell like frosting, she has to be able to transform from cupcake to doll in two easy steps, and she still has to be able to do all that while training children on etiquette and fighting to the death. Who can make this happen!?!
Fifty Shades of Grey Meets Hilarious Celebrity Impersonations (via Cheezburger)
Have you ever wanted to see fifty of your favorite celebrities/fictional characters read excerpts from Fifty Shades of Grey? Probably not, but you really should. Impressionist Brock Baker bought a copy of the erotic novel and then proved just how skilled he is by reading from it as Scooby Doo, Nic Cage, Yoda, Peter Lorre, Pee-Wee Herman, Roger Rabbit, George W. Bush, Smeagol (THE BEST!), the Mad Hatter and pretty much everyone else you wouldn’t actually want to hear read Fifty Shades of Grey. We were secretly holding out for Orson Welles, but we’re not holding it against him. Or are we?