Neil Gaiman Writes Short Stories Based on Tweets, Asks Internet for Fan Art (via The Mary Sue)
Fantasy author and all around amazingly inventive guy Neil Gaiman partnered with Blackberry to create short stories based around the twelve months of the year and inspired by tweets submitted by his followers to create the collection, A Calendar of Tales. All the short stories are available for your reading pleasure in PDF form HERE. In response to his collection, Gaiman has asked for art and videos inspired by the short stories. Some of which will eventually be featured in a limited edition book. Talk about a collaborative effort.
“School of Thrones” Web Series Is “Game of Thrones” Meets High School Meets Amazing (via Hypable)
Prom night is coming to Westeros Valley High in the upcoming “School of Thrones” web series starring the Lizzie Bennet Diaries‘ Mary Kate Wiles (Lydia Bennet) as Sansa Stark, Maxwell Glick (Ricky Collins) as Stannis Baratheon and A Very Potter Musical’s Joey Richter (Ron Weasley) as Theon Greyjoy. The plot will center around the characters in the modern adaptation as they battle for the Iron [Prom] Throne in the series set to premiere on March 10. Check out their FB page for more behind the scenes photos, including a surprising lack of pants.
Gollum Sings “I Dreamed a Dream”. Kind of. (via Topless Robot)
All the Oscar wins to this dude doing his best Gollum/Smeagol impression and never breaking while singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from the somehow multiple Oscar nominated Les Miserables. Oh sorry, did you like that movie? You must be a Russell Crowe fan. “There was no ransom to be paid. / No song unsung, no fish untasted. / But the Baggins comes at night… / With its feetses soft as mices / And it steals away the precious! / And it turns our dreamses to shame…”
The only thing that will top the Clockwork Princess trailer for the final book in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy is the release of the book. Will Tessa choose Team Will? Team Jem? Or Team Threesome? Will all those hints we fear that were hinted about in the end of City of Lost Souls come true? What does Camille and Isabelle’s necklace have to do with all of this? And most importantly, will Magnus Bane be credited with the invention of glitter? See the full trailer over on Entertainment Weekly since they hate letting people embed things.
New Author Gets Seven-Figure Book Deal With Tome Inspired by “GoT” and Obama (via Huffington Post)
Quick, everyone dust off your old fan fiction and start turning them into novels before this trend dies in a blaze of mediocre glory. The newest debut author to get a staggering book deal (an undisclosed seven figure amount) is Erika Johansen, who recently graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. HarperCollins snatched up her fantasy trilogy- Queen of the Tearling, which is touted as a “female version” of Game of Thrones partly inspired by a 2007 speech by then senator, now president Barack Obama this past Wednesday. We’ll try to reserve judgement until we skim through it at the bookstore.
“Game of Thrones” Finally Gets a Real Season 3 Trailer (via ScreenCrush)
FINALLY! The first official “Game of Thrones” trailer is here after watching teaser after teaser after teaser. One of which was a teaser trailer teasing that the official trailer would air on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” How did you manage to get the coveted “GoT” trailer Jimmy Kimmel!?! The sixty-second spot previewed the upcoming series which airs on March 31 and gives us chills for the Storm of Swords adaptation. Or at least the half they’ll be able to get to (GET WRITING GRRM!). Did everyone dig that almost full sized dragon!?!
Catching Fire Has a Brand New Victory Tour Promotional Poster (via The Capitol)
The official yet still pretend FB page for the fictional government the Capitol in The Hunger Game series has shared some Catching Fire promotional photos centered around the Victory Tour Katniss and Peeta are forced take part in following their Hunger Games victory. Writes the “official” press release: “PANEM ALERT: President Coriolanus Snow is pleased to announce this year’s Victory Tour, featuring Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark – Victors of the 74th Hunger Games! The Capitol PN demands that all districts prepare accordingly. Inquire with your local district officials for further instructions.” We love that someone gets paid to pretend Panem is real.