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.
Orlando Bloom Recreates They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard and We Hate Him Less Now (via BuzzFeed)
We’re not the biggest Legolas or Orlando Bloom fans here on Bibliomantics, but we do appreciate this video in which he recreates the viral video “They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard.” The video was filmed by Peter Jackson and crew, who were lamenting the last of Orlando Bloom as Legolas. As in, they will never watch him identify things and be pointless in real time ever again. Now if only it were Sean Astin singing a song about potatoes, then we’d be sad!
Just when you thought book publisher Quirk Books was out of the mash-up business, comes their totally licensed combination of the Star Wars trilogy and the language and works of William Shakespeare, titled William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. Alas poor Stormtrooper, I knew ye not. Shakespeare’s probably not rolling around in his grave or anything. May the force be with thee in July when the book is released in planets everywhere. Except Alderaan.
The Sandman Prequel Cover Gets Unveiled and It’s Gorgeous (via the New York Times)
You may or may not know this, but Neil Gaiman’s amazing comic book series Sandman is getting its very own prequel mini-series from Vertigo entitled The Sandman: Overture and we’re still peeing ourselves in excitement. The series will begin its release on October 30, just in time for All Hallow’s Eve and the annual All Hallow’s Read. Could you imagine the excitement and confusion on those little kid’s faces when you hand them this instead of candy?
“Game of Thrones” Gets a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Opening That Combines Everything We Love (via The Mary Sue)
Footage from “The Game of Thrones” meets Nerf Herder’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” theme in the latest show to get the “Buffy” treatment on YouTube. Starring Jon Snow as Buffy and the White Walkers as the vampires he will inexplicably fall in love with. Good thing his helpful adviser Tywin Lannister is there to keep him on the right path with his Britishness. We assume. It’s hard to tell from the fake opening credits.
Bryan Fuller, the creator of the Silence of the Lambs prequel “Hannibal” has reached out to rocker David Bowie to star as Hannibal’s uncle Count Robert Lecter in the series. And we thought Ellen Muth and Eddie Izzard were exciting. Please say yes BOWIE! In other sort of Dr. Lecter news, Julianne Moore (who once played FBI Agent Clarice Starling in Hannibal) is in talks to star in the final two Hunger Games films (both adapted from Mockingjay) as President Alma Coin. While we’re slightly more ambivalent about this, we though some of you might be more excited. You’re welcome.
Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel Jane Eyre already has several editions, including a gorgeously illustrated tome designed by Dame Darcy, and apparently it has a graphic novel as well, not to be confused with that other graphic novel. Said GN, entitled Rochester from the POV of Jane’s grumpy love-interest was never released, but is nonetheless being turned into a movie with a modern twist. That twist? It’s set in modern times. Although not in an M. Night Shyamalan type of way.
Harry Potter Gets Some More Redesigned Paperback Covers (via Hypable)
Artist Kazu Kibuishi has three more pieces of art out for his re-designed paperback Harry Potter covers to be released by Scholastic: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Aka Harry Potter and the SHUT UP AND TAKE OUR MONEY! Based on his work for the PoA cover, Scholastic has asked Kibuishi that all the covers to be in much the same vein. We agree, the most recent two covers are far more impressive than the flying Ford Anglia and Hagrid and Harry walking through Diagon Alley. You can buy all the covers in a box set at the end of August. Everything’s coming up Harry!