Booklicious: Friday Bookmarks

February 18, 2011


*If you vowed that this past Valentine's Day was the last one you'll spend alone, you might want to check out Flavorwire's list of 30 literary quotes that might get you laid. There's definitely something there for everyone.

*First Bieber, now Bristol - apparently, writing your memoirs before you can have your first legal drink is the cool thing to do.

*Looks like we've got a new literary flavor of the month. Two screen projects have been announced that focus on the real-life friendship between Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle (I know, right?! Weird!). Syfy is developing a series in which the two characters team up to solve mysteries in the 1920s, while Dreamworks recently acquired a script in which the two friends partner with a psychic to solve a series of bizarre murders in 1920s New York. There must be something in the Hollywood water right now.

*Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles is one of my favorite books, so I'm pretty intrigued by the news that Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) has signed on to star in an Indian adaptation of the book. Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart) is directing.

*In other movie news, Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro has started work on a stop-motion animated version of Pinocchio, with Nick Cave joining the team as a music consultant. Needless to say, it'll be a wee bit darker than the Disney adaptation.

*And in the last of my adaptation news this week, children who loved Fantastic Mr. Fox in its original book version and then in its movie version will be thrilled to learn that it's also been turned opera. I am not kidding. Roald Dahl has been given the busty-lady-wearing-a-viking-helmet treatment (just without the busty lady and helmet). 


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