Happy Friday readerkins! Start off your weekend with five literary news stories from the last week.
Universal Orlando announced details of its Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion. Guests will get to ride the Hogwarts Express! Riders will encounter magical creatures, Hagrid on his flying motorcycle, the Weasley twins on brooms, and the Knight Bus in London traffic. I’m pretty darn excited about this. I’ve never been to Disney or Universal or any of those parks, but I want to go for the Wizarding World alone.
The first trailer for The Giver was released! I have mixed feels. I’m super excited for this book to finally get a movie adaptation, but WHY IS IT NOT AT LEAST PARTLY IN BLACK AND WHITE? How do you possibly screw that up?
Ian McEwan’s next book was announced. The Children’s Act, due out this fall, will delve into the lives of conjoined twins. I really enjoyed Atonement, and I’m intrigued by the premise of the new book.
Meg Wolitzer also had a new book announcement! Belzar is a young adult novel about a young girl who is sent to a boarding school for “emotionally fragile, highly intelligent” teens, where she is placed in an exclusive class in which students only read books authored by Sylvia Plath. I haven’t read Meg Wolitzer yet (I know! Where should I start?), but I LOVE The Bell Jar, and I am fascinated by the idea of this book!
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’re probably aware of the rapid pace at which the plot of the TV show is advancing on the books. Don’t worry, George RR Martin has a plan for slowing the show down enough for him to catch up. I haven’t read the books, so I don’t have super deep thoughts about this, but I can’t wait for the new season to start!