inkpop Fundamentals: July 22, 2010
Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on July 22, 2010
★ Your favorites…gone graphic As a child Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince lulled you to sleep in the evenings; you stayed awake until the wee hours of the morning reading Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief; and a dog-eared copy of Jonathan Stroud’s The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1: The Amulet of Samarkand accompanied you everywhere as you read it over and over again, eagerly awaiting the release of its sequel. Now your three favorites will be hitting bookstore shelves once more – only this time they’ve taken on a new look…graphic. Come October, the three aforementioned tales will re-emerge as graphic novels featuring illustrations that bring these popular stories to life. Publisher’s Weekly.
★ Who do you write like? Many of us strive to mimic the writing of our favorite authors; to create realistic, young adult characters and situations a la The Princess Diaries’ Meg Cabot, or weave in-depth fantastical worlds in the same fashion as Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. With the launch of I Write Like, you no longer have to guess as to whom your writing resembles – the statistical analysis tool found on the site will do the work for you. Simply paste a few paragraphs of your writing into the specified area, click Analyze, and the site will evaluate both your writing style and choice of words, comparing your work to that of a famed author! USA Today.
★ ‘The Simpsons’ in the classroom A hot commodity in American television since it first debuted as a cartoon short on The Tracey Ullman Show back in April of 1987; the popularity of The Simpsons has only grown with each passing year. The one place the show is not being well-received, however, is classrooms within the United Kingdom. Said to be a learning tool in representing the media’s use of language; The Simpsons was recently introduced into a media module course being taught in Wiveliscombe’s Kingsmead Community School to less-than-rave reviews from parents who feel that the show is not up to par in terms of quality learning material. BBC News.
Over to you…what do you think of some of the most popular stories in fiction being republished as graphic novels? Will you be picking up any of these books upon publication – why or why not? Have you visited I Write Like yet? Who does your writing resemble? Do you feel that The Simpsons is an appropriate learning tool for classrooms – why or why not?
Share your thoughts in the comments section!
Erika (aka inkpoperika)