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Arthur Levine, Who Brought Harry Potter to the US, to Set Up Indie Publisher

Say it ain’t so! Arthur Levine, of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials fame, is leaving Scholastic? Arthur A. Levine, the man who brought Harry Potter to the US of A, an early champion of Phillip Pullman’s fantastic first His Dark Material novel The Golden Compass, the dude who Benzinga claims has an imprint backlist “which has produced more than three hundred works of hardcover literary fiction, picture books, and nonfiction for children and teenagers”, my main man, is now leaving Scholastic.

 

Cring

 

But he told Publishers Weekly this:

 

“I’ve had a wonderful run at Scholastic and will greatly miss working here. There are such strengths and so many gifted individuals. But I’m excited to found a company led by a mission to make books reflecting the greatest diversity and the highest standards of artistic excellence.”

 

I already hear you asking – what’s the name of this new company? We don’t know – it’s unannounced.

 

As for your second question – the goal of this new company? – the answer is…

 

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They plan to give a voice to a wide range of new authors, putting focus on having “a mix of 75% minority creators, including people of color, indigenous people, and LGBTQ individuals”.

So there is hope. A lot of it actually!

So while J. K. Rowling goes off and makes three more Fantastic Beasts movies, Arthur Levine, the man who brought Harry Potter to the US of A, my main dude, is now dedicating his time in helping minority authors get their voice heard by the public.

 

Arthur Levine, with a good book, looking at the camera with a killer smile
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Do great things, Arthur.

 

 

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New Trailer for BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Drops, and I’m Excited

Philip Pullman’s astounding His Dark Materials trilogy suffered a serious blow when, in 2007, it was the victim of what was one of the worst book-to-film adaptations in history, in my opinion. I have previously written about my (very strong) feelings regarding a number of disastrous Hollywood adaptations of children’s books, but I truly feel that Chris Weitz’s The Golden Compass wins the Oscar for Worst Adaptation, Really Terrible, or as I like to call it when awarding the recipients in my head: W.A.R.T. Because I feel that I expressed my needlessly intense feelings adequately the last time I wrote about this, here is a quote from my original article on children’s adaptations that have personally offended me:

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is arguably one of the most intricate, marvelous, and thought-provoking series in the history of fiction. It deals with vast concepts using incredible characters, and is set against the backdrop of a meticulously constructed world. The film, however, is more along the lines of ‘haha look at this talking polar bear.’  A hideously miscast monstrosity, The Golden Compass dumbed down and abbreviated this text almost beyond recognition, no doubt deterring a great number of potential readers from the books. I will never forgive anyone who was involved in its making and will be angry about it forever.

Frankly, I don’t care if you think I’m being dramatic; my rage at Weitz’s film will never be soothed. However, when it was announced that the BBC would be taking a whack at adapting the trilogy, I was a little more hopeful. A television series gives a story space to breathe, it gives concepts room to be explored, which is exactly what a plot as complex as Pullman’s requires if it is to stand any chance at translating well to screen.

A teaser trailer for the upcoming series, (starring Lin Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, Dafne Keen and Ruth Wilson) has just been released, and I must say, it looks promising. While the 2007 version relied heavily on CGI, the novelty of a talking bear, (who is a very serious character, actually) and the dumbing down of the plot in an attempt to fit it into two hours, this version seems less preoccupied with rendering the text digestible, and more devoted to the unsettling, genuinely frightening, and intriguing energy of the book. In addition to this, Dafne Keen seems well-equipped to carry off the role of Lyra, having won Best Female Newcomer at this year’s Empire Awards for her role as Laura opposite Hugh Jackman in Logan. Keen and Jackman also won Best Duo at the MTV Movie & TV Awards and over the last two years, she has accumulated eight additional nominations for her roles in Logan and The Refugees. So in short, despite my unnecessarily strong feelings about the first adaptation, I am more than willing to be optimistic about BBC’s take on it.

Check out the trailer below and see if you can obsess as hard as I can!

 

 

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11 Quotes of Infinite Wisdom from Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman has managed to captivate readers with his unique and immersive stories. Noted as the author of the famed His Dark Materials series as well as other renowned novels, the author has made a well-deserved name for himself. Among his many literary feats, Pullman even wrote the entire series with the same exact pen! That’s a lot of ink! So, in honor of his birthday today, here are eleven quotes about life, love, and much more from the beloved author.

 

 

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We don’t need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do’s and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.
 


 

True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.
 


 

If you can’t think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway. If you can think of lots more when you’ve finished the three pages, don’t write it; it’ll be that much easier to get going next day.
 


 

One curious thing about growing up is that you don’t only move forward in time; you move backwards as well, as pieces of your parents’ and grandparents’ lives come to you.
 


 

Argue with anything else, but don’t argue with your own nature.
 


 

Everything has a meaning, if only we could read it.
 


 

The function of a book or a poem or a story is to delight, to enchant, to beguile.
 


 

Authors are not a special case, deserving of more sympathy than many other groups. We are a particular case of a general degradation of the quality of life, and we are not going to stop pointing it out, because we speak for many other groups as well.
 


 

If a nation allows its literary culture to die, it’s a sign that it doesn’t fundamentally care.
 


 

The arts are beyond price; they’re beyond value. They’re of incalculable worth in what it means to be a human being.
 


 

The best sort of activity is one that combines mental effort with sensuous delight. That’s why I love drawing.
 


 

 

 

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Lin Manuel Miranda in Talks for ‘His Dark Materials’ Adaptation

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Lin Manuel Miranda, the mastermind behind hit musical Hamilton is close to signing a deal to play “balloonist and adventurer Lee Scoresby in the BBC One and Bad Wolf TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.”

 

Pullman’s absolutely unbelievable fantasy trilogy will stretch over eight parts in the planned adaptation, which will include The Golden Compass (known as Northern Lights in the UK and Ireland), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

 

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Logan star Dafne Keen is in talks to play Lyra | Via Film School Rejects 

 

Director Tom Hooper, who earned an Academy Award for The King’s Speech, is slated to direct the series, while Logan star Dafne Keen is in talks to play the lead role of Lyra. According to Entertainment Weekly, Lyra is “a young orphan girl who finds herself thrust into a dangerous adventure when she sets out to find a kidnapped friend. Over the course of the trilogy, Lyra joins Will, a boy with the ability to cut through worlds, and together they embark on a journey that thrusts them into a world-spanning war where they discover a prophecy surrounding their own destiny.”

 

The Golden Compass was made into a truly appalling film in 2006 starring a woefully miscast Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra, alongside Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Pullman’s trilogy is an exceptional example of worldbuilding, and deals with earth shattering concepts and ideology, and the film totally ignored this, so here’s hoping this upcoming series will give it the time and attention it deserves. 

 

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