Monday, 8 June 2009

Bits and Pieces of News in the Writing World

Twitter and the BBC website are probably the main sources I use that allow me to stumble upon tid-bits in the writing world. Over the past few days, here are some interesting highlights:

Salinger sues over 'The Catcher in the Rye' sequel
BBC article here
A Swedish writer is releasing a book later this summer (UK) entitled 'Coming Through the Rye'. Salinger is outraged that the protagonist of this book is a guy extremely similar to his own character, Holden Caulfield.

According to legal expert, Amy Cook, “If a character has a distinctive name and well-defined personality... they belong to the copyright holder, and you can’t use them without permission. Character names can even become well-known enough to warrant trademark protection.”

So this Swedish author cannot have stolen Caulfield's identity outright, but if it's got Salinger's knickers in a twist there must be something dodgy about it.

World Book Day to repeat flip books
Bookseller article here
I love World Book Day (though I always forget when it is... must remember it is on 4th March 2010!) and it seems next year will see the re-launch of the £1 flip-books to get people back into reading. This little gimmick has produced a 16% increase in sales per title over last year's totals. Can't be a bad thing.

Booked Up
Bookseller article here
The Booktrust charity "is to give away more than two million free books for every pupil in reception and Year Seven". Wow, that's a lot of books for one 12-year-old to read...

And last but not least, this is a really interesting article that any writer must read:

5 Writing Lessons Learned from Pixar
Go to article
Pixar are masters of story-telling. That is certainly reflected in their profits. (To see a mind-blowing pictogram of Pixar vs The Rest go HERE.) They make $540 million profit per film. This article breaks down the 5 basic reasons that Pixar make such good stories, and how any writer can learn from them. My favourite point is number 3, that a character's first interactions can often tell you all you need to know about them. An example given is the way Wall-E befriends a cockroach he sees rather than crushes it; this sets up his whole personality, and becomes the catalyst for the action of the film. Definitely worth a read-though if you have a spare five minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Man...if I could be 1/10th as good as Pixar...


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