Magical Words Link Roundup 8-2-2017

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This month will see the release of the film adaptation of The Dark Tower as well as the TV show Mr. Mercedes, so now’s as good a time as any to do a deep dive into the world of Stephen King. If you’re looking to do some fun (and scary) homework, here’s a quick primer to bring you up to speed.

We desperately need more American history on television and in our popular culture. The more such shows produced, the more genuinely and deeply we can begin to have collective conversations about our shared and complex histories.

We’ve got to talk about Tolkien’s map of Middle-earth. The man might have made up some beautiful languages and written stories that generations of writers have responded to in ways ranging from homage to bad photocopy, but I’m going to guess he was no connoisseur of geography.

Everyone who loves to read books and follows their favorite authors has heard those authors at some point say, “The character took control.” This is extremely common.

Variety has a story detailing the issues that The Dark Tower movie has run into. It’s an interesting read, but the detail that sticks out the most is that three separate entities apparently had some form of veto power over the film.

In publishing there are outliers who release a book straight to the top of the charts, but they are few and far between. Happily, you don’t need this to happen to be able to make a full time living from writing.

They’re fairies, mutants, or the survivors of a long-lost civilization. They dwell in the shadows, sewers, or caves not found on any spelunker’s map. Whatever they really are, these devolved monsters fear and hate modern humans, and if you’re not careful, they’ll steal you away for dinner.

Hundreds of golden civilizations have risen across history, juggernauts who conquered nature and other nations—but never defeated the passing of time.

Obviously FandomFest is no Gen Con and never will be, but still.

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