Voicing choice, novels whose heroes refuse to be stereotyped

***** Old Baggage by Lissa Evans (Doubleday, £14.99)  It is 1928 and former suffragette Mattie lives in Hampstead with her friend, Florrie Lee, known as The Flea. Mattie is 58, unmarried, writes a column for the Hampstead & Highgate Express and gives lectures on her days of political campaigning to halls of disengaged audiences. She interferes […]

Valve’s move to censor visual novels undoes its Steam Direct promises

Visual novel developers who have mature-themed games on Steam are reeling from what developer MangaGamer is calling Valve’s “sudden and abrupt policy shift.” Valve, which owns and operates the Steam PC gaming service, has notified MangaGamer and certain other developers that they have until the end of the month to remove pornograp…Read More

‘C.B. Strike’ Trailer: J.K. Rowling’s Crime Novels Are Now a Cinemax Miniseries

In 2013, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling released a book called The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym “Robert Galbraith.” It was the first in a series of crime novels following the adventures of a private investigator named Cormoran Strike, a former member of the Royal Military Police, and now Cinemax has adapted the first three […]

‘Gormenghast’ Fantasy Novels to Be Adapted for TV By Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman

Neil Gaiman is stepping up his TV game. The author has been gradually making his way over to the small screen, first executive producing the Starz adaptation of his magnum opus novel, American Gods, then taking on the role of showrunner for the BBC adaptation of Good Omens. Now, he will be teaming up with Akiva Goldsman to […]

Philippa Gregory Novels Will Be Basis of New Starz Drama The Spanish Princess

Starz’s royal court is getting rather full: The premium cabler has greenlit The Spanish Princess, a limited series based on two Philippa Gregory novels, TVLine has learned. RELATEDThis Outlander Sneak Peek Is Hiding Something Crucial to Season 4 The White Queen/White Princess‘ Emma Frost will serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Matthew Graham (Life […]

Winds of Winter: ‘George RR Martin might NOT complete Game of Thrones novels’

It’s been almost seven years since the last book in the fantasy author’s Game of Thrones series was released. While Martin hopes The Winds of Winter will come out this year, there’s still A Dream of Spring to go to complete A Song of Ice and Fire as a series. Presumably with the recent big […]

Ian Rankin says world events are putting people OFF gritty novels

Rankin, 57, who has written 25 novels, 21 featuring the detective John Rebus, said growing numbers of terror attacks and mass shootings, were leading people to crave “kind and gentle” books. He also said the Trump presidency could spark a change in reading habits. Rankin, from Fife, said: “Fiction must be credible. The real world […]

The ‘It’ Sequel Will Explore the Novel’s More ‘Transdimensional’ Elements

It may seem silly to talk about a movie’s sequel before the first one is even in theaters, but Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation of It demands the conversation. Stephen King‘s massive novel was divided in half for the film adaptation and the scenes that take place 30 years after the “Losers’ Club” battle Pennywise the Clown (and […]