The Editors’ Blog is a blog co-authored by Chelsea, Trisha, and Darcy where they will post general announcements, their monthly picks, and important news to address.
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I am in love with Bryan Konietzko’s latest project, Threadworlds. He is one of the creators of Avatar: the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. He announced early July that he’s working on a new graphic novel called Threadworlds. Although it won’t be released until 2017, I’m so excited! One of the things that attracted me to the Avatar world were the female characters and how their stories were told–there’s an episode in The Last Airbender series where a main character, Katara, literally fights the patriarchy. The Legend of Korra continued to be progressive, revolving around Avatar Korra whose battle with PTSD in later seasons and bisexuality are just two of the things that made the show unique and important. According to an interview Bryan Konietzko (affectionally known as ‘Bryke’ by his fans) gave to Entertainment Weekly, the plot will revolve around a young, budding female scientist. In the interview, Bryke say he hopes that Nova, the main character, will “be inspiring to readers of all genders and ages, but especially girls who are interested in studying and pursuing science.” Knowing his previous work, it will likely be awesome!
I recently read Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard’s debut novel. This is the first book in a planned Young Adult Fantasy trilogy, which is super exciting, because I’m always up for a good series! Red Queen follows the story of Mare Barrow, a commoner in a world ruled by the color of one’s blood (Red for most folks, and Silver for upper-class and royal people, all of whom have special abilities like the ability to control fire or read minds) who is thrust into the Silver world when she (and the royal court) discovers that she has the powers of a Silver but the blood of a Red. There is a hint of romance, plenty of political maneuvering, growing rebellion, and fantastic action scenes, all of which combine in a story that may appeal to fans of X-Men, Game of Thrones, or Graceling, or The Selection. (It also shares some elements with The Hunger Games.) In fact, Aveyard has mentioned the first as part of her inspiration for the novel, and her tumblr blog has hints of her love for GoT! The film rights have already sold, with Elizabeth Banks in talks to direct, and it is a New York Times bestseller, so this trilogy is definitely going to get extremely popular. The second in the series, Glass Sword, will be published on February 9th, 2016. Definitely check out Red Queen before then!
Ever since The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I have been hungering for a YouTube modern adaptation that would make me feel as excited about the story as that one did. After hitting quite a few misses, I found one that caught me hook, line, and sinker. Nothing Much To Do (a modern vlog adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing) was a webseries I had watched in June. Once I finished it, I was dying for the sequel to come out, and it finally has! The first episode of Lovely Little Losers, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labors Lost about four flatmates living in Wellington, New Zealand, was released about four weeks ago, and now I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for new uploads. It has all the lovely and hilarious characters I loved in Nothing Much To Do, along with the addition of some great new ones! The way The Candle Wasters chose to modernize the story and have the characters behave is fascinating. The story is engaging, the characters begin to feel like friends of yours, and you’re always wanting more. If you haven’t watched Nothing Much To Do yet, I would recommend it. It’s full of strong female characters, shutting down of slut-shaming, and comedy that’ll have you rolling on the floor. Once your done, continue on to Lovely Little Losers to see what antics they’re getting up to now!