Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Best Films of 2011


Yes, I'm woefully late. In fact, if everything goes as plan, this will be posted mere hours before the Academy Awards. Oh well! That just means you won't have to wait long to see how utterly crap my predictions are. Last year I did this as a two-parter, but since I'm already running late, we're going to shove it into a single post. First up, the list of my favorite movies of 2011. Following that, my Oscar predictions. Without further ado, and in no particular order....

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Work for Hire -- Unfair, or Decent Opportunity?

Parafantasy dropped a pretty distressing bomb by covering the story that popular author L. J. Smith was fired from writing The Vampire Diaries, the story she (essentially) created.
“To put it briefly, I’ve been fired from writing the Vampire Diaries. And I’ve been fighting and fighting this since last fall, but there is absolutely no recourse. Midnight is the last L. J. Smith book in the Vampire Diaries series…."
Ouch. For fans of the series, I'm sure the news that their author is being switched up is a kick in the gut. Even for non-fans, it might be mystifying how something like this could happen. It's got to be some stupid legalese loophole, right? Well ... sort of.