Mixed Bag – Links for you.

We’ll see if I can make this a regular feature.  Here are some interesting links I’ve found recently:

1.  A New York Times “Well” blog post by Tara Parker Pope titled “Six Meaningless Claims on Food Labels.”

2.  Fed Up: School Lunch Project – A public school teacher who is fed up with students who can’t pay attention after their high carb, high fat school lunches is eating school lunch for a year and blogging a picture every day.

3.  Nicholas Sparks and Miley Cyrus are working together. From USA Today. Sounds like a big pile of puke to me.  I love this quote because it’s so ridiculous that he thinks he’s somehow better than romance writers:

“I don’t write romance novels.” His preferred terminology: “Love stories — it’s a very different genre. I would be rejected if I submitted any of my novels as romance novels.”

4.  The Help is being adapted to film.  From Variety.  I’m reserving judgement for now.

5.  Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, and Robert Pattinson will be starring in the screen adaptation of Water for Elephants. From MTV.  One of these things doesn’t belong here, and it’s not Reese or Christoph.  This is another movie I’m nervous about.  Leave my favorite books alone!

6.  Hilary Duff has a book deal with Simon & Schuster.  It can’t be worse than Lauren Conrad, I guess.


9 thoughts on “Mixed Bag – Links for you.

  1. LOL, your comment about Sparks and Miley Cyrus (shudder) made me laugh. I guess Sparks was trying to distance himself from people who write bodice-rippers?

    • Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s what he meant. There was an air of superiority that I didn’t like in his comments though. Just like romances, he writes the same story over and over. People fall in love, someone dies, and they make a movie out of it.

  2. Yeah, Sparks doesn’t write “romance”, he writes tragedies.

    I loved Waltz in Inglorious Basterds, I think he could steal the show from anyone. I haven’t seen Pattinson in much OTHER than Twilight so I’m going to reserve my judgment for now given the source material of Twilight.

  3. I read an article about Nicholas Sparks in Entertainment Weekly a few months ago. Know why they profiled him?

    They’ve released a Cliff Notes version of The Notebook.

    I’m not sure which appalls me more–the fact that it’s in Cliff Notes, which implies that it’s being taught in schools? Or the fact that apparently it’s so deep students will need help understanding it and discussing it?

    My friend Paul saw Nights in Rodanthe when it first came out and was very impressed that I was like, “Oh, which one died?” (Paul is not a reader and doesn’t realize that in a Nicholas Sparks novel/movie, someone always dies.)

    • It seems as though Cliff Notes have really changed their market from once being for students and now being for lazy people who want to understand popular literature. I don’t think any schools are studying Harry Potter – but there are Cliff Notes of every novel.

      • I don’t know if that makes me feel better or not.

        Wow. Lazy doesn’t even begin to cover it if that’s true. It’s not like his books are hard. (And for Harry Potter? That just makes me sad.)

    • I wasn’t aware that there were Cliff Notes of his books. It is a sad thing if people need assistance understanding his work.

      I went to see Nights in Rodanthe because part of it was in Raleigh and the other part was in the Outer Banks. The scenery was beautiful, but the story was predictable.

  4. Oh man — Sparks and Miley Cyrus?!? Egad — what drivel. I never read “Water For Elephants” — it was one of those books that I picked up several times, but never purchased.

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