On the Books: Another Gone Girl?
– If the souped-up Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer didn’t do enough to sate your desire for movie sequels, Gillian Flynn recently discussed the possibility of a Gone Girl sequel with a New York Daily News reporter at the BAFTA LA Annual Awards Season Tea Party. “Never say never,” she said. “There could be a sequel at some point. If everyone’s game to get the gang back together, it could be really fun a few years from now.” Flynn also denied any responsibility for the inclusion of Ben Affleck’s, er, “manhood” in the film. “I didn’t know exactly how they would film it. I think the screenplay says they get in the shower so I cannot take credit for that. He was a total method actor and in playing a man who got in the shower, he played a man who got in the shower.” In other Gone Girl news, the Blu-Ray edition will come with a 36-page Amazing Amy children’s book. [New York Daily News]
– Video games are blamed more often, but don’t count out books as an inspiration for crime. After ex-MIT art professor Joseph Gibbons was arrested for robbing a Manhattan bank on New Year’s Eve, he cited the work of a long-dead French poet as explanation. “I read the works of Arthur Rimbaud, who essentially believed a poet had to descend into the depths of all that was bad and report back,” Gibbons told the New York Post. “This whole thing has been one long project about discovering the disenfranchised portions of society.” Known for being an eccentric artist, he filmed his heist as part of a cinema verite experiment, and called several associates afterward to tell them what he had done. Eventually, one of them turned him in. [New York Post]
– It’s often said that what we learn when we’re young shapes us for the rest of our lives, and perhaps that explains a group of authors banding together to protest changes in the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Aimed at seven-to-nine-year-olds, the dictionary went through changes in 2007, as nature words like “bramble” and “clover” were replaced by the likes of “broadband” and “Euro.” In a letter coordinated by Laurence Rose of Natural Light and signed by the likes of Margaret Atwood, authors noted the “shocking, proven connection between the decline in natural play and the decline in children’s wellbeing … The Oxford Dictionaries have a rightful authority and a leading place in cultural life. We believe the OJD should address these issues and that it should seek to help shape children’s understanding of the world, not just to mirror its trends.” An Oxford spokesman said there were currently no plans for a new edition of the OJD, but that “we welcome feedback on all our dictionaries and feed this into the editorial process.” [Telegraph]