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Potter spell continues to mesmerise

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The Moonstone edition of the book was auctioned in December 2007

The Moonstone edition of the book was auctioned in December 2007 (Wikipedia)

Every aspiring writer wants to think their latest project will strike a chord with the majority and propel them to literary super-stardom (though writing for the audience is the killer of creativity – Ed).

Unfortunately that doesn’t always happen but for one author her fictional wand waving speccy protagonist has made her books almost as renouned as the complete works of Shakespeare.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by JK Rowling has become the fastest-selling book of the year.

Hitting shelves only three days ago it didn’t take long for copies to fly off again and straight into the carrier bags of a few hundred thousand satisfied customers.

The first in the author’s collection not to feature Harry Potter shifted 368,000 units last week compared to 73,000 copies of the Guinness Book of Records 2008, its closest rival.

Phil Stone of The Bookseller magazine told The Daily Telegraph: “None of the other big releases managed to get near the sales figure for Beedle the Bard.”

“I would be very surprised if it is not Christmas number one, but it’s not a dead cert.”

Nicknamed the ‘unofficial Potter farewell’ The Tales of Beedle the Bard, is a collection of five fairy tales which got a mention in the final wiz-boy book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Six super-rare-handmade-by-the-author-special-editions of the book were given away last year to people most closely connected to the Harry Potter series. A seventh was made and sold in auction to raise money for a children’s charity. Amazon bought the unique copy for almost £2M!

JK Rowling is interviewed about The Tales of Beedle the Bard below:

Discussion:
What is it that makes Rowling and Potter so darn popular? Is there anyone who comes close to her kind of fame? Are there any novel ideas rattling around in your head that could become supernova huge?

Words: Dean Samways

‘Disappear Here’ please, for all our sakes Peaches

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Peaches Geldof - Disappear Here Editor

Peaches Geldof - Disappear Here Editor

It’s no surprise that this particular story has got our goat at The Scribbler.

But most in the print media should be annoyed by the news famous for being nothing ‘indie it girl’ Peaches Geldof has been set the challenge of launching a magazine, whilst the MTV cameras follow the sordid charade (watch at your peril).

Peaches has described the magazine, Disappear Here, as “underground and anti-mainstream”, Sugar Ape anyone?

The program has been met with a lot of negative criticism, largely due to a daddy’s girl waltzing into an industry that many will spend years toiling in just to get a byline.

Another major criticism of the show has been Peaches highly unprofessional approach to others. Editor’s naturally have a degree of authority on a publication but let us not forget that Peaches’ only experience of writing was a poorly written column in The Daily Telegraph (How did she get that job? – Ed).

Put simply Peaches looks set to offend a lot more people with her new program (for as long as it runs). But at least we can take heart in all the little attacks on the show and its trumped up offensive protagonist.

One blogger put it best with this simple equation: Geldof + no clue + posse of idiots = turd sandwich.

Of course what’s even more disturbing is that Bloc Party‘s name has been tarnished by the show. Disappear Here is lifted from one of the Brighton band’s tracks.

To see the band talk about the track Song for Clay (Disappear Here), which is also named after the character in Bret Easton-Ellis’ Less Than Zero, glance below:

Yes the show aired on MTV One back in October but as it’s just been aired on Freeview friendly TMF we thought we’d run this little number.

Expect a full scale rant in the next few weeks as the fate of Disappear Here is revealed for our viewing pleasure.

Discussion:
Has anyone seen this hideous brand of broadcasting? Is anyone surprised Disappear Here is an MTV One production? What did you think of the show?

Words: Seamus Swords