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‘Black Mirror’ Coming Soon to Horrify Us From the Page

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Fans of ‘Black Mirror’ have a new book to look forward to, what ‘Black Panther’ does beyond the big screen, and more in today’s Daily Blunt.

Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror” was already a crossover phenomenon of sorts, blurring the line between anthology TV series and short film gallery; now the showrunner has literary aspirations as well. As Brooker tweeted this week: “We’re pleased to announce Black Mirror will soon be available in high-tech ‘paper’ format.” In less than a year, fans will be able to dig into a collection of novellas riffing on the same themes as the hit show, edited by Brooker and written by a stable of yet-to-be-named “leading fiction writers.” Considering the show’s painstaking attention to detail and reverence for fiction’s rich canon of dystopia, it’s hard to imagine anything being lost in the translation.

In the wake of  that jaw-dropping “Black Panther” trailer, it’s finally sinking in how much people stand to gain from seeing a movie like this — one “that features an almost all-black cast, a black director, and is set in a world that portrays people of color in a superior light is something black people have never seen before.” Just as the recent “Wonder Woman” elicited emotion by offering women a view of the kind of representation they’ve historically been denied on-screen, VICE believes “Black Panther” could end up changing the black film narrative, creating an experience with fewer shackles and a greater, unabashed sense of empowerment.

In terms of speaking truth to power, getting Twitter-blocked by President Trump is now a badge of honor — but it does impose limits on your ability to address Trump in the format where he’s most likely to actually see it. Hence, when Stephen King publicly lamented getting blocked by the prez (“I may have to kill myself,” he moaned), fellow author J.K. Rowling piped up offering a workaround via DM. Fans of both rejoiced at this conspicuous joining of forces, welcoming the inception of a super-duo capable of confronting the real world’s darkest horrors. Who will step up to form a trifecta once Rowling inevitably gets blocked as well?

While most fans of romance novels consider them to be pure escapism, for some the almost comically idealized cover illustrations have been a major stumbling block. Photographer Kathleen Kamphausen is here to help with shoots re-creating these images with everyday people — these pale, non-athletic physiques in flagrante delicto may strike you as high camp, or you may just feel welcome to the party, at long last. Either way, “Scoundrel’s Captive” is officially a status that literally anyone can aspire to.