Also in the news: Mara Wilson puts Twitter under the microscope, and LitHub pens a literary listicle about listicles. It’s your Daily Blunt!
Technically we all knew this moment would happen – a film based on Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians has been eagerly anticipated ever since it was published in 2013. However, the frenzy over yesterday’s trailer release still managed to catch us off guard, with HuffPo even declaring the trailer itself to be “a magnificent masterpiece.” Kwan has spoken about the book’s long journey to the screen, including thorny issues such as the pressure to whitewash certain characters. Based on the reaction to the trailer, it doesn’t seem Americans will have a hard time getting into a movie that doesn’t prominently feature a white actor. You can watch the trailer below!
That reliance on social media in our personal and professional lives cuts both ways. Where Am I Now? author Mara Wilson has written an article for ELLE about her wary embrace of Twitter as a place to meet and exchange ideas (and jokes) with people all over the world, explaining why most people can’t just “quit” social media over privacy concerns. If Facebook and Twitter think users will stick around out of brand loyalty, Wilson thinks they could face a painful comeuppance: “The truth is that no one actually cares about the platform—they care about the people who use them.”
April is, among other things, National Poetry Month. As everyone shares annual remembrances of their favorite writers, let’s not forget one poetry’s most attractive qualities: it’s an art form accessible to literally everyone. The National Center for Trans Equality expressed this sentiment in their tribute to Jade Phoenix Martinez: “Utilizing writing as a way of dealing with trauma, pain and personal struggles, poetry and spoken word were an important part of her transition,” they write, including Martinez’s many credits alongside a video of the poet performing her work live.
The internet is essentially made up of three things: cat pictures, pornography, and listicles. On the heels of a controversial literary listicle posted by GQ, LitHub serves as the voice of reason, reminding us – in list format, naturally – why lists are so handy for discussing literature (and why they’re not going away anytime soon), including nuggets of wise counsel such as: “Lists are not personal attacks against you.” Neither are cat pictures, so you’re still welcome to enjoy and share those with impunity.