Also in the news: TV writers are obsessed with Cyrano de Bergerac, and Michael Chabon weighs writing books against having children. It’s your Daily Blunt!
The trailers, the book nostalgia, the wigs – when push came to shove, none of these pushed audiences into theaters to see “A Wrinkle In Time,” resulting in a loss of up to $186 million this quarter. This loss is more than offset by huge, face-saving success of “Black Panther,” but the effects of this miscalculation have yet to be disclosed: “Disney’s 2012 movie ‘John Carter’ famously flopped so brutally that Disney had to take a $200 million writedown on it. (The film had a $350 million budget and grossed just $284 million at the box office.)” For those still awaiting the perfect dramatization of this beloved story, don’t forget: there’s always the audiobook.
An elder statesman of literature once pulled Michael Chabon aside and imparted some controversial writing advice: don’t have kids. Writing at length on the subject for GQ, the Wonder Boys author considers this from every angle, struggling to come up with great examples of authors whose prolific careers were not inhibited by their decision to procreate – or families that were not adversely affected by a parent’s literary aspirations. Now, with four kids of his own, Chabon can see his priorities much more clearly: “My books, unlike my children, do not love me back.”
Cyrano de Bergerac may not be staged by many theatrical companies anymore, but The AV Club notes that Edmond Rostrand’s classic story is alive and well on the small screen, pointing to sixteen TV episodes that nod to the exploits of the play’s long-nosed hero. With examples ranging from “The Brady Bunch” to “Muppet Babies” to “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” you’ll realize you know Cyrano better than you thought – even if this was your first time ever hearing about the play.
How do book designers spend their free time? By making parody covers skewering embarrassingly broad trends in contemporary literature, of course. Electric Literature shows off ten of Matthew Revert’s less serious covers, for books like The Unexpected High-Profile Blurb, and Generic Conservative Rhetoric Written With Condescending Aggression. You may think you know exactly which releases they’re making fun of, but don’t be so sure: “Most of these covers could go with like a hundred books, which is the whole point.”