Starting this week’s links off with the light, fun stuff, there’s a post at io9 on the 8 Types of Expository Beards.
The A.V. Club examines Willow after 27 years, which makes me feel both kind of old (has it really been 27 years?) and a little defensive because Willow is, no joke, one of my all-time favorite fantasy movies. It’s up there with Dragonslayer and Ladyhawke and Legend in my book.
Web Urbanist looks at 13 of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, any one of which would be an acceptable place for me to go when I die.
Kate Hart has some designs for Book Pumpkins. I’m a little sad to say that I don’t think I’ve read any of these titles since I haven’t read any YA in about a year and a half, but this is such a great idea I had to share.
Looks like Laverne Cox will be the new Frank-N-Furter in a TV version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Diabolical Plots writes about the unaddressed issues in YA dystopian fiction, which actually explains a good deal of why I’ve shied away from YA recently. Namely, I think the YA dystopia often squanders the storytelling potential of the dystopian setting in favor of telling small, personal stories, dealing with individual issues rather than societal or global ones.
Meanwhile, at Dark Matter Zine, Kameron Hurley asks, “What comes after dystopia?”
This week saw the publication of one of the books I have been most anticipating this year, Catherynne M. Valente’s Radiance. She talks about the book in The Big Idea, tells about some of her literary influences at the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog, and answers a ton of questions from fans in a Sword and Laser podcast.