Friday Free-For-All (07/27/12)

Friday Free-for-All: A collection of links about writing/reading/stuff that I encountered during the week.

Count Dracula

Brian Joseph Davis creates and curates The Composites: Images created using a commercially available law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters. Above is Count Dracula based on Stoker’s original text:

A tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache…His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead…His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking…For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin…The blue eyes transformed with fury.

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Lev Grossman talks about when you hate the book you’re reading. I can relate. I’ve been a pretty grumpy reviewer lately. This especially rings true, and for agents reading submissions as well as readers:

As far as I can tell what happens when a reader loves a book isn’t actually a wondrous explosion of literary greatness, an inevitable consequence of that book’s inherent value, it’s a complicated combination of all sorts of circumstances: like who the reader is, where they are in their lives, what else they’ve read, what mood they’re in at the exact moment when they pick up the book, whether they’re drunk or sober, what sorts of bullshit they will or won’t put up with (and all novels contain a certain amount of bullshit), whether the author photo looks like their ex-girl/boyfriend, etc. etc.

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