So, despite the shitpile that was 2016, we’ll give you some of the highlights from the CIRCO blog.
We started our Epic Catalog tag in 2016, which contains all our lists and will be an ongoing thing.
The #BLAThoughtOfTheDay ranged from J.K. Rowling conspiracy theories to superhero reboots.
Our favorite BookTuber Tuesday posts this year was this one and this one.
Gabbler’s favorite GABBLER RECOMMENDS was this piece by Che Gossett and this one by Elizabeth King.
Also notable events of 2016:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out and BLA had feelings about it.
Maria Bamford’s TV show Lady Dynamite came out and it was good.
Elena Ferrante’s true identity was exposed by an asshole.
BLA wrote an essay on the representation of gods in stories and has some things to say about the American Gods adaptation being made.
Gabbler wrote an essay in response to Hugh Howey’s “Like Unto Children.”
But besides all that, fuck you 2016.
I choose to believe that Fantastic Beasts was more cry for help than actual story. That is the only way I can go on living.
So, the monthly roundup isn’t so monthly anymore…
In June, we posted about how authors shouldn’t guilt trip readers and about Theodora Goss on why she writes. One of June’s BookTuber Tuesday posts covered an interesting discussion on Book Packagers, and a GABBLER RECOMMENDS included Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite.
In July, we started the EPIC CATALOG category on the blog. Check out all the lists we have categorized so far. That month, we posted about a film written by AI and what not to do with a nom de plume. Also, why we need to consider how ghostwriting/ghostwriters harm our culture.
August led to BLA’s rants on The Cursed Child and this post about how multiple versions of a book might sway opinion of it. Gabbler RECOMMENDED this RadioLab podcast about why Homer never mentions the color blue (not just because he’s never sad; seriously, listen to it!).
In September we celebrated the anniversary of THE AUTOMATION by hosting a giveaway. If you didn’t win, that’s OK, you can read it for free or download it as an ebook on Goodreads. A #BLAThoughtOfTheDay included this post on why we need to talk about Lionel Shriver. And, to end with, we really recommend reading this opinion piece by Amy Hungerford on why you might not want to read ALL THE BOOKS.
Here’s to the next season when we’ll eventually get to our monthly roundup!
“I could have written something better.”
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[“BLA and GB Gabbler” (really just a pen name – singular) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. They are on facebook, twitter, tumblr, goodreads, and Vulcan’s shit list.]
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That one time Neil Cicierega uploaded a version of Harry Potter the world will never forget. 2007.
Also, talk about a “cursed child”: