Friday News Roundup, February 19, 2010

R.L. Stine and Black Magic Sanction

The estate of a deceased British author is suing J. K. Rowling for plagiarism, claiming Harry Potter was copied from “Willy the Wizard.” (USA Today)

Kim Harrison blogs about urban fantasy versus romance and the death of a main character. (Bitten by Books)

Several authors, including J. R. Ward, discuss paranormal romance. (io9)

James Cameron is writing a novel that’s a prequel to Avatar. (AV Club)

This really made me laugh: “I Think R. L. Stine is Phoning It In” (College Humor)

Snooki, from the reality show Jersey Shore, claims she is currently reading her first book ever, ‘Dear John’ by Nicholas Sparks. You’ve got be kidding me. (Huffington Post)

The top 250 most borrowed library books in the UK. James Patterson seems to be just as popular there as he is here. (Guardian)

A new study finds that women prefer gory true crime novels more than men. (Tres Sugar)

The top 5 books on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list:
WORST CASE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
FLIRT, by Laurell K. Hamilton
WINTER GARDEN, by Kristin Hannah
THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown

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