George Lucas dissects movies and the lady Whovians get their own book on this week’s Literary Horizon.
George Lucas’s Blockbusting by Alex Ben Block and Lucy Autrey Wilson
By meticulously compiling the details of how movies have been made and financed since the medium′s inception, chronicling their performances at the box office, and offering expert commentary about the most important trends of the last one hundred years, the authors of this book have given readers a singularly unique perspective on the film-making industry and a superlative blueprint for future successful filmmaking ventures.
Taking us decade by decade, this book focuses on the revenues, costs, production and distribution of 300 of the most critically and financially successful movies of all time from the business′s origins through 2005. Its numerous essays examine trends in war, noir, bio-drama, biblical, epic, musical, western, disaster, crime, and action adventure films, as well as the advent the summer movie, auteur filmmaking, and the revolutionary advances that have been made in film technology over time. Furthermore, its full complement of charts, graphs and diagrams presenting such things as salary histories, awards and honors, the number of principal photography days required, advertising expenditures, domestic versus overseas profits and more, also include conversions of past movie-making dollars into current dollar values for easy and relevant comparisons.
The ideal resource for filmmakers of every kind, this book evidences that blockbusters have not only been made on relatively low budgets before, but that they have been made time and time again through varying economic climates.
George Lucas′s Blockbusting is indispensible reading for all who love and contribute to the film business.
I added this to my list after I saw Georga Lucas promote it on the Daily Show. (It was a marvelous interview; if you’re in the US, you can watch it on Hulu.) I’ve always loved seeing behind the scenes of my favorite films–it’s the reason I obsessively watch commentaries. This is right up my alley, then.
Reviews are, surprisingly, difficult to get a hold of- I find pages about the interview instead of the book, of all things! The two currently available on Amazon are absolutely glowing, though. I think it’ll deliver.
George Lucas’s Blockbusting was released on January 5.
Chicks Dig Time Lords by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea
In Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, a host of award-winning female novelists, academics and actresses come together to celebrate the phenomenon that is Doctor Who, discuss their rather inventive involvement with the show’s fandom, and examine why they adore this series so much.
All told, this essay collection is designed to inform and delight male and female readers alike, and to examine some of the more extraordinary aspects of being a female Doctor Who enthusiast. Essay topics include Carole Barrowman (Anything Goes) discussing what it was like to grow up with her brother John (including the fact that he’s still afraid of shop-window dummies), longtime columnist Jackie Jenkins providing a memoir of her work on “Doctor Who Magazine,” novelist Lloyd Rose (Camera Obscura) analyzing the changes in Rose between the ninth and tenth Doctors, and much more.
Other contributors to this essay collection include Elizabeth Bear (the Jenny Casey trilogy), Lisa Bowerman (star of the Bernice Summerfield audios), Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey), Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue), Jody Lynn Nye (the Mythology series), Kate Orman (Seeing I), Catherynne M. Valente (The Orphan’s Tales), and more.
Also featured: a comic from Tammy Garrison and Katy Shuttleworth (Torchwood Babiez), plus interviews with India Fisher (Charley in the Doctor Who audios) and Sophie Aldred (Ace on Doctor Who, 1987-1989).
And, now, for your reading pleasure, the secret and true history of fandom: it was invented by lady Trekkies in the 1970s. Fact is, despite the popular stereotype of the male geek, women tend to overwhelm men in fandom, in my experience. But that stereotype remains firmly entrenched in popular culture, despite my best efforts to the contrary. So I was overjoyed to stumble across Chicks Dig Time Lords on LiveJournal, which essentially celebrates the female geek and her chosen fandom.
The only review I could find is quite positive! The Pullbox says it’s for any fan of Doctor Who. Honestly, I think this is joining my library regardless of reviews–an exploration of fandom by women from all across the board? Count me in, sister.
Chicks Dig Time Lords will be released on March 15.