Charlie Brooker is proving to be a very busy man as of late. His science fiction series Black Mirror was first released on British television in 2011, then bought by Netflix in 2016. The latest news is that the series has now inspired a range of books.
The original production company, Endemol, described the series as: “a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world”.
Recently, Charlie Brooker announced how the novels based on Black Mirror will give us “new, original, darkly satirical stories that tap into our collective unease about the modern world”. The first book is scheduled for release on the 20th of February 2018. A range of different authors will pen the short-story novels with Brooker at the editorial helm.
According to the BBC, Brooker has said: “All-new Black Mirror stories from exciting authors – that’s a joyous prospect. And they’re appearing in a high-tech new format known as a book.
“Apparently, you just have to glance at some sort of ink code printed on paper and images and sounds magically appear in your head, enacting the story. Sounds far-fetched to me, but we’ll see.”
The as-of-yet unnamed authors of the book series will be “leading names in the literary world”.
This is exciting news for fans of both science fiction and Black Mirror!
Sheldon’s particular nature often causes friction between him and another, and no one is safe from his unflinching honesty, not even an award-winning author. In an up-coming episode, The Comet Polarization, Neil Gaiman visits Sheldon’s favourite comic book store, and causes a stir, sparks inevitably fly.
The show will air on Thursday the 19th of April (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.
Pratchett’s books have been adapted to film many times since the 1990s; noteably the late, great Christopher Lee starred as Death in both Soul Music (1997) and Wyrd Sisters (1998). Fan-made movie versions of Mort (2001) and Lords and Ladies (2005) showed how Discworld fanatics were not done with it yet, and in 2006 a £6 million version of The Hogfather was adapted into a made-for-TV movie by Sky 1. Hogfather starred David Jason in the role of Albert, and features Terry Pratchett in a brief cameo role as the Toymaker.
Pratchett appeared in two subsequent adaptations- The Colour of Magic (2008) and Going Postal (2010)- playing an astrozoologist and postman respectively.
The question on everyone’s lips since Terry’s death in 2015 is “Will the Discworld grace our screens again?”
The Bone Church is a narrative poem written by King in the 1960s. It was later revised and published as part of the anthology, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. In the poem an adventurer organises an expedition through the jungle to find the ‘Bone Church’. What they discover is a secret that was never meant to be seen… The tale is narrated by one of the survivors, who exchanges stories for a drink at the bar.
Chris Long and David Ayer’s Cedar Park Entertainment is in charge of producing Stephen King’s The Bone Church for television.
The dysfunctional family consists of Peter (father), Lois (mother), Chris (son), Meg (daughter), Stewie (baby son), and Brian their anthropomorphised dog.The show is known for its non-sequitur cutaway scenes, and musical numbers; each episode is a whirlwind of popular culture references, borderline offensive (and at times absolutely offensive) jokes, and toilet humour. It is often subversive, at times intelligent, but mostly puerile nonsense (which is totally fine- no judgement!)
Having sat through quite a few Family Guy episodes myself, I have noticed its inclusion of literary references in amongst the pop culture. Here are some of what we could find on our travels through Quahog with the Family Guy gang…