Critical Linking: December 8th, 2014

 

The 7 Most Thought-Provoking Books of 2014

This is a business-oriented list, but I’ve read four of them and they are extremely interesting, so that speaks well of the list.

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Fun holiday idea.

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When Zoe Sugg, better known as YouTube superstar Zoella, released her first novel Girl Online in November, it scored the highest first-week sales for a debut author since records began, selling 78,109 copies in seven days. But as more people have read the book, some have begun to ask if it was written entirely by Zoe Sugg. Today, a spokesperson for Penguin Random House told the Sunday Times that “to be factually accurate you would need to say Zoe Sugg did not write the book Girl Online on her own”.

Can someone explain to me how something like this isn’t fraud? I mean, aren’t customers being misled about what they are buying?

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Warner Bros. has made an offer to Christopher Nolan to direct their sci-fi adventure film READY PLAYER ONE. Adapted by Zak Penn from the novel by Ernest Cline (with previous drafts by Cline and Eric Eason), the 20-minutes-into-the-future film follows a teenage boy who enters into an elaborate treasure hunt to win the fortune that was left behind in the will of the creator of his favorite virtual reality game, Oasis. He finds himself up against powerful corporations and competitors who will stop at nothing to get the inheritance.

Wow. That shows that Warner Bros. really thinks this movie is going to be a big deal.

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