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Procrastination Pro-Tips: More Hobbits, Aria’s Earring and More

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Procrastination Pro-Tips: More Hobbits, Aria’s Earring and More

Ohmygosh, it has been so long since I’ve done a pro-tips post!  A whole two weeks!  Okay, that isn’t very long in real time, but in internet years that’s like 9 months.  The internet could have gestated a baby in that amount of time!  But all that means I have lots of links for you today, so get clickin’.

Book Related Things

In news that will surprise exactly ZERO PERCENT of readers of this site, a new study finds that 55% of YA books are bought by us olds!

It seems like everyone is nostalgic these days.  The Guardian has pieces on Sweet Valley High and Christopher Pike novels (the latter with a FYA shoutout!)  The Awl takes a look at the financial burden of being a kid in our favorite children’s lit.  And this guy is, uhhh, attempting to be funny in discussing The Berenstain Bears, but I can’t help feeling defensive.  I ate that shit up as a kid (No Girls Allowed being my favorite of the series).  

Check out these awesome vintage ads for libraries

And maybe, someday if you’re lucky, Fred Armisen will star in your book trailer.

Movie Related Things

AHHHHH a new extended trailer for The Hobbit is out!  Watch it now!  I AM GETTING SHIVERS just watching this.

And speaking of Middle-earth, check out these stained glass illustrations and this super intense family tree.

The first leaked set photos of Catching Fire are here and they are...underwhelming.

For those of us who have been wondering when and how we would be able to see Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, Lionsgate has bought the distribution rights.  Now, release it as soon as possible, please and thanks.

And in the grand tradition of Buzzfeed’s Where Are They Now? posts, here is the cast of The Sandlot.  The most important thing being that Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez became a sexy fightfighter who likes dogs.  Sometimes the universe is a good and just place.

TV Related Things

Ever wonder about the costume decisions in your favorite shows?  Well, check out these interviews with the costume designers for Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars, among others.  Erin can finally learn the origin of Aria’s infamous feather earring!

News for you Whovians out there: Russell T. Davis is coming out with a new BBC children’s/teen show called Wizards vs. AliensJust watch the trailer.  It’s...wow.  I don’t even know if I’m horrified or delighted.  But I know I can’t wait to watch this!

And has anyone watched Felicity lately?

Miscellaneous Things

PBS has a neat web series called Off Book, where they discuss internet culture, technology and whatnot.  Like this short video they made discussing Fandom.

If you don’t think I provide you with enough distraction, check out TIME’s list of their 50 favorite websites of 2012.

And because I’ve become so fond of giving you all recommendations of things to buy here are some book socks, the cutest Harry Potter jewelry ever made and a mac n’ cheese book that Needs To Exist Now.

And in your weekly dose of cute animal videos, we have slow motion flying cats and a trampolining dog.

Anything fun or exciting we missed over the last two weeks?  Share below in the comments!

Megan Crane's photo About the Author: Megan is an unabashed fangirl who is often in a state of panic about her inability to watch, read and play all the things.