Sunday, March 25, 2012

This Week in YA #7: The One With All the Words

Hey guys, so I wasn't able to make a video this week, but I still had all this news to share with you from this past week. I hope it's still as entertaining as my videos. And that's just me assuming my videos are entertaining, which I'm not sure what your opinions are about that. Anyways, here is what happened This Week in YA (See what I did there?).

Movie News

The Hunger Games released this week raking in a whopping $20 million midnight release making it the #1 non-sequel midnight opening in history and an astounding $155 million at the domestic box office so far making it the third-best debut weekend of all time and the best for any film opening outside of the summer. That is a metric crap ton of money made in one weekend. I’m sure most of you guys have read the books already and if you’ve seen the film I want to know your opinions on the movie. I personally loved it and while there were a few things that bugged me about it, I think overall it was a fantastic adaptation. So let me know what you thought of it.

The film adaptation of The Great Gatsby released its first movie poster showing off a lot of Daisy, played by Carrie Mulligan, and not so much of Leonardo DiCaprio who plays Jay Gatsby himself.

Variety reported this week that Black Forest Film Group has acquired a psychological thriller screenplay written by Ransom Riggs, author of the New York Times Bestseller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called Black River. The story follows a "small-town girl who has been haunted by a dead girl's spirit ever since her own near-fatal accident. When she goes off to college and her friends begin to die, she must uncover the dark secret of the dead girl's fate."

If you haven’t heard of Black Forest yet, you will soon. It is a new production company started by Mark Morgan, producer of the Twilight films, Kami Garcia, co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels, E. Thompson, and Brett Hudson. Knowing Randy’s past film experience and having read Miss Peregrine’s, I’m really excited to see what this movie could be like.

Production for the adaptation of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card has finally started and the studio has made a blog to keep fans up-to-date with the production of the film as it’s being made. The only post they have so far is one picture teasing the start of production (which you can see on the right), but I’m sure the hardcore fans of the book that have been waiting for this to be adapted for years will be excited by it.

Ender’s Game is a sci-fi film about a boy nicknamed Ender who is "an unusually gifted child  sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion." Hugo’s Asa Butterfield will be playing the main role as Ender with a supporting cast of actors including Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin. It is set for a March 15, 2013 release.

Movie Trailers

Stephanie Meyer’s sci-fi adult novel The Host about "a frightening future where aliens take over the consciousness of human beings on Earth" is certainly a stark departure from her sparkly vampires, but how will the movie compare to the novel? A teaser trailer released this week even though the film isn't set to release for another year and it looks pretty cool.

Also released this week, though not really specifically YA, an Australian trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. I’m pretty excited for this one, not really for Kristen, though she doesn’t look terrible in this, but mainly for the special effects feast going on.

Television News

The pilot episode of the CW’s The Selection started production last week in Vancouver and thanks to the website Hollywood North On Location fans can get a sneak peek at what the sets and costumes will look like as well as keep up with its production of the pilot. There are so many set photos, but here are just a few:
Aimee Teegarden and Ethan Peck together

William Moseley getting ready for a scene 

Sean Patrick Thomas in quite a bright suit

Book News

Book Releases

Croak by Gina Damico
A gripping tale of love and betrayal that weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance, The Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink. Seriously guys, you have to buy this one!
The sci-fi/ thriller The Deserter by Peadar O’ Guilin 
The third book in the Riders of Apocalypse series, Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler

A debut thriller that has been called “The Girl with
the Dragon Tattoo for teens”, 
Dark Eyes by William Richter.
When You Open Your Eyes by Celeste Conway 

Cover Reveals

Burn for Burn co-written by best-selling authors Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, which has a sort of Gossip Girl/retro look to it. 

Envy, the sequel to Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Book Trailers

This week was full of some of the best book trailers ever! Just warning you. Watch them with caution.

So do you remember that epic cover I showed you for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo a few weeks ago? Well, not the book has a trailer and it is seriously the most epic book trailer I’ve ever seen.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, which was shot live-action with tons of special effects.

The third book in the Graceling Realm series from Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue has sort of a trailer, though really it’s just a trailer for the series.

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter, which is the sequel to The Goddess Test.

A new teaser for The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

And finally This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers.

Publishing News

Lisa Schroeder announced her new young adult novel set for release in 2013. Falling For You is about "a teen girl who relives the love of a dangerous boy, and unravels the secrets that haunt her family, as she hovers between life and death." It will be published through Simon Pulse.

Julie Kagawa announced the title of the first book in her Iron Fey Spinoff series, The Iron Prince, which is set several years after the events of the Iron Fey series.


And with that little bit of information, I have to say goodbye, but not for long because I will be back next week to talk about more YA news. Hopefully in video format instead of just words, but if you have any questions or comments about things discussed above, leave them in the comments below. Also, if you’ve seen The Hunger Games already, I want to know what you thought of it.

Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor!


  1. This is a great roundup! I'm really excited for most of these things, especially the movie trailers. Two amendments though: the Great Gatsby poster is fake (it's a production still with font on it, I think) and Kristen Stewart is in Snow White. For a sec, I thought someone created a fan trailer with Kristen Bell and kind of horrified, ha. I didn't know that about Julia Kagawa, I really need to get to reading the Iron Fey series. Thanks for sharing! :) 

  2. Ah! I knew it was Kristen Stewart and meant to change that when I saw that I had put Bell, but didn't. Oops. Thanks for reminding me :)

  3. This is a great bunch of news! Thanks for sharing!

  4. They really just should have waited longer to make The Host trailer. That was really bad and wouldn't make me want to watch the movie at all.
    The Shadow and Bone trailer, on the other hand, is absolutely fantastic and DOES make me want to read the book more.

    Oh yeah, and I super loved The Hunger Games. It was done really well :]