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Movie Deal: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

eleanorOne of my all-time favorite books has finally struck a movie deal…with DreamWorks! And I am so excited!! Read below for more information!

From Entertainment Weekly:

The studio was drawn to the teenage love story for the same reason as its legions of fans. “It’s not the typical story where the ugly duckling is in love with the hot guy,” Bario says. “They’re both trying to find their way. They’re both outcasts.”

Set in 1986, and following one school year in Omaha, the novel follows the tentative romance of two 16-year-olds: Eleanor, a somewhat heavy girl overwhelmed by insecurities and trying to survive an abusive household, and Park, the quiet, half-Korean kid who also doesn’t feel like he fits in, but finds refuge in music and comic books.

After its publication in February 2013, the book spent 12 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and has inspired a passionate, devoted following.

“The book is uniquely structured in that one chapter is told by Eleanor and one chapter is told from Park’s perspective, and they alternate,” Bario points out. “So we’re trying to figure out how to do that in a movie. There are all sorts of groovy stylistic things you could do with voice over, or words on the screen, but we want something that’s real Rainbow.”

Rainbow Rowell will also be writing the screenplay; Carla Hacken (The Devil Wears Prada) will produce; and Matt Kennedy will executive produce. If all goes according to plan, DreamWorks hopes to ti start shooting in 2015.

Are you excited to see this book on the big screen?

Cover Reveal: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

One of my favorite authors is Scott Westerfeld, whose Uglies series has taken the world by storm since it first released, and when I first heard about his newest book, I was thrilled. Afterworlds is going to be a book to watch for this Fall!

From Entertainment Weekly:

Scott Westerfeld, the author of the extremely popular Uglies and Leviathan series, has a new novel novel coming out on Sept. 23. Afterworlds is a suspenseful thriller about a young writer, Darcy Patel, who arrives in New York City with a contract to write a YA novel. There’s a meta element: Darcy’s novel-within-the-novel, also called Afterworlds— about a girl who delves into a realm between the living and the dead to hide out during a terrorist attack — is woven into Darcy’s narrative as she learns to navigate life in the city.

Not only does this book sound absolutely fantastic…the cover is brilliance. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t release until September 23rd, but mark your calendars and take this day off work. It’s gonna be a busy day.

What do you think of the cover?

Cover Reveal: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

One of the biggest series that I’ve been keeping my eye out for this year is Holly Black, co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, and Cassandra Clare’s, author of The Mortal Instruments trilogy, co-written middle grade series, Magisterium. It seems like everything the two of these authors touch turns immediately to gold. Here’s a little bit about book one, The Iron Trial.

From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will — is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It’s a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

And finally after months of waiting, there is finally a cover for book one.


Thanks to USA Today for the reveal!

The five-book series, aimed at readers 8-12, features students at the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. Clare says she had “a certain trepidation that I wouldn’t be able to capture a middle-grade voice, since I’ve only written for older teens. Working with Holly helped iron that out because she’s a middle-grade expert.”

Although it doesn’t come out until September 9th from Scholastic, you can head over to USA Today to read an exclusive excerpt The Iron Trial: Book One of the Magisterium.

What are your thoughts on the cover? I love it!


Could ‘Paper Towns’ Launch Wave of Contemporary Teen Movies?

paper townsWe all remember the classics…you know, like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything, Some Kind of Wonderful, etc. These are some of the most popular teen romance flicks of the 80s…but for some reason, the desire to make such films as good as these has dwindled monumentally since he 80s.

In the 90s, we had such films as Ten Things I Hate About You, Clueless, She’s All That, Never a Been Kissed, among others. While some of those were good movies, they still never reached the same mood as those from a decade before.

In the 2000s, we were given Mean Girls, The Girl Next Door, John Tucker Must Die, Juno, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

Why is it that movies like these are few and far between these days? Has the need for teen romances dwindled or is the audience determining that action films like Avengers and Transformers are better suited for the modern movie goer?

I, for one, would love to see a resurgence of contemporary teen movies in the mainstream media. We’ve been given the amazing adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2012 and will be seeing The Fault in Our Stars in June, but we need more! Why are production companies only buying up and making The Hunger Games and Divergent instead of contemporary love stories? Easy….money. Companies are willing to buy into a potential franchise for more money in the long run, but not dishing out for a slow burning indie or smaller budget contemporary one off much like those from thirty years ago.

With the announcement of Paper Towns moving forward with pre-production due to the buzz surrounding the release of The Fault in our Stars, it makes me hope there is a resurgence of this genre of films. The team behind TFiOS are even coming back almost in full to produce and write Paper Towns, showing their support for this type of movie plus their faith in the fans of John Green.

I can only hope that through the making of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, even Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (currently in post-production), more contemporary books will be eyed for adaptation for the big screen. Even if on a small budget or by an independent company.

I’ve compiled a list of contemporary books I loved and think would be a great success on the big screen. Read below to see each book and why I think movie goers would want to see it!

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1. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Seriously. In similar vein to Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, this band book has roadies, music, small towns, dank venues, and is set in the Pacific Northwest. You can’t go wrong.

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This is one of those books that has been in the pipeline for a while now. It is one of those stories that strikes a chord and, with the right main guy character, could become classic status.

3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Speaking of classic status, this book could bring back what it means to be an 80s teen movie. With its setting and characters that are easy to fall in love with, toss in some mixtape and it’ll be a blast from he past. This book shatters the norm giving two main characters not widely discussed in movies and literature, one is a lit-loving curvy redheaded girl and the other a music obsessed Korean boy.

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4. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
We’ve already established that music works in films for teens. Sarah Dessen is one of the most widely recognized YA contemporary authors and could seriously pull in a crowd to the theaters with this one!

5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
It’s Stephanie Perkins. Done. One of the reasons I think ANNA would work so well on screen over LOLA is the travel aspect. As fantastic as ANNA is, adding the local of Paris is what sets it above the rest. It’s the “City of Love and Lights” for goodness sake!

6. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
This book is hard to describe. It’s so complex and takes you somewhere that most books scrape the surface of. It’s a poignant, emotional book that readers around the world have adored.

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7. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
British boy. American girl. Travel to England. Full of everything you want in a love story.

8. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Another travel book that blew me away. I am a sufferer of wanderlust and will read any book involving travel. Plus this one is full of Shakespeare and guys with accents.

9. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
One thing seriously lacking in theaters is LGBT love stories. And who better than David Levithan to help this take off? Boy Meets Boy has spoken to thousands of teens and readers everywhere, helping those who were afraid of speaking out and finding their voice.

What contemporary books would you
like to see become films?

New Covers for Jordan Sonnenblick

It seems like Scholastic is taking steps to join the typographic cover craze that seems to be hot right now and with these covers, they’re doing it right! Both Jordan Sonnenblick’s Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pies, originally released in 2004, and After Ever After, released 2010, struck the right chords when they came out telling a heartbreaking story about a kid with cancer that many have called a pre-The Fault in Our Stars.

Scholastic has revealed that they are reprinting this series with all new covers and they are gorgeous! Check out the covers and learn more about this series below! Read more


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