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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?

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?

Film News | ‘Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List’ Filming Now in NYC

0375844406You’ll never guess what movie is being filmed right now. It’s a movie that has been in the works since 2008 at least, but never seemed to be able to take off.

It’s Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan!

Per the synopsis, “Naomi and Ely are best friends. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their ‘No Kiss List’ of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine – until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi’s boyfriend, so there’s no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce even though he is boring. The result: a rift of universal proportions and the potential end of ‘Naomi and Ely: the institution.’ Can these best friends come back together again?”

The film version of this book is being directed by Kristin Hanggi and stars Victoria Justice and Pierson Fode in the lead roles. Not many details have been released about this movie since it all came together within the last few weeks, but I will be keeping my eyes open for more news from the set.

One of the authors took to Twitter to share her excitement for the film:

On Monday, the stars were seen filming in Washington Square Park (NYC).


We will definitely be following this production as closely as possible!

Want to read more about the book? Check out Jenn’s review of Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List.


New Extended Clip from City of Bones Released

With TMI: City of Bones being the highest anticipated book adaptation of the year, I can’t believe it’s almost here. In an effort to quench our thirst in the time awaiting it’s release, a new clip from the film was just released. This extended clip shows Clary’s mother being attacked after she tells Clary to “not come home.”

This clip was originally shown at Comic Con and a private party during Book Expo America.

What do you think? This is one of the main scenes from the book that makes you realize how bad of the situation Clary is in and how terrifying the world of the Shadowhunters can be.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones releases nationwide on August 21st.

Nat Wolff Cast as Isaac in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Film


Nat Wolff, who is most recently known for his role in Stuck in Love, has been cast to play Isaac in the adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

For those of you who have been following the pre-production of this movie for the last six months or more, you know that, aside from the production team, the only characters that have been cast are Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort). So this is the first casting to be done outside of the two lead roles.

The Fault in Our Stars will be directed by Josh Boone, who also wrote and directed Stuck in Love starring Nat Wolff. Just knowing Josh and Nat have worked together makes me feel good about this casting decision. It’s one that’s been on my radar the past few months and only after seeing Stuck in Love did I really see that he would be perfect for Isaac.

If you have yet to see Stuck in Love and it is playing in a theater near you, I highly recommend you go see it. It is one of the most heartwarming and feelings-filled movies I’ve seen and I loved it.

After an excited John Green announced the casting news on Twitter, vlogger and awesome individual Kayley Hyde summarized the film perfectly:

Well said, Kayley. That is one movie I can really put all my feelings and excitement behind.

Even Nat confirmed that he would be playing Isaac and had nothing but good things to say about the book and John Green.

The Fault in Our Stars begins filming August 26th in Pittsburgh.


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