inkpop Fundamentals: April 13, 2010
Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 13, 2010
★From the bookstore to the big screen Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon, and Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid all created a stir at the box office in March; but they are only the tip of the iceberg for the children’s-book-to-movie phenomenon taking place in 2010. By July, Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Beezus, Alex Flinn’s Beastly, and Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will all compete for the top slot, proving that children’s/YA literature is hotter than ever! Publisher’s Weekly.
★Barbie embraces her inner geek A fixture in toy culture since she first debuted in March of 1959, Barbie Millicent Roberts – aka Barbie – has undertaken a variety of careers, including star of her very own book series in the 1960s. Though each position seemed more glamorous than the last, her most recent endeavor has her channeling her inner geek and embracing the wave of the future that is technology via her title as…Computer Engineer Barbie; a profession selected by the public as part of Mattel’s month-long campaign inviting consumers to choose Barbie’s new occupation. The Wall Street Journal.
★Mr. Popper’s Penguins picture a possibility Since its publication in 1938, Richard and Florence Atwater’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins has been a hot commodity amongst young readers, even going so far as to win the Newbery Award in 1939, and be used in classrooms across the country; now funnyman Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach (filmmaker and co-writer of last year’s Fantastic Mr. Fox screenplay) are in talks to bring Mr. Popper and his band of waddling penguin pals to theaters nationwide in a film adaptation of the bestseller. Variety.
Over to you…do you think that film adaptations do the books they are based upon justice? What book would you love to see turned into a movie? If you could see Barbie be anything, what would it be and why? What do you think of Barbie’s new career? Will you be seeing Mr. Popper’s Penguins if it makes it to the big screen?
Share your thoughts in the comments section!
Erika (aka inkpoperika)