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inkpop Fundamentals: May 13, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 13, 2010

The best of the best In the world of literature, everyone’s a critic; and everyone has their own list of favorites that made their childhood fun. For me it was Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy and Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Perhaps for you it was C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Britain’s The Guardian has compiled a list of the Best Children’s Books Ever; the ones they feel will spark the literary bug in young/middle readers. Did your favorites make the list? The Guardian.

Quench your thirst with…‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Since its debut as a role-playing game in 1974, and its modifications in 1997 to make it more modern, Dungeons & Dragons has been a leader in allowing players to embark on an adventure-filled voyage set in a fantasy world that triggers imagination and problem-solving. Now the lifelike form of entertainment has stepped out of the gaming world and entered reality via the Limited Edition Dungeons & Dragons Spellcasting Soda from Jones Soda Co. The beverage comes in six D&D-inspired flavors – Dwarven Draught, Bigby’s Crushing Thirst Destroyer, Potion of Healing, Illithid Brain Juice, Sneak Attack, and Eldritch Blast. Despite the fact that a six-pack costs $10.99, and a twelve-pack costs $18.99, all flavors are backordered until the end of May. Pop Candy.

What do editors really want? Laura Rennert, a Senior Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, knows books. During her time holding such a position, she has sent author Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver to the New York Times Childrens Bestseller List, and worked with countless children’s/YA authors. Thus, she is highly-qualified in providing young writers with a little information about their chosen craft; and her number one tip is that what editors really want right now is…smart boy books – novels starring male characters with the ability to appeal to girls as well as boys. Mediabistro.

Over to you…what book got you hooked on reading as a child? What book (s) do you feel should have been included and why? Are you a fan of Dungeons & Dragons? Will you be buying the limited-edition beverage – why or why not? What “smart boy books” have you read in the past? Have you, or would you, ever try writing one yourself?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

7 Responses to “inkpop Fundamentals: May 13, 2010”

  1. Nella said

    Aww The Little Prince didn’t make the list.
    Mmm Jones Soda is delicious, they have apple soda
    and it’s incredible 🙂

    Nice fundamentals.

  2. Nella said

    Wait! Did she say she’s looking for male MCs?
    YES! Im so happy 😀

  3. Joana said

    It makes me happy that she says she’d like more stories with male main characters, since that’s basically all I write now 😛

  4. Evie said

    Definitely Shel Silverstein’s books! I loved those! And of course the disney and cartoon ones that had the sounds.

    I’ve never even heard of Dungeons & Dragons and I don’t drink soda. Blech!

    Beautiful Creatures and The Maze Runner are the two recent ones. And Shiver (since it’s a dual narrative). I’ve written two books with male stars. They’re both dual narratives though. But, GAH! Laura Rennert is at the top of my agent list…-_-

  5. Danny said

    Hank the Cowdog, for sure.

    Beautiful Creatures was good. I’m glad to hear about a push for male MCs. Too many of us guys have been alienated from the genre already!

  6. Laura Elizabeth said

    NARNIA! Those are the books that really got me into reading even more than I already had been 🙂

  7. Cammy said

    I loved the Chronicles of Narnia… basically, all the books before and/or after (depending on the order you read) the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

    I don’t have any cash to spare on the D&D soda, but it certainly sounds fun!

    One book I’ve read in the past that I guess could be considered a “smart boy” book was 24 girls in 7 days… it sounds bad because of the title, but it’s actually about a guy who needs a date for prom, and I thought it was really well-written.

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