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inkpop Fundamentals: May 20, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 20, 2010

John Grisham takes on the world of YA Since 1989, when his very first legal thriller, A Time to Kill, hit bookstores, John Grisham has been a mainstay in both fiction and nonfiction, penning bestseller after bestseller, many of which have been adapted for the big screen. Now, however, Grisham, who made his start as a lawyer and politician, has set his sights on commandeering the YA world via his legal thriller for the younger set which goes on sale Tuesday, May 25 – Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer; a tale which follows the life of thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone, a small-town boy who spends so much time with law enforcement that he is convinced he’s a lawyer himself. While not a lawyer just yet, Theodore is the only one who knows the truth about a cold-blooded killer who could, potentially, be set free, and finds himself smack dab in the middle of a murder trial he is determined to solve. Entertainment Weekly.

‘Mad’ about you Bill Gaines. You may not recognize the name; but it’s nearly impossible for you not to recognize the work. In the 1950s Gaines was responsible for creating EC Comics, the publisher behind Tales From the Crypt and Weird Science. As big as those titles are, however, they are nowhere near as well-known as Mad magazine – Gaines’ pride and joy. Since its launch in 1952, Mad has been a favored publication that pokes fun at politics, celebrities, pop culture, and the like; leading it to amass a fan base both young and old – one of those fans being director John Landis, who currently harbors plans to turn Gaines’ life history into a film. Slash Film.

‘Pretty Little Liars’…let the countdown begin! Back in April we told you about Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars coming to the small screen; now, with just two weeks left until the premiere (June 8, on ABC Family – save the date!), news is surfacing about the series…the most prevalent being that there is a surprise in store from Shepard – talk which has rumors spreading about a possible cameo from the author herself! As the show’s motto proclaims…‘Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret.’ MTV.

Over to you…have you ever read a John Grisham novel before? What do you think of an adult author penning a novel for younger readers? Are you a fan of Mad magazine? If the biographical film about Bill Gaines were to come to fruition would you see it? Will you be tuning in to Pretty Little Liars? What do you think Sara Shepard’s “surprise” could be?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

2 Responses to “inkpop Fundamentals: May 20, 2010”

  1. Laney said

    Hmmm…on the topic of adult authors peenign books for youngers audiances…well many do. Its not uncommon for them to write a child’s book. They probably have fun crossing over between the two levels. If it’s a good book then I don’t think it really matters if the author writes more for an adult reader usually.

    I am absoultly excited about Pretty Little Liars! I just started reading the books and i can’t wait! Im not sure what the surprise will be, but I’m sure it will be awesome!

  2. Narnia Fan said

    Legal thrillers are definitely not my forte, but I have read ‘The Testament’ by John Grisham.
    I think adult authors can have a lot to offer younger readers, as long as the writer isn’t just trying to dumb down his usual genre. I, personally, hate that.
    I’ve actually never heard of Mad magazine; but I might be interested in seeing the Bill Gaines movie.
    No, I won’t be watching Pretty Little Liars, because I do not have a television in my house!
    If we’re all guessing what the surprise would be, it won’t be a surprise anymore! 🙂

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