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inkpop Fundamentals: June 10, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 10, 2010

‘Glee’ gets literary While most pieces of entertainment take the approach of translating from fiction to big or small screen adaptations; FOX’s runaway hit Glee is doing the reverse. With “Gleeks” across the nation tuning in to find out what happens on each episode every Tuesday night; it is no surprise that the show would go one-step further to satiate the appetites of fans. Starting in August 2010, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will begin releasing an official line of Glee-related books, approved by Twentieth Century Fox. The first release is an original novel toted as the Glee prequel, titled Glee: The Beginning, and will include a full-color double-sided poster! Entertainment Weekly.

The real life teen wolf Cheerleaders, goths, jocks, emo, nerds…we’ve seen them all trolling through the halls of high school campuses; now, however, there is a new trend being seen upon school grounds across the country, and that is…the teen wolf. Running in packs of ten to twenty members, teen wolves slightly resemble that of a goth or emo, with the additions of chained leashes hanging from collars around their necks, fangs, contact lenses that make their eyes appear more animalistic, and the occasional howl or two. The craze is said to stem, most recently, from the Twilight films based upon the highly-popular book series by Stephenie Meyer. Brand X Daily.

Storytime hits the ‘Net Though storytime has always involved physically visiting a bookstore or library (oftentimes in one’s pajamas!), and listening to an employee read one or more picture books aloud to young children; this past week, Barnes & Noble launched a new millennium version of storytime via their Online Storytime Program, starting with a reading of Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly. The Online Storytime Program is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week; and includes video footage of the author reading their book. A new storytime entry is added the first Tuesday of every month. Publisher’s Weekly.

Over to you…are you a Glee fan? Will you be buying the official Glee book series? What do you think of the new teen wolf trend? Have you encountered actual teen wolves, either at school or around where you live? What do you think of Barnes & Noble’s Online Storytime Program? Do you feel that going virtual takes the magic out of storytime – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

8 Responses to “inkpop Fundamentals: June 10, 2010”

  1. MIC said

    Who isn’t a Glee fan?!?!? But will I buy the book? Probably not, lol …

    As to the teen wolf trend, I find it just plain bizarre … I can’t even wrap my
    brain around the idea that people actually do that … I mean, I love Halloween
    and all, but … hmmm …

    And as to the Storytime hits the net, there is a certain magic that exists with
    actually sitting down and reading a book … but I’ve seen magic come alive with
    kids on screen, too … I think getting kids to read good lit in any way is worth it. And in today’s world, putting books like Fancy Nancy on screen might be the way to reach out to kids and get them to love these stories.

  2. Peyton said

    Glee? I’ve heard of it, but that’s all I know about it. The name. And no, I probably won’t buy the book.

    I’m home schooled, and I’m kinda glad…. I mean… *cough, cough* That’s pretty freaky. I think they are going over the top.
    Whaa….? I just don’t get it. I’ve heard teens ACTUALLY think their wolves, creepy.

    Storytime? I think it’s a creative idea. I agree with what MIC said on this one.

  3. Evie said

    GLEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ I love that show so much! But books kind of defeat the purpose…there's no music.

    -_- No comment…

    Well…considering hardly any kids read anymore, I'll say anything to get them involved. having them start this may lead to them wanting to hear more stories, so maybe they'll ask their parents, then they may become readers. The computer seems to be the only way kids read now-a-days, if at all.

  4. drsheridan said

    Glee! Love the show, the books might be interesting… or overkill. We’ll have to see.

    Please tell me that the teen wolf trend will die out soon, along with being in love with fictional vampires.

  5. LA Knight said

    I don’t watch Glee or Storytime, but as to the wolf thing, that’s been going on since I was in elementary school at least as part of the therianthropic subculture, so it doesn’t bother me. I was exposed to stuff like that around the time I was 8 years old. I don’t know why everyone’s like, “Ew, weird!” One of my best friends in high school was a therian, and he’d never picked up Twilight (it was before the craze, back when New Moon had just come out, that I even met the guy).

  6. Sakira said

    Oh, yay. I was almost certain that I was going to be the only one who doesn’t watch Glee. The wolf trend… I think it’s something that’s always fascinated people. There have been werewolf movies and books before Twilight came out, after all. It’s entirely possible that Twilight heightened peoples’ interest in werewolves, but I believe it has influenced vampires the most. Ever since Twilight came out, there has been an increase in vampire-related books.

    As for the online Storytime, I honestly cannot say much. For me, I prefer physical interaction because it’s more hands-on, but internet is the next best thing, especially when parents do not always have the time to take their children out. With the online Storytime, there is a potential increase in the audience numbers.

  7. Niharika Sarma said

    Glee isn’t on TV yet in India, but it’s going to be soon and I’m looking forward to it.

    The teen wolves thing, that’s a big no from me. India isn’t really a big hub for teen wolves.

    I really have some thoughts on the story telling though. My bed time stories were hindu myths told to me by my great grandmother while we slept on our roof, which was surrounded by coconut trees. even at nine or ten, the chimes of temple bells would reach our house. even now i can remember every one of those stories. that kind of atmosphere cannot be recreated virtually.

  8. Marisa :] said

    I’m such a Gleek.
    Right this moment Bohemian Rhapsody from the Season Finale is playing on my computer. But Glee in book form? I don’t know how that will work… we can’t hear Lea Michele or Cory Monteith’s amazing voices through books. But curiousity will probably get the best of me and I’ll get it. Plus, who wouldn’t want a poster? I know I do. :]

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