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inkpop Fundamentals: July 29, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on July 29, 2010

Zombies rise in the entertainment world! For years vampires have ruled the box office and bookstore via novels and film/TV adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries, and Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse tales; but with news of a film adaptation of Mel Brooks’ World War Z starring Brad Pitt, and an additional movie option for Brooks’ two other zombie-centric works of fiction, The Zombie Survival Guide and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, it appears as if a new form of supernatural being is seeking to take over. Scheduled for release in the summer of 2012; World War Z revolves around a zombie apocalypse, and will be directed by Marc Forster. Entertainment Weekly.

Sleep vs. technology Nine hours of sleep each night; an apple a day; eight cups of water to stay hydrated. For years teens have been told that there are many daily requirements they should be meeting to keep themselves healthy. The one thing everyone fails to mention, the item that is most important to adolescents of the Twenty-First Century, is access to technology – and lots of it! In a recent study featured in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, researchers found that the average amount of sleep that teens snagged per night was 6 ½ to 7 ½ hours (quite a bit less than the recommended average) – and the decrease in shut-eye is being attributed to the amount of time spent using technology in the form of everything from computers to TV and video games! Chicago Tribune.

New YA series from ‘Wicked Lovely’ author! Since its release in June of 2007, Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely has been a bestseller, intriguing readers of all ages to delve into a world where faeries and mere mortals co-exist with one another; and spawning four sequels – Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, Radiant Shadows, and the forthcoming final book in the series, Darkest Mercy. But just as one series ends, another begins; for Marr, this comes in the form of a two-book deal that focuses around a female assassin whom exists in a world where myth and science collide, which is slated for a fall 2013 publication date. Melissa Marr.

Over to you…are you ready for something to take the place of vampires – why or why not? If you could see any supernatural entity achieve the same sort of popularity as vampires what would it be and why – aliens, zombies, something else…? Which is more important to you – sleep or time spent with technology? Do you find that you oftentimes lack sleep due to your use of technology? Are you a fan of Melissa Marr’s work? Are you looking forward to her new series?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

8 Responses to “inkpop Fundamentals: July 29, 2010”

  1. Dee said

    Oops. Guilty; I never get nine hours of sleep. Blame the insomnia 😉
    But yay! Vampires aren’t the fad any more!
    Granted, I love vampire stories, but now mine might have a chance to be called original! Lol.
    Joking. It’s time vampires took a break though.

  2. Nella said

    I think the 2012 thing is feeding the need for Zombies x3

  3. Ellen said

    Damn. I wrote a zombie apocalyptic novel a few years ago and I think it is time for a new trend. Although I think Vampires will always be bubbling under the surface trying to break free. But we haven’t had a very “strong” trend since the Twilight outbreak.

    Mehh. I’m undecided as to whether or not I like Marr’s novels. But I hope this new one opens up something different from her current writing style.

  4. Shock! said

    I wanna see a European folklore trend.

    Specifically nixies, kelpies, or will-o’-the-wisps. I WANT A STORY ABOUT A WILL-O’-THE-WISP, DANGIT. D:

    Personally, I was never bothered by the vampire trend… I was bothered by the vampire romance trend. Romance is okay, but not when every vampire book ever has it. And why are so many vampire books from the point of view of a female MC? Can’t we get some guys in here? ;____; -rocks back and forth hugging her Vladmir Todd books tight-

    I don’t always get nine hours of sleep, but that’s not ’cause technology is keeping me up… it’s ’cause I have sleeping problems and sometimes even go whole nights without actually getting to sleep. ;_____;

    Never heard of Melissa Marr or Wicked Lovely. o.o

  5. Narnia Fan said

    Am I ready for something to take the place of vampires? Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes!!!! Though I wish it wasn’t zombies stepping up to bat… no sooner do we get rid of one gross undead monster than we get a new one! Rats.

    What superhman creature woul I like to see more of? One word: ELVES. 😀

    Do I value sleep or technology more? Well, I always INTEND to get nine hours of sleep… but if I get caught up in a really good book (though I’m not sure wether that counts as technology) or an exciting part in my own writing, I’ve been known to pull the odd all-nighter. *grins sheepishly*

    I’ve never read anything of Melissa Marr’s… sorry.

    So come on, people! Let’s see some elves out there, whoooo!!! 😉

  6. cambria said

    I adore Melissa Marrs work. She does an amazing job of blending fairy legends with the real world and has some of the strongest girl characters in YA I think.

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