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inkpop Fundamentals: February 10, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 10, 2011

‘Gossip Girl’ gets psycho! The year 2002 spelled the introduction of Cecily von Ziegesar’s wildly popular Gossip Girl book series to the literary world – a phenomena which has since launched a guilty pleasure TV series, and created Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen clones the world over. But come October 2011, as part of a Gossip Girl reimaging done by the hand of von Ziegesar herself, Gossip Girl will get a bit psycho as “‘Gossip Girl’ heroines Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen become trendsetting serial killers in ‘Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer’.” The book is one of the most recent to undergo the “mashup” transformation as seen in Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott and Porter Grand and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Publisher’s Weekly.

Four-book YA science fiction series on its way from Rachel Cohn! Over the years authoress Rachel Cohn has garnered countless fans courtesy of her general fiction novels such as Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Cyd Charisse series, and Pop Princess; now she is dipping into a literary world she has yet to wow us with – science fiction. Coming in fall of 2012, Beta, the first book in Cohn’s four-book science fiction series will hit bookstores. “The series is set in the island paradise of the Annex, the most exclusive playground on earth. Bioengineered to tropical perfection, it costs a fortune to get there and even more to stay…Two teenage girls—one a human clone and the other the human girl from whom the clone was duplicated—are both stranded in the Annex, and are in love with the same guy.” MediaBistro.

L.J. Smith’s ‘Secret Circle’ series on its way to the small screen Though reports first stated that Kevin Williamson was working on creating a companion series to L.J. Smith’s bestselling The Vampire Diaries for The CW; it was recently announced that such a plan has been temporarily shelved. Kevin Williamson has now signed on as executive producer of a small screen adaptation of another L.J. Smith series – The Secret Circle – and is currently working on the pilot script. “The ‘Secret Circle’ series follows 16-year-old Cassie, who moves from California to live with her mom in New Salem and falls in love with a mysterious boy named Adam. But, when she enrolls in high school there, she realizes that she, he and all the other elite students at the school are witches! She befriends their leader, Diana, but soon discovers that Adam and Diana are dating, which leads to a whole bunch of complicated drama.” Hollywood Crush.

Over to you…what do you think of an author “mashing up” their own novel? Will you be reading Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer – why or why not? Are you a Rachel Cohn fan? Are you excited to see her try her hand at science fiction? How does the new series sound to you? Have you read L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle series? Are you excited to see it adapted for the small screen – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

6 Responses to “inkpop Fundamentals: February 10, 2011”

  1. I have to comment on this one! When The Secret Circle came out in the early 90’s it was my saving grace. I still have the original books I bought back then and I read them almost every summer. I had never read The Vampire Diaries back then (or now) because I couldn’t care one bit about vampires. I am going to hold my breath that they don’t ruin everything that this series is to me by bringing it to the small screen. I am both excited and nervous about this project now.

  2. Lithiawood said

    Is it just my sickness for dystopian or does that Beta book sound really awesome?!

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  4. I’m so excited to see how The Secret Circle tv show turns out. I loved that series growing up and upon re-read I think I enjoyed it even more than The Vampire Diaries.

  5. […] selected to star in L.J. Smith’s ‘The Secret Circle’ adaptation Just a few weeks ago we announced that Kevin Williamson, The Vampire Diaries executive producer, was hard at work at creating a pilot […]

  6. […] ‘The Secret Circle’ TV series gets the green light Back in February 2011 we announced that Kevin Williamson was in the midst of creating a pilot episode of The Vampire Diaries author, […]

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