inkpop Fundamentals: May 3, 2011
Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 3, 2011
★ Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’ to hit the big screen It has been a long-time coming considering Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game – which began as a short story in 1977, morphed into a full-length standalone novel in 1985, and expanded into a series that includes more than ten books and short stories – first debuted in the literary world in 1977; but over three decades later, with a hunger to bring further fantastical franchises to the big screen, the bestselling science fiction novel is finally on its way to theaters thanks to Summit Entertainment’s acquisition of the book. “Summit, which is winding down its ‘Twilight Saga’ series, is co-financing ‘Ender’s Game’ and eyeing it as an opportunity to hatch another youth-driven series, with protagonists that are slightly younger than the kids in the upcoming ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy. It’s another opportunity to discover young talent, because the protagonists in the film are just entering their teens.” Summit hopes to begin production on the film in early 2012. Deadline.
★ Greek mythology the new hot commodity in YA literature? Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed, Meg Cabot’s Abandon…one need only take a peek at some of the new YA releases hitting bookstores in 2011 to realize that there is a definite trend forming – that of Greek Mythology. “Publishers are always on the lookout for the next big trend as evidenced by the wave of vampire and dystopian stories throughout the last few years. In the coming months, teen fiction readers can expect several new titles inspired by Greek myths.” GalleyCat.
★ Six can’t-miss spring sequels! With summer right around the corner, publishers are gearing up to release an abundance of books that will see YA readers through those summertime blues, and quiet days of lazing poolside…but not just any books will do – a visit from some near and dear literary pals is precisely what the doctor ordered; like the six can’t-miss spring sequels that have just hit bookstores, or are heading to them, and your personal library, in a matter of weeks! So what are these need-to-read titles? Maureen Johnson’s The Last Little Blue Envelope, Gayle Forman’s Where She Went, Alison Goodman’s Eona, Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, Jennifer L. Holm’s The Trouble with May Amelia, and Gary D. Schmidt’s Okay For Now. Click here to read exclusive interviews with the authors regarding these sequels. Publisher’s Weekly.
Over to you…are you an Ender’s Game fan? Are you excited to see the book adapted for the big screen – why or why not? What do you think of fiction featuring Greek mythology – yay or nay? Will you be picking up a copy of Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed (the first book in a projected trilogy) when it hits bookstores on May 31, 2011? Would you ever try your hand at writing fiction featuring Greek Mythology – why or why not? Are any of the six aforementioned sequels on your must-read list? What books are you most looking forward to reading this spring/summer?
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Erika (aka inkpoperika)