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Jersey Shore Yourself!

Posted by inkpopbecki on May 6, 2011

Oscar Wilde! He was upstanding, discrete and a paradigm for decorum. Alright he wasn’t actually any of those things. In fact, he was more like the Perez Hilton of the Victorian era. Yet still when you take an irreverent script, like that of The Importance of Being Earnest, and couple it with modern culture, like Jersey Shore, you can get hilarious results.

Now it’s your turn. In the comment section of this blog (that would be the box below that says Comments, and then when clicked upon says LEAVE A COMMENT) write your own interpretation of Jersey Shore meets a classic novel. It could be the idle gossip of Emma or the raging drinking and marauding of the Three Musketeers. First write identify the classic novel you’re parodying and then write three or four lines that you could imagine the Jersey Shore cast might say in this time period. Three winners will be selected to win a free book from HarperTeen.

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I Dreamed a New Ending

Posted by inkpopbecki on April 15, 2011

First, we would like to congratulate the following three winners of The Carrier of the Mark ARC winners. Marissa, Theodora and Ashley Nicole have all been randomly selected to win a free Advance Reader Copy of The Carrier of the Mark for reposting or tweeting the video link of Leigh receiving her box of ARCs. Awesomesauce! Thank you all for entering.

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So conclusions of series that we love are always difficult for an author.

***SPOILER ALERT: for Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games***

 I mean come on Ron, Hermione and Harry who really marries their high school sweethearts? Standing in the middle of field starring a group of vampires down until they go away does not an epic war make, Bella! And kids?! We know the world has changed, but there’s still a lot of chaos Katniss!

We’re just kidding! While we respect our authors valid attempts at wrapping up their series, no one is ever 100% pleased. So now is your chance. Take your favorite series that has ended in recent years and write an alternative ending. Make a funny parody or tell us what you would have actually like to have seen happen. Post your story here in the comment section of the blog.

Three winners will be selected and announced here next Friday on the inkpop blog. Have fun and may the odds be forever in your favor!

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From Book to Screen

Posted by inkpopbecki on March 11, 2011

In the past couple of weeks we have seen a huge uptick, here at HarperTeen, in the sale of our books. Is it because there was a sudden interest in books across America? No! Is it do to some really big sales going on at a major bookstore chain? Nope! It’s because of film and television.

That’s right, currently three (that’s right three) HarperTeen books are getting some special treatment from the big (and small screen). With I Am Number Four, Beastly and Pretty Little Liars all topping the bestseller list, we thought we investigate what film and television does for books.

“In many ways, the task for film makers seems almost impossible – how can you possibly squeeze all the nuances, subtleties, compelling characters and slowly shifting plot lines of a great novel into a two hour movie!?” Writes the Authonomy blog.

Indeed this decision is crucial to the plot and can sometimes have some negative results. My favorite example is perhaps Harry Potter. While many have seen the movie without reading the books, I wonder how many people understand some of the fine details of the story. For example, after seeing the movie could you tell how many Horcrux exist and how many were destroyed?

Not all books are capable of being translated into a film or television show. If you are creating a project that you hope will one day find its way to screen, it is important to have a strong plot and engaging characters. While voice is a huge aspect of making a great novel, generally the tonality of a novel does not come through in film,

so it is less necessary.

Now lets be creative. Tell us what YA books that have not already been bought for film or television might translate well to the screen. Also tell us why.

Five users with the best answers will each win a HarperTeen Print to Screen prize back that includes the movie and television editions of I Am Number Four, Beastly and Pretty Little Liars and Pretty Little Liars #2:Flawless. Winners will be selected and announced March 18, 2011.

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Book Meme: The Hunger Games

Posted by inkpopbecki on March 4, 2011

Thanks for helping us create this meme! We found four hilarious answers to our question: What wouldn’t you find in The Hunger Games arena.

Congratulations to Annie,  Lafon and Sakira!

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Book Meme

Posted by inkpopbecki on February 25, 2011

Have you seen this hilarious meme?

Well we saw it and loved it, so decided to create a few of our own about our favorite topic, books! Post your answer to the below question in comments.  Our four favorite answers will be made into a meme, which we’ll display next Friday and the users will receive one free book of their choice from HarperTeen. Don’t forget to provide a funny reason why, in addition to just your answer! Here’s the question:

What Wouldn’t You Find in The Hunger Games Arena?

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Valentine’s Day Haiku Contest

Posted by inkpopbecki on February 11, 2011

Unless you live under a rock, you’re sure to have noticed the heart-shaped-boxes full of chocolate that are lining the shelves of grocery stores. That’s right . . . Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We thought we’d get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with a little poetry contest. And when we say little, we mean it—3-line poetry only!

Whether you’re celebrating love with chocolate and flowers or inducing a self-inflicted sugar overload in the hopes of drowning out that disgusting red-and-pink motif, we want to see your best haiku. From now until the big V-Day, write your own haiku for a chance to win a prize pack full of four awesome love stories.
So what is a haiku? A haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry that is made up of three unrhymed lines. The first line has five syllables, the middle line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables. Each of our featured authors has written an example haiku, check them out below!

How to Enter:

Write a haiku and post it in the comments section of this post or on Twitter with the hashtag #VDayhaiku between February 11, 2011-February 15, 2011. If you’re going the Twitter route, make sure you’re following @inkpop [link: twitter.com/inkpop] so we can Direct Message you if you win!

The Theme:

Any haiku about Love! Whether it’s first love, puppy love, love-at-first-sight, anti-Valentine’s Day, or a break-up haiku we want to hear it!

The Prize:

Five (5) winners will be selected at random from entries received to win a prize pack that includes books from debut authors Anna Humphrey and A.M Robinson, as well as Catherine Clark and New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson. Read more below about these authors and the books in the prize pack below!

Check out some haiku examples from our prize-pack authors below!

Anna Humphrey
Got dumped via txt
by my chickensh*t boyfriend.
Virtual <3break.

A.M. Robinson
Impromptu to-do
for Vampire Valentine’s Day:
Buy new turtleneck.

The  vampire swore that
the candy heart said “Bite me.”
Beth, dead, was doubtful.

Judy soon found out
Better no Valentine’s date
Than a zombie one

Catherine Clark
Time to trade up when
You get no rose, no candy
Hallmark won’t do it.

He’s so adorbs when
He goes into sugar shock
Thinking about me

Maureen Johnson
On Valentine’s Day
It is acceptable to
Eat someone’s heart

More About the Prize Package

Rhymes With Cupid

Goodman’s Gifts & Stationery Store
February 14
Cashier: Elyse
3 boxes of heart-shaped chocolate . . . $12.00
Chocolate is the only good thing about this nauseating holiday.
4 containers of candy hearts . . . $5.00
Ever since my ex cheated on me, I’ve sworn off love. Too bad my new neighbor Patrick didn’t get the memo.
1 Valentine’s Day card . . . $4.50
I’m not interested. Although, he is pretty cute. And sweet. And funny.
1 singing Cupid doll (promotional item) . . . $0.00
Stupid Cupid! Point your arrows at someone else. . . .
Subtotal . . . $21.50
It’s going to be a complicated Valentine’s Day.

Anna Humphrey lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and kids.

Vampire Crush
I swear, my life was always totally normal.
Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don’t have any superpowers, no one’s showing up to tell me I’m a princess—you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a wardrobe straight out of a 19th-century romance novel, and an inexplicable desire to stay at school until sundown.
And on top of that, James Hallowell showed up. James, who stole my sandwiches in fourth grade and teased me mercilessly through middle school. James, who now seems to have the power to make my heart race any time he comes near.
But something weird is going on. Because James rarely goes out during the day. And he seems stronger than your typical guy. And he knows the new kids, all of whom seem to be harboring some kind of deep secret. . . .

A. M. Robinson grew up in Indiana, but now lives in New York City, where she works in the publishing industry. She graduated from Indiana University with a double major in English and Chinese, but she is obviously only using the first one. Vampire Crush is her first book.

Maine Squeeze

Two irresistible and hilarious love stories (and really cute boys)!
In Maine Squeeze, eighteen-year-old Colleen Templeton can’t wait for summer. She’s going to share a house with her best friends, earn money for college, and spend every free moment with her boyfriend, Ben. It’s the perfect plan. At least until she discovers that she’s going to be working side by side with Evan, the guy she dated last summer—the best summer of her life . . . until he broke her heart. Will Colleen be able to keep her cool when this summer starts heating up?
Courtney Von Dragen Smith didn’t plan on being single her senior year. But in Banana Splitsville, thanks to her now-ex-boyfriend Dave, single is exactly what she is. And miserable. That’s okay, though, because she has a plan: steer clear of boys for the rest of high school. Oh, and stick to a new vegan diet. But it turns out that ignoring all guys (well, really one guy in particular) is about as hard as keeping away from sundaes when you work at Truth or Dairy. Is Courtney falling in love again? (With more than that dish of scrumptious ice cream?)

Catherine Clark is the author of several novels for teens, including The Alison Rules, Picture Perfect, and Maine Squeeze. Originally from western Massachusetts, Catherine now lives in Minneapolis, and works as a bookseller in Saint Paul at the renowned Red Balloon Bookshop. She occasionally teaches and even more occasionally goes running. She always loves hearing from readers through her website and corresponding with fans via e-mail.  She and her husband have two children: a daughter, and a 10-year-old Australian shepherd.

13 Little Blue Envelopes
Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?

Coming April 26, 2011: The Last Little Blue Envelope
Ginny Blackstone spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt laid out in a series of letters before she died. But when someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—the journey came to an abrupt end. Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he’s found her bag. Ginny heads overseas and gets caught up in a whole new adventure, filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

Maureen Johnson is the author of The Key to the Golden Firebird, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Bermudez Triangle, and Devilish. She lives in New York City.

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Word Game Here!

Posted by inkpopbecki on December 10, 2010

So we’re trying out a new post on the site–which we hope will carry on to the new site–we want to play word games with you. Today is our first word game and it is a take off on Upwards.

We’re making adjustments to the game so we can play here with you! Someone (in this case we will start) post a word. The next person has to make a new word using the first letter of the word posted before them. Easy, you say? We’re not done yet! The new word also has to include the last letter of the word posted before their word in the first position of their word.

I will give you an example.

Word #1: Duckling

Word #2: Greed

Bonus points for those who can actually take third letter from the word prior to their own and use it as well.

Example:

Grid!

The user who create our favorite word will with a book from HarperTeen. Feel free to post as many times as you like. Please be sure to use your inkpop user name when leaving a post so we can find you and contact you if you won.

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