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inkpop Fundamentals: June 7, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 7, 2011

‘Mortal Instruments’ author Cassandra Clare gives two thumbs up for the casting of Jamie Campbell Bower as Shadowhunter Jace Wayland! Though many have been up in arms since the official casting announcement of actor Jamie Campbell Bower as Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series – some cheering and others expressing concern that the actor doesn’t embody Jace the way that Alex Pettyfer (the original name linked with the role in question) does – one individual who is thrilled about the casting is the author herself. Cassandra recently sat down with MTV to discuss the intricacies of casting, why Bower is such a perfect fit for Jace, fan reactions (to which she has stated “When they see him on the cover of a magazine, dressed up as Jace, with the runes, with the hair, with the build, they’re going to be pleasantly shocked and surprised and happy.”), and much more. Check out the full-length interview here. MTV.

‘Sweet Valley High’ spin-off on its way to the ‘net Since the return of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield – the towheaded twins from Sweet Valley, CA – in Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later, which found itself on multiple bestseller’s lists in April of 2011, many have been unable to quell their desire to read more about the twins that they know and love from childhood – and now they won’t have to. Last week, St. Martin’s Press revealed that they will be releasing a follow-up to the bestseller – though it won’t be available in stores. “The new follow-up, tentatively titled The Sweet Life, will be published as a digital-only serial beginning next spring. It will be released in monthly installments published online, mimicking the original cliff-hanger form of the original series. St. Martin’s expects that the installments, which will run approximately 20,000 words each, will especially be read on mobile phones.” New York Times.

‘The Hunger Games’…four films instead of three? The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay. There are three titles in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling The Hunger Games trilogy; but now that the series is being adapted into a feature film franchise, those three books may be adapted into four films a la the adaptations of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Though nothing is set in stone yet, as Lionsgate has only signed up to produce one film thus far, chances are that the entire series will be picked up upon release of the first installment, and the additional three will hit theaters soon thereafter. “As for how the trilogy will be turned into four films, it’ll go much the way that ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight Saga’ did. The first two books will be the first two films. The last book will be split in half. The final installment, ‘Mockingjay’, is logistically ambitious and can be scaled up comfortably to cover two films.” Deadline.

Over to you…now that you’ve read author Cassandra Clare’s thoughts on Jamie Campbell Bower playing the role of Shadowhunter Jace Wayland, has your opinion changed? Are you excited to see him take on the role? Are you excited to see a sequel to Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later? What are your thoughts on digital-only serials – yay or nay? Would you read an entire book on your mobile phone – why or why not? Do you like the idea of adapting Mockingjay into two films instead of one, or would you rather see it as a single movie?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: February 8, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 8, 2011

Alex Pettyfer says hello to ‘The Last Apprentice’ Though much curiosity has centered around British actor Alex Pettyfer’s reluctance to sign on as Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The City of Bones – the first title in The Mortal Instruments series – after initially expressing so much interest in the saga; it has been learned that Pettyfer’s looming decision is not, as originally believed, based upon failed negotiations – rather, it is the result of his being offered the role in another YA book series to film adaptation…Joseph Delaney’s bestselling The Last Apprentice. “We’re told that as much as Pettyfer likes the ‘Instruments series’, he likes ‘The Last Apprentice’ books even more.” New York Magazine.

‘Humpty Dumpty’ revamped as a horror story Since it’s appearance in mainstream culture in 1797, Humpty Dumpty has been a much-loved nursery rhyme that children have been incapable of resisting; but now the egg-shaped character whom had a great fall is being adapted into something more aptly fit for nightmares, as opposed to the nursery – a horror story! In correlation with the 3-D horror movie Humpty Dumpty, scheduled to hit theaters this year, IDW Publishing is releasing a graphic novel of the same title that transforms the classic riddle into a story about “ Two backwoods redneck brothers are confronted with a dangerous egg-shaped creature whose mother they torture and kill for fun. Half-human, half-alien, Humpty Dumpty exacts his bloody, murderous rage on the brothers in an unforgettable story of revenge.” Media Bistro.

Kenneth Oppel’s ‘Frankenstein’ prequel coming to the big screen? You may have thought that Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein was just the beginning…you’d be wrong. On August 23, 2011, Kenneth Oppel (author of the Airborn series and Silverwing Saga) will release This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. “The novel is a prequel of sorts to Mary Shelley’s classic ‘Frankenstein.’ The plot centers around young Victor Frankenstein and his quest to save sick twin brother Konrad. He seeks help from a mysterious alchemist, who sends Victor and his friend Elizabeth on a dangerous journey to find the three ingredients needed to create a serum called the Elixir of Life that will heal Konrad. Like any YA novel worth its salt, the inevitable love triangle ensues.” Though the novel has yet to hit bookstores, Summit Entertainment (the studio behind The Twilight Saga) has already acquired rights to the YA novel, hoping to bring it to the big screen. Hollywood Crush.

Over to you…have you read The Last Apprentice books? Do you think that Pettyfer would make a good Thomas J. Ward – why or why not? What do you think of adapting a nursery rhyme into a horror story – yay or nay? Will you be reading the graphic novel and/or seeing the film Humpty Dumpty? Are you a Kenneth Oppel fan? Will you be reading The Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein when it hits bookstores – why or why not?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: February 3, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 3, 2011

Alex Pettyfer most likely NOT starring in ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Though British actor Alex Pettyfer has been the frontrunner (and fan favorite) for the role of Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, the first book in her bestselling The Mortal Instruments series; bad news hit the web a few days ago when it was unofficially announced that Pettyfer will likely not be starring in the film, having reached an impasse with Screen Gems regarding a price for his performance. “ To be clear, nothing has been officially announced by Alex or Screen Gems, meaning for now, the deal is still on the table. Vulture’s earlier report intimated that Screen Gems may not produce ‘The Mortal Instruments’ if they can’t secure Alex, so today’s news is a bit troubling for fans not only rooting for Alex, but rooting for the franchise’s film debut.” Hollywood Crush.

‘The Hunger Games’ film gets a release date! No, Katniss Everdeen and the rest of The Hunger Games characters have yet to be cast; but that hasn’t stopped Lionsgate and Director Gary Ross from announcing that they hope to have The Hunger Games – the first title in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy of the same name – in theaters by March 23, 2012. “ Director Gary Ross recently revealed to EW that he aims to go into production of the first installment of Collins’ trilogy later this spring.” Entertainment Weekly.

What does Stephenie Meyer’s publicist moonlight as? YA author! Being the publicist for Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer is a full-time job in and of itself – but Elizabeth Eulberg, the individual whom holds such a title, still makes time for moonlighting on the side…as a YA author! That’s right; when she’s not working for Meyer, Eulberg has a thriving career as a YA author herself. Last year she published The Lonely Hearts Club, which debuted to rave reviews, and in January she released Prom & Prejudice – a novel based loosely on the classic Jane Austen piece Pride & Prejudice. Check out an interview with Elizabeth Eulberg here. Entertainment Weekly.

Over to you…if Alex Pettyfer turns down the role of Shadowhunter Jace Wayland, who do you think would be the next best choice to play the character? Do you hope that a film based upon The Mortal Instruments still makes it to the big screen – why or why not? Do you think that Gary Ross will be able to bring The Hunger Games to the big screen in little over a year – why or why not? Have you read either of Elizabeth Eulberg’s novels? Did you know that Stephenie Meyer’s publicist was a YA author?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: January 25, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 25, 2011

Alex Pettyfer offered the role of Jace Wayland in Cassandra Clare’s ‘City of Bones’! After months of speculation regarding who would (and should!) play Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the film adaptation of City of Bones – the first title in Cassandra Clare’s bestselling Mortal Instruments series; fans have finally succeeded in getting their thoughts across to casting directors for Alex Pettyfer has officially been offered the coveted role. Though word on whether or not Pettyfer will be accepting the role has yet to be announced; rumor has it that he has met with the film’s director – Scott Stewart – numerous times, and that a deal with the studio is in the works. New York Magazine.

Tigers to knock werewolves out of the top spot? Werewolves may currently be the four-legged creatures on the tip of everyone’s tongues thanks to their appearance in series such as Twilight and The Vampire Diaries; but the tables may be turning, opening the door for a new strong and prolific animal to enter the picture…tigers! Thanks to Colleen Houck’s self-published-turned-sleeper-hit Tiger’s Curse – the first in a projected YA fantasy trilogy; critics have begun to dub tigers the new werewolves, bringing a new form of saga and character to the forefront. Hollywood Crush.

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ mastermind takes on ‘I Am Number Four’ As one of the original producers of the hit TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marti Noxon certainly knows her way around the hallowed halls of high school and snarky commentary – and now she’s bringing that masterful knowledge to the big screen adaptation of Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four, which is expected to hit theaters on February 18, 2011. As the screenwriter of I Am Number Four, it was Noxon’s responsibility to accurately transform book to film – and now she’s sharing her secrets (as well as a few spoilers!) with fans! Check out an interview with Marti here to learn more about the upcoming movie, and how it compares to her Buffy days. io9.

Over to you…do you feel that Alex Pettyfer is the best choice to bring Jace Wayland to the big screen – why or why not? If Pettyfer were to turn down the role, who else do you think would fit the character of Jace Wayland? What do you think of tigers being the animal-of-the-hour? Do you think that tigers will begin appearing more frequently in YA literature, or will werewolves still reign – why or why not? On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for the release of I Am Number Four in theaters?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: January 13, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 13, 2011

Lily Collins talks ‘Mortal Instruments’ It hasn’t been long since actress Lily Collins snagged the role of a lifetime in playing Clary Fray in the upcoming film adaptation of City of Bones, the first title in Cassandra Clare’s bestselling The Mortal Instruments series; but already the 21-year-old has hit the media circuit to chat about landing the role, and what names are being tossed in the mix to play the coveted role of Jace Wayland, and the oft-times shy, Simon. Read the entire interview with Lily here to find out more secrets about the City of Bones film. MTV.

‘The Hunger Games’ gets PG-13 rating Though casting is yet to be complete, and production is still quite a ways in the future, with each passing day, more and more questions regarding the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling The Hunger Games comes into play – one of the biggest being what the film will be rated. While many were rooting for an R-rating, Director Gary Ross recently revealed that the film will be rated – much to the chagrin of many – PG-13. “‘It’s not going to be an R-rated movie because I want the 12- and 13- and 14-year-old-fans to be able to go see it,’ Gary told EW. ‘This book means too much to too many teenagers for it not to be PG-13. It’s their story and they deserve to be able to access it completely. I don’t need to have a huge prosthetic budget or make this movie incredibly bloody in order for it to be just as compelling, just as scary, and just as riveting.’” Hollywood Crush.

Cover reveal for The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy’s debut YA novel! Though the release date of Wildwood, the debut novel of The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy, isn’t set to hit bookstores until Fall of 2011, Entertainment Weekly has acquired an exclusive sneak peek of the cover, showcasing illustrations by Carson Ellis. The first title in an expected trilogy, “‘Wildwood’, is a middle-grade fantasy (middle-grade is publisher-speak for Young Young Adult) set in an alternate-reality version of Meloy’s hometown, Portland, Ore., in which adventure and magic have replaced flannel and independent coffee houses.” Entertainment Weekly.

Over to you…are you excited to see City of Bones come to the big screen? Do you think that Lily will make a good Clary? If you could cast City of Bones, who would you select to play each character, and why? Do you feel that The Hunger Games should have an R-rating – why or why not? Will you be reading Wildwood when it is released later this year – why or why not?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: December 28, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 28, 2010

Who will play the ‘City of Bones’ Jace Wayland? Twenty-year-old actor Alex Pettyfer may soon be labeled the YA book-to-movie go-to guy. Already under his belt is starring roles in the film adaptations of Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker (an Alex Rider novel), Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four, Alex Flinn’s Beastly, and now fans are petitioning for Pettyfer to play Jace Wayland in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling City of Bones opposite Lily Collins (who has already signed on to play Clary Fray) – and they’re offering up some very convincing reasons to back up their proposal. Hollywood Crush.

Literary New Year’s Resolutions from some of your favorite authors Though New Year’s Resolutions often include becoming more prosperous in the forthcoming 365 days; for those attuned to the literary world, many often include wishes for new forms of creativity and the like to strike them. GalleyCat has spoken to some of 2010’s biggest authors – including nineteen-year-old author of The Duff, Kody Keplinger, to share their 2011 literary aspirations with the world. Check them out here! GalleyCat.

Christopher Pike’s ‘Thirst’ to become big screen vampire saga! In the late 80s/early nineties, while R.L. Stine was penning Fear Street and Goosebumps, author Christopher Pike (aka Kevin McFadden) was hard at work writing similar YA thrillers ; though many of Stine’s work made it to the big (and small) screen, however, Pike’s pieces never made the transition…until now. FilmNation Entertainment recently purchased the rights to Pike’s The Last Vampire series, hoping to follow in Twilight’s footsteps by transforming it into the next big vampire saga. Vampires.

Over to you…do you think that Alex Pettyfer is the best choice to play Jace Wayland – why or why not? If you could see anyone play Jace Wayland in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, who would it be and why? What are your literary resolutions for 2011? Are you a Christopher Pike fan? Are you excited to see another vampire saga headed for the big screen – why or why not?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: December 21, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 21, 2010

‘Vampire Academy’ version 2.0 Richelle Mead’s Last Sacrifice, the concluding chapter to her bestselling Vampire Academy series, may have hit bookstores earlier this month; but it’s not the last that you will be seeing Rose Hathaway and her cohorts. Mead recently announced that August 2011 will mark the debut of a Vampire Academy spin-off series tentatively titled Bloodlines, which will follow the further adventures of the half-vamp/half-human bodyguard-in-training as she encounters vampy royal politics, and more creatures that go bump-in-the-night. MTV.

Official ‘I Am Number Four’ trailer released! Not too long ago we brought you a teaser trailer for the upcoming big screen adaptation of Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four – the first book in the Lorien Legacies series. Now, with the film’s release date less than two months away, the official, full-length trailer has hit the World Wide Web…and we have it for your viewing. Check out the action and romance that awaits you once the film hits theaters in February by clicking the link above. Hollywood Crush.

‘City of Bones’ casting continues! When word of the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling City of Bones series hit the web back in October, rumor had it that thousands of actresses were grappling for the role of series’ heroine Clary Fray…and now she has been cast. Lily Collins, daughter of performer Phil Collins, and star of The Blind Side and upcoming flicks Abduction and Priest has been offered the role of Clary, and accepted. Now comes the task of casting Jace Wayland. MTV.

Over to you…are you excited to know that Richelle Mead will be continuing Rose’s story – why or why not? Do you plan on reading Bloodlines when it debuts next year? What do you think of the official I Am Number Four trailer? On a scale of 1 to 10 how excited are you for the release of the film? Do you think that Lily Collins will make a good Clary Fray? Who would you like to see take on the role of Jace Wayland and why?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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