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inkpop Fundamentals: May 11, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 11, 2010

Boys and the vamp Though vampires have been a hot commodity in multiple forms of fiction (i.e. in book, small screen, and big screen formats) courtesy of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, LJ Smith’s Vampire Diaries, and the now-defunct, but still highly-popular, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; much of these series have catered to a female audience, leaving males somewhat uninterested in sinking their teeth into tales featuring vamps. Author Jason Henderson has decided to change that. A fan of vampires for over thirty years; Henderson hopes to pique the interest of male readers via the release of his novel, (the first of a projected series), Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising, which follows the adventures of a 14-year-old vampire hunter.

The monster mash! Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been a favorite for over one hundred years; and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina has been prevalent in classrooms for decades. Now the aforementioned books, in addition to countless other timeless tales, have received a facelift from publishers with the addition of zombies, vampires, werewolves, and other paranormal entities; making the books of yesteryear more adaptable to today’s society in the form of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Android Karenina, and HarperTeen’s very own new release Little Vampire Women. The trend, implemented by independent publisher Quirk Books just one short year ago, is said only to be the tip of the iceberg. Expect more monster mash-ups to hit your favorite classics very soon! The Wall Street Journal.

‘Avalon High’ 2.0 Meg Cabot’s Avalon High has seen much success since its 2005 publication. The book, which follows the story of Ellie, the new girl in town who attends Avalon High, a place, she soon comes to realize, that is full of students all of which are reincarnations of individuals from King Arthur’s court; has been crafted into a three-part manga series featuring art by Jinxy Coronado, and was the recipient of two awards: the Texas Lone Star Reading List, and the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age – in addition to snagging the number three spot on the New York Times Children’s Best-Sellers List. Now, Disney has teamed up with Cabot to bring Avalon High to the small screen starring Britt Robertson, Gregg Sulkin, Joey Pollari, Devon Graye, and Molly Quinn. The film is scheduled to premiere this fall on the Disney Channel. MTV.

Over to you…what is your favorite vampire series? Do you plan on reading Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising? What do you think of monster mash-ups – yay or nay? Do you want to see classics updated to involve paranormal beings, or would you rather read them in their original state, as the authors intended? Have you read Avalon High? Do you plan on watching the film adaptation?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 6, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 6, 2010

2012…year of ‘The Hobbit’ Since December of 2007 when New Line and MGM announced that J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit would be seeing a big screen debut in 2011, fans started counting down the days until tickets would go on sale – despite the fact that the release was years away. Now, much to the chagrin of fans, the two-part adaptation, being worked on by both Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Torro, has been pushed back slightly, with release dates in December of 2012 and December of 2013. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. and IMAX only see this slight delay as their chance to perfect the films, and make 2012 the year of The Hobbit! Heat Vision Blog.

Texting in the classroom Once banned in classrooms all over the country; many teachers are now embracing cell phones, and various other forms of wireless technology, and even implementing these devices into their lessons to teach students new concepts, and help them to better grasp the information put forth. Recently a middle school allowed students to use cell phones and text messaging in the classroom to study poetry. The result was that those who used text messaging learned more, answering 80% of the questions correctly; whereas students who were taught the very same lesson using traditional learning methods only answered 40% of the questions correctly. Times-Herald Record.

‘The Carrie Diaries’ carried to the big screen! Candace Bushnell’s debut YA effort recounting Carrie Bradshaw’s, the star of the popular Sex and the City, senior year of high school hit bookstore shelves just last week in the form of The Carrie Diaries, and already there is a buzz over whether or not the book will be adapted into a big screen version. Bushnell, who has penned countless adult novels, all of which have been optioned for film deals, and two of which (Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle) were turned into hit TV shows, says that there are currently no plans in the works, but you never know what will happen. In the meantime, she’s busy penning The Carrie Diaries 2, which follows Carrie as she experiences her first summer in New York! MTV.

Over to you…are you a Tolkien fan? On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you for The Hobbit film? What do you think about using text messaging in the classroom? Yay or nay? Have you read The Carrie Diaries, and/or do you have plans to read it? Who do you think would be the best actress to play young Carrie in a big screen adaptation and why?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 4, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 4, 2010

Mark Peter Hughes’ ‘Lemonade Mouth’ to be the next ‘High School Musical’! It was three-years ago when Mark Peter Hughes’ tale of five high school freshmen who find themselves in detention with one another and decide to create a band to beat their boredom hit bookstores in the form of The Breakfast Club-influenced Lemonade Mouth; now the YA book is set to hit small screens as what Disney is calling the next High School Musical, to revive the dying breed of mini musicals, and to draw in more viewers. To ensure that the adaptation is a success, Disney has hired Debra Martin Chase – the producer of The Princess Diaries, The Cheetah Girls, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – to work on the film. Lemonade Mouth is slated to debut in September. MTV.

The Decemberists’ lead singer finds a new day job Since 2001 Colin Meloy has been the lead singer and songwriter for Portland, Oregon indie rock band The Decemberists. Now he’s undertaking a new role as children’s book author. The musician – who grew up reading Tolkien, Roald Dahl, and Lloyd Alexander – recently sold his three-part children’s book series Wildwood to HarperCollins imprint Balzer & Bray. The series will debut in Fall of 2011, and is said to combine elements of magic, danger, and adventure – all set within an alternate version of Portland, Oregon. mediabistro.

Your favorite glossies…collector’s items? Though it seems as if magazines are a dime a dozen right now; Future Publishing’s chief executive officer, Stevie Spring, has stated that, given the rise of popularity in digital media, print offerings, such as magazines, will someday become antiquated collector’s items more important to own than to actually enjoy content-wise. PressGazette.

Over to you…have you read Lemonade Mouth? What do you think of musicals – yay or nay? Which one is your favorite? Are you a fan of The Decemberists? Will you be reading Colin Meloy’s trilogy? What do you think of the magazine industry? Do you really think that magazines will someday be collector’s items – why or why not?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 29, 2010

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

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ goes graphic Since being released in 1962, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time has been an influential novel to readers, and a strong presence in schools. Already it has been translated into a 2003 made-for-TV movie by Disney; now the book, which L’Engle supposedly never wanted illustrated, is being adapted into a graphic novel by Hope Larson, a cartoonist for Mercury. The release of the graphic novel will coincide with that of a L’Engle biography penned by Leonard Marcus, a children’s book historian. It is rumored that Larson’s effort will also be made into a screenplay by Jeff Stockwell (the man behind Bridge to Terabithia); and L’Engle’s own granddaughter will serve as executive producer. Robot6.

How much is your talent worth? Aside from their well-loved Dollar Menu, Burger King seems intent on thinking up new gimmicks to earn a quick buck; this time, however, they want to add some spending money to your pockets via their latest brainstorm…the $1 Talent Show. The newest in their slightly offbeat viral campaigns; the $1 Talent Show invites anyone interested to upload a video of their talent to compete in a virtual talent show where viewers can help you to earn money redeemable for a Burger King gift card simply by tipping you if they like your clip. Pop Candy.

Comic books for everyone! Did I mention they’re…free? Established in 2002; Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotion which takes place each year in an effort to not only bring awareness to independent comic book stores, but to improve literacy, as well. Though the event typically coincides with the theatrical release of a film adaptation of a superhero; this year’s celebration – which will take place on Saturday, May 1, 2010 – will occur sans box office blockbuster, instead replaced by a slew of satisfying titles at no cost to you! In the mix you’ll find everything from Owly and Friends to The Tick; Archie to Green Hornet, and an abundance of others. Find out what comic book stores located near you are participating in Free Comic Book Day here. Dayton Daily News.

Over to you…are you a Madeleine L’Engle fan? Do you feel that it’s disrespectful to create an entirely graphic version of A Wrinkle in Time despite the fact that L’Engle never wanted her work to be illustrated? What’s your hidden talent? Do you plan on entering the $1 Talent Show? Will you be picking up any free comics this Saturday?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 27, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 27, 2010

Taylor Swift…illustrated During her twenty years Taylor Swift has accomplished more than many hope to achieve in a lifetime; but there is still room for firsts, and that is precisely what her appearance in her comic-book biography Fame: Taylor Swift, which hits shelves in July of 2010, can be classified as. The fourth title in Bluewater Comics’ Fame series – which also includes illustrated biographies of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattison, and Lady Gaga – will chronicle Swift’s rise to fame, and feature art by Erick Adrian Marquez and JuanMar Studios. Future Fame biographies will include Taylor Lautner, David Beckham, and 50 Cent. MTV.

Hello, this is your future calling YA author Sarah Mlynowski prides herself on being innovative in terms of writing; but she is just as creative when it comes to marketing. To draw attention to her new book Gimme a Call – which centers around a high school senior who drops her cell phone in a fountain, only to find that she is able to make calls to one person and one person only…her 14-year-old freshman self – Mlynowski recruited the assistance of popular YA novelists to Tweet advice from the future to their former selves. Over 1000 authors participated in the project – including Libba Bray (author of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy), Neil Gaiman (author of Coraline), and Julia DeVillers (author of How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller). Huffington Post.

Pass it on…to your parents! Though our parents are forever passing everything from advice to secret family recipes down to us; YA literature has given a reason for the tables to turn, putting the power into the hands of younger generations to school their folks in the world of fiction, given the rise of popularity in YA books. While the sale of adult hardcovers has been down considerably; there has been a large rise in children’s/YA hardcover sales courtesy of books such as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, and Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, indicating that there is still a bright spot to the lackluster publishing industry…youth! Los Angeles Times.

Over to you…are you a Taylor Swift Fan? Would you ever read or buy a comic book biography? If you could give any advice to your younger self, what would it be and why? Do your parents read YA books – if so, which ones? If you were to recommend one YA book to your mom or dad, which one would it be and why?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 22, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 22, 2010

Care for a game of…Quidditch? Quidditch may be known as a fictional sport within the pages of J.K. Rowling’s highly-popular Harry Potter series; but for college students across the country, the extracurricular activity has become a reality – and a competitive one at that! Over 200 universities offer Quidditch teams to students, complete with broomsticks, Quaffles, and Bludgers; all of which are obtained from a Florida-based company called Alivan’s, which specializes in manufacturing Harry Potter-themed products that adhere to the regulations created by the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association (IQA). According to participants, including players from Harvard and Yale, the brooms – known as the Scarlet Hawk – are well worth the expense because “they can fly.” The Harvard Crimson.

‘Mean Girls’ author takes on teen fiction While best known as one of the films that launched Lindsay Lohan’s acting career; Mean Girls was originally a book by Rosalind Wiseman titled Queen Bees & Wannabes, and marketed as a nonfiction guide to helping teen girls survive the tumultuous social hierarchy known as middle and high school. Having already made an impact in the nonfiction world; the influential author has now set her sights on commandeering teen fiction via her new book Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials which tackles the topics of mean boys and cyber-bullying, in addition to the typical problems that plague adolescents. MTV.

‘Little Red Riding Hood’ goes gothic! Rumors have been floating around regarding a possible film version of the classic tale Little Red Riding Hood by The Brothers Grimm since late 2009. Finally a little truth has been uncovered. While not set to hit theaters until 2012, the film, entitled The Girl With The Red Riding Hood, will be directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and star Dear John’s Amanda Seyfried and Shiloh Fernandez. It is said that the film will be dark and gothic, sharing many similarities with Hardwicke’s previous directorial work…Twilight. MTV.

Over to you…what do you think of a fictional sport being turned into a reality? Would you ever join a Quidditch team – why or why not? What did you think of the film Mean Girls? Will you be reading Wiseman’s new book? On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for The Girl With The Red Riding Hood?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 20, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 20, 2010

Shel Silverstein…the musical! While best known for his children’s books of poetry such as A Light in the Attic, and Where the Sidewalk Ends; Shel Silverstein moonlighted as a songwriter, penning lyrics for songs which appeared in films like Thelma & Louise and put artists such as Loretta Lynn on the map. Come June 8th, you can hear revamped versions of these tracks on Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein; a compilation consisting of covers from yesteryear recorded by some of today’s most popular musicians – including My Morning Jacket, Lucinda Williams, and Kris Kristofferson. Consequence of Sound.

Hilary Duff talks YA books Over the years she has gained notoriety for playing the awkward Lizzie in Disney’s Lizzie McGuire, going platinum multiple times with her debut album Metamorphosis, and creating both clothing and perfume lines which have boasted huge sales; now, however, she has turned her sights on a new venture…YA author. In Spring of 2012, Duff will release Elixir, the first in a supposed trilogy of YA books that follow Clea Raymond, a young photographer seeking to escape her family name who travels around the world incognito to find adventure and love. Duff, a huge reader herself, hopes that the trilogy will offer readers an escape from their lives, and transport them to a brand new world. MTV.

Tweet tweet said the author There’s no doubt that you are following inkpop if you are a Twitter user; but we’re not the only ones Tweeting about all things books 24/7 – some of your favorite authors are a part of the Tweet-verse, including Meg Cabot (author of The Princess Diaries), R.L. Stine (creator of the Dangerous Girls series), and Maureen Johnson (author of 13 Little blue Envelopes). Meet the 50 Best Book People to Follow on Twitter; and find out why you should be watching their every (virtual) move. The Huffington Post.

Over to you…what is your favorite Shel Silverstein poem? Will you be buying Twistable, Turnable Man? Will you be reading Hilary Duff’s trilogy when it hits bookstores – why or why not? What authors do you follow on Twitter and why?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 15, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 15, 2010

Your mission, should you choose to accept it… Just a few short days ago we celebrated D.E.A.R. (aka National Drop Everything and Read Day), but today (Thursday, April 15, 2010) is all about Operation Teen Book Drop, an event which encourages everyone from readers to librarians, and even bestselling authors to grab their favorite YA book, and drop it somewhere unexpected in their community – a park bench, a bus stop…use your imagination – all in order to shine a little light on a very special occasion…Support Teen Literature Day! Authors Carolyn Mackler, Teri Brown, and Micol Ostow have already signed on to take part; now it’s your turn to follow suit and spread your love of YA throughout the community! readergirlz.

‘Ramona and Beezus’ star to design clothing line for Kmart Though only a few months shy of turning eighteen-years-old, Disney darling Selena Gomez has caused a stir with her acting and vocal skills; now the star of Ramona and Beezus has undertaken a new path in her burgeoning career…fashion designer. Come July, not only will Selena ring in both her birthday and the release of the film adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Beezus; she will also be celebrating the launch of her clothing line “Dream Out Loud.” A collection of modest clothes for juniors with affordable pricetags, and covetable designs! MTV.

Childhood favorites become fodder for teen and adult bloggers While Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries, and Louise Rennison’s tales of Georgia Nicolson are just two of the YA series today’s youth are growing up with; Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitter’s Club and Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High were the literature of the 80s and 90s. The two series, however, have resurfaced in recent years in the form of snarky blogs penned by individuals in their twenties and thirties – the very same people who were so smitten with these books during their youth. The result is hot spots on the world wide web in the form of popular blogs such as The Dairi Burger (devoted to all things Sweet Valley High), and What Claudia Wore (a shrine to the wild ensembles worn by The Babysitter’s Club’s Claudia Kishi), amongst others; striving to keep the memory of such well-loved childhood series alive. Entertainment Weekly.

Over to you…what YA book do you plan on dropping somewhere special in honor of Operation Teen Book Drop? Do you think that Selena will make a good Beezus? Will you be buying pieces from her new clothing line? If you were to create a blog about a YA series, which one would it be and why?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 13, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 13, 2010

From the bookstore to the big screen Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon, and Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid all created a stir at the box office in March; but they are only the tip of the iceberg for the children’s-book-to-movie phenomenon taking place in 2010. By July, Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Beezus, Alex Flinn’s Beastly, and Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will all compete for the top slot, proving that children’s/YA literature is hotter than ever! Publisher’s Weekly.

Barbie embraces her inner geek A fixture in toy culture since she first debuted in March of 1959, Barbie Millicent Roberts – aka Barbie – has undertaken a variety of careers, including star of her very own book series in the 1960s. Though each position seemed more glamorous than the last, her most recent endeavor has her channeling her inner geek and embracing the wave of the future that is technology via her title as…Computer Engineer Barbie; a profession selected by the public as part of Mattel’s month-long campaign inviting consumers to choose Barbie’s new occupation. The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins picture a possibility Since its publication in 1938, Richard and Florence Atwater’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins has been a hot commodity amongst young readers, even going so far as to win the Newbery Award in 1939, and be used in classrooms across the country; now funnyman Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach (filmmaker and co-writer of last year’s Fantastic Mr. Fox screenplay) are in talks to bring Mr. Popper and his band of waddling penguin pals to theaters nationwide in a film adaptation of the bestseller. Variety.

Over to you…do you think that film adaptations do the books they are based upon justice? What book would you love to see turned into a movie? If you could see Barbie be anything, what would it be and why? What do you think of Barbie’s new career? Will you be seeing Mr. Popper’s Penguins if it makes it to the big screen?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 8, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 8, 2010

Sookie Stackhouse returns to her roots Though everyone’s favorite telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse got her start as the title character of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire mystery series, she has made the most impact via her role on HBO’s vampire drama entitled True Blood. Now, however, she’s going back to her literary roots, only this time she’ll be appearing in a six-issue mini comic book series, which will make its debut in July 2010 at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, and feature art by David Messina. It is rumored that more True Blood comics could be added to the series depending upon fan reaction. IGN.

Have you met ‘Fred’? Sixteen-year-old Lucas Cruikshank was poking fun at video bloggers on his YouTube channel when he created the character of Fred Figglehorn, a six-year-old with the voice of a chipmunk, anger management problems, and an uncaring mother. What his acting, directing, and writing efforts resulted in, oddly enough, was a full-fledged career. Lucas’ character, which has been one of the highest-rated web series on YouTube, is now scheduled to appear in his own feature film on Nickelodeon entitled Fred: The Movie, which will star Cruikshank, as well as pop star Pixie Lott. Fun fact…Cruikshank has appeared as Fred on Nickelodeon’s iCarly, and, for the Fred fanatic, merchandise emblazoned with Fred’s face is available at Hot Topic. Variety.

Say goodbye to judging books by their covers! Leaning over to sneak a peek at what book our neighbor on the subway has their nose buried in has forever been a commonality that many of us are guilty of; but with the increasing number of readers turning to electronic devices like Kindle, Nook, and now the Apple iPad, such behaviors are no longer possible, leaving publishers worried about the future of book sales. After all, an intriguing book jacket has the ability to make a winner out of a loser in the world of literature. The New York Times.

Over to you…will you be buying the True Blood comic books? In general, do you read comic books – why or why not? Have you ever watched the Fred Figglehorn web series? What do you think of Lucas Cruikshank’s overnight success? What amazing literary discoveries have you made judging by cover alone? What would make you cast typical books aside in place of an electronic reader?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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