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inkpop Fundamentals: May 13, 2010

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

The best of the best In the world of literature, everyone’s a critic; and everyone has their own list of favorites that made their childhood fun. For me it was Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy and Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Perhaps for you it was C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Britain’s The Guardian has compiled a list of the Best Children’s Books Ever; the ones they feel will spark the literary bug in young/middle readers. Did your favorites make the list? The Guardian.

Quench your thirst with…‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Since its debut as a role-playing game in 1974, and its modifications in 1997 to make it more modern, Dungeons & Dragons has been a leader in allowing players to embark on an adventure-filled voyage set in a fantasy world that triggers imagination and problem-solving. Now the lifelike form of entertainment has stepped out of the gaming world and entered reality via the Limited Edition Dungeons & Dragons Spellcasting Soda from Jones Soda Co. The beverage comes in six D&D-inspired flavors – Dwarven Draught, Bigby’s Crushing Thirst Destroyer, Potion of Healing, Illithid Brain Juice, Sneak Attack, and Eldritch Blast. Despite the fact that a six-pack costs $10.99, and a twelve-pack costs $18.99, all flavors are backordered until the end of May. Pop Candy.

What do editors really want? Laura Rennert, a Senior Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, knows books. During her time holding such a position, she has sent author Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver to the New York Times Childrens Bestseller List, and worked with countless children’s/YA authors. Thus, she is highly-qualified in providing young writers with a little information about their chosen craft; and her number one tip is that what editors really want right now is…smart boy books – novels starring male characters with the ability to appeal to girls as well as boys. Mediabistro.

Over to you…what book got you hooked on reading as a child? What book (s) do you feel should have been included and why? Are you a fan of Dungeons & Dragons? Will you be buying the limited-edition beverage – why or why not? What “smart boy books” have you read in the past? Have you, or would you, ever try writing one yourself?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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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?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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