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inkpop Fundamentals: November 25, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on November 25, 2010

Hop a train to Hogwarts! Though Platform 9 ¾, the location that Ron, Harry, and Hermione have always met upon to board the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has merely been a figment of J.K. Rowling’s imagination since it appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first installment of the bestselling Harry Potter series, over ten years ago; Potter fans felt the need to take matters into their own hands, and make it an official destination in New York City. This past Sunday, a sticker emblazoned with 9 ¾ was found covering the typical W (a now-defunct line) on the 14th St. Union Square Subway Sign in New York City. Though the culprit has yet to be identified; fans suspect an inside job by the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority). New York Daily News.

‘Red Riding Hood’ trailer released Filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke has undertaken many difficult projects over the years – one of the biggest being the first Twilight movie. Now she is putting the finishing touches on her big screen adaptation of the Grimm Brothers’ tale Little Red Riding Hood (renamed Red Riding Hood for the film), which stars Amanda Seyfried and Harry Potter alum Gary Oldman. The film is said to be a dark take on the fairytale, and is set to hit theaters on March 11, 2011. If you can’t wait until then, check out the trailer to see what you’re in for! MediaBistro.

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ to the big screen! Since its publication in 2009, Seth Grahame-Smith’s runaway bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a Jane Austen mashup, has garnered the attentions of many – including actress Natalie Portman. In December of last year, Portman made the decision to work as the film’s producer, in addition to take on the lead role. Now she has bowed out of the latter, remaining at the helm of the film, but passing the role on to, rumored, Scarlett Johansson. Mike White has signed on to direct the film; and it is said that Bradley Cooper may take on the role of male lead. Examiner.

Over to you…if you were to see a sign advertising Platform 9 ¾, would you follow it to see where it leads? What do you think of this prank – two thumbs up or two thumbs down? Are you excited for the Red Riding Hood movie – why or why not? Do you feel that Red Riding Hood has stayed true to its fairytale roots, or gone in an entirely different direction? Who do you think should play the male and female lead roles in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? In general, what do you think of mashup novels – yay or nay?

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. KansasCity.com.

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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