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inkpop Fundamentals: June 9, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 9, 2011

e-book prequel to Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s ‘Beautiful Chaos’ available August 2011! Beautiful Chaos, the third installment in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Caster Chronicles series isn’t slated to hit bookstores until October 18, 2011; but diehard fans won’t have to wait that long for their next Caster Chronicles fix. On August 2, 2011, Garcia and Stohl will release Dream Dark: A Beautiful Creatures Story, an e-book exclusive download said to be a prequel to Beautiful Chaos, which focuses on Link, Ethan’s best friend, as he begins his own transformation into the supernatural. “In addition to the brand-new short story, the e-book download will also include an exclusive sneak peek at the first five chapters of ‘Beautiful Chaos.’” MTV.

James Patterson’s ‘Maximum Ride’ series coming to an end Since its debut on April 11, 2005, James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series has struck a chord with teenage readers and adults alike with his cast of quirky, part human/part avian characters thought of as modern-day superheroes, but nothing lasts forever – and neither will this series. Patterson recently announced that the release of the eighth book – Nevermore – set to hit bookstores in February 2012, will be the final installment in the series. “Patterson was confident that the movie will be adapted. In fact, the team behind the ‘Iron Man’ movie series just finished writing a ‘Maximum Ride’ screenplay and Catherine Hardwicke told GalleyCat that she may direct the movie.” GalleyCat.

‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ Part 1 film trailer released! Though November 18, 2011 is still a good five months away, on Sunday, June 5, 2011, MTV debuted the official trailer for one of the most-anticipated movies of the year – Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. The two-minute trailer, which you can view here, includes footage of the wedding invitation scene, as well as “spoilers about the strange plot of Stephenie Meyer‘s novel.” MediaBistro.

Over to you…are you excited for the release of Beautiful Chaos? Will you be downloading a copy of Dream Dark on August 2, 2011? Will you be sad to see the Maximum Ride series come to an end? What are your thoughts on a Maximum Ride film franchise? What do you think of the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 trailer? Will you be seeing the film when it his theaters on November 18, 2011 – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 17, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 17, 2011

The end is near for Melissa de la Cruz’s ‘Blue Bloods’ April 26, 2011 marked the five-year anniversary since the release of Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods, a book that spawned five sequels (Lost in Time – the sixth book in the series – will hit bookstores on October 4, 2011), with over 3 million copies in print worldwide; but come fall of 2012, as per an announcement by Disney Publishing Worldwide, the series will come to an end with the release of the seventh and final book – still untitled. “I am incredibly excited as the ‘Blue Bloods’ story reaches its dramatic conclusion in the long-awaited finale,’ said de la Cruz. ‘I started writing the ‘Blue Bloods’ series seven years ago, and it’s been an amazing ride with my fabulous readers and my fantastic publisher, who have stood behind the books from the very beginning.” Melissa de la Cruz / Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Does casting change your opinion of ‘The Hunger Games’? Given the fact that Suzanne Collins’ bestselling, and wildly popular The Hunger Games initially made its debut in bookstores on September 14, 2008, many had read the series in its entirety before word that the trilogy would even be adapted into a feature film franchise; but now that it has, and casting has begun, Entertainment Weekly poses the question…“Will you re-read ‘The Hunger Games’ after casting is complete? Or does the casting have no effect on how you envision(ed) the characters?” Read the complete article here. Entertainment Weekly.

The next big trend in YA? Mermaids! In recent years we’ve seen vampires, aliens, and even a little Greek mythology dominate the YA bestseller’s lists; but according to USA Today, a new trend is on the horizon…mermaids. Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has already stated that mermaids are a part of her upcoming writing projects; titles such as Tera Lynn Childs’ Fins Are Forever, Sarah Porter’s Lost Voices, and Tara Altebrando’s Dreamland Social Club are popping up left and right; and August 12, 2011 marks the date of the first ever MerCon – a convention devoted to mermaids. “Publishers and readers are looking for the next big thing in the paranormal genre,’ says Mandy Hubbard, whose young-adult novel Ripple, about a seemingly normal teen who must hide that she’s a mermaid…is out July 21. ‘We’ve already done vampires and werewolves and angels. Mermaids feel a little more fresh and interesting.” USA Today.

Over to you…are you a fan of the Blue Bloods series? What are your thoughts on seeing the series come to a conclusion – happy, sad…? What do you think of The Hunger Games casting – has the choice of actors made you see the book/series in a new light? Will you be re-reading The Hunger Games once casting is complete – why or why not? What do you think of mermaids being the next big trend in YA? Would you ever try your hand at writing a novel about mermaids – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: YEN

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 16, 2011

“I am a born and raised Californian, having lived in this state for nearly fifteen years now. I’ve visited nearly all of the popular and well-known cities, except for San Francisco (which I may be going to over the summer). I currently live in a not-so-well-known city that has even inspired a story (along with My Chemical Romance’s album, Danger Days).

“My house is what I love to call a zoo. There are three birds, three cats, two dogs, and three people living here. Ever heard that dogs chase cats? My dogs and cats can prove that wrong. My 80+lb dog can’t run fast enough from the tiny 10lb cat. It is very funny to watch the little cat make a grown dog run. 😄
“I am a band geek who is close to finishing her first year of high school. And that does mean I’m in the marching band, too—which is what prevents me from participating in NaNoWriMo.

“I’ve been writing for about a year and a half (started writing around October-December of 2009), and have been playing the clarinet since the fifth grade. Music is a great thing—it inspires me so much and I absolutely love playing and listening to instrumental songs. Both types of music—really all forms of media—inspire me to write and come up with ideas.

“And I’m horrible at answering questions. Just ask Nella (aka Nella-Rosmarino) or any other inkpopper on the Insomniacs threads.”

Perhaps answering questions is not Kelly’s (aka YEN) forte; but what she lacks in that department, she more than makes up for in creativity – as seen in her inkpop project Nightland.

Your project Nightland is currently ranked as # 300, and you are hoping to make it into the June 2011 Top Five (or, at the latest, the August 2011 Top Five, as per your profile). Do you think you can do it? Aside from getting a critique from an Editor, are there any other factors motivating you to making it to the Top Five? If so, what?

YEN: I really hope I can make it to the June Top 5, but that is probably the inkies’ opinion. One major reason why I’d love to see Nightland in the June Top 5 is that Nella and I both want to see our projects in our birthday month. A review from a HC editor is also something I’d love to see since I really would like to know what else needs to be improved upon, besides the things that lovely inkies have said and comments the editors have written about other projects. I really want Nightland to grow since I hope to one day have it published. It would be better if Nightland could reach the top 5 sooner since I’d like to start querying soon. (Don’t we all with our projects?)

Nightland is such a fun project in that it has elements of Peter Pan (daydreaming) and Nightmare on Elm Street (entering another world when dreaming) all rolled into one. Do you feel that this originality on your part is one of the things that has made Nightland such a popular project on inkpop?

YEN: It seems like it. I haven’t read a story that deals with daydreaming—though I have watched Peter Pan—or anything else of the sorts that involve dreams. I know for a fact, though, that without my dear friends’ help—Zoey (aka Seattelover7), Lexie (Lex Born), and Dae (Starts With One)—Nightland wouldn’t have gotten this popular. I’m a horrible promoter, so it’s these dear friends who’ve helped.

Nightland’s originality also must’ve helped since most readers strive for something that is different than the usual published books on the shelves of the YA section of the local bookstore. (Gosh do I keep cocky now. O_o) The setting is probably the most original thing in the story, which isn’t surprising because it is the land that I’ve come up with. Though the fact that Berlin—the main character—has often ‘dreamt’ of this place—dreamt really isn’t the right term, but you’d have to read to figure out the truth ;).

In your profile you mention that you are participating in InkieNoWriSummer which begins on June 14, 2011. What exactly is InkieNoWriSummer, and how can others participate? Do you know what you’ll be working on for InkieNoWriSummer? If so, can you tell us about it?

YEN: InkieNoWriSummer is an inkpopper’s summer version of NaNoWriMo. Inkie Novel Writing Summer. There is a thread started by ♥ Amaya ♥ where inkies can pledge to participate within this. Because I’m unable to participate during NaNoWriMo, I gladly decided on this so I can get writing done over the summer.

The project I will most likely work on is Dusty Skies—a dystopia/sci-fi centered around a fifteen-year-old with her friends trying to get back at what would be considered ‘the police’. These ‘police’ are the ones who wreak havoc on the city so the main character Dusty and her group of friends will do onto the police what was done onto them. (That bit sound confusing enough?)

I may or may not work on this. I’ve two other projects that I’d love to work on: Shadowed or Hidden Halos. Both are similar in genre, or at least the fact they’ve a bit of romance and the supernatural creatures. It is more likely, though, that I’ll work on Dusty Skies just because I’ve so much inspiration around me for it.

Can you tell us a bit about the creative process for Nightland?

YEN: The 2009 version of Alice in Wonderland was the first thing that prompted me towards Nightland. I’ve watched that move over five times within the last five months, I believe. I really wanted to write a story similar to Alice in Wonderland, and this shows in a few different ways, though the characters’ roles from Alice in Wonderland and Nightland don’t fit their appearances or titles when compared. This was accidental, though. What I did mean with the story was to have the classic supernatural elements (i.e. witches, demons, werewolves) combined with this other world (i.e. Nightland). When I planned out the characters, I really just randomly chose what creature I’d like them to be.

Most of the scenes came to me while I was either sitting in front of my laptop to plot, or daydreaming. That, along with music or watching different movies. It took me about two weeks to outline everything (i.e. plotting, character bios) and about four months to write. A lot of times, I was hit with either writer’s block or rough spots within the story. During those times, I forced myself to write and visited the Word War thread (or the Procrastinator’s thread) to get through these spots. It might’ve turned out bad, but at least I’d get through those scenes.

How do you combat writer’s block? Do you have any tips for beating out writer’s block that you’d like to share with us?

YEN: Word wars! They make you write as much as you can in 5 (sometimes 10) minutes. This is what I’ve used quite a few times to get me through rough spots. I know most say that forcing yourself to write makes the writing ‘poor’ but whatever spot you’re stuck on may never come to you. Which is why there is editing and rewriting to make this horrible spot much better later on. It doesn’t help when you can’t wait to work on something in chapter 3, yet you’re stuck on this little scene in chapter 2. I force myself through writer’s block and work on at least something so that the creative juices flow.

What made you fall in love with writing?

YEN: Probably The Vampire Diaries (anything by L. J. Smith really) and Twilight. Around the time that I started writing, I was reading one of the books by either Smith or Meyer. These stories, along with the short stories I had to write for seventh and eighth grade, were things that made me want to write out my of my dreams. My seventh grade English teacher is the one who told the whole class that my short story was better, and believed that I wrote at a higher level than the class I was in. She even wrote in my yearbook that I need to keep writing. It took me less than a year to really decide that I love writing stories (mostly novels now).

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite fictional character? Either Damon from The Vampire Diaries (the books) or Dru from Strange Angels.
What’s on your iPod? Just a few would be my top 5 favorite bands: Green Day, Cute Is What We Aim For, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, and Paramore.
Favorite quote? “You are seriously too stupid to insult.” -The Hangover
Pancakes or waffles? Waffles! Pancakes always taste funny to me, unlike waffles.
If you were granted three wishes from a genie, what would you wish for and why? Wish #1: have enough money so that my mom doesn’t have to work anymore so we can move to Santa Cruz, CA (I love that city). Wish #2: the stories that come into my mind were real. Wish #3: have my mom be able to use the last wish.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 5, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 5, 2011

Elizabeth Banks is ‘The Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket! The Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket is an invaluable character in the trilogy, serving as an over-the-top, chirpy, intense individual with pink hair looking to boost morale in the District 12 tributes – Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. And now, after much waiting, we finally know what actress will be claiming the role of Ms. Trinket in The Hunger Games big screen adaptation…Elizabeth Banks, who stars on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock! “Banks joins previously announced co-stars Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), along with Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi as District 11 tributes, Leven Rambin and Jack Quaid as District 1 contenders, and Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott for District 3.” MTV.

The star of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’ has been cast! Despite the fact that the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host is pretty bare bones at the moment since Director Susanna White left the project, one aspect of production is moving full speed ahead…casting the main character Melanie Stryder/Wanda. Deadline has reported that Saoirse Ronan – star of The Lovely Bones and Hanna – has signed on to play the dual role of Melanie Stryder/Wanda in the film. “ For a quick brush up on how Saoirse’s role(s) will work, the human she will be playing is Melanie Stryder. But Melanie is possessed by Wanda, the alien whose perspective the story is told from, which means Saoirse will be playing two characters in one. Think ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ but, well, cooler.” Hollywood Crush.

Author Francine Pascal dishes on the future of ‘Sweet Valley High’ Though author Francine Pascal gained fans worldwide during the 80s and 90s due to the 152 volumes of Sweet Valley High books featuring the misadventures of California twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, mum has been the word from the author of the hour for a number of years now – until her latest release Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later debuted on numerous bestseller’s lists, leaving Pascal hungry for more. Recently the author sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss a film version of the series (with a script penned by Diablo Cody), the possibility of a sequel – “Now that it’s so well-received, I’m kind of in a corner. If I do it, I think it would be five years later [putting the twins at 32 years old] because I don’t want it to be a series. I think this was great fun, but I’m still not sure. Though I couldn’t help myself from thinking of an opening chapter already.” – and more. Check out the entire interview here. Entertainment Weekly.

Over to you…now that we know who has been cast in the role of Effie, are you eager to learn who will take on the roles of Haymitch and Cinna? Who would you like to see play the two? Are you excited to see Stephenie Meyer’s The Host come to the big screen? Do you think that Saoirse Ronan will be a good fit for the role of Melanie Stryder/Wanda? Have you read Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later? Would you be interested in reading a sequel if Pascal were to write one – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 28, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 28, 2011

Candace Bushnell talks teenage Carrie Bradshaw Two days ago Candace Bushnell’s Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel – a follow-up to 2010’s ultra-popular The Carrie Diaries – hit bookstores, and now the author of the hour is dishing on the fabulous foursome who made her famous (Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte), the differences between writing for the adult and YA world, and, most importantly, where she stands on adding more books about the teenage Carrie Bradshaw to the series – “I’d like to! I do have another two-book deal with HarperCollins for more young adult books, and I really loved the way ‘Summer and the City’ turned out. It’s gotten some — knock on wood — great reviews. It just seems like so much more can happen to them! When you’re in your late teens and 20’s, you haven’t answered any of the questions to your life. You’re still trying to find the answers of who you are and where you fit in. I haven’t decided yet whether the YA novels I’m signed on for will be ‘Carrie Diaries’ books.” Read more from the interview here. Entertainment Weekly.

Stephenie Meyer divulges ‘Twilight’ secrets; discusses her future in writing In a recent meet-and-greet with ten lucky Twi-hards, bestselling author Stephenie Meyer was approached with a slew of questions regarding the completion and possible publication of Twilight novel Midnight Sun“I’m hoping to do it someday because I know that’s what people want. No matter what book I put out from here to eternity they’ll want ‘Midnight Sun’, but I’m just not writing about vampires right now”; what she’s working on next – “It’s a fantasy that takes place in another world where people are using bows and arrows and swords. There’s a little bit of magic, but it’s a very limited form of magic. The characters are human, and some have the ability to use magic and some don’t. It’s pretty dark. People die. The main character is a 17-year-old girl, and she’s kind of cool”; and a variety of other questions about various projects currently on her plate – including the sequel to The Host. Read the entire interview with Stephenie here. USA Today.

Official trailer for Melissa de la Cruz’s ‘Witches of East End’ released! Though Melissa de la Cruz – author of the bestselling Blue Bloods and Au-Pairs YA series – won’t release her latest endeavor Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family) until the summer solstice – June 21, 2011; Friday, April 22, 2011 marked the release of something almost as good…the Official Trailer for the book – the first in a projected series that tells the story of “A coven of witches living on Long Island have the power to raise the dead, see the future, and concoct potions that can cure heartache.” Watch the exclusive trailer here. EW.

Over to you…have you read Summer and the City yet? Are you keeping your fingers crossed that Bushnell continues writing about the young yet beyond fabulous Carrie Bradshaw? Are you excited to read Meyer’s next book? What do you think of The Witches of East End trailer? Will you be picking up a copy when it hits bookstores on June 21, 2011?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: March 22, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 22, 2011

Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen! For months upon months fans of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games have been made to wait for the announcement which would officially state which Hollywood actress would take on the role of girl on fire Katniss Everdeen – finally, the day of reckoning has arrived. Late last week, twenty-year-old Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, whom starred in the film Winter’s Bone, was confirmed as the one who would take on the role of Katniss Everdeen. Lawrence will star in the entire film trilogy, which includes adaptations of The Hunger Games, and its two sequels – Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The Hollywood Gossip.

Robin Palmer’s ‘Geek Charming’ coming to the small screen! Author Robin Palmer has received high praise from readers and critics alike for her Clueless-esque YA novel Geek Charming; and now Disney has taken notice of the tale, and plans on bringing it to the small screen via a Disney Channel Original Movie which stars Sarah Hyland opposite Matt Prokop. “… the story revolves around the dynamics of high school popularity and the dreaded social hierarchy.” No airing date has been released at this time. Cynopsis.

Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ to be the next ‘Twilight’ Twenty-two-year-old debut author Veronica Roth has yet to release her YA novel Divergent; but already it is receiving comparisons to other dystopian tales – such as Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games – and has been purchased by Summit Entertainment (the masterminds behind the Twilight saga) in the hopes of transforming it into the next big film franchise. “The novel, which will be published by the HarperCollins imprint Katherine Tegen Books, follows 16-year-old Beatrice Prior in dystopian Chicago.” Divergent is scheduled to hit bookstores on May 3, 2011. No word on when casting or production for the film adaptation will begin; but chances are Beatrice Prior will be a much-coveted role for young Hollywood. MTV.

Over to you…do you think Jennifer Lawrence will make a good Katniss Everdeen – why or why not? Are you a fan of Robin Palmer’s work? Are you excited to see Geek Charming translated for the small screen? On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for the release of Divergent?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: March 17, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 17, 2011

Sara Shepard’s ‘The Lying Game’ coming to the small screen! Though only in bookstores since December of 2010, Sara Shepard’s The Lying Game is quickly following on the heels of the author’s mega-popular Pretty Little Liars series, by making the leap from bookshelf to small screen via a new ABC Family Series based on the book – the first in a new series which “…follows Emma, a kind-hearted foster kid who learns she has an identical twin sister, Sutton. Sutton, unlike Emma, was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on the mysterious identity of their birth mother. After Sutton inexplicably fails to return to the girls’ designated meeting place, Emma must decide whether to come clean about her identity and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place.” The series is set to premiere in late 2011, and stars Alexandra Chando as Emma/Sutton. Just Jared, Jr..

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark? With all of the hype surrounding who will play girl wonder Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, many have overlooked the fact that the male lead – Peeta Mellark – has yet to be cast. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that the competition isn’t fierce. Though names such as Alex Pettyfer and GLEE‘s Chord Overstreet have been tossed around in reference to the still un-cast role, the current frontrunner appears to be Josh Hutcherson, whom starred in the 2007 film adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia alongside AnnaSophia Robb. Says Hutcherson on the role, “The character is so much who I am – self deprecating, a people person. And he’d be such a great character to play!” New York Magazine.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s ‘Caster Chronicles’ headed to theaters! – Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight…all have become, or are on their way to becoming, big-time franchises in the movie world; but there is one additional series that has managed to slip largely under the radar for quite some time – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s The Caster Chronicles; the third title of which will hit bookstores in October of 2011. All that is about to change. With a screenplay already completed by Richard LaGravanese, and a backing by Warner Bros., the only thing left to do is cast characters before pre-production begins on the project late this year. The series “…follows fated lovebirds Ethan and Lena. Ethan, the narrator, is just an average high school kid in a small Southern town until he meets the wildly unique and beautiful Lena, who turns out to be a caster (which, for simplicity’s sake, is like a witch). Amidst loads of Civil War flashbacks, Southern traditions and humorous crossword puzzle references, Ethan is thrown into the mystical caster world filled with life, love or death consequences and realizes he and his family are not so average after all.” Next Movie.

Over to you…have you read Sara Shepard’s The Lying Game? Are you excited to see The Lying Game hit the small screen? Do you think that Josh Hutcherson would make a good Peeta Mellark – why or why not? If you could choose the perfect person to play Peeta Mellark, who would it be and why? Have you read Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s The Caster Chronicles? Are you excited to see Lena and Ethan adapted for the big screen?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: February 17, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 17, 2011

The 411 on ‘I Am Number Four’ With the official theater release date for I Am Number Four being tomorrow – Friday, February 18, 2011; MTV has taken it upon themselves to prepare a little crash course in the book turned movie. Covering everything from need-to-know characters and plot, to info on the stars and scenes from the book that must make it to the big screen version – it’s a 411 overload that diehard fans will love, and newcomers will thank for bringing them up to speed on all things Pittacus Lore and I Am Number Four. Check it out here. MTV.

‘True Blood’s’ Sookie Stackhouse takes on the gaming world! Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse character has won over the world with her telepathic powers, and penchant for spending time with handsome vampires. But while Sookie has already earned praise in books (The Southern Vampire Mysteries), a TV series adaptation (True Blood), and comic books; the small-town Louisiana waitress is entering new territory via Dying for Daylight – a downloadable video game for your PC! Read an interview with author Charlaine Harris here regarding how a video game adaptation of a beloved book character works! Entertainment Weekly.

Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host to invade the box office! Despite the fact that movie rights for Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling The Host were sold nearly two years ago – in September of 2009 – little has been released about the possible big screen adaptation…until now. According to Variety, Susanna White has signed on to direct the film, with Andrew Niccol penning the script. Though characters have yet to be cast, with a director on board it seems as if the project is raring to go! “…‘The Host’ takes place on a post-alien-invasion Earth, in which extra-terrestrials takeover and inhabit human bodies. When Wanderer (also known as Wanda) takes over Melanie’s body, she realizes the human isn’t quite ready to give up her headspace. And, yes, there’s a love triangle.” Hollywood Crush.

Over to you…will you be seeing I Am Number Four when it hits theaters tomorrow? Are you counting down the days until the sequel – The Power of Six hits bookstores? What do you think of creating a video game from a book series? If you could see any literary characters morphed into a video game, who would they be and why? Are you excited to see The Host make it to the big screen? If you could select the cast for The Host, who would you include and why?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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 11, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 11, 2011

YA fantasy trilogy ‘The Maze Runner’ preps for the big screen Since its publication in October of 2009, James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, the first book in the YA trilogy of the same title, has captured the attention of readers young and old; but readers aren’t the only ones who have found their interest piqued…Hollywood is quickly jumping on board of the successful series. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of ultra-popular book-to-movie adaptations such as the Twilight and The Hunger Games franchises, Fox Searchlight has snagged the rights to the trilogy, and plans on bringing it to the big screen as soon as they possibly can. And who has already signed on to direct the film? Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, that’s who! Los Angeles Times.

Meet China’s version of J.K. Rowling Mo’s Mischief, Diary of a Smiling Cat…titles don’t sound familiar? No? That may be because Hongying Yang – a bestselling children’s author dubbed “China’s J.K. Rowling” – has been predominately marketed in Asia since she first debuted on the writing scene; but since selling 40 million books in China, publishers have taken an interest in bringing her books to the world of English-speakers. “HarperCollins China Business Development managing director Stella Chou told the Beijing Review: ‘The performance of Yang’s books is the best among the books we’ve introduced from China to the English-speaking world … Yang’s books offer insight into contemporary society through a typical Chinese child, and a typical Chinese cat.’” GalleyCat.

Something witchy coming from ‘Blue Bloods’ author Melissa de la Cruz! Author Melissa de la Cruz has tackled many different topics during her time as a YA writer – from the guilty pleasure series The Au-Pairs to the vampy goodness of Blue Bloods. Now, de la Cruz has set her sights on doing something a bit more witchy with The Witches of East End – the first in the proposed Beauchamp Girls series which centers “… around the magically inclined Beauchamp family.” The Witches of East End is slated to hit bookstores in June of 2011. Entertainment Weekly.

Over to you…have you read The Maze Runner? Are you interested in seeing it adapted for the big screen – why or why not? Will you be reading Hongying Yang’s books? Are you a Melissa de la Cruz fan? Are you excited to see a series that centers not around vampires, but a magically-inclined family instead? Why or why not?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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