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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: May 26, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 26, 2011

The search for ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Jace Wayland is on! Actress Lily Collins snagged the role of Clary Fray in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments what seems like ages ago; but since then production of the film has been at a virtual standstill due in large part to the fact that the role of Jace Wayland has still yet to be cast. Though rumors swirled that Alex Pettyfer (star of Beastly and I Am Number Four) was in talks to star as Jace, scheduling difficulties have been a deterrent in clinching the deal; and though he is still a frontrunner for the role, a few new names have been cast into the mix, including Breaking Dawn’s Jamie Campbell Bower, Eragon’s Ed Speelers, and new face Leebo Freeman. Says Clare, “The search continues for Jace…They are auditioning like crazy, which I think is good. To me, it’s kind of funny, this sort of old-fashioned search for the right face. So they’re seeing a whole lot of different people.” MTV.

Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher’s ‘The Future Is Us’ sold to Warner Bros. before hitting bookstores Just a few weeks ago we delivered the news that The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things author Carolyn Mackler and Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher would be penning The Future Is Us together – a novel set in 1996 and scheduled for a November 2011 release; now, before the book has so much as hit bookstores, the title has been sold to Warner Bros. to be translated for the big screen. The book is said to be “ a time-traveling drama for the digital age—think ‘Back to the Future’ meets ‘The Social Network’—featuring a teenage girl who logs onto the internet for the first time in 1996, and thanks to a rip in the space-time continuum, stumbles upon the Faceboook profile of her 20-something future self. (What happens next? Dunno! But we can probably assume that hijinks ensue!)” Hollywood Crush.

Lenny Kravitz to play Cinna in ‘The Hunger Games’! When it was revealed that singer Lenny Kravitz was in talks to play a pivotal role in The Hunger Games film adaptation, many found themselves baffled with the news, and curious to learn which role he would be taking on – now we know. On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 it was confirmed that Kravitz would be playing the role of fashion stylist Cinna – the very character who bestowed MC Katniss Everdeen with the title ‘The Girl Who Was On Fire’. Says Director Gary Ross of his casting selection, “When I saw Lenny’s work in Precious I was just knocked out. It was quiet and strong and understated and open hearted; all qualities which define this character.” GalleyCat.

Over to you…if the role doesn’t go to Alex Pettyfer, who do you think would be the perfect Jace Wayland and why? What do you think of the concept of The Future Is Us? Will you be reading the book and/or seeing the movie when it is released? Do you think that Lenny Kravitz is a good choice for the role of Cinna – why or why not?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 24, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 24, 2011

‘The Secret Circle’ trailer released! No sooner did we receive confirmation that L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle book series had been picked up by The CW as part of their fall line-up (and as a companion series to L.J. Smith’s other small screen adaptation The Vampire Diaries), even more exciting news for L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries, and The Secret Circle fans has popped up…a trailer for the series, and two additional clips of episodes-to-come! “While the trailer for the series, which will center around a secret coven of witches, doesn’t give away too much about the plot, it provides some insight into the look and feel of the show. For one, we see a whole lot of fire shots (like A LOT) and some magical (literally) scenes between Britt Robertson and dreamy co-star Thomas Dekker. The trailer also establishes that there will be forces of good and evil and provides quick looks at each of the main players in action.” MTV.

‘The Lost Years of Merlin’ on its way to the big screen Author T.A. Barron’s The Lost Years of Merlin has been at the helm of rumors galore regarding a book to big screen adaptation for the past handful of years; now, after being passed from Paramount to Warner Bros. (the studio who brought us the Harry Potter film franchise), it seems that plans for the film are finally coming to fruition. Ed Whitworth has signed on to pen the script, and Donald De Line will be producing. “The film will trace Merlin’s journey from being a boy washed on the shores of Wales with no memory and no home, to him becoming a young man learning to use his powers and ultimately defender of the natural world and eventual mentor to King Arthur.” Hollywood Reporter.

Filming for ‘The Hunger Games’ to begin this week! After months of waiting with bated breath for the official cast list of the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling The Hunger Games series to be released, we finally learned who the main players would be – Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne; now even better news has surfaced…filming is set to begin on the movie this week! “The production known as ‘Artemis’ – the believed working title for ‘The Hunger Games’ – has been setting up shop in North Carolina recently, with area news outlets reporting on the building excitement.” Rumor has it that cast members have already been spotted stunt training on location; and thanks to Entertainment Weekly magazine, fans have had the chance to see Jennifer Lawrence in full Katniss costume – though no one else has been spotted in their Hunger Games garb just yet. Examiner.

Over to you…what do you think of the trailer for The Secret Circle? Will you be watching when the series hits The CW this fall? Have you read T.A. Barron’s The Lost Years of Merlin series? Are you excited to see the series come to the big screen? What do you think of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss costume? Is it how you envisioned the Katniss described by Suzanne Collins in the book series – why or why not?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 19, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 19, 2011

Hilary Duff’s ‘Elixir’ sequel set for October 2011 release In October 2010, actress Hilary Duff followed in the footsteps of reality-star-turned-LA Candy-authoress Lauren Conrad, by adding a new title to her resume…writer. Her debut, Elixir, the first in a projected trilogy, hit bookstores to rave reviews from critics and readers alike; and now comes the news that the sequel, aptly titled Devoted, will make its way to bookshelves exactly one year later, in October 2011. Devoted will pick up where Elixir“… a supernatural love story following 17-year-old photographer Clea Raymond” left off, with unresolved issues plaguing the tumultuous relationship of Clea and her soul mate / love interest Sage. Says Duff, “This book is a lot more into the, not sci-fi, definitely into the supernatural. And you find out more about how the elixir works.” MTV.

‘The Secret Circle’ TV series gets the green light Back in February 2011 we announced that Kevin Williamson was in the midst of creating a pilot episode of The Vampire Diaries author, L.J. Smith’s, book series The Secret Circle; now, we have confirmation that The CW has picked up the TV series, placing it on the lineup of new shows for the network as a companion to The Vampire Diaries. “‘The Secret Circle’ is the story of a young woman (Britt Robertson) who moves to a new town and discovers that not only is she a witch and part of a secret coven, but she’s also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil.” Casting has already taken place, listing Britt Robertson, Phoebe Tonkin, Thomas Dekker, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Gale Harold, Natasha Henstridge, Louis Hunter, Shelly Henning, and Ashley Crow as characters. Entertainment Weekly.

‘The Hunger Games’ Haymitch Abernathy has been cast! Aside from the roles of Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne, one of the most fan-anticipated characters to be cast in Gary Ross’ big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling The Hunger Games, has been that of the gruff yet lovable Haymitch Abernathy; and finally the day of reckoning has arrived! Late last week it was announced that Woody Harrelson, an Oscar-nominee twice over and Cheers alumni, had been cast in the role. Says Ross of the role, “Haymitch is such an unforgettable character: funny cranky outrageous, sarcastic, impatient, biting but ultimately kind.” MediaBistro.

Over to you…did you read Elixir when it debuted last year? Will you be picking up a copy of Devoted when it hits bookstores in October? Have you read L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle series? Are you excited to see The Secret Circle on the small screen? Are you excited to see Woody Harrelson take on the role of Haymitch?

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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?

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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?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 26, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 26, 2011

Primrose Everdeen has been cast! Despite pleas from billions to cast fan favorite Elle Fanning (Dakota’s younger sister) in the role of Primrose Everdeen for the upcoming Hunger Games film adaptation, Lionsgate has announced that the actress selected for the coveted role is none other than newcomer, and New Mexico native, Willow Shields. ‘It’s so exciting to find an amazing young actress like the one we just met,’ director Gary Ross said in a statement about the casting. ‘Prim is an emotionally demanding role and in many ways she is the cornerstone of the story. Willow Shields will make an amazing Prim and we’re very lucky to have her.’ Entertainment Weekly.

Alexandra Bracken’s not-yet-published ‘Black Is the Color’ on its way to theaters Alexandra Bracken’s YA dystopian novel Black Is the Color may not be scheduled to hit bookstores until the summer of 2012, but that hasn’t stopped Twentieth Century Fox for scooping up movie rights to the piece. Bracken landed on the radar of readers with last year’s debut Brightly Woven, which told the tale of a rogue wizard; but Black Is the Color goes in a completely different direction. “The story centers around telekinetic teen Ruby, who after being placed in a government-run rehab camp, teams up with a group of similarly gifted kids to escape, eluding those who want to take advantage of their powers.” Black Is the Color is said to be the first title in a three-book series. Hollywood Crush.

‘Glee’ cast member scores writing project! Though he’s won critical acclaim for his acting and vocal chops in the role of Kurt Hummel on TV’s Glee, there’s more to Chris Colfer than meets the eye…like a love for writing. The Glee star has just inked a deal with the Disney Channel to write a pilot entitled The Little Leftover Witch, based upon the Florence Laughlin children’s book of the same title published in 1971. The story “tells the tale of a witch who is taken in by a new family after her broom breaks and she drops out of the sky.” Hollywood Reporter.

Over to you…are you happy to see a newcomer, as opposed to a well-known Hollywood starlet, cast in the role of Primrose Everdeen? Who would you have liked to see play the role of Prim and why? Have you read Brightly Woven? Do you plan on picking up a copy of Black Is the Color when it hits bookstores and/or will you be seeing the film when it arrives in theaters? Are you a Chris Colfer fan? Are you excited to see his writing projects come to life?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 21, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 21, 2011

More ‘Hunger Games’ characters cast Though it has been only a short while since we learned which actor and actress would take up the roles of District Twelve tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling The Hunger Games (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, respectively), Lionsgate is now on a race against time to cast the roles of the male and female tributes for Districts One through Eleven (scratch that – Districts Two through Ten) to make their desired theater release date of March 23, 2012. It has been announced that the roles of District Eleven Tributes Rue and Thresh have been cast in the form of relative newcomers Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi; and District One Tributes Marvel and Glimmer have taken shape in the form of Jack Quaid and Leven Rambin. Keep up-to-date regarding the rest of The Hunger Games Tribute casting via Facebook’s Hunger Games Tributes Casting Tab. Entertainment Weekly.

A literary feast – cakes inspired by your favorite books! In honor of National Library Week, Cake Wrecks has created a feature dedicated to decadent desserts inspired by some of the most popular children’s books in literature, including Where the Wild Things Are, Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, and countless others. Check them all out here. Cake Wrecks.

And the nominees are… Despite the fact that voting won’t begin until August 22, 2011, the Young Adult Library Services Association has already released the titles of the 25-nominees up for consideration for the YALSA’s Top Ten of 2011 – giving readers the chance to read them all before casting their votes. Included on the nominations list are the HarperCollins offerings Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, and Lies by Michael Grant; in addition to Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay, Cassandra Clare’s The Clockwork Angel, and many more. Click here to view the entire nominations list. American Library Association.

Over to you…what do you think of the progress regarding The Hunger Games casting thus far? Who would you like to see cast in the roles of the male and female tributes from Districts Two through Ten? Which cake is your favorite? If you could have any book adapted into cake form, which one would it be and why? Did any of your favorite books make the YALSA’s nominations list? What are your top ten favorite titles of 2011?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 14, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 14, 2011

More YA on its way from Candace Bushnell! The ink has yet to dry on author Candace Bushnell’s Summer and the City – the sequel to 2010’s popular The Carrie Diaries, which hits bookstores on April 26, 2011 – but already the author, known for being the brainchild behind Sex and the City, is dishing on continuing her foray into YA literature. “While it’s undecided whether the two announced books will continue the saga of Carrie’s transformation from small-town girl to Cosmo-sipping fashionista, fans of ‘The Carrie Diaries’ will be excited to know of Bushnell’s plans to write at least two more books for younger readers. ‘Working on ‘The Carrie Diaries’ and ‘Summer and the City’ was an exciting and rewarding experience,’ Bushnell told EW exclusively. ‘I’m looking forward to writing more novels for young adults.’” Entertainment Weekly.

Happy, happy Teen Lit Day! It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Teen Lit Day; but already an entire year has passed, and we are, once more cheering for the unofficial holiday created by the Young Adult Library Services Association “to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens.” Click here for different ideas on how you can support, and participate in Teen Lit Day; and to learn about Operation Teen Book Drop. Young Adult Library Services Association.

New writing from ‘Hunger Games’ author Suzanne Collins Though known for her prowess and natural ability to pen fantastical fictional tales of war, such as The Hunger Games and The Underland Chronicles; Suzanne Collins has announced that she is now focusing her energies on a far more biopic project which also has to do with war, but in a way that will appeal to teenage audiences, as a tribute to her father, grandfather, and uncle, who served in the military themselves. “I specifically want to do this book, one as a sort of memory piece kind of honoring that year for my family, and two, because I know so many children are experiencing it right now — having deployed parents. And it’s a way I would like to try and communicate my own experience to them.” The book is said to include illustrations inspired by Collins’ family members, in addition to using their true names within the pages. GalleyCat.

Over to you…are you counting down the days until the release of Summer and the City? Do you hope that Bushnell writes more books about young Carrie Bradshaw, or begins penning YA novels about a new character? What are you doing to celebrate Teen Literature Day? What do you think of Collins’ new project? Will you be picking up a copy once it’s available in bookstores?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 7, 2011

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

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth confirmed as Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne! After months of anxiously waiting, fans can finally rest easy, for the roles of Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne in the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games have been officially confirmed. Just a few weeks ago we learned that Jennifer Lawrence was cast as Katniss Everdeen; now, Josh Hutcherson has been confirmed in the role of Katniss’ fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark, and The Last Song’s Liam Hemsworth has been confirmed in the role of Gale Hawthorne. Now that the main casting is complete, Director Gary Ross is working on getting the film laid out and shot in preparation of its March 23, 2012 release. Just Jared.

New York City’s ‘Harry Potter’ exhibit opens its doors! Though, in the past few months, we’ve heard much of the creation of various Harry Potter tours opening in London; little has been said about New York City’s very own Harry Potter exhibit…until now. Just two days ago, on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Harry Potter the Exhibition opened its doors in New York City’s Discovery Times Square. Aside from the handful of interactive segments available to visitors, the exhibition displays settings, props, and costumes from the eight films. “ Featured costumes include Hermione Granger‘s yule ball gown, Cedric Diggory‘s quidditch uniform, and Professor Albus Dumbledore‘s wizard robes. We spotted three horcruxes, including Salazar Slytherin‘s locket, Helga Hufflepuff‘s cup, and Tom Riddle‘s diary (basilisk fang included). Dobby the house elf, Fawkes the phoenix, and the Hungarian Horn Tail dragon also appear.” GalleyCat.

Spin-off secrets revealed by ‘Vampire Academy’ author Richelle Mead Despite the fact that YA author Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines – the spin-off of her bestselling Vampire Academy series, which concluded last year with Last Sacrifice – isn’t slated to hit bookstores until August 23, 2011; the author recently sat down to discuss the new series, divulging a few secrets for what readers can expect – including whom the books will revolve around – “I’m very pleased to report that Sydney the Alchemist will be our lead and narrator, supported by Jill, Adrian, and Eddie.”. Mead also goes on to discuss her additional writing projects, and provides tips to aspiring young writers. Check out the complete interview here. MediaBistro.

Over to you…what do you think of the casting of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale? Are you excited to see The Hunger Games hit theaters? Do you have plans to visit Harry Potter the Exhibit? If you could see one thing from a Harry Potter film up close and personal, what would it be and why? Are you a Richelle Mead fan? Will you be reading Bloodlines when it is released in August?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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