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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: June 2, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 2, 2011

Jamie Campbell Bower is Shadowhunter Jace Wayland! Just last week we asked you who you thought the best person to play Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments opposite actress Lily Collins (cast as Clary Fray) was, and now there are no further doubts about the chosen one’s name. This past Tuesday – May 31, 2011 – it was announced that actor Jamie Campbell Bower, of Breaking Dawn and Camelot fame has been officially cast in the role. “The role is a mix of action and romance as Jamie’s character Jace is a…Nephilim (part human, part angel) who fights demons and romances Lily’s Clary Fray.” MTV.

Greek is the word! Author Rick Riordan re-introduced the idea of Greek Gods and Mythology to the literary world a few years back with his Percy Jackson series, but old-favorite Meg Cabot and newcomer Josephine Angelini have taken it upon themselves to take it one step further, drawing inspiration from the myths of yesteryear to create teen heroines of modern-day society. In Angelini’s debut Starcrossed, Homer’s Iliad is removed from an ancient era and placed smack dab in the middle of a small town American high school; whereas Cabot’s Abandon retells the tale of Persephone, with a cast of American teenage characters at the helm of it all. Both books are the first in projected trilogies. “America seems to be a good place for Greek gods these days. Chiron, the centaur who taught Hercules and countless demigod heroes of legend, explains the migration of the Greek pantheon like this in the first ‘Percy Jackson’ book: ‘The gods simply moved.… Like it or not — and believe me, plenty of people weren’t very fond of Rome, either — America is now the heart of the flame.’” LA Times.

Revealed! ‘The Hobbit’ release dates Though many rumors have been swirling regarding the release dates of both of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films over the past few months, now comes word that the official release dates have finally been announced. According to Variety, the first film – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – will make its way to theaters on December 14, 2011, and the sequel – The Hobbit: There and Back Again – will hit the big screen one year later – on December 13, 2013. “Jackson began shooting the two films in New Zealand in 3D in mid-March with a cast including Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett reprising their roles from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Bloom joined the cast Friday to portray the elf Legolas.” GalleyCat.

Over to you…what do you think about Jamie Campbell Bower being cast as Shadowhunter Jace Wayland? Will you be seeing The Mortal Instruments when it hits theaters? What do you think of Greek mythology in YA fiction? Would you ever try your hand at retelling Greek mythology and/or using it as a basis for a new project – why or why not? Will you be seeing The Hobbit when it hits theaters in December of 2012?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 31, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 31, 2011

‘The Mortal Instruments’…enough about Jace; who should play Simon? Alex Pettyfer, Ed Speelers, Jamie Campbell Bower, Leebo Freeman…we’ve heard an abundance of names cast into the ring in regards of who will be taking on the role of Shadowhunter Jace Wayland opposite Lily Collins (already cast as Clary Fray) in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, but with nothing official to speak of, many have moved on, and begun to question who will play the other boy in Clary’s life…Simon. Says author Cassandra Clare, “They’ve started looking for people for Simon. But everything kind of rotates around Jace and Clary. Once you cast Jace and Clary, they have to have chemistry with each other. And all of the other characters have to have chemistry with them. So they’re sort of starting to look at Simon in a broad sense, asking me, ‘What are your ideas for Simon? What do you think he should look like? What is the most important characteristic about him?’ Whoever is going to be Simon is going to have to come in and test with Lily [Collins] and whoever is Jace.” MTV

‘Bridget Jones’s’ author Helen Fielding uses Twitter as inspiration! Fifteen-years-ago author Helen Fielding struck gold with Bridget Jones’s Diary, a New York Times Bestseller that went on to be a box office hit starring Renee Zellweger; now, what seems like ages later, the author is hard at work penning the third installment about the wacky Bridget and her crazy cohorts, and she’s using Twitter as one of her main inspirations. “I discovered that through doing Twitter—I was a bit blocked with the book and it just put me back in touch with who the readers are. You can sort of talk to people and see them react to your stuff.” Hollywood Crush.

Sneak peek of Rick Riordan’s next ‘Percy Jackson’ book – ‘The Son of Neptune’! Though Rick Riordan’s The Son of Neptune, the second installment in the Heroes of Olympus series isn’t set to hit bookstores until October 4, 2011; the author knows how devoted his fans are, and how eager they are to get their hands on his next book. Thus, he has released a sneak peek at The Son of Neptune, which you can read here. According to reports, “Percy Jackson will definitely be back, along with Tyson the Cyclops, Grover Underwood, three new demigods, and a bulletproof elephant.” Additionally, Riordan has revealed that “there are other reasons besides Percy that the book is called ‘The Son of Neptune’.” GalleyCat.

Over to you…who do you think would make the perfect Simon in The Mortal Instruments film and why? Would you ever turn to Twitter as inspiration for your writing – why or why not? Are you a Percy Jackson fan? What did you think of the sneak peek? Will you be picking up a copy of The Son of Neptune when it hits bookstores in October?

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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: April 12, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 12, 2011

Lauren Conrad to pen ‘L.A. Candy’ spin-off series After the wild success of reality show alumni and fashion designer Lauren Conrad’s ‘L.A. Candy’ trilogy – which debuted in 2009 with L.A. Candy, and concluded with Sugar and Spice in 2010 – readers found themselves eager to read more from the star. Now, they have the chance to. Conrad recently inked a three-book deal with HarperCollins that will serve as a spin-off of the L.A. Candy series, entitled The Fame Game. This time, however, instead of focusing on Jane Roberts, the books will follow fame-monger Madison, who Conrad describes as being an individual who “has fun with the press, she enjoys the attention, she welcomes scandal.” A release date for the series has not yet been announced. MTV.

Disney Channel shows its fangs! Though the Disney Channel has been one of the stations known for embracing the paranormal with original series such as So Weird, That’s So Raven, and The Wizards of Waverly Place; the tween station has very rarely tried vampires on for size. Until now. Disney Channel recently announced that they have picked up My Babysitter’s a Vampire, an original supernatural series which gained popularity in Canada in late 2010. Disney is set to air thirteen episodes of the thirty-minute series, in addition to a ninety-minute film. No word on when the series will debut in the States. Kidscreen.

Lily Collins to play ‘Snow White’ Actress Lily Collins has her plate full in regards to starring in film adaptations of bestsellers. Late last year she was selected to play Clary Fray in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments; now it has been announced that the actress will take on the role of Snow White in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White opposite Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew and Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. “According to Monsters and Critics, ‘the modern day retelling of Snow White finds the vengeful heroine joining forces with a gang of seven dwarves after her evil stepmother kills her father.’” The film is scheduled to hit theaters in June of 2012. GalleyCat.

Over to you…are you a fan of Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy series? Are you excited to see Madison made the main character of Conrad’s new spin-off series The Fame Game? Will you be watching My Babysitter’s a Vampire when it debuts on the Disney Channel? Do you think that Lily Collins will make a convincing Snow White? Are you excited to see The Brothers Grimm: Snow White hit the big screen?

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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?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: February 15, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 15, 2011

Blake Lively to step into Carrie Bradshaw’s shoes for ‘The Carrie Diaries’ adaptation? We may all know and love Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen on The CW’s Gossip Girl; but rumor has it that studio execs are showing interest in adapting Candace Bushnell’s bestselling 2010 Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries – the sequel of which will hit bookstores in April 2011 – and Blake Lively is at the top of the list to step into the teenage Carrie Bradshaw’s shoes! “ While production is still solely in talks, writer-director-producer Michael Patrick King reportedly has his eye on ‘Gossip Girl’ star Blake Lively to play the signature fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker made into a female icon.” Hollywood Crush.

Have you joined the Lisa Simpson Book Club? Eight-year-old Lisa Simpson has made quite the impression on viewers since her appearance on the long-running show The Simpsons in 1989. The bookish, precocious character always seems to have something witty to say; and her hands are rarely seen without a book of some sort held between them. Thus, the creation of The Lisa Simpson Book Club. As a tribute to everyone’s favorite little sister, and her reading conquests, The Lisa Simpson Book Club has been created to help fans build a library that receives the Simpson Seal-of-Approval. “The inspiring (and funny) reading list collects references to everybody from Danielle Steele to Lillian Hellman to Joyce Carol Oates.” GalleyCat.

YA love triangles…which one is your favorite? Stefan, Elena, and Damon of The Vampire Diaries; Jace, Clary, and Simon of The Mortal Instruments; Peeta, Katniss, and Gale of The Hunger Games…The list of love triangles found in YA series goes on and on. The question is…which one is your favorite. In honor of Valentine’s Day, MTV has created a list of their all-time favorite YA love triangles. Check it out here to see if your favorites made the list. MTV.

Over to you…do you think that Blake Lively would make a good Carrie Bradshaw? If you could see anyone take on the role of a teenage Carrie Bradshaw, who would it be and why? Are you a fan of The Simpsons? Will you be checking out The Lisa Simpson Book Club? What YA love triangle is your favorite and why? Did your favorite YA love triangle make it to MTV’s Top 6 list?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: February 8, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 8, 2011

Alex Pettyfer says hello to ‘The Last Apprentice’ Though much curiosity has centered around British actor Alex Pettyfer’s reluctance to sign on as Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The City of Bones – the first title in The Mortal Instruments series – after initially expressing so much interest in the saga; it has been learned that Pettyfer’s looming decision is not, as originally believed, based upon failed negotiations – rather, it is the result of his being offered the role in another YA book series to film adaptation…Joseph Delaney’s bestselling The Last Apprentice. “We’re told that as much as Pettyfer likes the ‘Instruments series’, he likes ‘The Last Apprentice’ books even more.” New York Magazine.

‘Humpty Dumpty’ revamped as a horror story Since it’s appearance in mainstream culture in 1797, Humpty Dumpty has been a much-loved nursery rhyme that children have been incapable of resisting; but now the egg-shaped character whom had a great fall is being adapted into something more aptly fit for nightmares, as opposed to the nursery – a horror story! In correlation with the 3-D horror movie Humpty Dumpty, scheduled to hit theaters this year, IDW Publishing is releasing a graphic novel of the same title that transforms the classic riddle into a story about “ Two backwoods redneck brothers are confronted with a dangerous egg-shaped creature whose mother they torture and kill for fun. Half-human, half-alien, Humpty Dumpty exacts his bloody, murderous rage on the brothers in an unforgettable story of revenge.” Media Bistro.

Kenneth Oppel’s ‘Frankenstein’ prequel coming to the big screen? You may have thought that Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein was just the beginning…you’d be wrong. On August 23, 2011, Kenneth Oppel (author of the Airborn series and Silverwing Saga) will release This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. “The novel is a prequel of sorts to Mary Shelley’s classic ‘Frankenstein.’ The plot centers around young Victor Frankenstein and his quest to save sick twin brother Konrad. He seeks help from a mysterious alchemist, who sends Victor and his friend Elizabeth on a dangerous journey to find the three ingredients needed to create a serum called the Elixir of Life that will heal Konrad. Like any YA novel worth its salt, the inevitable love triangle ensues.” Though the novel has yet to hit bookstores, Summit Entertainment (the studio behind The Twilight Saga) has already acquired rights to the YA novel, hoping to bring it to the big screen. Hollywood Crush.

Over to you…have you read The Last Apprentice books? Do you think that Pettyfer would make a good Thomas J. Ward – why or why not? What do you think of adapting a nursery rhyme into a horror story – yay or nay? Will you be reading the graphic novel and/or seeing the film Humpty Dumpty? Are you a Kenneth Oppel fan? Will you be reading The Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein when it hits bookstores – why or why not?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: Lex Born

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 31, 2011

“I’m…weird. I know a lot of inkies have said that (and for a lot of them it’s true—love you guys), but for me, there’s really no other word I could use. My friends call me a thirteen-year-old grandmother—I walk like one, I’ve even got that handy-dandy daily pill organizer! Gymnastics is the reason I have little-to-no life; I practice from twenty-five to thirty hours a week, depending on my schedule. It’s also the reason for many of my grandmotherly tendencies. When you start to eat chalk more than you eat ice cream, you know there’s a problem.

“I’m in eighth grade (and of course, I adore it), and I’m about to slaughter myself next year with enough homework to be buried in. Surprisingly, my grades haven’t done as badly as one would think, considering my tendency to stay up till 1, 2, or 3 in the morning. It’s not my fault—it’s all because of the Insomniacs. I blame them for my sleep deprivation.

“I live in *one of* the most boring states on the East Coast, good old Pennsylvania. We’re not cool enough to be hillbillies, despite our jokes, but we’re nowhere near populated enough to be city-peoples. At least not where I live. I’m just in a not-so-happy medium, seeing a mixture of cornfields and suburbs on my through town.

“The two loves of my life are Jake and Sugar, my pet dogs. They’ve often been featured in rather threatening promotion avatars, because I know they’re amazing enough to handle the job. Jake is a sixty-pound Goldendoodle who’s afraid to chase squirrels and Sugar, the twelve-pound Maltese-Shitzu, is the family protector. They are the reason I am still alive, so I hope you’re all glad=D”

Lexie (aka Lex Born) need not worry; inkpop would never be the same without her perky presence – as the numerous people whom cast their votes to see her take the title of inkpopper of the Week for the final week of January 2011 have proven.

Countless inkpoppers nominated/voted for you as inkpopper of the Week. What is it about you that has left so many inkpoppers in awe?

Lex Born: I honestly….have no idea. I really didn’t think I’d ever be inkie of the Week; and the votes, well, surprised me, to say the least. I don’t have any amazing, adored books, I haven’t started any important revolutions or helped tons of people. I just lurk around the forums, chat, and promote my book or, more recently, my favorite books. I don’t see why people voted for that, but thank you all for doing it.

Your project Red as Coals, Black as Night is currently ranked as # 84. How does it feel to have broken through the Top 100 and be so close to making it into the Top 50? What is currently going through your mind?

Lex Born: Haha, honestly? I sort of…gave up on that project a while ago. It was my first ever book, and it will always hold a special place in my heart; but numerous comments as well as my own re-reads have shown me how much I truly have to work on that. I stopped looking for feedback on RACBAN long ago, so I don’t expect it will rise much more.

You have written an incredible amount of books, short stories, and poems that are visible on inkpop. Which format would you say is your favorite to write and why? Is there any format that you have yet to try, but would like to in the future –if so, what?

Lex Born: Hm…it really varies depending on my mood. I used to write very few short stories, while I was writing RACBAN. Then I ran into a huge block, and I also joined several writing sites. Short stories became my way to still write without tackling my book again. Poems are just…poems. I don’t have to think about poems. I can say I want to write a poem now, and I’ll write a poem. I can’t guarantee it will be a particularly good poem, but there will be one.

My favorite, though, would probably be books. One reason is pretty selfish: books are far more likely to get published. I realize that I’m unlikely to be published at all for a long, long time aside from a teen magazine, but it’s more likely that a book will be published than a short story or poem. Also, books allow for more in-depth characters and complex plots that I enjoy toying with and learning about.

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

Lex Born: I wouldn’t want to be a character, not in any book. Why? Because I’d bungle whatever job I had, absolutely and completely. If I was supposed to be a bad character, I’d mess up the villain’s plans. Or if I was the villain, I would never do what I was supposed to. And if I was the good person? Saving the world, or even just being a semi-likable protagonist in a General Fiction book, is not for me. I wouldn’t be likable or skilled enough to be one of those characters.

Who is your favorite character(s) in any of your work and why?

Lex Born: That’s hard to choose. I want to say Renee for her rambling thoughts, cynicism, and sarcasm, but a part of me really identifies with Sarai, my most recent character. Aside from the fact that she’s the first Jewish character I’ve made, I think there’s something different with her, how she keeps the snarkiness she has mainly to herself, and isn’t eager to share her troubles. It makes for a more interesting character.

Do you hope to make writing a career; or do you have other aspirations?

Lex Born: I would love to someday be published, but I’m realistic. Very few writers are able to make a living from that alone. I’d like to do writing as a side job, unless I got incredibly successful, which is unlikely. My main, preferred job seems fairly popular on inkpop—psychology. Human minds fascinate me, and I’m also determined to help other people with mental problems get the help that I appreciate so much.

What’s on your winter reading list?

Lex Born: Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce (re-read); If I Stay by Gale Forman; Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver; Lies by Michael Grant; Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon; Mistress of the Game by Sidney Sheldon; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (re-read); Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (re-read); City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (re-read); City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (re-read); City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (re-read); Harry Potter 1-7 by J.K. Rowling (re-read); Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis (re-read); The City of Amber series by Roger Zelazney (re-read). And more to be determined. >_>

I read a lot.

What made you fall in love with writing?

Lex Born: I can’t really say. It seems everyone here has been writing since they were two; me, I only started seriously writing in sixth grade. Before that, I always adored making up stories and entertaining others with them (though they were probably more entertained by my strange antics). I wasn’t huge into dress-up, but dolls were my vice. I’d spend forever arranging them, and then I would just stare at them, not touching one, and make up a story for them. I think I wrote bits and pieces down.

I think the final straw, what finally pushed me into writing down my stories, was being so sick of restricted essays at school. Somewhat ironic.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes? Chocolate chip cookies. Icing is disgusting.
What’s on your iPod? A lot of songs from Wicked, most played would definitely be Defying Gravity. Also a lot of Taylor Swift (don’t judge), and some from Cats and Chicago. I like my musicals. =P
Lucky number? 7. It’s not really *mine* specifically, but…
Food you could eat everyday? Pasta. Pasta, pasta, pasta. I’m not a vegetarian, I’m a pastavarian.
Best place to curl up with a good book? In front of the computer screen. XD I’m a multi-tasker. When I’m not on the computer, I like reading in the crook of two branches in my backyard tree. The trick is getting up with the book in tow.

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

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: January 25, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 25, 2011

Alex Pettyfer offered the role of Jace Wayland in Cassandra Clare’s ‘City of Bones’! After months of speculation regarding who would (and should!) play Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the film adaptation of City of Bones – the first title in Cassandra Clare’s bestselling Mortal Instruments series; fans have finally succeeded in getting their thoughts across to casting directors for Alex Pettyfer has officially been offered the coveted role. Though word on whether or not Pettyfer will be accepting the role has yet to be announced; rumor has it that he has met with the film’s director – Scott Stewart – numerous times, and that a deal with the studio is in the works. New York Magazine.

Tigers to knock werewolves out of the top spot? Werewolves may currently be the four-legged creatures on the tip of everyone’s tongues thanks to their appearance in series such as Twilight and The Vampire Diaries; but the tables may be turning, opening the door for a new strong and prolific animal to enter the picture…tigers! Thanks to Colleen Houck’s self-published-turned-sleeper-hit Tiger’s Curse – the first in a projected YA fantasy trilogy; critics have begun to dub tigers the new werewolves, bringing a new form of saga and character to the forefront. Hollywood Crush.

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ mastermind takes on ‘I Am Number Four’ As one of the original producers of the hit TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marti Noxon certainly knows her way around the hallowed halls of high school and snarky commentary – and now she’s bringing that masterful knowledge to the big screen adaptation of Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four, which is expected to hit theaters on February 18, 2011. As the screenwriter of I Am Number Four, it was Noxon’s responsibility to accurately transform book to film – and now she’s sharing her secrets (as well as a few spoilers!) with fans! Check out an interview with Marti here to learn more about the upcoming movie, and how it compares to her Buffy days. io9.

Over to you…do you feel that Alex Pettyfer is the best choice to bring Jace Wayland to the big screen – why or why not? If Pettyfer were to turn down the role, who else do you think would fit the character of Jace Wayland? What do you think of tigers being the animal-of-the-hour? Do you think that tigers will begin appearing more frequently in YA literature, or will werewolves still reign – why or why not? On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for the release of I Am Number Four in theaters?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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