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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. XD
“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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inkpopper of the Week: _kris10

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

“I’m Kristen. I’m a Fort Worthian by birth, Atlantan by childhood, but Houston is home. I’m about finished with college, and I will be so happy when school is finally over. I’m an only child with a huge family. I’ve been to 26 states, and for the first time in my life, I left North America last summer when I went to London for a month with a study abroad class.

“I was always a much bigger reader than writer. I read my first book on my own when I was three, always scored high in reading assessments, and was never without a book. That all changed when I came to college and found I just did not have the free time to read outside of class. I picked up creative writing for an elective, and by the end of that semester, I had switched majors from public relations to creative writing. What’s funny is that I’m planning on going into PR when I graduate.

“I have three dogs and three cats: Cal, our 14 year old cat, Duke, our 13 year old mutt (a foundling), Rockie, our soon-to-be nine year old Miniature Schnauzer (another foundling), Nait and Phog, the soon-to-be seven year old twin cats, and Piccadilly, my one year old American Pit Bull Terrier who lives with me at school (also a foundling).

“In my spare time, when I’m not writing or stressing over school, I’m either playing something on the PS3, spending time with my friends, or at the on-campus gym. Nothing fancy, nothing inspiring. I’m just your typical mid-20’s gal.”

For anyone who has read Kristen’s (aka _kris10) ultra-popular inkpop project, Hannah Boudreaux and the Council of Ancients, however, it is obvious that “typical mid-20’s gal” is putting it lightly; she’s more of a writing powerhouse, having crafted an intricate debut that clocks in at a whopping 100,000+ words – and it’s still incomplete!

Your project Hannah Boudreaux and the Council of Ancients is currently ranked as # 24. How does it feel to be so close to making it into the Top 5? What is currently going through your mind?

_kris10: Well, Hannah’s been up since December 2009, and in that time, I’ve teetered between 25 and 55 (I believe 25 was the highest rank it’s gotten). I haven’t swapped or made promos for it in a while, considering school, so I haven’t thought much to the rank. I believe some of my friends on inkpop want the Top 5 for Hannah more than I do, haha. An editorial review would be nice, but right now, I really want peer reviews, considering most of the people on inkpop would be my target audience.

Hannah Boudreaux and the Council of Ancients is very unique in that the main character has the option of choosing whether she wants to play the role of heroine, or simply turn a blind eye on the world. Do you feel that this originality on your part is one of the things that has made Hannah Boudreaux and the Council of Ancients such a popular project on inkpop?

_kris10: I think so. Going by the comments I’ve received, Hannah has been perceived as original due to her characterization being so different from other heroines in YA. She knows she has to do what’s right, but at the same time, her insecurities make her feel that there are others out there more qualified as her to be the heroine. She’s not cocky, she’s not the strongest nor the smartest, she’s just Hannah.

In your profile you mention that you have a new novel entitled Fallouts coming to inkpop in June of 2011. Can you tell us anything about this new book (genre, what it’s about, etc.)?

_kris10: Fallouts is about a group of teenage superheroes set in 1984. It’s a bit of sci-fi dramedy with action-adventure and a little romance sprinkled in. It has nine main characters, and the narrative flows through different characters’ points of view in third-limited. The team consists of Whitmire Adler and his twin sister, Lachlan, both of which have telepathy (Whitmire also has telekinesis), Casey Stone, who can manipulate fire, Isabel Blakeley, who can phase through solids and become invisible, Travis Deleon, who is super strong and has superhuman reflexes and healing, Nick Goodloe, who has super speed, Ronnie Salinas, who can make ice and withstand subzero temperatures, Abigail Gauthier, who can shoot beams from her eyes, and Victoria Lai, who can absorb memories, powers, and energy through touch.

The background history of the story is that in 1945, some nuclear weapons tests cause more fallout than expected and affect people born the following year. Those born with new, strange abilities are labeled “Fallout Babies,” and as time goes on, they have to deal with prejudice and hate against them. In 1984, a vigilante group called the Fallouts try to keep the peace between Fallout Babies and Unaffecteds, people born “normal,” especially when the hate could start a war.

Can you tell us a bit about the creative process for Hannah Boudreaux and the Council of Ancients?

_kris10: When I was in the sixth grade, my mother gave me this book that would eventually become a big part of my life and influence me to want to write my own urban fantasy book. It was called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I knew I could never write another Harry Potter, and I kind of shelved the idea of writing a book when I was in high school. By the summer of 2008, while at home for the summer, an idea was beginning to form in my head. I had a heroine in mind, who was a mix of two characters I had written for a writing workshop the semester before, but I didn’t have an enemy or story just yet.

I started jotting down the characters, and a story came to mind, but that first draft didn’t go anywhere. One afternoon, I was watching 30 Days of Night for the umpteenth time on Starz, and I loved the idea of a normal, everyday girl fighting a war against vampires. This was not too long before the Twilight craze took off, so I thought I was good in terms of an “original” idea, haha. Granted, I was not planning to write a romance, and I wasn’t going to have my heroine fall in love with a centuries old vampire who appeared young.

I continued to write Hannah’s story, the first draft getting finished on September 5, 2008. I had outlined three books, but on September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike struck Galveston, affecting Houston. Since the series is set in Houston between 2004 and 2007 in the first three books, I decided to add a fourth book and expand the timeline to 2008. Hurricane Ike would serve as the catalyst for the end, but when I realized a bit of a timeline fail, I ended up adding a fifth book, making the series a quintet now.

From June 2008 to the fall of 2010, Hannah has been through five major drafts. I took about a year off from revisions after I finished the first draft, and in that time, I had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. When I started the second draft of Hannah, I decided she, too, would have those disorders. I did this for two reasons: 1. Awareness, as it’s common for girls to be diagnosed later in life with either one, as both disorders manifest different in girls than boys, and 2. As a kid, I never had a book character I could relate to as none were like me, so I hope that if a girl who has been diagnosed with either (or has either but not been diagnosed), she could relate to Hannah.

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

_kris10: I’m one of those writers who loves all of her characters, good and bad, main and secondary, but if I had to just pick one from Hannah, I’d have to say Hannah herself. After developing a character for three years and writing their background history and making their family tree, one kind of grows attached.

What made you fall in love with writing?

_kris10: As I mentioned before, I was a reader first. I read my first book by myself when I was three, and from then on, I read everything I could. I didn’t really attempt to creatively write until junior high, and it wasn’t until college when I took it seriously (seriously enough to switch majors to creative writing). I had taken Intro to Creative Writing as an elective, and the professor I had encouraged me to change majors. In a way, I’m glad I did because my writing improved a lot, but in another, so much of the work I did for other classes wasn’t worth it when I didn’t plan to make a career out of analyzing literature.

Who was your favorite childhood author and why?

_kris10: KA Applegate, definitely. Animorphs was one of my favorite book series as a kid, and when I read them again as an adult, they were still good. Applegate was a master of writing first person narrations of different characters and making five very distinct voices (six, including Ax). She wrote an intense story with great characters, a series I still enjoy now.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite ice cream topping? Multi-colored sprinkles.
What’s on your iPod? “Civilization” – Danny Kaye and The Andrews Sisters, “Carol Brown” – Flight of the Conchords, “Bite Hard” – Franz Ferdinand, “Can’t Stop Feeling” – Franz Ferdinand, “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” – The Ink Spots, “Town Called Malice” – The Jam, “Like a Fool” – Lawrence Arabia, “Echoes” – The Rapture, “Machu Picchu” – The Strokes.
Favorite movie? I have three: Rushmore, Fargo, All About Eve.
London or Paris? L-Town all the way.
Book you could read over and over again? Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson.

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: May 3, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 3, 2011

Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’ to hit the big screen It has been a long-time coming considering Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game – which began as a short story in 1977, morphed into a full-length standalone novel in 1985, and expanded into a series that includes more than ten books and short stories – first debuted in the literary world in 1977; but over three decades later, with a hunger to bring further fantastical franchises to the big screen, the bestselling science fiction novel is finally on its way to theaters thanks to Summit Entertainment’s acquisition of the book. “Summit, which is winding down its ‘Twilight Saga’ series, is co-financing ‘Ender’s Game’ and eyeing it as an opportunity to hatch another youth-driven series, with protagonists that are slightly younger than the kids in the upcoming ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy. It’s another opportunity to discover young talent, because the protagonists in the film are just entering their teens.” Summit hopes to begin production on the film in early 2012. Deadline.

Greek mythology the new hot commodity in YA literature? Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed, Meg Cabot’s Abandon…one need only take a peek at some of the new YA releases hitting bookstores in 2011 to realize that there is a definite trend forming – that of Greek Mythology. “Publishers are always on the lookout for the next big trend as evidenced by the wave of vampire and dystopian stories throughout the last few years. In the coming months, teen fiction readers can expect several new titles inspired by Greek myths.” GalleyCat.

Six can’t-miss spring sequels! With summer right around the corner, publishers are gearing up to release an abundance of books that will see YA readers through those summertime blues, and quiet days of lazing poolside…but not just any books will do – a visit from some near and dear literary pals is precisely what the doctor ordered; like the six can’t-miss spring sequels that have just hit bookstores, or are heading to them, and your personal library, in a matter of weeks! So what are these need-to-read titles? Maureen Johnson’s The Last Little Blue Envelope, Gayle Forman’s Where She Went, Alison Goodman’s Eona, Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, Jennifer L. Holm’s The Trouble with May Amelia, and Gary D. Schmidt’s Okay For Now. Click here to read exclusive interviews with the authors regarding these sequels. Publisher’s Weekly.

Over to you…are you an Ender’s Game fan? Are you excited to see the book adapted for the big screen – why or why not? What do you think of fiction featuring Greek mythology – yay or nay? Will you be picking up a copy of Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed (the first book in a projected trilogy) when it hits bookstores on May 31, 2011? Would you ever try your hand at writing fiction featuring Greek Mythology – why or why not? Are any of the six aforementioned sequels on your must-read list? What books are you most looking forward to reading this spring/summer?

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?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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I Dreamed a New Ending

Posted by inkpopbecki on April 15, 2011

First, we would like to congratulate the following three winners of The Carrier of the Mark ARC winners. Marissa, Theodora and Ashley Nicole have all been randomly selected to win a free Advance Reader Copy of The Carrier of the Mark for reposting or tweeting the video link of Leigh receiving her box of ARCs. Awesomesauce! Thank you all for entering.

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So conclusions of series that we love are always difficult for an author.

***SPOILER ALERT: for Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games***

 I mean come on Ron, Hermione and Harry who really marries their high school sweethearts? Standing in the middle of field starring a group of vampires down until they go away does not an epic war make, Bella! And kids?! We know the world has changed, but there’s still a lot of chaos Katniss!

We’re just kidding! While we respect our authors valid attempts at wrapping up their series, no one is ever 100% pleased. So now is your chance. Take your favorite series that has ended in recent years and write an alternative ending. Make a funny parody or tell us what you would have actually like to have seen happen. Post your story here in the comment section of the blog.

Three winners will be selected and announced here next Friday on the inkpop blog. Have fun and may the odds be forever in your favor!

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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?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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