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inkpopper of the Week: A.K.A101

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 23, 2011

“Hi, everyone! My name is Rebecca, though most of you know me by my pen name Alexia or just good old A.K.A (or akajar). As you can tell by my screen name, I have a large amount of nicknames which range from ‘Moose’ to ‘Canada.’ I’m a sixteen year old high school student who lives nearby the city of Chicago.

“I’ve been writing on a regular basis since I was twelve, but I really have been doing it long before that. I just started posting on the web around half a year ago, and how far I’ve come never ceases to stun me. I still get ideas all the time which gives me another nickname ‘The girl of a thousand stories.’ I have a habit of spacing off during the most random of times in my own little world which drives my friend’s nuts.

“I’m a dabbler in all of the arts besides writing. Not great at any of them, but I love playing around with each. I’m a cartoonist, sketcher, singer, and most strangely of all a bassoon player (Which is like a combo of a tuba and an oboe. Look it up). I live and breathe off music; it’s a little unearthly.”

Another thing that’s a little unearthly? Rebecca’s (aka A.K.A101) imagination and ability to create plots, settings, and characters that are unique, quirky, and purely her own, as seen in her popular inkpop project When the Dead Walk, We Run.

Though your project When the Dead Walk, We Run is labeled as being a blend of adventure, horror, and humor, it comes with a warning from you stating *Not for the Faint of Heart*. Can you explain this warning to us – why was it put in place? Do you feel that this warning has served to draw more readers in – why or why not?

A.K.A101: Ah, the warning. I think the main reason I put it in place is because I just don’t want someone picking it up before bed and getting scared out of their wits. It’s not exactly a scary novel, but there are parts of intense gore and just like how some other inkies have warnings for intense content, I thought I should do the same. I don’t want to give anyone a panic attack. That being said, it really hasn’t affected much. Mostly, I think it draws in hard core horror fans who think it’s going to be too light and fluffy, and captures humor fans who want some spice.

When the Dead Walk, We Run is such an original, fun project in that it is full of zombies, quirky characters, and an irresistible MC. Do you feel that these qualities are responsible for When the Dead Walk, We Run’s popularity on inkpop?

A.K.A101: I think it really is. When the Dead Walk, We Run, is such an odd duck. It’s really a mix of lots of genres reaching out to anything you want. Even if that’s a love of gore, or just wanting to laugh. I really think the main thing that hooks people, though, is the characters. I always get comments on how people say if they ran into Morgan on the street she already seems so real that they wouldn’t be shocked. That kind of realism I think helps pull a reader in, and gives me some solid ground in a zombie novel.

In your profile you state “Next book up is ‘Brightening Darkness’ which is coming out this summer. Your clues are monsters, shadows and paranormal romance.” Aside from the clues already mentioned, is there anything else you can tell us about this project?

A.K.A101: Brightening Darkness is a bit strange itself. There’s a long winded story behind it, so I’ll try to just go short. I have a very large series called There Dark Days. It’s a fantasy novel, rather complex, but in around the third book there’s a side character introduced that’s just very complex. I tried writing a story for her before during the same time TDD takes place, but I found it was rather redundant. So then I considered what if her real story is years later, what if her story is in modern times. Brianna is that character. The novel is about shape shifting monsters called shadow demons that have problems with human emotions. Brianna’s closest friend Nathaniel taught her how to embrace her human side, and when he goes missing she does to anything to get him back. It’s a little odd for me, since it’s a beautiful, twisted, paranormal, romance with lots of back-story, but I pray I can pull it off.

Can you tell us a bit about the creative process for When the Dead Walk, We Run? Where did the ideas for this particular project stem from?

A.K.A101: This is going to sound really cheesy and tacky, but from a dream, really. I had been reading a zombie novel before I went to bed (in hindsight was not one of my greater ideas) and had a dream where I got eaten by zombies. That dream thrust me into the whole ‘how about I write a zombie novel’ idea. The humor was a given, since I was working on Chasing Jake at the time and wanted to do something light hearted. It really came together as a whole when I was doing character building and wondering why Morgan and Isaac didn’t get together at the end. I had a moment where I realized she was gay, then I just sat there for a moment thinking ‘I’m writing a humorous zombie adventure novel, staring a closeted lesbian sharpshooter, a nerd, and a dog named Fred. What have I gotten myself into?’ Still haven’t answered that question yet.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

A.K.A101: I think it’s a combo of two things: characters and just quirkiness. My characters tend to be each their own person; each has their own back story and life which makes them seem almost real. As with the quirkiness, I like to do things that have never been done before, or do things that have been done before in a totally twisted way. I don’t like writing about normal things; there’s no such thing. Everywhere you look you have something odd; that oddness really can bring a story to life.

What do you feel influences your writing and why?

A.K.A101: Music. A single song can give me an idea sometimes and it’s amazing how it works. I find myself being swept away by something not real. That and life in general gives me a lot of ideas. I find that doing ‘what ifs’ on normal life can give you some of the most brilliant ideas. Like, what if my brother went missing? What would I do? I thought go after him and that’s what really inspired Chasing Jake.

What made you fall in love with writing?

A.K.A101: When I was a little girl I was shy and very anxious. I all so had an imagination the size of Russia. So whenever I got overly stressed I would escape into my own little world, making up the most complex stories to go with it. I’ve always loved making things, but nothing compares to the feeling of making a whole world under the palm of your hand. It was a lot of fun and as I got older unlike other kids my imagination never vanished. So I decided why not use my escape as a job. Thus here I am now. 🙂

In your opinion, are zombies the next big thing – why or why not?

A.K.A101: Truthfully, not at all. The thing today is that YA is centered on romance, lots of hot guys saving pretty girls. The thing about zombies is while they leave open so many options to create and explore it is very, very, difficult to make a zombie hot. When your male lead is a guy who wants to eat you who smells like rotting flesh, it isn’t very romantic. 😛

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite quote? “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.” ~ E. M. Forster
What’s on your iPod? Missing Persons 1 and 2 – One Republic; Vampire Money – My Chemical Romance; Born this Way – Lady Gaga.
Hidden talent? Bassoon playing.
Chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes? Cookies!
Best place to curl up with a good book? There’s this chair in my house that is great to read in. Best chair ever.

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

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: September 16, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on September 16, 2010

Move over vamps; zombies are on the loose! Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood; you don’t need a Master’s Degree in pop culture to realize that vampires have basically taken over the world as we know it. But there’s a new creature rising from the dead that may just be capable of knocking vamps out of the top spot…zombies! Though in past decades, zombies have always ranked as B-grade material, whereas bloodsucking creatures of the night have taken top tier; new research proves that zombies may have what it takes to move up in the ranks. Come October 31, 2010 (yes, Halloween), AMC will debut The Walking Dead a new drama that centers around zombies; and there are currently half a dozen zombie-centric features headed to theaters and in development in the studios. Now that’s something to sink your teeth into! Reuters.

Farewell social media AOL Instant Messenger is always running in the background while we’re trudging through homework; we can’t go four hours without updating our Facebook status; and even when we’re out and about we’re Tweeting from our phones. There’s no question about it, we’re of the techie generation, and can hardly tear ourselves away from our beloved gadgets; which is why professor’s at Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg University of Science and Technology have decided to halt the use of all forms of social media – at least for a short time. In an effort to show that there truly was life before Facebook, the campus has elected to block all forms of social media from students AND faculty for an entire week; the only way to beat the week-long ban is to surf the net from another location – like an off-campus coffeeshop or library. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Play it again, Stephenie Stephenie Meyer has worn quite a few hats over the years. Aside from being a bestselling author, she has also played the role of stay-at-home mom and student at Brigham Young University; but the authoress also knows her way around the radio – if her playlists are anything to judge by. During the writing process for her bestselling Twilight series, Meyer created playlists to accompany each one of her books – Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Midnight Sun, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, and even The Host. Now you can check them out by clicking on the title of your favorite book! Stephenie Meyer.

Over to you…what are your thoughts on zombies? Would you like to see zombies take the place of vampires – why or why not? What do you think of Harrisburg’s ban? Do you feel that you would be able to survive for an entire week without access to social media? Do you create playlists when you write? What do you think of Meyer’s taste in music?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Other Wordly Action: Inside the Mind of Michael Thomas Ford

Posted by inkpopbecki on August 20, 2010

With the upcoming release of Mockingjay, the third book in the Hunger Game series, we have definitely been talking a lot about dystopias lately. Author Michael Thomas Ford has written a remarkable book set in the dystopic future of 2032. Z features a zombie fighting hero who finds he must use his action fighting skills for good. Check out more about Z at HarperTeen. Michael sat down with us for a little while to discuss Z as well us to give us a few pointers on writing action sequences. Want to try your hand at writing action? Join this week’s Writing Challenge.

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What was the inspiration for Z?
Unfortunately, the inspiration for Z was a friend who was addicted to drugs. Over the years I watched this guy turn from a funny, smart person people liked to be around into an angry, violent person determined to hurt himself and everyone around him. Also, I was inspired by the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, particularly by how these wars have been turned into video games and how the people who play these games come to see war as a fantasy and often have no real understanding of how truly horrible what’s happening in those places is.
I have always loved the zombie movies of George Romero — particularly his “Dead Trilogy” — and the way those movies are actually commentaries on popular culture. For instance, Night of the Living Dead was about racism, and Dawn of the Dead is about the dangers of a society based on greed. I thought I might be able to do the same thing in a novel, and that’s how the various ideas that influenced Z came together in a story.

Making zombies three-dimensional characters seems like a pretty difficult task. What was your strategy?
When people think about drug addicts, they tend to think of them as abstract concepts. But when you personally know someone who is changed by drug addiction, you know that there is a real human being beneath the addiction and the bad behavior that accompanies it. Similarly, in times of war it’s easy to think of the people killing and being killed as “the enemy” or “them” instead of as people who have hopes and dreams and fears that might be very similar to ours.
The zombies in the novel used to be humans — still are humans — but humans who have been twisted and made unrecognizable. That’s why it’s so easy for the players of the game to kill them. In order for the true horror of what they’re doing to become apparent, they have to recognize the humanity in the zombies. And in order for that to happen, I had to let the zombies retain some of who they used to be before they were changed. For each one I imagined who she or he was before becoming a zombie and let part of that person remain.

What is the most challenging part of writing an action sequence and what advice would you give to young writers who are attempting to write this sort of high caliber action for the first time?
For me the most challenging part of writing action sequences is keeping them simple. It’s tempting to want to describe every single thing that every character does, because you want the reader to see and experience the action the way it is in your mind. But including too much detail creates the reverse effect of slowing everything down.

How did you dream up the future world of 2032 that Josh lives in? How does this world differ from our current world? How is it similar?
When I was 13 the movie Blade Runner came out. It was rated R, and my mother wouldn’t take me to see it, so a friend and I bought tickets to another movie and then snuck in to the theater where Blade Runner was playing. The movie was a vision of what the world might look

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like in 2019 (which at that time was 37 years in the future), and its imagery was very stark and haunting. What I was most struck by was how the world in the film combined future technology with elements of the past, as if society had simultaneously gone forward andbackward. I had that in mind while building the world in which Josh lives. So you have a world in which people ride hoverbuses and readelectronic comic books but also eat in traditional Asian noodle shops and play among the ruins of an amusement park. It’s a world where many of the things familiar to us today have become or are becoming obsolete, and hopefully that makes readers think about what the world might be like 22 years from now.

Now it’s your turn! Join the Z Writing Challenge and see if you can writing an action sequence of your own!

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inkpop Fundamentals: July 29, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on July 29, 2010

Zombies rise in the entertainment world! For years vampires have ruled the box office and bookstore via novels and film/TV adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries, and Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse tales; but with news of a film adaptation of Mel Brooks’ World War Z starring Brad Pitt, and an additional movie option for Brooks’ two other zombie-centric works of fiction, The Zombie Survival Guide and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, it appears as if a new form of supernatural being is seeking to take over. Scheduled for release in the summer of 2012; World War Z revolves around a zombie apocalypse, and will be directed by Marc Forster. Entertainment Weekly.

Sleep vs. technology Nine hours of sleep each night; an apple a day; eight cups of water to stay hydrated. For years teens have been told that there are many daily requirements they should be meeting to keep themselves healthy. The one thing everyone fails to mention, the item that is most important to adolescents of the Twenty-First Century, is access to technology – and lots of it! In a recent study featured in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, researchers found that the average amount of sleep that teens snagged per night was 6 ½ to 7 ½ hours (quite a bit less than the recommended average) – and the decrease in shut-eye is being attributed to the amount of time spent using technology in the form of everything from computers to TV and video games! Chicago Tribune.

New YA series from ‘Wicked Lovely’ author! Since its release in June of 2007, Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely has been a bestseller, intriguing readers of all ages to delve into a world where faeries and mere mortals co-exist with one another; and spawning four sequels – Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, Radiant Shadows, and the forthcoming final book in the series, Darkest Mercy. But just as one series ends, another begins; for Marr, this comes in the form of a two-book deal that focuses around a female assassin whom exists in a world where myth and science collide, which is slated for a fall 2013 publication date. Melissa Marr.

Over to you…are you ready for something to take the place of vampires – why or why not? If you could see any supernatural entity achieve the same sort of popularity as vampires what would it be and why – aliens, zombies, something else…? Which is more important to you – sleep or time spent with technology? Do you find that you oftentimes lack sleep due to your use of technology? Are you a fan of Melissa Marr’s work? Are you looking forward to her new series?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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It’s a Supernatural Summer

Posted by inkpopbecki on May 28, 2010

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Why does summer always have to be about sunlight and beaches? Couldn’t a little bit have to do with the dark side of life? Well, HarperCollins heard your cried and responded with Supernatural Summer. Now you can have vampires, werewolves, witches and more all summer long. Check out supernaturalsummer.com.

  • Enter for a chance to win a free Apple iPad
  • Read about new supernatural books coming out this summer
  • Take quizzes
  • And find out about our Supernatural Summer Tour featuring New York Times bestselling authors Kim Harrison, Ellen Schreiber, Aprilynne Pike, Kimberly Derting, and Kelly Armstrong.

Go check out supernaturalsummer.com today.

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inkpopper of the Week: hotchilly

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 17, 2010

“I have a dog – a white German Shepherd named Bella, who’s nearing five and weighs over a hundred pounds. She lives for a good game of fetch. I live in Florida, where, if you’re thirsty, you can just go outside and gulp some air thanks to the massive amounts of humidity. I’ve been photoshopping for several years, and I’ve done some web design. Wink wink, inkpop, nudge nudge. Also, I can’t dance. My next inkpop project, the one I’m slowly retiring the runway for, will be about superheroes. Repetitive words, like ‘mimosa,’ annoy me.”

On that note, it’s easy to see that Danny, aka hotchilly, is full of observations regarding his surroundings that many would carelessly overlook (as visible through his thoughts on the sunshine state known as Florida), in addition to humorous idiosyncrasies – two extremely important things that have made his work a force to be reckoned with right here on inkpop.

Not only is Danny responsible for creating the “movie poster” for MIC’s Shadow Watchers; he is also the author of Model Night, a project which is currently ranked as # 75, and brings a splash of paranormal phenomena to the fashion industry and modeling world. Subjects that, oddly enough, he isn’t highly-experienced with.

Your book Model Night revolves quite a bit around models and the fashion industry. In your synopsis you state that “being soulless is a job requirement.” Is that how you feel about models and the fashion industry, in general, or is that thought/idea specific to your book which deals with zombies, the undead, etc.? What made you want to use the fashion industry/models as the topic for a book?

Danny: As with anything else that I don’t understand, I have nothing but respect for the fashion industry. Actually, I kind of think that the industry gets a bum rap. Sure, it fosters unrealistic body expectations, and a lot of people suffer from that – but I think that just means we need to work on boosting our society’s self-confidence levels as a whole. Fashion is an art, after all, like writing.

I used the industry/models as a topic for my book because I love the juxtaposition of what we think should be beautiful against what isn’t (flesh eating monsters). Also, the idea of some chick in a million dollar ball gown tackling someone so she can grab a bite to eat is hilarious.

Judging from the brief biography on your profile page, you seem very interested in music. If you had to create a soundtrack for Model Night what songs would you include and why?

D: I love music! Model Night was, for me, a side-project to get my mind off of another book that I was stuck on. I wanted it to be campy and fun first, with realism and some romance thrown in to counterbalance all the craziness. As a result, I ended up listening to Vampire Weekend and MGMT a lot. Particularly towards the end of the piece, when my characters are parachuting off of a Manhattan skyscraper, I listened to Time to Pretend by MGMT on loop. Oh, and when two of my characters got a little steamy in a stairwell, I listened to Lights On by The Pierces and All the Right Moves by OneRepublic.

Other sources of inspiration came via The Killers and Phoenix. Anything alternative with synth, really – what I imagined would work if played on a runway.

What are your crazy writing quirks? What do you need in order to get inspired and kick yourself into the mood to write?

D: Weirdly enough, unless I’m writing something that’s going to be emotional-overload, I need my writing space to be absolutely silent. Music affects me too much, and then whatever chapter I’m working on comes out crazy and bipolar, its mood shifting whenever the song changes. For inspiration, I can either go take a shower or Google something really specific. For Model Night, I went and Googled the most expensive men’s perfumes – Clive Christian No. 1, if you’re wondering – and then attributed it to a ghostie (since they’re all rich). What came out of it was this really kick-a fight scene.

Another weird quirk is that I forbid myself to plan the ending of my book before I get to it. I’m bad with relationships, so if I know how my book is going to turn out, I get really bored of it and just leave. So saving the end until the end is kind of like my promise for monogamy. Also, once I get there, it’s a million times more satisfying, and then I get to go back and edit some foreshadowing in, etc.

If you could be absolutely anything in life (career-wise), what would you be and why?

D: An anthropologist. Imagine, for a moment, getting paid to travel into foreign cultures – to take pictures, write journals, observe and immerse yourself in a world completely exotic. Perfect, right? Most people confuse anthropology with archaeology or they write it off as limited to bones and dead people. Nope, there’s cultural anthro, linguistic, evolutional… I’d want to work with cultural religions and linguistics, personally.

I actually want to do this so much that… I will, haha. Even if it isn’t lucrative, I was always taught by my parents to put contentment before money and choose a career that I’m happy in. Will do, padres.

If you were to recommend ONE book that you feel everyone should read at some point in their lives, what would it be and why?

D: Oh hey, thanks for asking me this impossible question! Haha. There are so many great books that I think everyone should read… I guess, though, if I’m to pick one, it’d be A Separate Peace by John Knowles. The way Knowles establishes the relationship between his characters is so real. Everything about it is, actually. A Separate Peace really is one of the best representations of adolescence I’ve ever seen; that uncomfortable feeling of everything changing, the irrational emotions. Just a good book, all around.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite quote? Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. GB Shaw
Song you never get tired of? All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers.
New York City or Los Angeles? New York City! East coast!
Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni.
If you were granted three wishes from a genie what would you ask for? Uhh… Power to fly, ability to heal anyone of anything (including old age!), and unlimited money.

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

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Inside the Mind of Joss Ware

Posted by inkpop on May 12, 2010

Hey inkpoppers! We have a special treat for this week’s “Inside the Mind .” We are featuring an author from our HarperCollins imprint, Avon. Why? Because this author writes about zombies and we’ve noticed you like zombies. Enough said! If you’re interested in reading more, check out Eos’s blog, Out of This Eos.

Joss Ware is the author of the Envy Chronicles, a series of paranormal novels that take place 50 years in the future, after the world came to a mysterious end.  Five men rose from the ashes, and are thrust into this post-apocalyptic world, where zombie-like creatures exist beside humans…

There are a number of vampire books being published right now, but your series feature zombies.  How did you come to write about them?
The setting for my series is different from a lot of what’s out there, too–since the Envy Chronicles are set fifty years after major devastating events destroy the earth and much of civilization.

Thus, zombies seem to fit into a post-apocalyptic world really nicely, in my mind. In an environment where everything has been devastated and destroyed, those scavenging creatures with the rotting flesh seem almost as appropriate there as vampires do in Transylvania! But the zombies are not the main characters of the series…they’re more like the Orcs in The Lord of the Rings–real pains in the butt, but no one ever even gets a name!

If you could name three elements in the Envy Chronicles series that helped your books really stand out, what would those elements be?
The futuristic setting is definitely one of the elements. The world, unlike what most people think of when they think post-apocalyptic, is green and lush and completely overgrown. Almost like an urban jungle. There are elements from our world, but they are often either memories or very limited. What I mean is, in this new world, there is no real infrastructure, no really widespread use of technology, no communication–but all of the knowledge and technology that we have today still can exist.

Another element that makes the series stand out is the over-riding mystery of what happened to destroy the earth–what was behind it–and who are the strange crystal-wearing immortals. Each book gives more and more clues to the mystery and adds another layer to what the reader–and the characters–understand about their world.

And finally, the last element that people really seem to respond to are the characters. The series is built around a group of five men who go caving in Sedona, Arizona, in June of 2010…there is an earthquake and they get knocked out. When they wake up and come out of the cave, they realize that fifty years have passed, and the world has been destroyed. They’ve literally lost everything they’ve ever had or known. The books follow the stories of these five men–and the others they meet along the way–as they learn how to live and love in this horrifying new world.

Do you have an audience in mind when you write? Who do you write for? What do you do to make sure you work appeals to that audience?
In my mind, my audience is one that’s seen lots of action movies, and has read lots of paranormal stories…so what I try to do is to make my books as different from things the audience might be overly familiar with as possible. You know, trying to stay away from the “been there, seen/read that” sort of syndrome.

But at the same time, I’m careful to try and meet their expectations for satisfying resolution, interesting and believable characters, fast pace, and a unique world. To me, there is nothing better than a great story that has familiar elements that are yet done so differently that it feels  unique and fresh.

To appeal to as many people as possible, I try to make my books feel very cross-genre. They fit in many different places, because there are big elements of romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery and adventure in each one…with none of any of those elements being too heavy.  I also try very hard to do things people don’t expect me to…in fact, in the book I just finished writing, there is a death that I think might upset some people. 😉

Do you read YA? What draws you to certain authors’ work?
I do read some YA when I have the chance to read for pleasure! What draws me is an author’s voice as well as the uniqueness of the author’s world. I can usually pick up a book and know after a page or two whether I’m going to love it or whether it’s just not going to work for me. Interestingly enough, I don’t read much paranormal (either YA or adult) because I write it.

If you had to put a soundtrack to your books, what songs would on it?
I actually made a little playlist for the Envy books. Some of the songs are actually referenced in the books, particularly in Beyond the Night, where one of the characters sings in a club.

Here are some of them:

Supernova by Liz Phair
Night Moves by Bob Seger
(I Want Your) Hands on Me by Sinead O’Connor
Lover, You Should Have Come Over by Jeff Buckley
Hot & Cold by Katy Perry
House of Cards by Radiohead (even though, in light of the zombies, Bodysnatchers might have been a better choice…)
Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5
Babylon by David Gray

Like what Joss had to say? Leave a comment! We’re selecting one random winner to receive a free copy of the newest book in the Envy Chronicle as well a free copy of Gone by HarperTeen author Michael Grant, being featured on Out of This Eos today, and Jocelynn Drake’s Nightwalker!

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 11, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 11, 2010

Boys and the vamp Though vampires have been a hot commodity in multiple forms of fiction (i.e. in book, small screen, and big screen formats) courtesy of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, LJ Smith’s Vampire Diaries, and the now-defunct, but still highly-popular, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; much of these series have catered to a female audience, leaving males somewhat uninterested in sinking their teeth into tales featuring vamps. Author Jason Henderson has decided to change that. A fan of vampires for over thirty years; Henderson hopes to pique the interest of male readers via the release of his novel, (the first of a projected series), Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising, which follows the adventures of a 14-year-old vampire hunter. KansasCity.com.

The monster mash! Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been a favorite for over one hundred years; and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina has been prevalent in classrooms for decades. Now the aforementioned books, in addition to countless other timeless tales, have received a facelift from publishers with the addition of zombies, vampires, werewolves, and other paranormal entities; making the books of yesteryear more adaptable to today’s society in the form of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Android Karenina, and HarperTeen’s very own new release Little Vampire Women. The trend, implemented by independent publisher Quirk Books just one short year ago, is said only to be the tip of the iceberg. Expect more monster mash-ups to hit your favorite classics very soon! The Wall Street Journal.

‘Avalon High’ 2.0 Meg Cabot’s Avalon High has seen much success since its 2005 publication. The book, which follows the story of Ellie, the new girl in town who attends Avalon High, a place, she soon comes to realize, that is full of students all of which are reincarnations of individuals from King Arthur’s court; has been crafted into a three-part manga series featuring art by Jinxy Coronado, and was the recipient of two awards: the Texas Lone Star Reading List, and the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age – in addition to snagging the number three spot on the New York Times Children’s Best-Sellers List. Now, Disney has teamed up with Cabot to bring Avalon High to the small screen starring Britt Robertson, Gregg Sulkin, Joey Pollari, Devon Graye, and Molly Quinn. The film is scheduled to premiere this fall on the Disney Channel. MTV.

Over to you…what is your favorite vampire series? Do you plan on reading Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising? What do you think of monster mash-ups – yay or nay? Do you want to see classics updated to involve paranormal beings, or would you rather read them in their original state, as the authors intended? Have you read Avalon High? Do you plan on watching the film adaptation?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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