Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday Link Salad

Last Saturday I was too behind on the news myself to post, so I've done some serious catching up to present to you two weeks of bookish news and announcements.  Grab your coffee and dig in!

-Two big covers were unveiled last week.  First up Simon and Schuster unveiled the cover for Clockwork Prince bright and early at the BEA last Wednesday.  It spread like wildfire through the blogging community but in case you missed it,  Voila!  Apparently that's Jem in front of the Temple bar.

-A few days later, Cassie released the Chapter titles and a little something about each of them, to Clockwork Prince as well.  Just in case the cover wasn't enough excitement for  you.

-Also revealed during the BEA week was Rick Riordan's next Heroes of Olympus cover, The Son of Neptune.  This one was revealed at the big ticketed Lincoln Center event with James Patterson.   Even more exciting though (since I'm not as in love with covers now that John Rocco isn't doing them anymore) is the sneak peek at the first chapter, released a few days later.  Dude the first chapter is titled Percy!!! I will say no more.

-In the last two weeks there have been loads of casting announcements as well.  Jace was finally cast for the Mortal Instruments movie, and if you haven't weighed in yet then you're possibly one of the last not to do so.  Cassie is apparently over the moon and thinks he's perfect.  I've seen a couple of photos where he does look pretty similar to what I've imagined (though maybe a touch more pretty boy), I'm most happy he's so young.  Previous fan favourites have been way to old for my taste, and besides he has to stay pretty young looking for several years to get through the franchise.

-Several big parts were officially announced last week and early this week for The Hunger Games movie.  President Snow is going to be played by Donald Sutherland, and the most controversial announcement?  Lenny Kravitz has been cast as Cinna.  I know what you're thinking, what?! he acts?  Anywho, I guess we'll have to trust that the director and Suzanne Collins once again saw something amazing in auditions and then wait to be blown away by his performance.  After all, I still recall the outrage when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, and that panned out better than expected, so why not Lenny Kravitz?!

-In further Hunger Games movie news, Suzanne Collins released a statement about the script writing process that should put everyones worries to rest.  Released on the Facebook page for the movie, she had the following to say:

Now that the filming of The Hunger Games has begun, I've been getting a lot of questions about the script, so I thought I might share a little of my experience with you. Back in early 2010, Color Force and Lionsgate began the process of adapting the book to the screen and I wrote the first draft of the script. After that, we brought on veteran screenwriter Billy Ray to further develop the piece. Not only has he written and directed excellent films like Shattered Glass and Breach, he was a complete pleasure to work with. Amazingly talented, collaborative, and always respectful of the book. His adaptation further explored the world of Panem and its inhabitants. As though I wasn't lucky enough, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross, known for his wonderful works such as Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, came on board. As part of his creative process, he wrote a subsequent draft which incorporated his incredible directorial vision of the film. And then he very generously invited me in to work with him on it. We had an immediate and exhilarating creative connection that brought the script to the first day of shooting. Of course, the piece will naturally continue to evolve through the filming, as the actors bring the characters to life, as the entire crew brings their significant talents to the piece, as the editors work with Gary to best realize his vision. The final draft will be on the screen next March.
So that's been the script process, and as an author, I'm truly grateful for the journey.
May the odds be ever in your favor!

Suzanne Collins

- Now that the brouhaha is dying down, and all the BEAer's have made their way home and possibly caught up on much needed sleep etc. (I'm still working on the catch up on life things, i.e. laundry and groceries etc.), all the BEA recap posts have been popping up.  I
pinkie swear  I have a mammoth one on the way, which is simply exhausting to think about, but in the meantime I thought it was fun to check it out from a different perspective.  Author Adrienne Kress posted her author's view of the BEA week up on her blog the other day, and I thought it was neat-o to see it from the other side for a change.

-Speaking of that mammoth post in the works (you were wondering why I was so quiet right?) one of the things I mention is that the non-ticketed talks were largely impossible to partake in because of the heavy crowds. But I've stumbled on a great find to correct that!
BEA has posted podcasts of all of them on their site.  So even if you weren't there you can check them all out!  Trust me, way better to watch at home then to suffocate in a crowd trying to hear what they're saying.

-I recently saw one of the best book trailers ever!  It's for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and it's made me want to read the book even more than I did when I first heard of the book (which is saying something because I really wanted to read the book ASAP when I heard about it).  Check it out, it's gorgeous.

- I would remiss if I didn't send you over to Carrie Ryan's blog at this point.  
She's celebrating audio month with an audio book giveaway of her lovely zombie reads.  If you haven't read her work yet then I highly suggest you jump on the bandwagon, it's good stuff!

-Finally the
latest Inkpop challenge is up!  And it's based on a book burning a hole in my bookshelf while it waits for me to read it, Divergent.

That is the challenge! Write a short story or poem that explores a character that does not quite fit into the world around them. Like Divergent you can create a dystopian environment where everyone is supposed to act a certain way or you can explore a world much closer to your own, like a high school where someone just doesn't quite fit in. 
Now what are you waiting for? Get writing! 

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