Hi, and welcome to our new feature, in which we highlight and discuss some of the news that has been big in the bookish world this week.
Stephanie Meyer Will Develop “Anna Dressed in Blood”
Apparently not content with taking over the world with the Twilight novels and the franchise that has developed from them, Stephanie Meyer has decided to turn her hand to movie production, and is continuing this new venture with the popular YA novel – Anna Dressed in Blood. Meyer was also involved in the production of Austenland, another YA novel by a friend of hers.
Personally, I’ll be interested to see how this venture works out. I think that as an author, and especially as one who has been involved in the making of her own novels into movies, it will be interesting to see if Meyer can pull this off without putting too much of her own spin on it.
Source: LA Times
Fifty Shades of Grey: A Different Kind of (Counter) Suit
A - shall we say ‘adult’ – film adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey has been subject to a lawsuit buy Universal (who bought the rights to the book), due to their infringement of copyright laws . The ‘adult’ film company have countersued with the argument that the books are in the public domain because they were first written as fanfiction and were available for anyone to access on the internet. At the time of the article a ruling hadn’t been made.
I can’t quite decide if this is irony, but it definitely made me laugh. I’m not going to say that E.L. James hasn’t worked hard, and I’m not against fanfiction for the sake of fanfiction. However, I think that producing the movie of a book that is recognisably based on a popular YA series, whilst attempting to sue a company for doing essentially what the author did, is a (pardon the pun) very grey area.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Fox 2000 To Make “The Longest Ride”
Despite it not having been released yet, the right to Nicholas Spark’s next novel have already been acquired. The novel will be out this summer, whilst movie-goers will have to wait a little while longer for the expected release date of 2015. The story revolves around the relationships of two couples.
I’m wondering if a Nicholas Sparks film being made into a movie even *is* news anymore?
Eight Sparks novels have been adapted for the big screen so far: The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, The Last Song, The Lucky One and Safe Haven. Combined, they have grossed nearly three quarters of a billion dollars at the box office.
Eight films! Although with that kind of pay-out, I’m not surprised that companies are buying the rights to the books before they’re even out. For the most part the novels and their movie counterparts are not my cup of tea (except for Dear John – Channing Tatum!) but Sparks is evidently doing something very right.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
“In the Flesh”: New BBC Horror
Four years after the Rising, the government starts to rehabilitate the Undead back into the society including teenager Kieren Walker, who returns home to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception as well as his own demons. (IMDB)
This is a new drama from those masters of British television, the BBC. Carolyn pointed this out to me because of her love of zombies, and the fact that it looked interesting. I can’t disagree, and with the horror/post-apocalyptic/urban fantasy genre crossover, this is very much a series that appeals to some of us here at BCC, and hopefully our readers as well.
Reading Age Raises Alarm
The fact that many school children are reading below what is expected for their age is causing concerns at the moment. The blame for this is, perhaps for the first time, not placed on the children but on the adults who should be providing them with reading material. The article says that the children are not being challenged enough in what they are being given to read. Those in secondary school are still reading books meant for those of 11 and under. Considering Laura’s finding that 4 million adults don’t read for pleasure, this is perhaps not as surprising a revelation as it might have been. Although the defesne could be made that reading books that are too young for them is still reading, the fact that reading is directly linked to academic success makes this a worrying trend.
You can read the report here: The What Kids Are Reading Report
Source: The Guardian
Female Werewolf Terrorised Village
No, I’m not insane. Hespeler, a small village in Canada, will be completely changed by the arrival of a female werewolf sometime later this year. The first novel in the much loved Women of the Underworld series, Bitten, is being turned into a thirteen part series and from April to August, scenes will be filmed there. The village will be a stand in for Bear Valley, N.Y. - which will have to be quite a transformation for a quiet little place that is
‘home to herons and swans and turtles’
Fans of the series have had mixed reactions about the series being made into a TV series, but I think that anything with any input by Kelley Armstrong must be pretty awesome. I can’t wait for the series to be aired.
Source: The Record
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