Posted by kacates on September 9, 2010
Right now, books published for the young adult market are hotter than ever. It's one of the few areas of publishing that's actually seen sales increasing in recent years, and more and more books aimed at teens from a vast variety of genres are published each year. Compared to what was published for teens back when I actually was one (lots of Sweet Valley High and other endless paperback series is all I can remember), you guys have got it good.
And Hollywood has started to sit up and take notice. Just in the past few months I've posted on this blog several times about YA books that are coming out as films – the most recent here and here. The Twilight movies are international bestsellers, Pretty Little Liars and the Vampire Diaries are huge hits on TV, and a movie based on current phenomenon The Hunger Games is in the works. Now everyone wants a piece of the next YA bestseller. If you're curious to see what other books have been optioned for film and television, I've just found a great blog called YA Takeover that keeps tabs on the latest news out of Hollywood as it relates to YA books. Right now, all kinds of Twilight-esque supernatural romance is big, but there are so many coming to the big screen that there's something for everyone. Go check it out!
Posted by kacates on July 30, 2010
If you haven't read Ned Vizzini's book, It's Kind of a Funny Story, you definitely should. It's about a depressed teen who calls a suicide hotline and ends up getting checked into the adult ward of a mental hospital. And now it's about to be a movie, starring Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Aasif Mandvi, and relative newcomer Keir Gilchrist as the main character, Craig. Amazingly enough, the trailer looks like the movie could possibly do the book justice. Check it out below:
Posted by kacates on June 17, 2010
Looking for a fast-paced, exciting summer read? You can't do better than John Marsden's Tomorrow, When the War Began series. First published in Australia, these seven books tell the story of Ellie and her friends, who decide to spend their summer vacation camping in the Australian bush, only to find out when they try to return home that their country has been invaded and their families killed or captured. Now they have some choices to make: Do they return to the bush and stay hidden to avoid capture? Do they let themselves be taken so they can at least be reunited with their families? Or…do they fight back?
Since, as I mentioned, it's a seven-book series full of crazy action, you might be able to guess what these teenagers choose. With only the weapons available to them from raiding abandoned farms and ranches, they become guerrilla warriors, fighting back against their country's occupation. I promise, once you start reading these books, you won't be able to put them down! You can find all seven in the series section of the YA department here at the Normal library. Plus, if you finish the books and still can't get enough, Marsden later wrote The Ellie Chronicles, a trilogy covering what happens to Ellie and her friends when the war is finally over.
While interest in the series has been picking up recently here in the States, in Australia, these books were absolutely HUGE, selling millions of copies. Now, a movie is getting ready to be released there in September. I can only hope it eventually makes it over here so I can see it! Here's the most recent trailer to be released – the cast looks great, and from what I can tell it sticks fairly close to the book:
Posted by kacates on October 16, 2009
Where the Wild Things Are opens in theaters today. Directed by Spike Jonze, with a screenplay written by Jonze and Dave Eggers, the movie comes from Maurice Sendak's classic book, which contains less than 40 pages and only ten sentences. So what do you guys think? Is it possible to make a good film out of such a short book with so little plot? How do you think it will compare?
I'll be up front and say that the book is one of my favorites ever and one of my strongest memories from childhood is of having it read to me. The images and visual look of the book is incredible, and from what I've seen of the trailer, Jonze's adaptation seems to capture at least some of that. Plus, the director was picked out by Sendak himself, who seems to approve heartily of the project. At any rate, I'll find out tonight when I go to see it in the theater. Anyone else planning to see this one?