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This week covers the history of Quidditch (Rowling’s just full of revelations lately), Scott Westerfeld’s newest novel based on NaNoWriMo, a new Divergent clip (as if we aren’t excited enough), and Lifetime’s plan for more V.C. Andrews adaptations.
History of Quidditch Revealed
Are you on Pottermore yet? If not, you should be for all the critically exciting nerdage the occurs with alarming frequency. In that it happens at an alarming rate, or that it happens at all is up to you, the reader, to determine. This week, Rowling decided to delve into one of the wizarding world’s great mysteries: Quidditch. Mostly, I refer to the eternal question of why grown-up adult-like people would pretend to play it, but let’s also go with the interesting history thing.
Rowling has written original content for the site before, but this seems to be the largest piece she’s written. It comes in two parts, the first posted on March 14th and the other this coming Friday (March 21st). Some fun Quidditch facts from Rowling’s piece:
- The rulebook concerning both on- and off-pitch magic is alleged to stretch to nineteen volumes and to include such rules as ‘no dragon is to be introduced into the stadium for any purpose including, but not limited to, team mascot, coach or cup warmer’ and ‘modification of any part of the referee’s body, whether or not he or she has requested such modification, will lead to a lifetime ban from the tournament and possibly imprisonment.’
- Niko Nenad jinxed an entire frost after his team lost the game.
- In 1877, there was a mystery tournament that nobody remembers despite indisputable proof that it occurred.
Scott Westerfeld Writes the Perfect YA Novel
Scott Westerfeld, author of award winning novels like Uglies series and Midnighters trilogy, is writing the perfect YA novel. It’s based around a teenage author who gets a publishing contract after completing her NaNoWriMo and heads to New York to enter the illusive world of Young Adult authors. I’m just going to go ahead and assume, as I always have, that it’s a House of Cards world of betrayal, power struggles, secret societies, illicit substances like ten straight cans of energy drink. I’m pretty sure I’m right. Every author I’ve ever asked has laughed it off.
In a press release, Westerfeld said:
“Readers of YA are also lively and energetic producers—of fanfic, of original work, of reviews and blogs and manifestos. Afterworlds is an homage to all those who write to make themselves better readers, or the other way around.”
The book will published by Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and is scheduled for release on September 23, 2014.
Simon & Schuster To Publish Awesome Memoir of Two Awesome Teens
Arin Andrews and Katie Rain Hill are having their memoirs published after the story of how they met and fell in love went public after a 20/20 appearance made national headlines. The two teens met when Katie’s mother spotted Arin at a transgendered youth meeting and she decided to play match maker to what I am officially dubbing the Cutest Couple Ever, even though they’re no longer together.
The two teens feature in the Barney’s short by Bruce Webber, Brothers, Sisters, Sons, Daughters featuring shorts of transgendered people as part of a campaign to raise awareness. They got their own section of the film which features videos from Arin’s transformation.
The novelty of this old school romance and the memoirs its generated are a solid reminder of the lack of visibility in media for transgendered people, their stories and their lives. Publication of the memoirs is set for September in 2014.
Summit Intending Us to Die for Wanting of Divergent
Summit has released a new clip from the much awaited Divergent movie featuring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet facing off in a heated discussion. Woodley, who recently came out to say that Twilight probably wasn’t the healthiest thing for people to read, shows off some sweet tension even pitched against the force of awesomeness that is Kate Winslet.
Luckily, there’s only four more days of harrowing suspense before it hits theatres in America on the 21st. Unfortunately, it’s very likely to take approximately ten years before it hits theatres here in Australia. Or April 10th, but it feels about the same.
Just Books for Kids for this Group
Malorie Blackman, Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Pullman, Waterstones and other publishers have banded together to change the way books are labelled for kids. The campaign, Let Books Be Books, has an excellent agenda. The group aims to increase promotion of books that are not gender specific and allow for a broader approach to representation.
The launch has been massively successful and garnered positive reaction from publishers like Parragon and Usborne whilst ganging vocal support from a wide variety of children’s and young adult authors.
As it is, publishers generally label books in the packaging as for girls or for boys, which is problematic for kids who don’t easily fit in those narrow roles or for those whose interests range wider. The campaign is an extension to the Let Toys Be Toys project which aims to achieve the same goals with children’s toys.
You Have More V.C. Adaptations to Look Forward To
Despite the mixed response to its recent Flowers in the Attic adaptation, the Lifetime channel is planning on adding three more V.C. Andrews adaptations so…yay?
Petals on the Wind, the sequel to Flowers in the Attic, is already filming now, but the timeline for the other films is not yet released. The full set of of V.C. books-to movie adaptions includes: Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and My Sweet Audrina.
To be fair, despite the meh response, it was Lifetime’s most successful airing since October 2012. Several parts have been recast: Kiernan Shipka’s Cathy will now be played by Rose McIver and Mason Dye’s Christopher will be played by Wyatt Nash. Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn have signed on and will maintain as their characters.
YA New York Times Best Sellers (March 23rd 2014)
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
- Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
- Paper Towns by John Green
- Panic by Lauren Oliver
- Being a Teen by Jane Fonda
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky