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This week is all about book-to-film adaptations: If I Stay, Paper Towns, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, Petals on the Wind, and sadly, no more Percy Jackson films. We won’t judge you if you cry. Also, Divergent is kicking ass in book sales. Hazzah!
If I Stay Movie on its Way
Get your first look at the movie adaptation of Gayle Forman’s gorgeous novel by the same name. The book follows the story of seventeen year old Mia, a budding cellist left in a coma after a car crash that killed her family. Mia struggles to decide whether to wake up or let herself die. The only thing complicating the decision is her boyfriend, Adam.
The movie is being done by MGM/Warner Bros and New Line and it is also being directed by R.J. Cutler. Chloë Moretz has been cast as Mia and Jamie Blackley as Adam. As much as I’m anticipating this movie, there’s already been some drama surrounding it, with Chloe Moretz suffering from Foot in Mouth syndrome:
“What’s interesting about Gayle’s novel is that it’s not really that YA. It deals with issues that are much bigger…it’s much darker than I think most YA is. I want people to walk in and feel like they actually felt something, and learned something, and realized something different about life that’s more than just, ’Oh, I saw this love triangle and it’s super sad because she chose the guy I didn’t like. And then the movie was over.’ And you’re like, ‘Okay, that’s pathetic.’ You want to watch something that actually means something and makes you feel and makes you want to be involved. That’s what I wanted to make and that’s what I strive to make.”
Oh...OH, no you did not.
This quote inspired a twitter hashtag #recsformoretz and several angry responses from the YA community and others compiling lists of great young adult novels for Moretz to check out. Not that Moretz probably cares since she’s being pursued for the lead of Paper Towns. Still, I hope she figures out how wrong she is.
John Green Taking Over the World
John Green has been announced as the Executive Producer for the movie adaptation of his popular young adult novel, Paper Towns. Fox studios purchased the film rights for the novel. Much of the crew for The Fault in our Stars will be reunited for Paper Towns, including screenwriters and producers. Nat Wolff will be playing the lead, otherwise known as Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars, otherwise known as this guy:
Regarding his new position, John Green tweeted “If you don’t like something, you can blame me.”
We certainly shall, Mister Green! Paper Towns is a two-time Printz Medalist and consistent New York Times bestseller. It’s the story of Quentin Jacobsen who loves Margo Roth Speigelman in a far off, telescope-abusing kind of way. Turns out Margo isn’t really the girl Quentin thinks he knows, and after a night of shenanigans, the mystery only deepens.
More on the Harry Potter Spinoff
Now I actually am a Harry Potter fan, believe me, but if I have to hand in my fan card right now because of this article, I will. This is kind of ridiculous, but the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spinoff is getting a three movie deal from Warner Brothers. Note to the world: Not everything needs a three movie deal.
The series will follow the, no doubt, scintillating adventures of Newt Scamander, and is set seventy years before the events of the rest of the Harry Potter series.
None of this makes me happy. However this might tickle your happy bone: here is a list of facts that will change the way you look at Harry Potter! I want to embrace whoever made this list!
Logan Lerman Says No to Another Percy Jackson Film
Logan Lerman attended the Noah premiere this week and answered questions about the third Percy Jackson movie which, according to him, is just probably not happening. Fans of the award winning series will be disappointed but perhaps not surprised to hear that there won’t be another installment.
“It’s been a great experience for me,” Lerman said of the role. “It’s opened up a lot of doors for me, but I don’t think it’s happening.”
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010) is an adaptation of the middle grade book of the same name, and follows the adventures of the demigod children of greek gods. The film only received a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned $86.7 million at the box office. Its sequel, Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters (2013), has a 41% Rotten Tomato rating and only brought in $68.6 million. Which, honestly, is nothing to sneeze at but still probably isn’t great when you compare it to the $408 million that The Hunger Games brought in during 2012.
Get a Look at the Petals on the Wind Remake
Lifetime has released some promo images for Petals on the Wind, the Flowers in the Attic sequel, in anticipation of its release on May 26th at 8pm. Grown up and ten years older, Cathy and Christopher are now played by Rose McIver and Wyatt Nash. Heather Graham, on the other hand, has retained her role as their mother Corrine.
Publishers’ Weekly says Divergent is Making a Killing
Publishers’ Weekly posted their Facts & Figures for their biggest sellers, showing Divergent was the boss of 2013. Honestly this just stunned me, since I was sure John Green’s books would be on there. Yet, overall on the front lists and backlists for Hardback and Paperbacks, Divergent does generally come out on top, knocking The Hunger Games trilogy off the perch it’s held for two years.
Here’s a compact version of the list:
- Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8). Jeff Kinney. Abrams/Amulet (3,010,093)
- Allegiant (Divergent #3). Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Tegen (1,526,294)
- The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4). Rick Riordan. Disney-Hyperion (1,470,021)
- Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. Rush Limbaugh. S&S/Threshold (765,073)
- Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (Dork Diaries #6). Rachel Renée Russell. S&S/Aladdin (749,685)
- The Fault in Our Stars. John Green. Dutton, 2012
- Insurgent (Divergent #2). Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Tegen, 2012 (1,109,129)
- Green Eggs and Ham. Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1960
- Wonder. R.J. Palacio. Knopf, 2012
- Goodnight Moon (board book). Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Clement Hurd. HarperFestival, 1991 (632,579)
- Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2, trade paper and movie tie-in editions). Suzanne Collins. Scholastic (900,509)
- Pete the Cat: Pete’s Big Lunch. James Dean. HarperCollins (632,390)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs. Quirk (430,433)
- Pinkalicious and the Cupcake Calamity. Victoria Kann. HarperCollins (384,606)
- Pete the Cat: Play Ball! James Dean. HarperCollins (371,511)
- Divergent. Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Tegen, 2012 (1,714,730)
- The Book Thief (trade paper and movie tie-in eds.). Markus Zusak. Knopf, 2007/2013
- The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1). Rick Riordan. Disney-Hyperion, 2006 (600,383)
- City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1). Cassandra Clare. S&S/McElderry, 2008 (522,491)
- Looking for Alaska. John Green. Penguin/Speak, 2006
- Divergent. Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Tegen (709,077)
- The Fault in Our Stars. John Green. Dutton
- The Book Thief. Markus Zusak. Knopf
- Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2). Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (580,988)
- Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3). Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (557,554)
You can see the full list here.
I’m kind of surprised that John Green’s novels didn’t make more of an appearance on these lists. They spend every week in the New York Times Bestsellers Lists. Only The Fault in Our Stars really makes it on there yet, An Abundance of Katherines, and his other novels are on there pretty regularly too. Still, it’s nice to see some diversity in this list regarding bestsellers! Thanks Publishers’ Weekly for putting that together.
New York Times Best Sellers (April 6, 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
- Paper Towns by John Green
- Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
- Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
- Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
- Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan
- Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
- Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Rights: World English
Agent: Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Agency)
In the novel a 17-year-old is recruited as a trainer by a weight-loss clinic: her brain waves are downloaded into clients’ bodies so she can exercise for them.
The Ascent of Tosh by Carrie Gordon Watson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rights: North American
Agent: Erin Murphy (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)
Pitched as The Matrix meets Donnie Darko with cockroaches—a surreal story depicting the way trauma and grief force a teen into the bizarre recesses of his mind. Publication is expected in spring 2016.
Lifer by Beck Nicholas
Agent: Ali McDonald (The Rights Factory)
A teenage slave aboard a spaceship finds herself in the middle of an uprising, while another teen back on Earth searches for his forgotten past in the midst of a brewing rebellion.
Source: Publishers’ Weekly