Welcome to the YA Roundup, the best source of movie news, bookish gossip, new releases and cover reveals from the YA genre!
In this week’s edition: Movie trailers are coming out in a great rush as the If I Stay and Petals on the Wind trailers make their debut, and the ALA tabulates the most challenged books of 2013.
If I Stay Movie Trailer
The movie trailer for the If I Stay movie arrived this week, and so have the feels. Try not to cry too much as you watch it. Chloë Moretz and Jamie Blackley play the two lead roles, Mia and Adam.
The movie is based on the gorgeous 2009 young adult book by Gayle Forman and centers around Mia’s choice to live or die after she and her family are in a tragic accident. Adam is the boyfriend who begs her to live. The movie is due our August 22nd from director R.J. Cutler and screenwriter Shauna Cross.
Trailer for Petals on the Wind
The first trailer for Petals on the Wind was released this week. The story picks up ten years from the events from the Flowers in the Attic, when the kids are all grown up. There’s plenty of drama and hot material in the trailer, promising good things to come for Lifetime Network’s ratings. Flowers in the Attic previously gave the network its highest ratings in years.
Rose McIver, who plays Cathy, seems to have a good grip on the character, telling TheWrap:
“I can understand that with what [Cathy has] been through, she seeks this deep seeded vengeance. It’s very understandable that these people have wronged her and what she wants to do, but it’s the perfect example of revenge really hurts you just as much as it hurts the other people. So, I can’t help but feel so sad and protective of this character as she makes these decisions, which aren’t necessarily beneficial to her future.”
People Tried to Ban Young Adult Books a lot Last Year
The American Library Association released the 2013 list of the most challenged books. Unsurprisingly, the list is full of young adult titles. But surprisingly a children’s book, The Adventures of Captain Underpants, takes the most challenged title!
Perhaps it’s the comments made by parents which are most revealing about why books are banned. Speaking about Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World:
“Parents might be able to file suit if they felt the school taught obscene content. Why would we teach kids what is negative in society? Let’s teach them what is right, to become good citizens and improve the fabric of society.”
Exactly! Because censoring books and telling kids what to think is better than helping them discover how to do so on their own, through exploration of different types of literature. Keep being awesome, random father quoted for this article.
The National Coalition Against Censorship hit back against the intended banning of Huxley’s book, saying:
“Focusing on content that someone might consider inappropriate or objectionable inevitably takes material out of context and distorts the meaning of the book.”
The number of books challenged has actually fallen in 2013 to 307, down from 464 reported challenges in 2012. This year’s top ten most frequently challenged books:
Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
JK Rowling Continues to Be Adorable on Pottermore
Missing Harry Potter just a little? Need a hit to get you through the day? JK Rowling has your back. She’s been writing as Ginny Weasley-Potter, reporting on the 2014 Quidditch World Cup in the Patagonian desert.
What has Ginny Weasley been up to since she and Harry got together? What’s it like being married to the famous Harry Potter? I have no idea, but she has plenty to say about a Dukuwaqa, mascot of the Fijian Quidditch team, going after a giant lake serpent.
Clearly Ginny, who herself had a career as a Quidditch player, is cut out for creating a bold narrative out of the eventful matches. You can read more of her reporting over on Pottermore.
Keep Boys Reading—Or Else
Andy McNab, speaking out on what has been a big issue in the last few years, warned that boys need to keep reading. This was sparked by a recent survey that found that 63% of men don’t read as much as they think they should.
The report said nothing about how many men think they don’t weigh as much as they should (Off the top of my head? Likely at least 85%) or don’t exercise as much as they should, (Probably like 70%).
But it does highlight the disparity in men’s reading habits compared to women.
Matt Haig, another author concerned about the trend warned:
“The danger is that the fewer books men buy, the less incentive publishers and booksellers will have to reach out of them. And so the heavily-promoted novels will increasingly become aimed squarely at the most likely group of readers: women. And so it becomes a vicious circle.”
This is a curious mystery in the publishing world. According to VIDA statistics, men who are published are more like to be reviewed. The reviewers themselves are more likely to be male and thus male authors and their books are more likely to get exposure. And another interesting statistic is that men are still more likely to read, almost exclusively, male authors.
It does seem like a system geared to and for men, and yet women are still buying and consuming more books according to an increasing number of studies.
When it’s put that way, yes, this is an alarming trend.
New York Times Best Sellers (April 27, 2014)
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Paper Towns by John Green
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
- Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- 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
Once Was a Time by Leila Sales
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication: Spring 2016
Rights: North American
Agent: Stephen Barbara (Foundry Literary + Media)
Sales’ middle-grade debut featuring two best friends who are wrenched apart when one time-travels away from their home in war-ravaged 1940s England.
Seniors by Teddy Steinkellner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication: Summer 2016
Agent: Alex Glass (Trident Media Group)
Described as Robert Altman’s Short Cuts for teens, it follows a group of high school seniors as they navigate life-changing decisions, moving around in time and perspective to show the different potential outcomes of their choices.
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication: Spring 2016
Rights: World English
Agent: Quinlan Lee (Adams Literary)
Inspired by the tale of Blackbeard, it’s the story of a forbidden romance between a servant girl desperate for freedom and the master’s son who dreams of a life at sea. But they are caught up in something bigger than their circumstances: a love that changes the course of history.
Inn Between by Marina Cohen
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication: Winter 2016
Agent: John M. Cusick (Greenhouse Literary)
The story follows 12-year-old Quinn, who is driving across country with her best friend’s family when a stopover at a creepy Victorian hotel in middle of the Nevada desert turns terrifying.
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal
Publication: March 2015
Agent: Charlie Olsen (InkWell Management)
A fantasy graphic novel series follows an “adventure chef” named Rutabaga, who travels to a fantasy land to find bizarre ingredients to cook in his enchanted cauldron. The books will include pages straight out of Rutabaga’s cookbooks, with recipes that readers can make at home.
Source: Publishers’ Weekly