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In this week’s edition: Maximum Ride is being adapted as a YouTube mini series, another Mockingjay short launches on CapitolTV, JK Rowling brings the crew of Harry Potter back together for a short story, and James Dawson wins Queen of Teen!
The Mockingjay Lives
A chilling and impressive second teaser trailer has been released for the forthcoming Mockingjay: Part 1. The trailer features Peeta, President Snow, Johanna and, best of all, Beetee Latier! Beetee hacks into Snow’s broadcast from District 13 to announce that The Mockingjay lives. Talk about ten seconds of powerful acting!
This follows on from the first, chilling teaser showing President Snow promising that those who resist the system “will bleed.”
Maximum Ride Gets YouTube Treatment
James Patterson’s having a really good time with his Young Adult novel Maximum Ride, which seems to be giving the maximum ride to his bank account now that Collective Digital Studio is set to adapt the novel for YouTube.
“Maximum Ride has a massive global fan base and it is very exciting to think about connecting with them online,” Patterson said of the announcement. “I’m confident that CDS will help introduce the book series to a completely new audience as well.”
This is the second time the novel has been adapted since its 2005 release, with Yen Press publishing a manga series based on the book. It also follows news that Patterson’s suspense novel, Zoo is getting the CBS treatment soon in the wake of King’s Under the Dome success.
John Green Takes Over the US
Mashable reports what we already knew: John Green is poised to take over the world, and he's starting with the US.
According to data from Amazon, the most-purchased book in 49 of the 50 states is John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. The only holdouts were Hawaii and Washington, D.C., which bought more copies of Dr. Zhi Gang Sha’s Soul Healing Miracles and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch: A Novel, respectively.
John Green taking over the world isn’t really a problem, though—I simply hope that he is a kind and benevolent ruler.
Rowling Reunites Potter Crew
In honor of the FIFA World Cup, JK Rowling provided us with details about this year’s Quidditch World Cup as reported in an article by Rita Skeeter. Skeeter gets a bit off-topic, though, as she focus on the Cup’s famous attendees, including a 34-year-old Harry Potter. From Skeeter’s article:
“The Potter family and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army have been given accommodation in the VIP section of the campsite, which is protected by heavy charms and patrolled by Security Warlocks. Their presence has ensured large crowds along the cordoned area, all hoping for a glimpse of their heroes. At 3pm today they got their wish when, to the accompaniment of loud screams, Potter took his young sons James and Albus to visit the players’ compound, where he introduced them to Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum.”
The popularity of the short 1,500 word piece crashed JK’s own Pottermore site and kept it down for a long time.
Daniel Radcliff has already had to fend off questions of whether he’ll be playing the adult Harry Potter in some imagined world where this short story becomes a movie.
“My inclination is to say ‘no’ because I don’t think it’s even a hypothetical at the moment. What she’s written—and I haven’t read it yet but I will—I understand it’s a very short piece. And he’s 10 years older than I am now.”
Besides, Radcliffe is busy promoting his TV series A Young Doctor’s Notebook and working on his independent movies. So no more Potter from him, it seems. Boo.
Two YA Adaptations Heading for Television
The Shannara series was optioned by MTV, likely looking for a younger version of Game of Thrones for their demographic. The series has been given a 10-episode order. MTV is teaming up with Jon Favreau, Al Gough, and Miles Miller for the series.
Meanwhile, the story of early humans living amongst Neanderthals in Clan of the Cave Bear has been picked up by LifeTime and will be co-produced by Fox 21 and Lionsgate. On board as executive producers are the likes of Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur, Linda Woolverton, Fancie Calfo, and the novel’s author, Jean M. Auel.
A New Queen of Teen Has Been Crowned
After a vicious and cruel battle to the top, James Dawson lives by one saying: “In the game of (Teen) thrones, you either win or you still look fabulous.” At least, that’s what I’ve decided he’s thinking as he perches there on his mighty throne of awesomeness which is, coincidentally, what I call something else.
The competition was fierce but it seems Dawsons’ twitter campaigns helped him destroy the competition, including such YA heavyweights as Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, John Green and SC Ransom, all of whom are often NYT Bestsellers.
In his acceptance speech, Dawson said:
“All I can really do is promise to work twice as hard to be a really good Queen. [...] This is bizzare but fantastic.”
Dawsom had an interesting proposition for Maureen Johnson, the Queen of Teen 2013 Winner:
And @maureenjohnson, let’s definitely start a royal family. That child would be SO NORMAL.— James Dawson (@_jamesdawson) July 11, 2014
I would pay money to see that, Dawson. Lots and lots of money.
New York Times Best Sellers (July 20, 2014)
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Paper Towns by John Green
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
- Where She Went by Gayle Forman
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
- Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
- Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
- Middle School by James Patterson
- The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn
Publication: January 2015
Agent: Gloria Loomis (Watkins/Loomis Agency)
In the story, a teenage girl from Santa Fe facing a life-changing diagnosis convinces four friends to participate in a totem-swapping ceremony that causes them to swap problems and walk in each other’s shoes.
Nemesis by Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)
Publication: Spring 2016
Agent: Lucy Carson (Friedrich Agency)
In the story, a princess who possesses the power to create energy escapes her father, who wishes to weaponize it, only to be captured by another kingdom where she discovers that her powers could be used to fight a terrible plague.
Toya by Randi Pink
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)
Publication: Fall 2016
Rights: North American
Agent: Marietta B. Zacker (Nancy Gallt Literary Agency)
Sixteen-year-old Latoya Williams, who is black, attends a mostly white high school in the Bible Belt. In a moment of desperation, she prays for the power to change her race and wakes up white.
A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee
Publisher: Knopf (Random House)
Publication: Spring 2016
Rights: U.S. and Canadian
Agent: Catherine Drayton (InkWell Management)
Set in London during the Industrial Revolution, it features a girl who never believed she could be more than pretty and graceful and who, when she is thrust into a world of subterranean rivers, broomsticks, and nature gone wild, learns to trust herself and her destiny.
Source: Publishers Weekly