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This week covers the banning of The Fault in Our Stars, the largest Harry Potter Memorabilia collection in the world, and more stories from the world of Twilight, coming to a computer near you!
Aspiring Female Filmmakers Wanted for Twilight Short Films
A contest is being held by Lionsgate for Twilight-inspired short films. Five directors will be chosen from a panel that includes Kristen Stewart and Stephenie Meyer, who will be mentoring participants. The New York Times reports:
Other panelists include the actresses Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Julie Bowen; Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first “Twilight” movie; the film producer Cathy Schulman; and Jennifer Lee, who co-directed “Frozen.”
The winning short films will be shown exclusively on Facebook, with a Lionsgate vice chairman stating that it will be an excellent way to re-energize the existing fanbase whilst also introducing new fans to the franchise.
By supporting female directors, the project may take a powerful step towards bridging the gender gap in the movie-making industry. “The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry,” said Ms. Meyers.
Not to mention it might move some of those book copies off the shelves…
Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater Team up
Jackson Pearce (As You Wish, Sisters Red) and Maggie Stiefvater (Books of Faerie, The Wolves of Mercy Falls) announced their collaboration on a new middle-grade series entitled Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures. Both authors will work on the story, with Steifvater also donning her illustrator cap for the first time to create the drawings for the series.
Steifvater seems to be something of a Jack of all Trades; the new release of the trailer for her upcoming novel Blue Lily, Lily Blue features a song she wrote herself. The third book in The Raven Boys series, Blue Lily, Lily Blue publishes October 21st, 2014.
Largest Harry Potter Memorabilia Collection
So you think you love Harry Potter, but where’s your lovingly curated merchandise collection to prove it? Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has recently claimed the world record for largest collection of Harry Potter memorabilia.
After fifteen years of hoarding, Silva Vargas’ collection spans two rooms and comes in at over 3,090 pieces. He blew the competition out of the water; the previous record holder’s collection contained a mere 807 pieces of Harry Potter memorabilia.
Silva Vargas has spent a significant amount on his collection, saying:
“My salary, my bonuses … it all ended up here.”
The Fault in Our Stars Banned from California School District
The Fault in Our Stars, the tear-jerking story of two cancer patients finding love, has been banned from Riverside Unified School District middle schools for being too morbid.
One parent, Karen Krueger, challenged the book because she felt that the plot, language and sexual content wasn’t appropriate for tweens. Her arguments convinced a school committee, who voted 6-1 to remove the book from the district’s middle schools.
Betsy Schmechel, a committee member and principal of one of the middle schools said of the book:
The thing that kept hitting me like a tidal wave was these kids dealing with their own mortality, and how difficult that might be for an 11-year-old or 12-year-old reading this book.
John Green responded to the banning by saying:
I guess I am both happy and sad.
I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.
But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.
Our thoughts go out to John Green for being deprived of the delicious opportunity to crush children’s dreams.
Additional Casting for The Maze Runner Sequel
With a release date set for September 18, 2015, casting news is quickly pouring in for The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the adaptation of The Maze Runner. Last week we learned that Aiden Gillen, of Game of Thrones fame, would be playing the series’ antogonist.
This week, we’ve got the details on two new cast members. Jacob Lofland and Rosa Salazar will play Aris Jones and Brenda Do-I-Even-Have-A-Last-Name, respectively. They join returning cast members Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as they tackle challenges outside the maze.
New York Times Best Sellers (October 12, 2014)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
- Skink — No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Paper Towns by John Green
- The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
- Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
- Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Publisher: Delacorte Press (Random House)
Publication: May 2015
Agent: Laura Gross (Laura Gross Literary Agency)
16-year-old Delilah has gotten together with Oliver, a prince who has, literally, sprung from the pages of a fairy tale. For Oliver to exist in Delilah’s world, however, he must take the place of another boy; Edgar then comes forward and volunteers to swap places with Oliver.
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Rights: North American
Agent: Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency)
A dark fantasy inspired by “Snow White,” in which a princess has lived in hiding from her stepmother for years, until the false queen sends out a new kind of huntsman—the crown prince of a nation of powerful dragon shifters, desperate enough to save his people to ally himself with even an evil usurper.
Monster by Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Agent: Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency)
Monster tells the story of a teen boy and girl who never should have met, since their fathers are rival leaders of a divided city where violence breeds literal monsters. Conspiracies and betrayals send the teens on the run for their lives, but together, they could become each other’s worst nightmare.
Source: Publishers Weekly