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This week covers J.K. Rowling’s riddle, the revival of the Mortal Instruments series, and Lena Dunham’s foray into YA, plus a teaser trailer for the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.
Rowling’s Riddle Solved!
Last week, JK Rowling posted a riddle to her twitter account which begged to be solved by the Potterites of the world over.
Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 6, 2014
Rowling provided hints that the solution was an anagram, and that it had something to do with Newt Scamander, but that didn’t stop some people from theorizing that Harry Potter himself was returning:
— | emma | (@troyentyler) October 7, 2014
Luckily, within twenty four hours of Rowling’s tweet, the riddle was solved by Emily Strong, a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield:
— Emily Strong (@EmyBemy2) October 7, 2014
The anagram does indeed check out, and Rowling confirmed (after dubbing Emily Strong the One True Hermione of Twitter) that it’s a description of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a Harry Potter spinoff story that will soon hit the big screen as a trilogy.
Newt only meant to stay in New York for a few hours. Circumstances ensured that he remained… for the length of a movie, anyway. X
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 7, 2014
That JK Rowling always does like to keep us guessing! If you want to follow the entire Twitter exchange, the riddle and people’s subsequent attempts to solve it has been storified.
Mortal Instruments: The TV Show!
Some people—possibly me—had assumed (hoped) that The Mortal Instruments film series would quietly disappear following the disappointing box office sales. But it seems that Constanin films is not yet ready to give up on the investment that contributed to its 2013 financial loss, and are instead planning to turn the franchise into a dramatic tv series.
The Mortal Instruments, released in August of 2013) has made a total of only $31 million in America, not even matching The Maze Runner’s $32 million opening weekend. And even the Maze Runner’s performance was considered moderate compared to the success of The Hunger Games and other YA adaptations.
The Hollywood Reporter writes:
Constantin has hired Ed Decter, whose writer-producer credits include Helix, Unforgettable, In Plain Sight and The Client List, as the showrunner for the Mortal Instruments series. The project is currently in development, with Constantin planning to begin production next year. No broadcast partners are yet attached to the series.
Here’s hoping that Constantin films can do a better job with the TV series than they did with the movie.
Lena Dunham Dreams of a Catherine, Called Birdy Movie
Lena Dunham plans to adapt Karen Cushman’s 1994 Newberry Honor book Catherine, Called Birdy for the big screen!
The book, set in 1290 England, centers on a 13-year old girl who is trying to avoid being married off by her father. Precocious, intelligent and sometimes crude—in a time period where those attributes weren’t appreciated in women—Catherine must outwit her suitors and her father to stop her unwanted marriage.
Variety reports that Dunham announced the project at the New Yorker Festival on Friday night:
“I’m going to adapt it and hopefully direct it,” Dunham told the crowd and New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy. “I just need to find someone who wants to fund a PG-13 Medieval movie.”
The project is still very much up in the air as Dunham hasn’t found a backer to finance the movie, but she is already working to develop the film with her production partner and “Girls” execJenni Konner.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Trailer
The Long Haul, the ninth book in Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, publishes November 4th from Abrams Books. Greg and his family set off on a road trip and have to contend with gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig…
The teaser can be found below!
New York Times Best Sellers (October 19, 2014)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Skink — No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Paper Towns by John Green
- The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
- Spirit Animals by various authors
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
- White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
- I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books (Penguin)
Rights: North American
Agent: Maeve Banham (Random House U.K.)
Cara and her family become mysteriously accident-prone during the same time every year, until Cara begins to unravel the accident season’s dark origins, revealing the secrets her family members are hiding from one another.
The Dim by Janet Taylor
Publication: Summer 2016
Rights: North American
Agent: Mollie Glick (Foundry Literary + Media)
A sequel, pitched as Outlander for teens, about a 16-year-old girl who must travel back in time to 12th-century England to rescue her mother. Along the way, she becomes entangled with a secret society of time travelers and a mysterious boy who may be the key to setting her mother free.
The Shadow Clock by Heather Mackey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin)
Agent: Tracey Adams (Adams Literary)
In The Shadow Clock, 13-year-old orphan Thorn is a renowned criminal in the dark market of buying and selling magic. All his skills are put to the test when a rival thief offers information about his family in exchange for a dangerous job.
Wing & Claw: Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park
Publication: Winter 2016
Agent: Ginger Knowlton (Curtis Brown)
In the middle-grade fantasy-adventure, a gifted young apothecary must protect the creatures of the Forest of Wonders from the dangerous effects of his own botanical creations.
Source: Publishers Weekly