Welcome to the YA Roundup, the best source of movie news, bookish gossip, new releases and cover reveals from the YA genre!
This week covers new Harry Potter material from J. K. Rowling, the ramping up of the We Need Diverse Books campaign, and an infograph that separates out YA books by the century of history that they depict!
“The Age of YA”: You Can Learn History Entirely Through YA Books
The folks over at EpicReads have assembled a timeline of human history as depicted in young adult books. The full graph spans from books set in 600 BC with titles such as Sphinx’s Princess and Cleopatra’s Moon, to the 1990s with The Miseducation of Cameron Post. We suppose young adult fiction firmly set in the early 21st century is right around the corner. One wonders what will be the central worries underpinning those stories?
The EpicReads timeline contains at least 140 books, with most of them published after 2005 and if you were to print the infographic out, it would be 8 feet long!
We Need Diverse Books Campaign
The We Need Diverse Books campaign has started an Indiegogo drive to raise money for their growing cause.
The We Need Diverse Books campaign appeared, in the words of BookWeb:
…grown out of the widespread reaction to the April announcement of a predominantly white, male lineup of speakers for BookCon [at Book Expo of America 2014], the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag called on the public, authors, and book industry professionals to show their support for and interest in reading diverse literature.
The WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag was created in response to the controversy, but has since evolved into an organisation.
Now they’re seeking to expand their reach and the affect they have on the book reading community.
Though more than half of schoolchildren are minorities—people of color, LGBTQIA, and/or people with disabilities—the fact remains that too few of these children see reflections of themselves in the books they read.
The campaign seeks to raise over $100,000 to provide grants to POC authors, books with POC, LGBTIA and disabled characters and to help bring diversity to classrooms across the world. You can donate here.
Movie News for Faraway Tree Series
Enid Blyton’s beloved Faraway Tree Series is on its way to being adapted into a movie after director Sam Mendes’s production company purchased the rights to the series about a group of children who discover a large, magic tree.
“The Magic Faraway Tree is one of the most loved children’s books series from an iconic author whose work has been adored by generations. To be able to adapt these for the big screen is incredibly exciting,“ said Pippa Harris, co-founder of Neal Street Productions.
Neal Street Productions has come on board for the first movie adaptation of the novels, signing the deal with Hachette who held the rights to the Blyton estate.
This is only one of Blyton’s works to be adapted. Working Title announced in July that they would adapt Blyton’s Famous Five series into a live-action movie.
Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack is Ready for You
Lorde has worked hard, curated hard, and now her long nights have paid off with the Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack, a song list to make love to your ears.
Lorde help us, we are aquiver with anticipation. In answer to our prayers a new taste of the album will be made available each week. The song list includes two of Lorde’s own tracks, “Yellow Flicker Beat” and “Flicker” (There seems to be lot of flicking going on but who are we to judge?) and tracks from Kanye West, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, and Grace Jones. The lyrics for ”Yellow Flicker Beat” are available on Lorde’s blog.
J. K. Rowling Must Not Tell Lies, is Bringing Us New Harry Potter Story for Halloween
Her High and Mighty Empress J. K. Rowling has written an essay about Dolores Umbridge, the infamous antagonist of the fifth book in the Harry Potter series.
The 1,700 word essay, to be released on Halloween, will give backstory and insight into the villainous taskmaster and her dastardly ways. Dolores Umbridge is held in especially low regard by many Potter fans. Though Voldemort is the series’ antagonist, Dolores Umbridge is almost equally reviled by fans for her vicious bullying of Harry and his friends and Hogwarts and eventually the entire wizard world. As said best by Professor Snape’s twitter feed:
— Zoha ϟ (@Zoha_Potterhead) October 24, 2014
J. K. Rowling has been doing a lot lately to bolster the Harry Potter brand, filling the time until a Newt Scamander movie (or three) can come along and reignite the fanbase. She posted reports for the Quidditch World Cup and a History of Quidditch during the Football World Cup this year and she has also been working on a new novel whilst finishing the screenplay for Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them.
New York Times Best Sellers (November 2, 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
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Paper Towns by John Green
- Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Old Kingdom by Gath Nix
- Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
- Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce