This week on Buzz Worthy News: A high school teacher gets a book deal and lives the dream, A new list of frequently challenged books is out for you to go read, Adele turns down a biography deal, should sci-fi be compulsory, Divergent #3 gets a title, all this and more on this week’s Buzz Worthy News!
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The third book of the Divergent series gets its title and it is not, as many people predicted, Detergent. I iz disappointed. After Divergent and Insurgent, I simply thought that was the next logical step!
About the new title, “You gotta have the -ent (ending),'” Roth, 24, told USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt when he interviewed her about Insurgent last year. Roth has jokingly been referring to Divergent book No. 3 on her blog with the title Detergent. The Divergent trilogy was purchased when Roth was still in college at Northwestern.
There is a big, dramatic video to release this news here.
New author Matthew Thomas is living every High School Teacher’s dream. He signed a seven figure deal for his debut novel and, presumably, went running off into the sunset screaming about how he would never have to mark another goddamn paper about how Hamlet wanted to screw his mother.
His agent Bill Clegg negotiated the deal after Thomas spent 10 years penning the novel. Here’s the details:
Set in the second half of the 20th century, the novel is a sprawling portrait of the Irish-American Leary family—Ed, Eileen, and their son Connell—as they move from Jackson Heights, Queens to Bronxville, New York in pursuit of the American dream. Eileen’s unblinking determination to better the family’s status is challenged by her husband’s dedication to teaching—and ultimately, devastatingly, by a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Isn’t it great when someone decides what you should and shouldn’t read based on nothing but their own code of morality and ethics? Wait, no, that’s terrible. Yet there are still people trying to get books banned from public libraries. Luckily, the American Library Association is always there to keep tab of ridiculous, hysterical demands so that we can find new books that might be worth reading. Making it on this list doesn’t always denote quality – but sheesh they usually have at least a bit of fun stuff in it! Here’s the report so you can check it out!
10 Most Frequently Challenged Library Books of 2013
1. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: offensive language, unsuited for age group
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit
5. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: homosexuality, unsuited for age group
6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
8. Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: unsuited for age group, violence
9. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit
10. Beloved by Toni Morrison
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
Enjoy. Except for, ya know, Fifty Shades of Grey. That one actually makes sense.
HarperCollins apparently didn’t set fire to Adele’s rain. They approached her with a seven figure deal, probably the likes of which Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus and Tom Daley apparently couldn’t turn down.
Now, I have to admit that I’m predisposed to be fond of someone who can make Taylor Swift pull an epic bitchface.
But Adele wouldn’t go for it, apparently!
“Even though she received a lucrative offer, her primary concern was that she doesn’t want to write a book about just 24 years,” a source told the Daily Mirror. “She feels she’d rather wait until she has more life experience to write about.” In just two-and-a-half decades the “Rolling in the Deep” singer has had quite a life. She’s won nine Grammys, 12 Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and a Best Original Song Oscar for “Skyfall,” just to name a few highpoints.
Adele, 24, is going to wait a bit before writing the story of her life.
West Virginian Republican Delegate, Ray Canterbury, is proposing a bill that will make Science Fiction novels a part of the both middle and high school curriculums. The bill states:
“To stimulate interest in math and science among students in the public schools of this state, the State Board of Education shall prescribe minimum standards by which samples of grade-appropriate science fiction literature are integrated into the curriculum of existing reading, literature or other required courses for middle school and high school students.”
I’d love to see science fiction novels taken more seriously as a genre and included on the required reading list. But one thing that concerns me is the list of books that the law would deem acceptable. Dystopians? Sci-fi books with strong romantic elements? Lest we forget that many of them are written by women. Where would those kinds of books fit into their plan?
Penguin Doesn’t Want Your Agency Deals
The ebook pricing model the Penguin has in Europe is looking to be dropped after similar deals were dropped by other publishers. In case you don’t know what this is all about, Penguin and several other publishers have been under fire for pricing fixing on their ebooks, which undermines consumer confidence. However, Penguin says that’s all about to change:
In the proposed commitments, Penguin offers to terminate existing agency agreements and refrain from adopting price MFN clauses for five years. In case Penguin would enter into new agency agreements, retailers would be free to set the retail price of e-books during a two-year period, provided the aggregate value of price discounts granted by retailers does not exceed the total annual amount of the commissions that the retailer receives from the publisher.
They Will Make a Movie Out of Anything These Days
I’m not sure if I should cheer or shake my head in wonder at this bit of news. But apparently, there are plans to make the widely successful book Go the Fuck to Sleep into a movie.
The book is being adapted by Ken Marino (of Wet Hot American Summer and Party Down) and his wife Erica Oyama Marino (who created the Bachelor parody web series Burning Love), who both have experience taking vague concepts and spinning them out into longer, movie-able things that people want to watch.
I just… wut. I mean, the book is only 32 pages long. How the hell do you get a few hours out of that? Then again, they did make Where the Wild Things Are into a movie. They could have Samuel L. Jackson running around, screaming, “When will these motherfucking kids go to motherfucking sleep?!” It worked for Snakes on a Plane.