This week in Buzz Worthy News Harper Collins starts its own YA social sites, an author shoots themselves, The Diviners is optioned for a movie, and there’s been a seven figure deal for a controversial book. And, of course, scandalous scandals!
Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly regular Monday post updating you on all the important book world news. For the latest and hottest cover reveals and Young Adult book releases, check out our Friday post, Hot New Titles.
Book World News
Harper Collins started three new social sites for teenagers and Young Adult readers this week. The three sites, Epic Reads, Pitch Dark and Story Crush, offer book discussion, quizzes/polls, forums and giveaways. Epic Reads is the main hub:
“Welcome to the best online community for teen books and authors! Visit our different channels to find communities of teens who like the same genres as you, or join in a forum discussion to share your opinions and insights. Discover a great new book? Don’t forget to “Chuck It” at your friends for them to check out too!”
Pitch Dark features most of the darker, paranormal and dystopian YA novels while Story Crush handles the lighter, more romantic atmosphere of the YA world.
Their blogroll in particular makes for an interesting read.
The Diviners will be published in September this year according to Goodreads and Bray, it seems, will be adapting the screenplay herself.
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will be producing the film under their Fake Empire Banner.
West Virginian author, Ray Dolin admitted to shooting himself this week after leading officers on a mad hunt for his supposed attacker.
Ray Dolin was doing research for his book when he was supposedly attacked and shot in the arm while walking along a rural Montana Highway. He claims he was the victim of a drive-by shooting on Saturday.
Officers began a manhunt and eventually arrested and charged an innocent man. The charges were apparently dropped and Dolin finally admitted to having shot himself and lied about it.
Dolin finally gave his confession to police who were not amused by any stretch of the imagination – the investigation having stretched their limited budget.
The book, On The Island, features a romance between a thirty year old teacher and her seventeen year old student while they’re castaway on an island.
It was originally rejected by fourteen different agents before Graves decided to self publish in March and sold over 340,000 copies. Now her agent (she managed to get one finally, surprise!) Jane Dystell negotiated the deal.
When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn’t bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family – and a stack of overdue assignments – instead of his friends. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.’s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
Is kinky sex books that sound worse than they are the new thing? I mean, 50 Shades was all naughty BDSM and turned out to just be a very watered-down, cleaned up version of a BDSM relationship. Now we have a teacher and her student stuck on an island. I’m sensing a theme for the inappropriate.
BREAKING NEWS: Kat Kennedy is writing a ground breaking romance about a thirty year old teacher into BDSM who gets castaway on an island with her seventeen year old student without any of her toys so they have to improvise! Coming soon in December 2012.
Patrick Ness won the Carnegie medal for the second time with his novel, A Monster Calls.
Ness gave an impassioned acceptance speech criticizing the government and it’s negative-culture towards teenagers.
“The worst thing our current government and, in fact, we as a culture do about teenagers is that we only seem to discuss them in negative terms. What they can’t do, what they aren’t achieving. Why have we allowed that to happen?” said Ness.
He dedicated his award to his young readers: “The ones who are a walking, talking rebuttal to every negative thing that gets said about them, the ones who stick two fingers up to us and thrive anyway.” -The Guardian.
A Monster Calls:
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting — he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments.
The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.
From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
Rumours were circling the Twittersphere yesterday that a remake was being considered. But, much to our relief, the rumours were just that – rumours.
Bloody-disgusting.com claimed Lionsgate and its subsidiary Summit wanted to make more money from the series, which has made more than $2.5bn (£1.6m) at the global box office. “They’ll deny it, right here, right now. We’ll get plenty of eggs in our face. Still, the fact will remain: it’s true,” promised the site, which has a strong track record of producing genuine exclusives. “In fact, they’re already discussing it internally. It will happen.”
Lionsgate has come forward to deny the rumours – but gives an interesting escape clause:
“We are not remaking Twilight,” a spokesman said. “We will happily support Stephenie Meyer if she decides to proceed in any way. But this will be the last one unless that should change.”
So… basically, what they’re saying is that our sanity now rests in the hands of Stephanie Meyer.
WE’RE ALL SCREWED!
Steph says: Please, no more! Please don’t subject us to anymore scenes with Pedward and the swan girl!
The YA Sisterhood has experienced some backlash in their recent YA Crush Tournament. They recently posted a list of their top twenty crushes, the list including Sebastian and Jordan from Mortal Instruments. Sebastian is a would-be rapist, having his attempted rape on his sister interrupted, and Jordan is an abuser.
The YA Sisterhood has put up a disclaimer after a flurry of protest:
“DISCLAIMER: These characters are not representative of the YA Sisterhood’s opinions or choices. They are 100% determined by popular vote should you disapprove of a character on the list, then the best way to combat that is to rally the fans of other crushes.”
Lexie gave an appeal to combat the addition of Sebastian as a nomination and calls on people to contact Cassandra Clare regarding the situation.
Lady Blythe wrote a scathing review for a YA book. She claims the author took exception to this review and, according to Lady Blythe, stalked her, created a fake account under Lady Blythe’s name to like positive reviews of the book, created sock-puppet accounts to harass Lady Blythe and posted personal details about her in a review posted by one of her or her daughter’s sock puppets.
Lady Blythe has included screencaps and chronicled her issues with the author here.
This is the second attack by an author on Lady Blythe in the last few weeks.
If the allegations are correct then the author’s behaviour is an extra slice of Insanity Pie since the book is supposed to have an anti-bullying focus to it.
However, we should note that before judging the author or removing her books from your TBR list, that we have been unable to validate, confirm or locate any evidence that the author is, in fact, involved. The only formal comment we’ve found by the author pertaining to this review is on Maggie Stiefvater’s blog. We are awaiting an investigation from Goodreads into the matter and we feel it would be remiss to make formal judgements until that is completed.