Book News: The Fault In Our Stars May Start Filming This Summer

The film is based on the young adult novel of the same name by author John Green. It’s being produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

“I think we’ll be making ‘Fault in Our Stars’ by the end of the summer. It’s exciting,” Wyck said.

“It’s also a book that if you’re an adult, to call it YA really minimizes the appeal of the book because you love that time in your life,” Marty added. “We all kind of still identify with high school, whether we wish we were back there or wish we had done it differently, and to sort of relive that experience through the perspective of these two individuals and their love. My mother loves the book, you know. It’s just one of those kinds of books.”

Hollywood Crush

John Green is very involved in the process which is always great for book to film adaptions (re: The Perks of Being a Wallflower).  You can read the rest of the article on the Hollywood Crush website.

A. A. Omer

Young Justice: “True Colors” Recap

Hey Guys!

I got my first article (recap) published in the nerdy online mag: Paper Droids. I’m very excited and thought I’d direct your attention there. Here’s a sample of the Young Justice Recap post: True Colors.

In this week’s episode: Trouble in villain paradise, another colorful beetle and we get closer to bad guys’ evil plot.

The episode starts with Bumblebee and The Atom wading through what we find out to be the inside of Jaime Reyes’ body in their attempt to separate the scarab from him. This doesn’t work since the scarab releases aggressive looking antibodies causing them to retreat. The Atom gives Jaime the sad news that he…will remain a superhero.

There is way more to that post so check out the rest at Paper Droids!

A. A. Omer

You Read What? Book Reviews – Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story

Author: Ally Carter

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Date Published: January 22nd 2013

Format: E-book

Source: Amazon (via Kindle).

Synopsis:

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?

W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 1 (more like a few hours)

Cover:

Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story (Gallagher Girls, #5.5; Heist Society, #2.5)

An okay cover. It blends the Gallagher Girls style (the plaid background on the bottom half of the cover) with Heist Society’s (an object worth stealing). Other than that, it doesn’t really jump off the page but I am a huge Ally Carter fan so I was too excited for the cross over to judge a book by it’s cover (that’s so a Gallagher Girls pun).

The Writing Score: 4 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review:

As I’ve said already, I was excited to learn of this cross over between two series that I love so much. There’s been A LOT of novellas and short stories between, before and after series and many of them aren’t necessary. What I like about this one is that it’s a) free for readers and fans of the series and b) it’s really well done. Is it necessary to either series? That’s debatable. It does foreshadow one of the books coming out and gives a clearer understanding (if it wasn’t obvious before) of a romantic relationship in the previous novels. I love that it gives more screen time and a different POV from characters that normally take a backseat to the narratives of Kat and Cammie. I enjoyed the meshing of conman and spy which wasn’t that hard of a mash up since spies are conmen with the law (mostly) behind them.

I can guarantee readers that Macey’s badass-ness (if it was ever in doubt before) is fully realized here and Hale is still swoon worthy. If you have read one of the series or even both, I strongly suggest this read.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

When is Enough, Enough? The “Book Series”

Earlier last week, it was announced that Meg Cabot was adding a 7th book to her previously concluded series: The Mediator. I was excited like everyone else but also hesitant. Why add another book to a series that had a nice run?

I thought about it some more and took into account the distance of time between the series’ conclusion and the announcement (8 years). Maybe that distance of time (away from the hype that surrounded the series) has allowed the author to come up with an idea for a story she can tell without the pressures of excited fans? This seems plausible and put me a bit at ease given my love for the story involving Suze and Jesse (and Paul Slater).

But what about those other book series that seem to go on and on to the point where we doubt they’re continuing for any other reason than to make money? What’s wrong with that? Nothing really. Being a writer is difficult enough, so when you have a series and/or characters that people love…why not milk every last bit of it? I love reading books in a series but I do have an issue (as a reader) with the series going well (well!) past it’s prime. There are series out there that go on as far as twenty books and by number ten, I’m tuckered out. Ultimately it makes the series suffer because whatever made it awesome to begin with gets buried underneath this word fat. Don’t think I’m bashing any series going past the ideal three books. J.K. Rowling had started out with the idea of 7 books from the beginning and wrote the series with that in mind. That was planned. Most often you can tell when books are just tacked onto the series after the fact and those are the ones I’m discussing here today.

I’m the kind of reader who wants a writer to write what I need and not what I want. Otherwise, how’ll we grow as readers and even as people if our perceptions on life never truly deviate or given a mental work out?

You may be asking yourself (maybe not): what series are you talking about exactly? Can you put some examples in your post as a way of strengthening your argument?

No.

Not because I feel like I won’t have examples to prove my point but that I don’t think it’s necessary to name names. This isn’t about a shouting match of which series is good or bad. It’s about the overall question of when is enough, enough? When has the story run it’s course versus whether or not giving into the fans who want more.

Ultimately, it goes back to writing the story you want and not the story that your readers want. Some of the best books (and series) that I’ve read displayed exactly this.

Luckily, this post isn’t a book series. So you can sound off with your own opinion down below in the comment section. That’s what this discussion type posts are about, right? Agree or disagree. It doesn’t matter. It matters that we’re talking about it.

A. A. Omer