Movie Updates from Dystopia

Maze on abstract screenThe news has been disappointing lately for fans of YA dystopian novels, at least when it comes to TV adaptations. When it comes to the big screen, however, the news is much better. Four bestsellers hit movie theaters in 2014.

  • Divergent (Veronica Roth): March 21
  • The Giver (Lois Lowry): August 15
  • The Maze Runner (James Dashner): September 19
  • Mockingjay Part 1 (Suzanne Collins): November 21

There are sequels to come, and an adaptation of Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing is also in the works for 2015, so dystopian fans should be in good shape for a while.

Have you heard of any other YA dystopian novels being turned into a movie?

©2014 Kim Vandel

Rereading a Series

Reading a bookI’ve admitted that I have a weakness for sequels, series, and spin-offs. I get hooked on the characters and their story, and I look forward to spending more time with them. The hard part is waiting months—or years—for the next book to release. No matter how well I absorbed the previous book, I start to lose some of the details and have to play catch up when I start reading the next one. Instead of immediately jumping into the story, I have to re-familiarize myself with the characters and their world.

This is especially true with series like Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. Inheritance was released two and a half years after Brisingr. Two and a half years! While I didn’t read through the entire series again, I knew I had to at least reread Brisingr before I could tackle Inheritance.

Allegiant, the third installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, hits shelves October 22nd, and I’ve already reread Divergent. Insurgent is next on my list. It’s been over a year since Insurgent was released, and I want the story to be fresh in my mind before I read book three.

I don’t do this with every series. Usually it’s the ones that are particularly complex (like the Inheritance Cycle) or ones that have really resonated with me (like Divergent). Rereading sets me up to enjoy the new book as much as possible. I love all those layers, all the details that are woven together over the course of a series. Each little tidbit draws me into the story world more and more—exactly where I want to be.

What about you? Do you reread the books in a series before the new one comes out?

©2013 Kim Vandel

Book Review: Shadow and Bone

Dramatic skyThe Shadow Fold hovers over the desolate wasteland called the Unsea. It divides the country of Ravka, separating the capitol city of Os Alta from the True Sea. The only way to reach the seaports is to travel through the perpetual darkness of the Fold.

As a mapmaker in the First Army, Alina Starkov has no choice but to board the sandskiffs and hope her regiment can cross the Unsea without drawing the attention of the volcra living within the Fold. Her only comfort is that her childhood friend Mal is going too. She feels safer knowing he’ll be close by.

That feeling of safety disappears as soon as they enter the darkness. Alina can’t see anything—not even her own hand—but she can hear the flap of leathery wings just before the volcra arrive. Chaos erupts, and Mal is wounded when he tries to save Alina. In a moment of desperation, Alina awakens a dormant ability within herself that drives away the volcra.

Alina’s ability makes her Ravka’s greatest hope. It also makes her the target of assassins. She’s rushed off to the capitol without a chance to say goodbye to Mal, and when she reaches Os Alta, Alina quickly becomes the center of attention. She struggles with her sudden fame, her new ability, and the political intrigue revolving around her. It’s hard to know who the enemy really is, and Mal—the one person she can trust—isn’t responding to her letters.

Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone is entertaining and imaginative. She builds a vivid world with a delightful Russian flavor, and the element of magic is artfully woven in, making it the glittering icing on the cake. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in her Grisha series: Siege and Storm. Divergent author Veronica Roth gave it the thumbs up, so it has to be good, right?

For extra credit, read the Entertainment Weekly article featuring Veronica Roth and Leigh Bardugo. They talk about strong leading ladies, movie adaptations, and future books in their series.

©2013 Kim Vandel

Support Your Favorite Authors: Stick It to Them on Pinterest

If you’re on Pinterest, then you’re already set up to support your favorite authors. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • 4458295-xsmallIf your favorite author is on Pinterest, follow one or more of their boards. “Like” their pins, repin them, or share them on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Create a virtual bookshelf featuring your favorite authors. You can pin book covers from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, but if your favorite author is on Pinterest, then repin the book cover from his or her board. That way you’re pointing other pinners back to the author (the source of the pin).
  • Create a virtual fan club. Invite your Pinterest friends to join a group board featuring your favorite author or book. Are you a Veronica Roth fan? Why not create a Faction Fan Club board? You and your friends can pin all kinds of images and video clips that focus on the Divergent series—book covers, a trailer for the upcoming movie, author or actor interviews, and numerous pictures of Four.

Just a reminder, please be respectful and keep it legal. In the same way your favorite author went to the trouble of writing the book you love, someone went to the trouble of creating those images, so make sure you’re not “stealing” them. You’re not doing your favorite author any favors if you resort to theft (no matter how incredible that picture of Four is.)

You can get a Pin It bookmarklet that will create a pin from just about anywhere you go on the web. It will link back to the original site, giving credit where credit is due, and that way everyone wins.

What other ways can you use Pinterest to support your favorite authors?

©2013 Kim Vandel

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