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TGIF Book News: Books vs. Screenplays, iPad Woes, and More

  • The Early Bird Makes the $$: Movie studios these days aren't even waiting for the books to be published before they purchase the rights to make a film adaptation. Perhaps authors are taking a cue and writing books with that in mind. Marie Lu lucked out with her book Legend, the first in a futuristic trilogy due to be published this November by Penguin, that got snapped up by CBS films. The book itself sounds like the next big teen hit. Early praise raves, "Catch Me If You Can meets The Hunger Games." Oooo, exciting.

    From Deadline:

    This might signal that the film company is growing bolder in attempting to create a franchise. The book takes place in a dark future, when North America is split into two warring nations. Legend focuses on Day, a young Robin Hood figure, and June, a teenage prodigy who is hired to hunt him down. Along the way, the two of them uncover an impossible truth about their totalitarian leaders. The project was brought in by CBS Films prexy/CEO Amy Baer and COO Wolfgang Hammer, the latter of whom made this his first preemptive deal since taking that post. Lu will be involved in the scripting stage as an executive producer.

    There's been a huge run on book-to-film adaptations recently, and remakes of book-to-film adaptations. Don't we have screenplay writers anymore or is it just that all of the authors nowadays are also screenplay writers?

  • Six Potentials For Movie Magic: Speaking of book-to-film adaptations, it's apparent that no one can leave the King alone. Stephen King, not Elvis. From Moviefone, for your consideration, are six other horror masterpieces that really deserve to be made into decent movies.

    As prolific as King is (seriously, check out his bibliography — the man writes a lot), there aren't many properties left in his body of work that haven't been turned into films. King's works have been adapted for both the big and small screen — with some of them (The Shining) standing as classics, and others ('Graveyard Shift') as forgettable junk. When something like The Night Flyer gets a cinematic version, it's safe to say the cupboard is getting a little bare.

    [W]e decided to take a look at several pieces of King's work that we'd most like to see on the silver screen.

    - The Talisman, Volume 1: The Road of Trials
    - Cell: A Novel
    - Stephen King's N.
    - Rage
    - The Long Walk
    - The Eyes of the Dragon: A Story

    I'm all for it. Darn it. My children WILL grow up in a world where crappy versions of Stephen King novels are still being made and remade if I have to make them myself!

  • Stephen King on Stephen King: If you're curious about what the man himself thinks about the film versions, caught up with him and passed along a few choice observations he had about the remake of his best-seller, The Stand.

    1. No one will be able to top Gary Sinise, who played Stu Redman in the original ABC miniseries. He was perfect. When he says "You don't know nothing" to the soldiers who are putting him under mandatory quarantine, you believe his contempt completely. My runner-up pick would be Jake Gyllenhaal.
    2. I didn’t know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet.
    3. You absolutely can’t make it as a two-hour movie. If it was a trilogy of films…maybe.
    4. Molly Ringwald won’t be playing Fran Goldsmith this time.

    Oh, and there's more. Read on....

  • Incognito: So you have an iPad. And you're embarrassed about it. Who wouldn't be? With every swipe of your finger across that smooth, shiny screen, YOU are contributing to the death of the paper book. Feel bad. And then disguise your iPad as a book.

  • Whah-whah-whah-whaaaaah: Nobody is very excited about the new novel, O: A Presidential Novel. In fact, word on the street (and from the Huffington Post) is that it's "a flop". The Washington Post concurs:

    O: A Presidential Novel makes its feeble debut at number 23 on our hardcover fiction list for Washington area sales. (James Patterson’s latest, “Tick Tock,” occupies the top spot.)

    To be fair, James Patterson does threaten to kill you and your family if you don't buy his book.

    O sold only 2,000 copies nationwide, according Nielsen BookScan.

    The tepid to downright cold reviews of O couldn’t have helped its sales. It's not "as bad as you feared" wrote our fiction editor, Ron Charles. The New York Times was less kind, calling it "trite, implausible and decidedly unfunny."

    Ouch. I'm guessing at this point, Mark Salter is bummed that he didn't remain anonymous.

  • History in the Making: You gotta get the kidlings to learn somehow. Nick Bertozzi has brought Lewis and Clark to life in Lewis & Clark, and here, you can see how he did it. Step 1 is very important:

    STEP 1: Write a script. People will tell you this is hard to do. They are not lying to you.

  • Get it Right, See: If you need some help with that True Crime novel you're writing, here's the place to get it. True Crime Consultants. Just head on down to the docks, take a right at container "D", locate warehouse 24, knock on the door and ask for Vinnie.

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Heidi Mager does marketing stuff for Off the clock, she spends much of her time wrangling a kindergartner, chasing after her toddler, feeding her husband bacon, and attempting to avoid doing housework.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Lewis & Clark Used Trade Paper $7.95
  2. O: A Presidential Novel Used Hardcover $9.95
  3. The Long Walk
    Used Mass Market $3.95

  4. Cell: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $1.50
  5. The Talisman, Volume 1: The Road of... Used Hardcover $9.95
  6. The Shining
    Used Mass Market $4.95
  7. The Eyes of the Dragon: A Story
    Used Mass Market $1.95
  8. The Stand
    Used Mass Market $4.50

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