Best-selling soon-to-be-screenplay-adaptations

…A new Sookie Stackhouse novel… a new season of True BloodBreaking Dawn Part 2…
When‘s this Vampire-thing gonna run dry? When will the undead-trend die?

…spoke too soon

Film School Rejects features an interview with Seth Grahame-Smith (author of stylish horror-slash-ups of iconic classics and supernatural-spun historical fiction such as Pride & Prejudice & Zombies) –– Grahame-Smith (who recently released his latest work re-imagining the story of the Three Kings on their way to the Nativity, twisting it into a horror/crime/espionage-type tale), talks with FSR about the forthcoming release of the major motion picture adaption of his 2010 mash up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

-A patron just checked out the original novel-version of this blood-splattered fantastical re-accounting of our nation’s greatest president, making him thus-the-more-greater (or appealing to the teenage-demographic) by having him wield a brain-puncturing axe. And in a month or so, it’ll be “realized” via high-price projectors scrolling across your local multiplex.

“At First Bite”: Is It Worth It to Follow Literary Trends?” -from online writers’ community-resource pool WiseInk

Working in a library doesn’t help my snotty-ness, but I can’t help but look sideways at all these formulaic swings-for-the-cinematic-fences, books coming out ready made for lucrative screen adaptations. And what’s with the Grahame-Smith aesthetic? We all cringed here at the library to see the surge in popularity for Jane Austen…only not quite Austen… Zombie-Austen, really.

But, hey, that snotty-ness is, as I said, inevitable. But to look back at his body of work, porn, zombies, horror movies, Dark Shadows, it seems screenplays were always his game, more so than books. Is that becoming a more wide-spread case? Like the iron is hot and the time’s now to strike with that perfectly sellable and uber-exciting, inner-teenager-tingling work of fire, chasing, punching and biting?

The Sci-Fi sell! … is this some kind of George Lucas star-scattered after-shock? Some sort of winking hipster-bent action appetite whetted by a Joss Wheedon-type? The perennial teenager still acting out inside the formulaic musings (and recreational readings) of the Millennials?
From the LitReactorFilm is Truth? Why Writing Novels Is Probably A Smarter Career Move –
^”As an author, having a film made from a book is basically like being paid for free advertising. In addition to royalties from the film, a book that becomes a film also nets the added benefit of copious word of mouth…”

But, take my rant with a grain of salt. Inevitable library-snottiness. Hehe…

Moving on:
While we’re on the subject of book (or comic-book-themed) characters making big blast-filled leaps to the big screens for Summer Blockbuster’ Season, what about the Dark Knight?

The Twitter-spere’s all a twitter ’bout it: Is Batman gay?

Head of Circulation, Kelly Bennett, just sent me this link via the Daily Mail

Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

Apparently this counts as news in a Twitter-influenced world…
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Speaking then, further, on how technology continues to shape our day-to-day’s:

E-books and E-readers ain’t going anywhere: San Francisco Chronicle recently tipped their hat to Amazon’s “entry-level” Kindle 2011 as a “Top Gift (Under $100) for 2012 Grads – perhaps consider slipping it in to the station wagon next to the mini-fridge when you head out in August, much much lighter than the textbooks of old…

…speaking of Amazon: How Amazon is changing the rules for books and movies via C|net – detailing how the ginormous electronic commerce company utilized “Bolt-like speed in an industry that typically publishes books at meandering pace…” when it published its first book: “”Jeff, One Lonely Guy” is the first book from Amazon Publishing, the retail giant’s year-old New York imprint…”
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Let’s get it back, then, to the more stately, the more literary, the print set side of the news… and recognize author James Salter has been honored with a lifetime achievement award – the author of “Dusk and Other Stories,” recently won the PEN/Malamud prize for short fiction – – via Washington Post

Selfishly, I use that last bit of news^  to slide up onto my soapbox and encourage a bit more utilization of our own short-story collection at FPL… This not yet a forgotten art form, but perhaps, as always -at least throughout the 2nd half of the 20th century, an overlooked form. Thankfully, its still preserved, year to year by the Best American series.

~Alrighty, ’nuff ramblin…
Happy reading….

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