"No story lives on unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." -- J.K. Rowling



Person: "What are you suppose to be?"
Me: *Points to ears* "I'm a dragon, duh!"

Please Don't Go, I'll Eat You Up I Love You So....

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Follow Friday (7)!

Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted my Parajunkee  and Alison Can Read! You follow, they follow and gain blogger buddies!!

'If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, myself of course and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. If you are interested in becoming a Feature click on the drop down link above FEATURES > Feature & Follow Friday and get on the waiting list! It is also required, that if you participate you must follow the hosts (
Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) and the two Feature blogs.'

This Weeks Question --

Q.If you could have characters from a particular book meet and form an epic storyline with characters from a particular TV series, which would you choose and why?
 
I would have Harry Potter with all of their awesome magics go up against Buffy and gang, with her vengence demon friend, Dark Willow BFF and vampire boyfriends and oh . . . . yeah, her gang of Potential Slayers, and I would love to see who would win . . .
 
Willow, honestly, as goddess or Dark Willow would probably kill Harry Potter, Dumby and Voldy with one bat of her eyelashe, but you never know!
 
I would love to see that 'cus HP is my fav books and Buffy is my fav TV show!!
 
Thanks!
 
~Valen

Rick Riordan's PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Becoming A Film With A Release Date!

"When Thalia's tree is mysteriously poisoned, the magical borders of Camp Half-Blood begin to fail. Now Percy and his friends have just days to find the only magical item powerful enough to save the camp before monsters overrun it. The catch: they must sail into the Sea of Monsters to find it. Along the way, Percy must stage a daring rescue operation to save his old friend Grover. He also learns a terrible secret about his own family, which makes him question whether being the son of Poseidon is an honor or a curse."

The film does not yet have a director, but it's expected release date is March 27, 2013!

Though I didn't really like The Lightning Thief film, I thought it was enjoyable for the most part and I really hope that with The Sea of Monsters, they stick with the book much more then they did with the first film.

Fingers crossed!!

Thoughts??

Concerns??

~Valen

Joseph Delaney's THE LAST APPRENTICE Series to Become a Film That Will Not Follow the Books?!?! What . . .


ComingSoon.net has spoken with actor Ben Barnes many times over the past few years, mainly about his role as Prince Caspian in the last two "The Chronicles of Narnia" movies. Barnes will be returning to epic fantasy films next year with The Seventh Son, a film loosely based on Joseph Delaney's series of children's books known as "The Wardstone Chronicles" (or "The Last Apprentice" in the States), which began with "The Spook's Apprentice" in 2004. Barnes will be playing the character referred to in the title, a young man named Thomas Ward, who can see ghosts and is hired as the apprentice to one such entity played by Jeff Bridges.

When speaking with Barnes for his new movie Killing Bono, a comedy based on the memoirs of music journalist Neil McCormick who went to school in Dublin with the members of U2, we asked him about the project which will start filming in March with Mongol director Sergei Bodrov at the helm.

"The plans for this are to shoot in Vancouver and China and some of the artwork just looks incredible," he told us. "I think it's certainly going to look pretty special, and I've read a couple of the books on which this series is based and they're pretty engaging. The main draws were Sergei directing it, and Legendary Pictures making it. They make Batman and 'Inception,' amazing movies, and to top that off, most of my scenes are with Jeff Bridges, who is one of my favorite actors."

When asked how they would be adapting and incorporating elements from Delaney's novels into the movie and whether the movie would be just made up of the first book or multiple books, he admitted that the movie will definitely take things in a different direction:

"It's nothing like the first book really, but they changed it a lot. I don't think it's particularly like 'The Hunger Games' or 'Twilight' where you can go 'based on the books,' because I don't think this series is as popular yet, so I think there's a chance to rewrite and make the best movie for the movie's sake. I think sometimes when you stick exactly to the book, there's a danger of it becoming a bit literary, so I think visually they want to make the most exciting film so they've changed a lot. My character in the book is 13 or something, but then the romance element in the book doesn't really make any sense - it makes more sense to have those characters a little older. Some of the story in the first book is very static so this is going to be a lot more visual and action-oriented."

"Hopefully it will hold me in good stead," he quipped when we mentioned his previous experience with literary action epics from the last two movies based on C.S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia."

As far as that franchise, he feels two movies might be it for him as his character only appears in one more book, "The Silver Chair," and in that one, he's in his 70s.

"No more opportunity for me to go back and swashbuckle at 30 I don't think but we'll see," he said. "It's possible, but I think they might go and do 'The Magician's Nephew' next anyway, which is like a prequel."
What are your thoughts???

Are they insane to so blatantly diverge from the book series??

Have you read the books??

Let Me Know!

~V

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Follow Friday (6)!

Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted my Parajunkee  and Alison Can Read! You follow, they follow and gain blogger buddies!!

'If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, myself of course and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. If you are interested in becoming a Feature click on the drop down link above FEATURES > Feature & Follow Friday and get on the waiting list! It is also required, that if you participate you must follow the hosts (
Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) and the two Feature blogs.'

This Weeks Question --

Q. If you could pick one character in a book, movie or television show to swap places with, who would it be?
Ummmmmmmmm . . .. . . . . ... . . . .

Huh . . . . . .. .... .. . . .  .. .  .

*thinkingthinkingthinkingthinking*

Harry Potter, as Harry Potter is my obvious choice.

Eragon from the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

Gandalf from LOTR & The Hobbit.

There is more, but I really don't know. Its a hard question - good question.

~V

Cover Lust (2)!! SPECIAL --- GRACELING AND FIRE Companion- BITTERBLUE by Krisitn Cashore!!

Kristin Cashore's Bitterblue cover, the third book in the Graceling series has been revealed and it is stunning. I want it! I love it! And I am lusting for it!!

'Book 3, tentatively titled Bitterblue and currently in progress, is a companion book to both Graceling and Fire and takes place in the seven kingdoms eight years after Graceling. Bitterblue will tie all three books together in some way. Bitterblue is the sixteen-year-old protagonist, and Katsa, Po, Giddon, Helda, and other characters from Graceling will be part of the fabric of the book. Plenty of fighting still to come!'

Cashore says: "I was thrilled when I saw the keys and that they look a little like weapons,” Cashore told PW in a phone interview. “It’s absolutely the best icon for this book, although I better not say more about that. I love all the covers but this one is my favorite."

Hardcover, 576 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2012 by Dial
 
What are your thoughts of  the cover????
 
How xcited are you for Bitterblue?
 
Have you read/like Graceling and Fire???
 
And again - this cover? Awesome, right???
 
~Valen

Photos of Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Film!!


Kristen Stewart ("Twilight") plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the one girl threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, "Thor") who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White's beauty and power.







I honestly can not decide which one I'm more excited about . . .

Lily's version looks beautiful and clever, but Kristen's version looks intense and dark and action packed!

Will def be seeing both as soon as they release!!

Your thoughts?

Which one are you most interested in?

Which looks better so far???

~V

Pictures of Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer and Lily Collins in Tarsem Singh's SNOW WHITE Film!!



In the Relativity release, an evil Queen (Julia Roberts) steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess (Lily Collins) enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.


















I think the pictures look brilliant and are *hopefully* a good sign that the movie will be great, it is an action comedy after all!

Lily Collins looks stunning.

So are you interested in this movie?

What about Kristen Stewarts' Snow White project?

~V

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO International Trailer!!


This. Is. Awesome.

I will def be seeing it!

Twice!

Comes out December 21, 2011!!

                           


What are your thoughts of the trailer?

Expectations for the film?

Read the books?

~V

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Film Gets PRETTY LITTLE LIARS' Writer AND Author Cassandra Clare's Involvement!?!?!

It was recently announced that the first installment in the best-selling series, The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones by Cassandra, has finally gotten it's screenplay writer and it is I. Marlene King, writer and co-creator of ABC Family's hit series, Pretty Little Liars! But that's not all - King has decided to let Cassie Clare play a big role in the film, by co-writing the script!!!!

This is great news!

Just like with The Hunger Games film, whose script was also written by the book's author, Suzanne Collins, the involvement of the movies' source creator will only be beneficial to the creation of the film, ensuring that the movie will be as close to the book as possible.

King has written some of the best episodes on Pretty Littler Liars, so I have no fear at all with her writing the script. Besides with Cassie working on it as well, it can only be awesome.

Can not wait to hear more news about the film and can not wait to see who gets cast next!


Clary Fray played by Lily Collins!


Jace Wayland played by Jamie Campbell Bower!


The film is directed by Scott Stewart!

Isabel?

Magnus?

Simon?

Alec?

Joyce?

WHO!?!?!

Can't wait!!

What are your thoughts on the film?

Who do you want to play the roles of the characters?

Let Me Know!

~Valen

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

PERCY JACKSON's Author Rick Riordan New God Series to Deal With Norse Mythology!!

Rick Riordan is going to write a new series about gods of myth and lore. He has done Greek and Egyptian and will now do Norse mythology!

He Says:

“The Norse gods are so wild. They have this wild, barbaric energy you don’t associate with the Greeks.”

“There are so many fantastic stories and I want to bring Thor and Odin and the other gods into the modern world, just like I did with the Greeks and Percy Jackson,” Riordan said. “I’ll give the books an urban setting and have young people interacting with the Norse gods.”

The series is only plotted in generality and is not expected to hit shelves until after 2015, since Riordan is still working on the Kane Chronicles and The Heroes of Olympus!

Thoughts?

Are you excited for the Norse Mythology??

Hope he does Chinese Mythology, like I really hope he does?!?!

Let Me Know!

~Valen S.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Lionsgate to Turn CHAOS WALKING Series by Patrick Ness into A Film Series!!

"EW has confirmed that Lionsgate has obtained worldwide rights to develop, produce and distribute films based on Patrick Ness’s hit Young Adult trilogy “Chaos Walking.” Like Lionsgate’s other hot property, The Hunger Games, the “Chaos Walking” books (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men) are set in a dystopian future, feature a young savior, and are marked by dark tone and thrilling action. Taking place in a settlement called Prentisstown on a planet like Earth, an infection known as the Noise renders all thoughts audible and destroys all privacy. War wages between a corrupt government and the planet’s native population, and tween Todd Hewitt discovers he holds the key to his planet’s existence.

Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate’s president of production and development who will be overseeing the books’ transition to film, said, “Although these stories are set in a critical time in the future, they speak volumes about what is happening all over the world today, and about the power of young people to challenge the status quo and change the course of our future.” Added Lionsgate’s co-COO and president Joe Drake, “These are books, much like The Hunger Games, that we feel truly beg to be brought to life on film. ” The Departed producer Doug Davison will take on the project through his company Quadrant Pictures."

(http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/10/03/lionsgate-chaos-walking-trilogy/)

Book One Synopsis:

"Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?"


This book/series sounds great and I am certaintly going to be checking them out asap!

Thoughts???

Have you read the books?

Do you think they will be a success??

~Valen

Saturday, October 1, 2011

THE VEIL by Cory Putman Oakes PLUS Excerpt??!

The Veil comes out November 1 2011!!

Seventeen-year-old Addison Russell is in for a shock when she discovers that she can see the invisible world of the Annorasi. Suddenly, nothing is as it appears to be—the house she lives in, the woman who raised her, even the most beautiful boy in town all turn out to be more than what they seem. And when this strange new world forces Addy to answer for a crime that was committed long ago, by parents she has never known, she has no choice but to trust Luc, the mysterious Annorasi who has been sent to protect her.

Or so he says . . .

Chapter Excerpt:

"A slight flickering of the lights brought me back to reality just in time to see the two of them arrive to class together. They slipped into their seats four rows ahead of me a mere three minutes before the bell rang—so not only did I get less time than usual with Lucas, I had to spend that time watching him with her.

I couldn’t even eat the second half of my breakfast. I felt like I was going to throw up.

My stomach did not improve, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, as much as I tried to concentrate on Ms. Fetterly-Dinsmore’s droning explanation of last night’s homework. I was almost relieved when three annoyingly perky cheerleaders bounced into the room, pom-poms swishing, and gigglingly asked if they could have “just a moment of the class’s time.”

Ms. Fetterly-Dinsmore agreed. She had to; this was first period, the only period that student groups were allowed to interrupt with announcements.

The cheerleaders had two posters with them. The first depicted a cougar (our school mascot) ripping apart a puny-looking shark. The second had the words KILL THE SHARKS written out in gobs of blue glitter.
“As you all know,” the shortest and chunkiest of the three cheerleaders began, “tomorrow night our very own Marin County Cougars will take on the Sonoma County Sharks. It is by far the greatest rivalry of the year, and everybody has to be there to cheer our Cougars on!”

“Yeah!” Terrance Seaver, a spiky-haired junior, yelled from the back of the room. His voice was dripping with sarcasm, perfectly in keeping with the staggeringly low level of school spirit at Marin County High.
But the cheerleader seemed to be spurred on by his outburst. “Be sure to come early for the rally! Principal Chatsworth has given us special permission to have a bonfire—yes! a real, honest to goodness bonfire!—on the empty lot next to the football field!”

“In the middle of the day?” Terrance inquired loudly.

“At five,” the chunky cheerleader corrected him.

“It won’t be dark then,” Terrance pointed out. “It’s kind of weird to have a bonfire when it’s still light out, don’t you think?”

The cheerleaders looked at each other.

“It will be dark enough,” the chunky one answered, glaring at Terrance. “And it is going to be awesome.”
Terrance shrugged, and the cheerleaders appeared at a loss.

“Ladies?” Ms. Fetterly-Dinsmore finally prompted them, after a moment of awkward silence. “Do you have anything else?”

Reluctantly, the three reached behind them in unison and picked up identical hula-hoops that had been painted blue and white, our school colors. Terrance’s jabs had clearly taken the wind out of their sails, and even though it was obvious that leading the class in a spirited cheer was the last thing on earth any of them wanted to do right then, they took a valiant stab at it anyway:

I screamed.

And it wasn’t because of the annoying song, or because I find cheerleaders (particularly ones who hold hula hoops inexplicably aloft, over their heads) hard to put up with.

It was because of the enormous silver cougar that suddenly jumped through the center hula-hoop.
I watched, glued to the back of my seat in shock as it landed, light as a feather, beside Ms. Fetterly-Dinsmore before it bounded down the center aisle, and headed straight toward the glass window that made up the back wall of the classroom. It jumped straight through the window, shattering it with an earsplitting crash and showering the back few rows of students with shards of broken glass.

I screamed again as I ducked and threw my arms protectively over my head. My Sully’s cup, still clenched in my right hand, lost its lid, and lukewarm coffee spilled down my back in a damp trickle.

I stayed like that, with my head buried beneath my arms and coffee dripping down the back of my sweater, for a good long moment before two things dawned on me:

1. I hadn’t felt a single shard of glass fall on me; and

2. I was pretty sure I hadn’t heard anybody else scream.

My two thoughts were immediately confirmed when I raised my head and found Ms. Fetterly-Dinsmore, three stunned cheerleaders and all thirty of my fellow classmates staring at me in horror.

I twisted around in my chair. The window was all in one piece, exactly as it had been. There was no cat-shaped hole in it, nor was there any sign of broken glass. Anywhere.

“Miss Russell?” Ms. Fetterly-Dinsmore asked hesitantly, from the front of the room. Then, when I didn’t respond right away, “Addy?”

I turned back around; everyone was still staring at me. If the window behind me really had been shattered by the cougar, I probably would’ve taken this opportunity to jump through it and escape. But it hadn’t been, and I doubted I could get through it as easily as the giant cat had. I was trapped.

I racked my brain for something to say, something to satisfy all of those staring eyes and make the room forget about me. But my brain was too preoccupied just then to help me.

The seconds ticked by. The fluorescent light above my head flickered and hummed, and the room continued to stare, unblinkingly, in my direction, while I stared dumbly back.

God, I hate Precalc.

“Sorry,” I said finally. Then I had a sudden flash of inspiration. “I, uh . . . spilled my coffee.” I held up my lidless, dripping coffee cup.

Somebody giggled.

“Sorry,” I said again.

“That’s why we don’t allow food and drinks in class, Ms. Russell,” Ms. Fetterly-Dinsmore scolded, more gently than normal, since she was clearly worried about me. “Are you sure you’re okay? Do you need to go to the ladies’ room? Or maybe the nurse?”

“No,” I said, as two more people giggled. I could feel the back of my sweater sticking to me where the coffee had soaked it; not even a trip to the dry cleaner was going to save the sweater now. “I’m fine. Really. Thank you.”

Ms. Fetterly-Dinsmore shrugged and turned back to the board. I sighed with relief as the cheerleaders shuffled out the door and, one by one, my classmates turned back around to the front of the room.

Except for one person. Of all people, it was Lucas Stratton who remained halfway turned around in his chair, eyes fixed on me long after everyone else had lost interest. I looked away, determined not to stare back at him, but not before I noticed that his expression was not horror-struck like everyone else’s had been.

Instead, the look on Lucas’s face was strangely . . . curious. As though he was pondering something absurd, something he could hardly bring himself to believe.

“Lucas?” Ms. Fetterly-Dinsmore said warningly.

He turned back around, after giving me one last, unbelieving look."

Sounds good and creepy!!

Thoughts???

~V