I love zombies & I’m proud to be an Undeadhead. Some of my favorite films are Night of the Living Dead (1968), 28 Days Later and Zombieland. Why are zombies to popular right now?
Maybe it’s a backlash against vamps. I’m a fan of vampires too but zombies are more accessible somehow. Ordinary people can be extras as zombies in movies, but professional actors always get the vampire roles. Many great characters from comics and graphic novels have been adapted for films and TV and zombies are no exception. Robert Kirkman’s excellent zombie comic series The Walking Dead has been developed into a fantastic series on AMC. I’m psyched that the series has been so good and gotten such good ratings. I’m only sorry that the series was only 6 episodes and now that they’re over I have to wait until next year for season two. Entertainment Weekly (12.3.10) said The Walking Dead is the Best New Show on TV. I agree. EW (12.3.10) quotes Frank Darabont, the filmmaker who developed the series, saying, â€œWe’re not in a rush for the Walking Dead to die anytime soonâ€ and I’m not either.
If you’re a teen’s who’s watched and liked the series and want something to read to tide you over until it’s on again, there are quite a few good zombie books out right now. Continue reading Zombies: The New Vamps?
When the movie version of a YA book is released, it’s common for the book to get a big spike in circulation (yay, free publicity!) It’s important to be up-to-date on movie releases so you can make sure you have enough copies available for your patrons! It can also be a great excuse to host a book/movie-themed event. With that in mind, here are some big book-to-movie adaptations to look out for in upcoming months (this post covers February – June, which means no Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 or Breaking Dawn Part I; look for another post on the second part of the year closer to summer).
Jennifer Brown is a debut author who took some chances with her first book, tackling the tough subject of the aftermath of a school shooting from a unique perspective. Hailed officially as a hero by the school but hated by most of her classmates, Valerie is forced to come to grips with her unexpected role in a school shooting several months prior as she finishes her senior year. Jennifer Brown agreed to answer some questions about her inspiration for the story and the character’s relationships.
1. First, congratulations on the recognition you’ve received with Hate List. You were nominated for YALSA’s Top Ten List and you won the Thumbs Up! Award for the Michigan Library Association. Have you been surprised at the reception it’s been getting, especially since this is your first novel? Has the reception overseas been similar to what you’ve experienced in the U.S.?
Thank you for the congratulations! I have been very humbled by the reception that HATE LIST has gotten. It’s wonderful enough to get published and know that there’s at least one person (your editor) who thinks the book is worthwhile. To have librarians and reviewers and especially teen readers agree…it’s just the best feeling ever. So, surprised? Sure! And totally excited! Continue reading Interview with the Author: Jennifer Brown