I know, I know, it’s been several weeks since Kiera Cass was here in the country, but the past month has been hectic, what with my day job and the Manila International Book Fair and Margaret Stohl, Melissa dela Cruz, and Alyson Noel all stopping by at the same time. I’ve barely been able to keep up with my paying job, much less this non-paying one!
Anyway, this interview with Kiera Cass was really fun. She was very bubbly and energetic, and it’s kinda hard not to be infected by that just a little bit. Also, we’re both One Direction fans (What? what? DEAL WITHIT.) so obviously we were speaking to each other on the astral level.
Just like I said in the previous post, one reason that I finally started reading “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” was the fact that the movie starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Emma Watson started playing here in the Philippines early last week.
Will this movie adaptation, written and directed by Chbosky himself, end up leaving me with mixed feelings, in the same way the book did? Or will I end up eating crow and find myself thoroughly charmed by this movie, in much the same way a lot of crtics seem to be?
I couldn’t find a book trailer of “Perks” that I liked.
I bought my copy of “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” last year, mainly because everybody and their closest relation were telling me that it was such a great book that would totally change my life.
However, I never really got around to reading it until a couple of days ago, and it was only really spurred on by the release of the book’s movie adaptation. And partly by that photoshoot from Out Magazine.
So. Did “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” prove to be a life-changing experience for me? Or would I have been better off not picking up this book in the first place?
Watch thinking man’s porn star Stoya have an orgasm while reading Supervert’s “Necrophilia Variations”
I’ve been so remiss about blogging lately, that I haven’t told you guys about the great big Filipino Readercon happening at the Filipinas Heritage Library tomorrow. I’ll be there; you guys should check it out as well! (Source)
Jeffrey Eugenides and Junot Diaz do some historical cosplay for a Vogue spread on Edith Wharton. (Source)
I’m not really familiar with DC Pierson’s work, but he sure showed ” ? Idiot America ~ ???????x ?” that it’s a bad idea to outsource your summer reading to the internet. (Source)
The Guardian has an article compiling 20 irrefutable theories of book cover design. One of them involves kittens. (Source)
I haven’t read Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi” yet, but I’m sure a lot of you guys have. If you’re in the vicinity of the New York film festival, Ang Lee’s movie adaptation of the book is set to open it. (Source)
And since we’re “in” New York, here’s a cute little thing about New York bookstores from the New York Times. Say New York one more time. New York. (Source)
Self-publishing is all the rage these days, especially after E.L. James and Amanda Hocking, so the New York Times has compiled a handy list of the advantages and disadvantages that come with doing it your way. (Source)
Former reality show star and New York Times bestselling author *sigh* Lauren Conrad got a lot of people riled up after she put up a video on her Youtube channel of her slicing up copies of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” for a craft project. She’s since taken the video down, but on the internet, everything lives forever. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)
What does Lemony Snicket have to say about all this then? I quote:
“It has always been my belief that people who spend too much time with my work end up as lost souls, drained of reason, who lead lives of raving emptiness and occasional lunatic violence. What a relief it is to see this documented.”
Finally, Out Magazine has an interview with Stephen Chbosky, Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman, and Johnny Simmons regarding the big screen adaptation of Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”. Ezra Miller comes out as queer in it, if any one of you is interested. Because I know I am. (Source)
And don’t even front that you don’t want to see the photos, which you can find under the cut.
I don’t know about you guys, but I found 2011 to just be a very bleurgh year, to say the least. It seemed like there was just a general malaise that seemed to infect the world the past year — earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, flooding. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one happy to see the back of last year.
And yeah, there’s that whole Mayan apocalypse thing that’s supposed to happen this year, but you know what? I’m going to be a freaking optimist about the whole thing. World’s going to end? Then I’m going to read ALL the books.
I know, I know. I’ve been remiss with my blogging duties, and so early in the game as well. But it’s been a mostly crazy few days at work and with my personal life and I haven’t been able to spare some time for the old book blog.
I did, however, have time to do some book shopping.
As most of you guys know, Brian Katcher’s “Almost Perfect” won this year’s Stonewall’s Children and Young Adult Literature Award, so finding it on the local bookshelves was a pretty good signal for me to buy it. I’m looking forward to reading it and seeing what the buzz is about.
I also got myself a copy of Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower“. I’ve heard about this book countless times from so many people, and I’ve been seeing it on bookshelves for about as long. But I’ve never really found a cover that I really liked as much as this one. And this copy’s cheaper than the other editions!
But the most important thing I did the past week was finally finish reading Scott Westerfeld’s “Behemoth“, the second book in his “Leviathan” series.