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So I organized my books last Saturday.

It was a lot more work than I thought it would be, as it seems I have accumulated far more books than I thought I had over the course of many, many years. And it was well into the fourth hour of my clean-up — I kid you not, it took literal hours to do this thing — that I realized I only had a limited amount of space in the apartment I share with the rest of my family.

There really was really only one thing left for me to do: Sell my books.

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Ronreads interview: Kate Evangelista

If you haven’t done so already, the story that I did on Kate Evagelista came out yesterday on the paper that I work for. It outlines the journey she had to publication, and some advice she’d like to share with other young writers looking to break into the scene internationally.

But just like a lot of the interviews that I do, there’s also quite a bit that doesn’t make it onto the printed page — damned space constraits! So here’s the entire transcript of that interview, with all the other parts left in!

(Warning for spoilers!)

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Your week in books#32

  • All my RL friends know that I’m not averse to a little erotica — or pornography, whatever you want to call it — and it seems that erotica is exactly what’s floating everybody’s boat in America right now. “Fifty Shades of Grey”, an erotic novel that is being described as “Mommy porn” and “Twilight for grown-ups”, has just been bought bought by Vintage Books for a reported seven-figure sum. And yes, it’s the same Vintage that gives us those literary classics with such beautiful covers. (Source)
  • This was all over Facebook and Twitter the past week, but in case you don’t know yet, The Guardian reports that 500 new fairytales have been discovered in an archive in Germany. You can read one of them “The Turnip Princess” over here. (Source)
  • Here’s another discovery for you guys. An archivist stumbles upon a 111-year-old short film that features characters from Charles Dickens’ novel “Bleak House”, making it the world’s oldest Charles Dickens film. (Source)
  • I’m linking to this story on the American Academy of Arts and Letters because of this great Michael Chabon quote: “I knew that when the gray came in it was only a matter of time before my augustness would be recognized.” (Source)
  • Movie adaptation news! Reese Witherspoon just bought the movie rights to writer Cheryl Strayed’s memoir and plans to star as Strayed in the movie adaptation. (Source)
I'm sure you guys can tell who drew this.
  • And just so we go full circle back to erotica, did you guys know that Theodor Seuss Geisel — or Dr. Seuss, as he’s more popularly known — wrote and illustrated a book for adults? And by adults, I mean adults? It was called “The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History’s Barest Family” and it was a humongous flop. Check out the rest of the illustrations over at The Atlantic! (Source)

Book to movie review: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”

Last year was an unexpectedly good year for Twilight fans. Not only did “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” earn $698,491,347 in worldwide box office receipts, it was also the first one of the “Twilight” movies to actually get halfway favorable reviews from critics.

When “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” opened in theaters last year, the “Top Critics” section of review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 67 percent rating, as opposed to the 38 percent rating its predecessor, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, acquired. Reviewers praised it for being “an improved blend of romance and action fantasy”.

While financial success isn’t going to be a worry for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” – the film has already earned US$283 million worldwide on its opening weekend – the film does have a much more favorably reviewed predecessor to live up to. Will the film’s director, Academy Award winning filmmaker Bill Condon, be able to acquire the same critical success “Eclipse” enjoyed, while at the same time fulfilling fans’ expectation of faithfulness to the source material?

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Your week in books#27

  • Just in case the theaters around the country haven’t made it clear to you guys already, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” just opened yesterday. The lines to buy tickets were crazy.
  • Galleycat has an interview up with “Breaking Dawn” screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. Favorite quote: “Don’t get pregnant with a demon baby unless you have vampire venom on hand.” (Source)
  • Check out the guys who lined up for the “Breaking Dawn” premiere. They’re exactly what you’d expect. (Source)
  • In “Akira-That-Is-Not Akira” news, it appears that Kristen Stewart is being tapped to play the role of Kei. Stab me with a rusty fork RIGHT. NOW. (Source)
  • Fact about myself: I did not like Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance series. I could barely make it past the halfway point with “Eragon”. The movie wasn’t any better either — woefully lacking in shirtless scenes. I don’t think Paolini’s recent declaration that his next series is going to be science fiction is going to be any better either. (Source)
Jane Austen being fab.
  • If crime writer Lindsay Ashford is to be believed, then homegirl Jane “J-Hizzle” Austen was the victim of some foul play. Apparently, Mr. Bingley did her in with some arsenic. (Source)
  • Finally, under the cut are individual character poster for “The Avengers”, which comes out in the United States in May 2012. No word yet as to when it’ll come around to our fair shores, but I’m willing to bet it’s going to be around the same time. (Source)

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Your week in books #13

With the San Diego Comic Con now ongoing, there is a lot of book to movie news now making it out into the Web.  From “Harry Potter” to “The Hunger Games” and all the way to the seemingly endless comic book adaptations, this week’s round-up will try to keep up with everything that’s happening, alongside other less “star-studded” book news.

  • With “Harry Potter” no longer a contender, Moviefone has put together a great list of book to movie projects that could possibly succeed in replicating the success of “Harry Potter”. Of course, first on the list is Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games”, which just recently put out a teaser poster featuring a blazing mockingjay badge. Other series that seem set to make the transition to the silver screen are Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” trilogy; Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Wolves of Mercy Falls”; and Veronica Roth’s “Divergent”. (Source)
  • One book to movie franchise that has consistently dominated — for better or for worse, depending on who you’re asking — Comic Con has been Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, and this year is no different. According to Entertainment Weekly, some fans were in line for the Hall H press conference three days before it was set to start. Say what you will about the franchise, but goodness me that is a different level of adulation. Or crazy. All I know for sure is this is one chagrined looking Edward Cullen. (Source)

  • “Twilight” fans looking for a little bit of karmic payback for this particular Stephen King quote may have just had their wishes fulfilled as the adaptation of King’s “The Dark Tower” series looks to be dead before it even began. (Source)
  • “Captain America” is opening on our fair shores next week, and from the
    Let's all be honest now. You'd watch it just for this.

    advance buzz it looks like plunking a few hundred pesos for it won’t be such a bad life decision after at all. And at least it gives me a better reason to watch the movie other than getting to see Chris Evans shirtless. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)

  • And just to keep us on the Captain America track for a bit longer, Marvel has just released two concept art posters for the “Avengers” movie coming out in 2012. (Source)
  • I quite enjoyed the “Sin City” movie when it came out in 2005, so I’m looking forward to the possibility of a sequel being made by Robert Rodriguez, who also helmed the first movie all those years ago. (Source)
  • Bradley Cooper is set to play Satan in a movie adaptation of the John Milton classic, “Paradise Lost“. I don’t know about you guys, but this just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. (Source)
  • Just when you thought Google couldn’t get any more omnipresent than it already is, the search engine giant just announced that it will be integrating with Pottermore so that future ebooks of the “Harry Potter” series will be able to integrate seamlessly with all the other Google products already on offer. (Source)
  • There’s a great essay in the New York Times about how the digitization of historical texts and artifacts means for historians and researchers used to feeling a “contact high” when handling original manuscripts. Is there really any difference between handling an original manuscript and perusing it electronically? (Source)
  • Finally, Jodi Picoult, author of “My Sister’s Keeper”, is set to publish a book she co-wrote with her daughter, entitled “Between the Lines”. (Source)

Your week in books #10

  • If the people on my Twitter feed are to be believed, the biggest news of the day is the death of the Oxford comma. My response is to quote The Shoebox Project:

“Good advice though it may be, I am choosing to ignore all of it, since I have created a personal grammar that adheres to my needs both moral and punctuational. After all, with the world in its current lamentable state, I sincerely believe that rather than WASTING commas with the rest of my fat capitalist pig brothers on frivolous consumerist sentences like these, they should be donated to the more needy, such as the chinese, who as I understand it have NO COMMAS AT ALL.”

  • Another big development online has been the quiet launch of Google+, the search engine giant’s attempt to dislodge Facebook from its social networking throne. While my initial wanderings on it have just made me realize it is Facebook without the annoying apps, Galleycat has been much more productive and outlined a few ways that the new Google product can be useful to writers, readers, and publishers. (Source)
  • The Guardian has a list of phrases that should be considered cliche and meaningless, at least according to poets participating in the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Great, as I wasn’t worried enough about which phrases to use to not sound like some cliche-spewing robot. (Source)
  • Finally, plagiarism! While not on the scale of Kaavya Viswanathan — Viswanathan’s book actually got published — there has apparently been a plagiarist on the loose on the wilds of the Internet. Somebody named Angela Priest has been taking published work, changing the character names, and passing them off as her own work. She’s not earning any money from it, but that is still some messed-up shit. The “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” background isn’t helping her out either. (Source 1, Source 2)

Book to movie EXTRAVAGANZA!

So last week, Summit Entertainment came out with its first trailer for Paul Anderson’s “The Three Musketeers IN 3D” (Emphasis mine) and it looks like a right mess. Slow motion musketeering (That is totally a legit word, shut up), Milla Jovovich’s Lady de Winter being all Alice from Resident Evil in the wrong era, and A FLYING SHIP. I mean, WAT EVEN.

If it weren’t for the fact that Orlando Bloom is in it, I wouldn’t even be mildly interested. I may watch it on October 14.

And as it turns out, it’s not the only book to movie adaptation coming out in the following months. Twelve book to movie adaptations are coming out this year, and I thought it would be fun to take a look at all of them and see which one is going to crush your book reading experience forever.
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