Harper Lee estate endorses To Kill a Mockingbird graphic novel. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic story of racism in the southern states of the US, which has sold more than 40m copies since it was first published in 1960, is to be turned into a graphic novel.
Unexpectedly, the move has been encouraged by the late author’s estate. The graphic novel will be illustrated by Fred Fordham, the artist behind Philip Pullman’s recent first venture into the form, The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship. The London-born artist said: “Adapting a story that means so much to so many – and finding the appropriate art style to give it life in a long-form visual medium – is a great honour and responsibility, and, mercifully, also a great pleasure.” The book is still at storyboard stage, publisher Jason Arthur of William Heinemann said, adding: “The art I’ve seen so far from Fred is stunning and his adaptation storyboard is utterly true to the original novel.” The Lee estate approached the publisher with the idea of a graphic novel. Laurie Isn't a Good Guy; He's a Nice Guy™
The first time I read Little Women, I remember being absolutely devastated Jo didn’t choose Laurie.
It was just plain wrong! He was handsome, creative, and passionate. Against Worldbuilding. And plenty of great fantasy books fall outside of this kind of faux-realistic worldbuilding.
Marquez’s brilliant and epic One Hundred Years of Solitude is filled with magical happenings, but the magic exist for metaphorical and poetic effect. One character is constantly followed by yellow butterflies, but there is no explanation for this. 10 Transgressive Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups. They may be ancient forms of storytelling, but fairy tales are still big business.
Case in point: the new Disney live-action version of Beauty and the Beast—which was not the least bit artistically necessary, by the way, considering that the original is Disney’s best film of all time—just opened to the catchy tune of $170 million in ticket sales, setting a new record for March opening weekend sales. (So I suppose “artistically necessary” isn’t exactly what’s driving decisions here.) At any rate, the revival of Beauty and the Beast, and all the attendant hand-wringing over Emma Watson’s feminism, has gotten me thinking about actually transgressive, interesting, and yes, maybe even feminist retellings of fairy tales. There have been hundreds of these over the years, but here are a few of the most interesting—in this writer’s opinion, of course—from reinterpretations to new myths, from classic to current. Virginia Woolf, Orlando Article continues after advertisement.
In Defense of the English Major. I don’t often think the English major needs a lot of defending.
To me, it speaks for itself, through all the happy graduates with English degrees (myself included) and current English majors. And yet, people haven’t stopped discounting the English major. Take Diana Gabaldon, author of the best-selling Outlander series, when asked by a high school student what she suggested a major in: English major = “Want fries with that?” . If you ask Gabaldon, an English degree is just a pricey precursor to a fast-food job and therefore a bad choice for young writers.
13 Horrible Apocalypses That Will Make You Question Your Faith in Humankind. Is there any such thing as a pleasant apocalypse?
Probably not, although the cozy catastrophes of post-World War II seem to suggest that a global cataclysm might do the world a favor by wiping clean the slate, enabling the “right sort” of people to reclaim it. There’s no shortage of dystopian and post-apocalyptic literature out there — over 3,000 novels deal with nuclear aftermath alone. In my debut novel, Lotus Blue (Talos, 2017), I envisioned a future ruined through corporate greed, careless governance and unregulated technological experimentation, a logical extrapolation of climate change denialism coupled with military applications of artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons systems.
100 Must-Read YA Books for Feminists and Feminists-in-Training. This post is sponsored by Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister.
The streets of 1856 Chicago offer a desperate widow mostly trouble and ruin—unless that widow has a knack for manipulation and an unusually quick mind. In a bold move that no other woman has tried, Kate Warne convinces the legendary Allan Pinkerton to hire her as a detective. Battling criminals and coworkers alike, Kate immerses herself in the dangerous life of an operative, winning the right to tackle some of the agency’s toughest investigations. Fantasy is About Power: An Interview with Lev Grossman. Odds are good that you’ve heard of Lev Grossman’s bestselling novel The Magicians and its sequels, but if not, here’s the premise: a young, fantasy-obsessed young man finds out that magic is real—and that he’s invited to a special school to study it.
But things aren’t all lights, sprites and Harry Potter, mind you. In Grossman’s universe, magic is hard, and sometimes painful, and often quite dark, and so is Quentin’s journey, and so are the lands it leads him to. Suffice to say: those who haven’t read the books should take them for a spin. The series was adapted into a television show on Syfy in 2015, and the second season, which premiered last week, promises to be even better than the first. 100 Must-Read YA Books With Little Or No Romance. This post is sponsored by The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics.
“Horror fans, prepare to shudder.” —Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Three Dark Crowns Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion with her cold, distant father, she was left to explore the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret.When her aunt Penelope disappears, Lucy is left devastated and alone. 40+ Of Your Favorite YA Fantasy Adventure Books.
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The only clue Sefia has to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt, discover what really happened the day her father was killed, and to punish the people responsible.With clues hidden throughout, a beautiful cover, and deckle-edged pages, The Reader will remind you just how special a book can be.
We asked you to share your favorite YA fantasy adventures and you responded. 100 Must-Read YA Historical Fantasy Novels. When I sat down to compile the list of 100 Must-Read YA Historical Novels, I was faced with a dilemma: to include fantasy or not to include fantasy? I’ve loved YA fantasy ever since my middle school self stumbled upon A Great and Terrible Beauty, but being in the mood for good historical realistic fiction is a very different thing from being in the mood for good historical fiction with magic. Beyond that, historical speculative fiction encompasses many sub-genres! Time travel, steampunk, fantasy, alternate history, historical ghost stories–it’s a lot.
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Fandom According to YA Lit. I’ve always been on the fringes of fandom. I keep up with the trends and hot gossip just enough to know what’s going on in that wide and wonderful world. Occasionally, I’ll partake in some quality fic to tide myself over until the next book in a series comes out (Rivers of London, I’m looking at you). Naturally, the recent uptick in Young Adult books involving fandom and fanfiction has caught my attention. Fandom is not a monolith, and it’s certainly not devoid of problems, but it’s fascinating to see fandom portrayed through the lens of YA lit.
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