Welcome to another weekend, bookworms. Perhaps you’ve heard – The Hunger Games movie is now in theaters! I’m an old lady who works these days, so I didn’t go to a midnight show, but I AM seeing the movie this weekend and will have a post on Tuesday about how the film compares to the book. In the meantime, I’m enjoying my birthday books and the warm weather Boston was blessed with this week. Let’s celebrate all these good things with book news:
- Since it’s Hunger Games weekend, let’s start with the news that Suzanne Collins is now the best-selling Kindle author of all time.According to Amazon, Collins’ mega-popular series has sold more e-book copies than any other author. And if that wasn’t enough, all three books in the series are currently atop USA Today’s best-seller list, while the trilogy is #1 on the New York Times’ best-seller list (children’s series category) as well. So much love!
- Meanwhile, if you can’t get to the movies this weekend, you can still check out a few more clips from the Hunger Games movie online. Galley Cat has a look at a key scene between President Snow and Gamesmaker Seneca Crane, a scene that never appears in the book, but the addition of which Suzanne Collins approved. Over at Entertainment Weekly, there’s a clip in which Katniss says goodbye to Gale before heading off to the games. Be strong, Katniss! I know how it turns out for you!
- And since we’re on a roll, if you happen to trust the opinion of the ladies at Forever Young Adult (and I do), good news! Posh says you’ll like the Hunger Games movie! She was able to see an advanced screening and helpfully listed the good parts and the maybe-not-so-good parts of the movie. Though I still believe that nothing will be better than the original book (watch me eat my words after I see the movie), I’m glad to know other die-hard book fans found plenty in the movie to keep them happy.
- We’re kind of on a roll with the movie adaptation news, so let’s continue with Stephenie Meyer, even if you hate Twilight (true fact: I first discovered The Hunger Games because Meyer wrote about loving it on her website. So she’s not all bad). There’s a new 15-second teaser trailer for Breaking Dawn Part 2 floating around the Internets. It features Edward and Jacob, with just a tantalizing hint of newly created vampire Bella. A full trailer for the movie will be available next week. And Meyer’s other book (yes, she did write something non-Twilight), The Host, is coming to the big screen as well.An early trailer for that movie is online now as well.
- It’s time to get jealous. Book Riot is fanning the flames of the green-eyed monster with part two of their “libraries of the rich and famous” feature.This installment showcases jaw-dropping and whimper-inducing pictures of celebrities’ home libraries, which are, of course, amazingly awesome. I’m quite fond of Julia and Paul Child’s Cambridge library, with it’s coziness and fireplace, while I’m not even sure Professor Richard Macksey’s home library is even real – all those books!
- Lastly, it’s time to stir up some good, old-fashioned debate. Flavorwire has published its list of the ten best authors of children’s literature and, naturally, some people didn’t make the list. While great authors such as Lois Lowry, J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, Madeleine L’Engle and Katherine Paterson (all women, BTW) make the list, I’m not sure I can get behind a “best of children’s literature” list that doesn’t include Roald Dahl, E.B. White and/or Dr. Seuss. What about you – who would make your list?
As always, happy reading.