Another weekend, another book. That’s usually how it goes for me, though I do try to get some occasional sunshine. Now that spring has finally sprung, I like reading on my little balcony. My apartment faces the parking lot, so the view isn’t all that great (and the noise and exhaust from the cars isn’t, either), but it sure beats sitting inside. Easter is almost here, the weather gets warmer every day – there’s a lot to be grateful for, bookworms. Here’s the book news:
- Seems like YA authors are crushing it lately. On the heels of Divergent‘s box office success and the ever-increasing anticipation for The Fault in Our Stars movie, Rainbow Rowell recently announced that Dreamworks Studios has optioned her fantastic debut novel, Eleanor and Park, for a film. The book was a best-seller, spending 12 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list. Having the film option picked up doesn’t necessarily guarantee that an Eleanor and Park movie will be made, but it’s certainly very encouraging. Rowell herself will write the screenplay, which is also very encouraging.
- It’s the question ever Austen fan asks: which Austen novel is best? (Assuming, of course, you can find a standard definition of “best.”) Literature teacher and author Amy Elizabeth Smith taught Austen’s novel in several countries and across many cultures. In a recent Publishers Weekly blog post, Smith took the time to rank six Austen’s novels according to her own opinions. Smith’s rankings are both eye-opening (Pride and Prejudice in third place?!) and predictable (poor, Fanny Price). Reading through her thoughts and then let me know – what’s your favorite Austen novel?
- Last week, I shared a bit about RAINN’s campaign to raise money for sexual assault and rape survivors in honor of the 15th anniversary of Speak. This week, Kelly Jensen (usually found at Stacked) sat down with Laurie Halse Anderson for an interview to discuss her book’s anniversary. The interview, posted by Book Riot, touches upon Speak‘s legacy, the importance of young adult literature and the role gender plays in books and in the book world. Jensen asks fabulous questions and Anderson has equally fabulous answers, so be sure the read the whole thing. As a reminder, you can participate in the #Speak4RAINN15 campaign throughout the month of April.
- Is your favorite book-to-screen adaptation worth it? Using data from a report in The Guardian, Statista created an infographic that explores how much time each adaptation gets out of its written pages. Given the lengths of each book, it’s not surprising that Game of Thrones falls last on the list, getting a mere 0.80 minutes of screen time per page of book. Meanwhile, Friday Night Lights has the highest page-to-screen number, with 9.15 minutes for every page. The infographic doesn’t offer any commentary on what this all means (I think you could argue that either a high or low number is “good”), but it’s fascinating nonetheless.
- April is National Poetry Month, so here are some ways to be prepared. Book Riot has a list of the various Twitter accounts for poetry lovers, including now-defunct satire accounts (e.g, @RobertFrostbyte) and other active accounts from the Poetry Foundation and other poetry news sources. And if you enjoy some laughter with your poetry (and some digs at the English language while you’re at it), the folks behind the AsapSCIENCE YouTube channel posted a poetry video about why the English language drives them crazy.
As always, happy reading.