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Many readers may have started consuming their books in different ways over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still shelling out money for their favorites. In fact, the last year has treated the authors at the top of the food chain extremely well, most overtly newcomer E.L. James whose 50 Shades books netted her an astounding haul between June 2012 and June 2013.
The first of Veronica Roth's planned Divergent eShorts will arrive in less than a month. Earlier this summer, we learned that Roth was writing four short eBooks which would be told from Tobias' perspectives, the first of which is titled The Transfer.
With Divergent headed into theaters next winter, the feature adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth's trilogy got a fair amount of exposure at Comic-Con, due largely to its presence during the Summit Panel in Hall H. In addition to revealing the first footage from the film, Veronica Roth offered up an exciting update about the third book in the trilogy, Allegiant, stating that the last book would be split between two perspectives, Tris' and Four's.
From a promotional standpoint, there's a benefit to an incomplete book series ahead of a feature adaptation's arrival in theaters. Take Fifty Shades of Grey, for example. The series was completed before word of mouth made the steamy trilogy a pop culture reference. The bright side to that was that readers could gobble up all three books if they wanted to, no wait necessary. The downside is that, with the movie expected to arrive in theaters next year, there isn't much in the way of book material for fans to look forward to while they wait for the movie.
First-person narration can often be the most intimate way for a reader to connect with the story's protagonist. Unfortunately, it can also be a little limiting in the way the world is established and the supporting characters are developed. After all, everything within the story is told from the lead character's perspective. We see the story through their eyes and their mind, colored with their opinions. Writers have, from time to time, delved into the minds of other characters to tinker with their thought-processes and visit the story from a fresh angle.
Lea Michele is a woman of many talents. She’s a singer who can act or maybe an actress who can sing, and now she’s adding scribe to her lengthy list of accomplishments. The 26-year-old has landed a book deal for a project she is calling Brunette Ambition.
If the success of series like Fifty Shades of Grey and The Mortal Instruments tell us anything, it's that fanfiction can take a writer places. In the case of the former, E.L. James' steamy novel is said to have been developed from Twilight fan fiction. And Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series, is known to have dabbled in other writers' worlds before penning her own series.
They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but when we're anticipating the next book in a series, the cover is one of the few things we have to go on. Last week, we got our first look at the cover for the U.S. publication of Allegiant, the third book in Veronica Roth's popular young adult trilogy Divergent. Mirroring the previous two books in terms of the style of the cover, the book revealed a swirling circle of water in the center.
The cover for Allegiant has arrived! We were promised our first look at the cover for the third and final book in Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy this week, and The Today Show delivered on that this morning in a segment featuring Roth as she was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest. You can watch the full interview above, which features Roth talking about writing the first book when she was in college, and delivering on a promise to jump into a bathtub full of marshmallows when she got her first book deal.
Just the other day, we learned the details about the DVD/Blu-ray release for the feature adaptation of Isaac Marion's novel, Warm Bodies. And we know that the author, who has already followed up the first book with a prequel novella (The New Hunger), is currently working on a sequel to the original book, which will presumably follow up on the lives of Julie and R. Marion offered some updates on the sequel recently...
Fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent series are likely eager to read the third and final book in the trilogy. While we have months to wait for the novel to hit shelves, we now know that the title is Allegiant, and we'll get our first look at its cover when it debuts later this week. In the meantime, the tagline for the novel has been released, and it focuses on choices - or one choice. Allegiant - "One Choice Will Define You."
Dan Brown isn't the only popular author publishing a sequel to one of his hit novels. John Grisham, author of The Firm, The Rainmaker, and more recently, The Racketeer and The Litigators, is set to revisit his first novel with a sequel to A Time To Kill called Sycamore Row.
Just when I was sure I'd said every positive thing I could say about eReaders, and more specifically, my Kindle, Amazon comes out with an ad that focuses on kids and their love of reading. It caused me to wonder if my own reading habits would have been any different had eReaders existed during my youth. I've concluded that the answer is yes and no. In the end, what it comes down to is a love of reading. Books are the ultimate transportation device into the imagination.
Amazon.com announced the third annual list of Most Well-Read Cities in America this week, revealing that - once again - Alexandria, VA topped the list, which is determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June of last year (2012), on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents. So if your town didn't make the cut, it may simply be a matter of population, from the sound of it.
Those looking for the opportunity to experience the world of Harry Potter as presented by Universal Studios will eventually be able to do it in California. NBCUniversal announced today that they're going start construction on the first projects in their 25-year Evolution Plan, which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.