Right Now in Speculative Fiction

Teens love vampires! Er… books about vampires. Why not get them interested in the original fang-fest by pointing them toward Bram Stoker’s Dracula blogged in real time. It started May 3rd, so they only have to catch up a little bit.dracula

Seven Star Productions already has the first draft of a screenplay in the works for Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, “a zombie thriller set in colonial times.” Read Ryan’s reaction to the news about film rights here. Warning: much use of the word “squee” involved.

Should libraries stock graphic novels? Do these books promote the love of learning, or do they take interest away from more challenging literature? Krista McKenzie weighs in on YALSA’s site.the dark planet

The Dark Planet, the final book in Patrick Carman’s Atherton trilogy, is out now! A mad scientist’s puzzling plan is finally revealed, and Edgar finds out the true purpose of “the mysterious satellite world of Atherton.” Haven’t read the other books in the series? You can enter to win the entire trilogy here.

Writers: think your book got the worst review ever? Wallow in your misery by posting the review on this blog and inviting readers to decide if it really is the Worst. Review. Ever. Actually, you might feel better after reading all the scathing reviews of other people’s books.twitter

Odds are, you recently joined Twitter. (Am I right??) If you don’t know who to follow, check out this list of 100+ Best Authors on Twitter–sixteen of whom write for young readers and thrity-four of whom write specualtive fiction. These authors, including Laurel Snyder and Anne Mazer, “carry on a conversation with their followers and present information they might find valuable.”

cheryliconParker Peevyhouse never thought Dracula would buy into the blogging craze.

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4 responses to “Right Now in Speculative Fiction

  1. The movie is going to rock! And I’ve been resisting the Twitter bug for a while. Oy. When is enough enough :)

  2. RE: Should libraries stock graphic novels? Do these books promote the love of learning, or do they take interest away from more challenging literature?

    Argh! I hate it when people think graphic novels are just cheap and stupifying ways to reduce “literature” to something substandard. The graphic novels I’ve read are anything but “low-class literature”–the pictures enhance the story-telling, and often-times the themes expressed in original graphic novels are every bit as deep as standard literature.

  3. I’m with you, Beth. You’d think the days would be long gone when people thought of graphic novels as “remedial reading.” Heck, it’s been over 15 years since Art Spiegelman’s MAUS proved that graphic novels could be Pulitzer-worthy.

    I’m not on that Twitter list but you can follow me @tem2

  4. Parker Peevyhouse

    Sounds like the graphic novel issue could be a post in itself!

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