March 16, 2012

[Friday Links] 'The Hunger Games' Edited in UK to Ensure Teen-Friendly Rating

Due to the success of the CG-animated feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Universal Pictures is tapping into another Dr. Seuss title - The Cat in the Hat. Universal has already turned the book it into a live-action film (2003) starring Mike Meyers,  but are now working on a 3D CG-animated feature.

Cassandra Clare signs up for a three-book deal for The Dark Artifices, set in modern Los Angeles.

William Moseley (Peter Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia) jumps into another adaptation, this time in CW's The Selection, based on Keira Cass's upcoming series.

Two fans create their own map of Panem based on what they know from The Hunger Games series. You can see the map here.

Madeleine L'Engle's lesser-known novel, Camilla, is being adapted for screen by L'Engle's goddaughter.

The first trailer has been released for On the Road, a film based on Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name and starring Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen.

The theatrical trailer for Now is Good, based on the Jenny Downham's YA novel Before I Die, starring Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine.

Amazon Children's Publishing signs it's first YA deal - Kiss and Make Up, a debut novel by Katie D. Anderson.

Warner Bros. gets J. Mills Goodloe to adapt Nicholas Sparks' latest novel, The Best of Me.

ABC Family is finalizing a deal for a second-season renewal of The Lying Game.

Chloe Bridges joins the cast of The CW's The Carrie Diaries as Carrie's nemesis, Donna LaDonna.

The Hunger Games edited in U.K. to secure a teen-friendly rating.

Have you checked out GoneReading yet?  It's a great place to find gifts for book lovers, and the site donates all profits to help fund libraries and other reading-related charities.

According to this Speed Reading App, I read 87% faster than the national average and, if I maintained this reading speed, I could read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy in 20 hours and 55 minutes, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling in 2 hours and 44 minutes, and so on. You can compare your reading speed to the national average here.


  1. I'm so excited about Cassandra Clare's new book deal!

    I saw the Panem map before and it was interesting how they did it.

    I want to know how fast I read so I'm going to check out the Reading Speed App now. Bye :)

  2. Poor folks in the UK! Ick!

    GoneReading does look cool!

    Turns out I'm not a very fast reader ;) LOL FUN test though.

  3. The Cat in the Hat in 3D would be insane considering all the crazy antics going on in that movie.

    I think I'd be a bit pissed if I were in the UK and they were giving me a watered down version of the most anticipated movie of the year.

    And that map is interesting. People's motivation and creativity never cease to amaze me.

  4. Hmm, not a fan of the maps the people made of Panem. I'm not sure they make sense. Wouldn't it be awesome if Suzanne Collins put out her own version of the map? I would be so interested in seeing that.