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New trailer for the last Harry Potter film!

Posted by Kristi on April 28, 2011

Oooh, shiny:

SO EXCITED.  But also torn, because once this movie’s out, it’s over.  What do you guys think of the trailer?


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More Hunger Games casting news

Posted by Kristi on April 5, 2011

We’ve known for a couple of weeks now that Jennifer Lawrence is our Katniss, but now the main guy players have been announced as well.  According to, Peeta Mellark will be played by Josh Hutcherson, most recently seen in The Kids Are Alright with Julianne Moore and Annette Bening.  That’s him on the left up there.  It sounds like Hutcherson has been longing to play Peeta and is excited about the role, so hopefully that enthusiasm will result in a great performance.  Meanwhile, Liam Hemsworth will be handling the role of Gale Hawthorne.  He’s an Australian actor who was last seen in The Last Song with Miley Cyrus, who he reportedly has an on-and-off relationship with.  Liam’s the guy on the right.  So what do you guys think?  Do they look like your visions of Peeta and Gale?

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And we have our Katniss for the Hunger Games movie…

Posted by Kristi on March 17, 2011

According to The Wrap, Katniss will be played by up-and-coming actress Jennifer Lawrence, who recently starred in Winter’s Bone and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.  Here she is in the role of Ree Dolly from Winter’s Bone:

She doesn’t look anything like the image of Katniss I had in my head while reading (Katniss is described as having a dark, olive complexion with dark hair and gray eyes), but she did do an excellent job in a gritty role as Ree, so I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. What do you guys think? Does Lawrence work for you, or is there someone else you wanted to see get the role? How about the other characters – who do you see as Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Cinna, Rue, etc.?

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It’s a YA Takeover…

Posted by Kristi on September 9, 2010

Right now, books published for the young adult market are hotter than ever. It’s one of the few areas of publishing that’s actually seen sales increasing in recent years, and more and more books aimed at teens from a vast variety of genres are published each year. Compared to what was published for teens back when I actually was one (lots of Sweet Valley High and other endless paperback series is all I can remember), you guys have got it good.

And Hollywood has started to sit up and take notice. Just in the past few months I’ve posted on this blog several times about YA books that are coming out as films – the most recent here and here.  The Twilight movies are international bestsellers, Pretty Little Liars and the Vampire Diaries are huge hits on TV, and a movie based on current phenomenon The Hunger Games is in the works.  Now everyone wants a piece of the next YA bestseller.  If you’re curious to see what other books have been optioned for film and television, I’ve just found a great blog called YA Takeover that keeps tabs on the latest news out of Hollywood as it relates to YA books.  Right now, all kinds of Twilight-esque supernatural romance is big, but there are so many coming to the big screen that there’s something for everyone.  Go check it out!

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story trailer

Posted by Kristi on July 30, 2010

If you haven’t read Ned Vizzini’s book, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, you definitely should.  It’s about a depressed teen who calls a suicide hotline and ends up getting checked into the adult ward of a mental hospital.  And now it’s about to be a movie, starring Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Aasif Mandvi, and relative newcomer Keir Gilchrist as the main character, Craig.  Amazingly enough, the trailer looks like the movie could possibly do the book justice.  Check it out below:

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Tomorrow, When the War Began

Posted by Kristi on June 17, 2010

Looking for a fast-paced, exciting summer read? You can’t do better than John Marsden’s Tomorrow, When the War Began series. First published in Australia, these seven books tell the story of Ellie and her friends, who decide to spend their summer vacation camping in the Australian bush, only to find out when they try to return home that their country has been invaded and their families killed or captured.  Now they have some choices to make: Do they return to the bush and stay hidden to avoid capture?  Do they let themselves be taken so they can at least be reunited with their families?  Or…do they fight back?

Since, as I mentioned, it’s a seven-book series full of crazy action, you might be able to guess what these teenagers choose.  With only the weapons available to them from raiding abandoned farms and ranches, they become guerrilla warriors, fighting back against their country’s occupation.  I promise, once you start reading these books, you won’t be able to put them down!  You can find all seven in the series section of the YA department here at the Normal library.  Plus, if you finish the books and still can’t get enough, Marsden later wrote The Ellie Chronicles, a trilogy covering what happens to Ellie and her friends when the war is finally over.

While interest in the series has been picking up recently here in the States, in Australia, these books were absolutely HUGE, selling millions of copies.  Now, a movie is getting ready to be released there in September.  I can only hope it eventually makes it over here so I can see it!   Here’s the most recent trailer to be released – the cast looks great, and from what I can tell it sticks fairly close to the book:

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Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

Posted by Kristi on October 16, 2009


Where the Wild Things Are opens in theaters today.  Directed by Spike Jonze, with a screenplay written by Jonze and Dave Eggers, the movie comes from Maurice Sendak’s classic book, which contains less than 40 pages and only ten sentences.  So what do you guys think?  Is it possible to make a good film out of such a short book with so little plot?  How do you think it will compare?

I’ll be up front and say that the book is one of my favorites ever and one of my strongest memories from childhood is of having it read to me.  The images and visual look of the book is incredible, and from what I’ve seen of the trailer, Jonze’s adaptation seems to capture at least some of that.  Plus, the director was picked out by Sendak himself, who seems to approve heartily of the project.  At any rate, I’ll find out tonight when I go to see it in the theater.  Anyone else planning to see this one?

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