MUST SEE: Check Out This Fan Edit Video Comprised of YA Books into Movie Adaptations

When I watched this, I couldn’t help but feel a bit emotional seeing all those movies that were created from YA books.  Regardless of how they did in the box office, I felt a connection with each and every one of the books that were put into screen, and with the music used, “This is War” by 30 Seconds to Mars, it drove it home for me.

On my soapbox, I would say that none of the movies, even the most successful of them, will be as great as the words of the books that filled our imaginations with places, characters, and feels.  They should not be compared, to be frank, as they are two different mediums, so I applaud all those that stepped onto the big screen to show us what they could give.

Scenes taken from the following movies/trailers:

  • The Hunger Games
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Ender’s Game
  • Harry Potter
  • Insurgent (of the Divergent series)
  • Twilight
  • The Host

Thanks to Page to Premiere for the heads up!


BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Stars Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert Both Nominated for Teen Choice Awards


Both Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert have been nominated for their roles in Beautiful Creatures, in the category of “Choice Movie Actor: Romance” and “Choice Movie Actress: Romance,” respectively.  I absolutely loved their chemistry in the movie and felt that they played their roles perfectly as starcrossed lovers Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes.

Below is the list of the actors and actresses in each category:

Choice Movie Actor: Romance

  • Josh Duhamel, “Safe Haven”
  • Alden Ehrenreich, “Beautiful Creatures”
  • Nicholas Hoult, “Warm Bodies”
  • Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”
  • Eddie Redmayne, “Les Misérables”

Choice Movie Actress: Romance

  • Jessica Biel, “Playing for Keeps”
  • Alice Englert, “Beautiful Creatures”
  • Julianne Hough, “Safe Haven”
  • Amanda Seyfried, “Les Misérables”
  • Kristen Stewart, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”

Go vote at Teen Choice 2013.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Nominated for “Choice Movie” in Teen Choice Awards


A day after the DVD/Blu Ray release of Beautiful Creatures, the Teen Choice Awards revealed their first wave of nominations, and Beautiful Creatures is listed as one of the nominees for Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy!  You can see who they’re up against in the list below.

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • “Beautiful Creatures”
  • “Iron Man 3”
  • “Oblivion”
  • “Oz the Great and Powerful”
  • “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”

They were also nominated in Choice Movie: Romance, listed below.

Choice Movie: Romance

  • “Beautiful Creatures”
  • “Les Misérables”
  • “Safe Haven”
  • “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”
  • “Warm Bodies”

You can start voting here.  The awards will air live on Fox on Sunday, August 11, 2013.  Beautiful Creatures is now available on DVD and Blu-ray!

via Teen Choice 2013.


Beautiful Creatures is available to download today, April 30th, however, if you want to get the physical DVD or Blu-Ray version, you’ll have to wait another 3 weeks to get it off the shelves on May 21st.

Fans waiting for the home release of the Beautiful Creatures movie were treated to a surprise today. Warner Brothers has announced that the movie will be available for digital download starting tomorrow, April 30th.

If you haven’t seen it, go check it out!  I still believe the acting of the characters is well done and despite the difference in the ending compared to the book, it was entertaining.


Random Fandom Book News: Graphic Novel for MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

'Miss Peregrine's Home' Goes Graphic

I have yet to read it myself, but I hear it’s great (and it’s on my Goodreads list)!  And the cool thing about it is that it’s going to be made into a graphic novel!  I have this thing for graphic novels.  I don’t collect a whole lot of them, but I do have the first volume of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight graphic novel as well as the first volume of The Infernal Devices graphic novel (of which I definitely plan on getting the second volume for as soon as it’s available).

So, if you’re enthusiastic about this foray of YA literature being turned into graphic novels, then you might want to add this to your list to get.  Not only is Yen Press involved, as it has been with other YA-based novels, but Cassandra Jean is also illustrating it.  If you’re not familiar with Cassandra Jean, she is highly involved with Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books and is currently presenting TMI and TID readers with her Shadowhunter Tarot Cards.

Here’s more on the Ransom Riggs novel being turned into a graphic novel:

According to senior editor JuYoun Lee, the publisher’s original motivation for its adaptations, which include Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, was to bring more readers to graphic novels. “Historically, comics in this market have targeted a relatively small demographic,” she says, “and we very much want to see the category break outside of those boundaries.” To achieve this, Yen Press treats graphic novels as a medium instead of a genre, one with visual appeal and the potential to tell any kind of story.

Choosing which books to adapt requires a nuanced approach, one that not only looks at what’s popular but also considers “titles that seem to naturally lend themselves to the medium,” Lee says. Miss Peregrine’s Home, with its visual component and subject matter – a secret school for kids with supernatural powers – was “the perfect choice for adaptation,” says Lee.

The next step for Yen was matching an artist to the project. “It’s not just the character designs or line work but also how the artist lays out the pages,” Lee says. “All of these elements set the tone for the book.” What distinguished Miss Peregrine from Yen Press’s previous adaptations was the original book’s visual aesthetic, created by the old photographs. The challenge was to find an artist whose style would complement the photographs, instead of just mimicking them. It didn’t take long to choose Cassandra Jean, who had previously illustrated Yen’s graphic novelization of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures. “While I was reading Miss Peregrine, I found myself imagining the pages in her style,” Lee says.

'Miss Peregrine's Home' Goes Graphic

cover not final

The actual adaptation is an arduous process, one that requires careful attention to the source material, along with the ability to tailor the narrative to the medium. Jean began by, as might be expected, reading the book, fastidiously highlighting and taking notes on any description she found, and making her initial sketches. After some input from Lee, she then created thumbnails for the entire plot and together they decided which scenes to include and how much space should be given to each. Both Lee and Jean say this stage took the longest – a couple of months – but that it’s also the most important leg of the process. Once this is done, Jean created the final inked and colored pages. At various stages, they consulted Riggs, who provided feedback.

“When adapting an existing work,” Jean says, “you have the bonus of not having to start from scratch. Everything is already laid out for you from beginning to end. On the other hand, these are existing stories that people have already read, and love, and so you have to work extra hard to make sure you don’t disappoint anyone.” Both Lee and Jean stress the importance of conveying the message of the author while crafting a product that can stand on its own.

Miss Peregrine’s Home graphic novel is currently being serialized through Yen Plus ($2.99/month); the complete hardcover edition is scheduled for October with an estimated first print run of 50,000. Promotion for the book will include samplers at BEA and a presence at San Diego and New York Comic Con, as well as online advertising. For Lee, the graphic version of Miss Peregrine’s Home, as with other Yen Press adaptations, not only allows more people to enjoy Riggs’s story, but also creates common ground for fans of the original novel, comic book enthusiasts, and reluctant readers. “Bridging these worlds,” she explains, is Yen’s goal.

via ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home’ Goes Graphic.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES To Be Out on Blu Ray and DVD in May


I’ve only read Beautiful Creatures once, and I’ve only seen the movie once, and although there were some major details about the movie that didn’t quite follow the book, I thoroughly enjoyed the presence of the actors of this film.  So, for those of you who felt the same way, you can have the cast grace you with their presence once again via your DVD or Blu Ray player at home.

It’s been announced that the movie will be available on DVD and Blu Ray on May 21, 2013.  Check out the features after the jump.

The movie will be fairly affordable, whether you opt to roll with a Blu-ray or DVD copy, with the former running for $35.99 and the latter costing $28.98. However, the Blu-ray is where all the bonus features are at. While both copies will offer a few bonus features, Blu-ray copies will come with extensive featurettes looking into the making of the film and the creation of a world in South Carolina that is similar to reality with a few supernatural add-ins. You can pre-order the set over at Amazon or check out the full list of extras, below.

Beautiful Creatures Blu-ray Combo Pack Extras

  • Book to Screen
  • The Casters
  • Between Two Worlds
  • Forbidden Romance
  • Alternate Worlds
  • Beautiful Creatures: Designing the Costumes
  • ICONS by Margaret Stohl (Book Trailer)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers

Beautiful Creatures DVD Extras

  • ICONS by Margaret Stohl (Book Trailer)
  • Deleted Scenes

via CinemaBlend.

‘Beautiful Creatures’ Debuts At #1 at Australian box office


Sometimes movies that don’t do so well in the States actually do better internationally, and vice versa.

Here’s a great example of that:  Beautiful Creatures debuts at #1 in Australia!

Beautiful Creatures was lauded as a possible successor to the Twilight popularity before its release, and many have been left puzzling over the movie’s disappointing box office performance.Some have theorized that the film made too many changes from the book, alienating its core fan base — despite those changes getting the seal of approval from the authors themselves and the movie earning largely positive critical praise.

Despite an iffy box office performance, the movie has certainly given a boost to the book series on which it is based. Beautiful Creatures has been number one on the NYT series bestseller list for two weeks in a row, and the books nabbed four of the top ten spots on the USA Today bestseller list.

I suppose it also doesn’t hurt that the female lead was raised in Australia, but still!  It’s good to see that it is doing well over in the land down under, and hopefully it will continue to do well in other countries.


Authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Talk ‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ Book and Movie

The movie has been out for a few weeks now, and there were obvious changes during the transition from page to screen.  I have to say that I really loved the acting and the interaction between the two main leads as well as the supporting actors.   And from what it seems, the writers of the Caster series liked them, too.  So, what did they think about the movie and the people involved?  And what did they think of that quite surprising ending in the film?  Read on. 

Hey guys! It must be really strange seeing the world you imagined on the big screen – were you nervous about letting others in on the creative process?

Margaret: We weren’t nervous after we met Richard LaGravenese, our director. After one meeting with him, we knew we were kindred spirits.

Kami: We have so much respect for the teens we write for, and he does too. Richard took our magical universe as seriously as we did, so we knew we could trust him with it.

Ethan wants to get cuddly with Lena

Ethan wants to get cuddly with Lena

We really love that the books are written from the boy’s point of view. What made you decide to tell the story from Ethan’s point if view and not Lena’s?

Margaret: We wrote the first book on a dare from my oldest daughter. My daughters and Kami’s sister and their friends gave us stipulations – no more vampires! No girl narrator. No generic setting. And the girl had to be the magical, powerful one. She had to be able to do something other than fall in love.

Kami: Emmy Rossum calls it a girl power story, but it’s also about the kind of boy we wanted to write. We have six brothers between us. We wanted to show the boy’s side of the story, what it is to be a boy falling for a girl. And how decent and loyal and kind a boy can be.

Lena is pretty kick ass, but there’s a lot of feisty girl characters around at the moment. How do you think she’d stand up against the Katniss Everdeens, Clary Frays and vampire Bella Cullens and out there – do you think she could take them in a fight?

Margaret: When we wrote Beautiful Creatures, there was no Katniss Everdeen. How great is that, that you could even ask this question? Go YA! We’ve come a long way, baby.

Kami: Lena’s the most powerful Caster the mortal world has ever seen. We’re pretty sure she could stand on her own in a fight. Plus, she has Ridley for backup.

How did you feel about the movie casting – were the actors how you imagined or did you feel like it was important that the movie was a unique entity in itself?

Margaret: As we said, we really trusted our production team. We were shocked to hear Viola Davis and Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons and Emmy Rossum would be in the film. But the teens were the really pleasant surprise – Alice [Englert] and Alden [Ehrenreich] are going to have brilliant careers, and Thomas [Mann] and Zoey [Deutch] are fantastic.

Kami: Jeremy Irons was the person I imagined as Macon while we were writing the book. That said, I always say that the movie is an extension of the book universe. I think it’s wonderful that Richard can show things we sometimes only refer to in the book – like Ridley’s Claiming, for example. And vice versa. They’re not meant to be exactly the same, but the heart of the book is in the movie. We’re happy.

How did you feel about changes being made to the story to make the movie work – like Amma and Marian becoming one person?

Amma (Viola Davis)

Amma (Viola Davis)

Margaret: Combining characters is not an unusual thing for a book to movie adaptation. We were worried about it at first, but Richard really did a great job bringing out aspects of both characters exactly as we’d written them.

Kami: I agree. Richard is a genius, and Viola Davis is a wonderful actress. We were definitely lucky to have her in the movie.

We HAVE to talk about the ending to the movie, which was definitely a bit of a surprise! How did you feel about the way it was reworked? If Beautiful Darkness is made into a film, it’s definitely going to make that interesting…

Margaret: Many of the elements from the end of the movie are taken from the series, some of them from Beautiful Darkness. We actually really love the ending, it’s so emotional.

Kami: We do. It all works with the spirit of our book. And as for Beautiful Darkness, all we can say is that Richard has a plan. We’re not worried.

I do like how stated that the movie is an extension of the book.  The spirit of the characters are still there and the tone for the movie was great.  Whether or not the ending was to your taste, I can’t say, but I enjoyed it for what it was and I still feel like the actors portrayed the characters correctly.  Everyone has their own opinions, I suppose, but seeing how the movie has been doing on theaters, it would be hard to imagine there being a sequel – in which case we won’t be able to see what Richard had planned, unfortunately.  

Have you seen the movie?  If not, do you plan to considering that the authors gave their approval?  

Read the whole interview at Sugarscape.

‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ Mexico Press Conference & Premiere

We have some lovely images of Emmy Rossum, Alice Englert, and Alden Ehrenreich during their time promoting the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ move in Mexico City.  


Alice Englert has a strong head on her shoulders, as well as an experienced head, at least when it comes to the “business.”  Being the daughter of parents in the business, including one with an Academy Award, does that to you.

If you haven’t seen ‘Beautiful Creatures’ in the theaters yet, you should check it out.  You’ll find for yourself that even though she’s new to being in front of the camera, she is amazing in her role as Lena Duchannes.

Here’s another interview in which she talks about the movie:

Alice Englert with director Richard LaGravense

Alice Englert with director Richard LaGravense

Question:  Is it true that you didn’t want to do this film and that it took director Richard LaGravenese to convince you otherwise?

ALICE ENGLERT:  Yeah.  He didn’t want to make the film that we had been pitched, so the fact that we didn’t want to do the film that we had been pitched meant that we all wanted to do the same thing when we came together.  Richard brought together a team of people who didn’t want to just make some generic rip-off.  What I love about the movie and the script that Richard wrote is that, while it sits in a mainstream genre, it just leans a little left of center, in my opinion.  It enjoys and plays with every cliché, but isn’t owned by cliché.

Since he was cast so late, was it difficult to have Alden Ehrenreich show up so last-minute?

ENGLERT:  You didn’t feel it.  He was #1 on the callsheet, which could have been terrible.  We needed something that we could support, and he was that.  It was so bizarre.  He worked so hard.  He’s got such a great work ethic.  It’s really annoying and frustrating.

Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes and Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchannes

Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes and Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchannes

What was it like to work with this amazing cast?

ENGLERT:  Viola Davis was the first person cast in this film, and I think I was the second or third.  That, alone, said something to me.  I really love her.  She’s someone who I love because she shows you how you can really just relax and be honest.  Honesty is fantastic.  Viola showed me how to not need to perform for people and know how to take your own time.  Some of us don’t have the energy to be as incredible and riotous and fantastic as Emma Thompson.  You’re constantly just lapping up her incredible hilariousness.  And I’ve had a crush on Jeremy Irons since I was a child.  I love him!

What surprised you most about how inventive this story is, in telling something familiar, but in a way that hasn’t been seen before?

ENGLERT:  That was what really sold me on the script.  What we were able to do was have a film that could just fall left of center of every cliché that we dealt with, or laugh at them, or just completely embody them and love them.  That was great!  We couldn’t have done this film without having a sense of humor.  And we had such a great cast and crew for that.

beautiful-creatures-englertWhat do you think you could accomplish, if you were a Caster, in real life?

ENGLERT:  I don’t think I would accomplish anything, if I had Lena’s powers.  That was difficult, especially being a young person.  Feeling the responsibility of all the women going, “It’s raining again?  My hair!”  I think that’s a lot of responsibility.  I don’t know how I would handle it.

Were you able to wrap your head around the whole Civil War reenactment obsession aspect of this film?

ENGLERT:  I don’t really know how to comment about that. The Civil War reenactors in the film were Civil War reenactors, and they would camp out on Honey Hill while we were shooting.  It’s intense, but it is interesting.

Are you worried about the comparisons to Twilight, at all?

ENGLERT:  No, I’m not worried.  It was pitched to us as Romeo & Juliet meets Twilight, but then I read the script.  I think “the new Twilight” really is a media phrase.  Even The Hunger Games, which isn’t a Twilight story and has nothing to do with Twilight was called “the nextTwilight.”

Alice Englert BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Interview | Collider.