Spring is finally here and the sunshine has brought some awesome YA news. From casting calls, cover reveals and new book to movie adaptations, here are some of our favorites pieces of YA news from March and April !
- The YA movie trends takes a contemporary edge as Dreamworks picks up the film rights to Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, Fox 2000 buys and casts John Green’s third novel Paper Towns and Me, Earl and They Dying Girl is optioned by Indian Paintbrush
- Speaking of which, Bates Motel actress Oliva Cooke is in negotiation to play Rachel the titular dying girl in the Me, Earl and The Dying Girl film adaptation.
- Mindy McGinnis’ survivalist novel, Not A Drop To Drink is currently being optioned by lit-film production company Fickle Fish, which is co-owned by Stephenie Meyer.
- The pants travel on as Anne Brashare’s Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants gears up for it’s third movie which will be based on the fifth book in the series Sisterhood Everlasting.
On The Web
- Need something to tide you over till Downton Abbey season 5 ? HuffPo has a list of YA Historical Fiction For Downton Abbey Fans.
- #NoFilter, Epic Reads has 19 Young Adult Authors to follow on Instagram.
- A Huffington Post editor says we need stop trying to make binge reading happen..maybe she’s never met someone in the middle of a YA series ?
- Ella Bee Reads has a fun infographic all about ‘How To Read Sarah Dessen’
- Bloomsbury launches a new imprint, If Only, which aims to publish fun stand aloneYA romances like it used to be.
- Bookception ! Veteran YA author, Scott Westerfeld is set to publish Afterworlds, a YA novel..about writing a YA novel.
- Wattpad goes from producing published authors to film/TV adaptations. Anna Todd’s Wattpad story After film and TV rights are being represented by United Talent Agency
- BookCon, the new consumer show during BEA had it’s share of controversy this month. The conversation about the lack of diversity had book website, Book Riot publicly declare that consumers deserved better. BookCon responded via Publisher’s Weekly to lackluster responses. Th Daily Dot provides a great breakdown
- In contrast to the BookCon diversity battle and other sobering news about representation in books, YA author Ellen Oh has started the #WeNeedDiversity campaign.
- Malinda Lo breaks down the diversity in the Publisher’s Weekly Best Seller list…it’s not pretty.
- Sumayyah Daud talksprivilege, voice community and whose voices are heard in the conversation about diversity in publishing. Something to consider when looking at all the BookCon controversy.