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‘Brave New World’ Adaptation Ordered!

One of the most celebrated dystopian novels ever written is finally coming to the small screen.

After several years of development on the SyFy network, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World just got a ten episode straight-to-series order from its sister network, USA.

 

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Published in 1932, the novel takes place in a utopian society that has achieved peace thanks to genetic engineering and behavioral conditioning while giving each citizen government sanctioned drugs and encouraging promiscuity to keep people happy. One man who feels disconnected with his place in this society brings in an outsider. A clash of cultures ensues, forcing everyone to rethink who they really are.

This is one of the many adaptations of Brave New World over the years. Previous adaptations included a theatrical production, three radio broadcasts and two made for television movies. A film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Leonardo DiCaprio was planned, but was put on hold indefinitely.

There is no word yet on who will star or when the series will premiere.

 

 

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The First ‘Stranger Things’ Novel Is Here!

While we cannot wait for season 3 of Stranger Things to arrive on July 4th, we now have the opportunity to indulge in reading the first official novel inspired by series, which takes place before Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will and the events of the show!

 

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Gwenda Bonds just published Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds: The First Official Novel with Del Rey Books. According to Bookhub, and reported by Deadline, in June, Netflix and Penguin Random House partnered on Bond’s book.

Penguin Random House states that the book “follows Eleven’s mother and her time as a test subject in the MKUltra program.” Eleven’s mother, Terry Ives, was presented in the second season, along with ‘Eight’ who will also be featured in the novel as five-year-old Kari, in the opening chapter. We will learn more about Dr. Brenner and the children who were being tested like Eleven.

If you want the full synopsis, check it out below here from Amazon!

 

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A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code-named MKULTRA. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tight-lipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than Terry could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.

 

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Bond is known for many of her novels like her trilogies, Lois Lane and Cirque American.

She posted a post on her blog entitled ‘Let’s Get Stranger Together!’ in an attempt to boost her first week of sales, by sharing her appreciation of her collaborators by posting a picture of the acknowledgements page, and stated that she will attend a reading event at Kentucky.

“Hello, friends and lovely strangers! It’s finally here, release day for my new book, Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds. An update not about new releases is coming soon, because I’m finally working hard on my book-in-progress again after being stalled and I have thoughts on why.

But today is not that day! Today I tell you that en route to the bookstore let night to help host trivia, we thought our hand-me-down rust-bucket money-pit car was going to die. Ah, the glamourous writing life! Anyway, newish car purchase on the horizon, so buy my book. This week if you can, because first week sales are important. Libraries are also your friend, if you can’t. And if you enjoy leave a review somewhere. Telling people is rad. Sharing is truly caring.”

 

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“And, last but not least, if you’re in the Lexington area, please come out tonight to Joseph-Beth Booksellers for the launch event tonight at 7 p.m. It’ll be fun, but it’ll be more fun if you’re there! They will also take phone orders and ship books, if you want to get personalizations without delay.”

I don’t know about anyone but I am stoked to get a copy!

 

 

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Julia Roberts Attached to Star in ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Author Celeste Ng’s ‘Everything I Never Told You’

Little Fires Everywhere author Celeste Ng’s debut Everything I Never Told You spent forty-seven weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list, selling 1.5 million copies and being translated into no less than twenty-eight languages, and it has been announced that it is soon to hit the big screen.

Micheal De Luca, producer of The Social NetworkCaptain Phillips and Moneyball, among others, is attached to the project. The executive producers for the upcoming film are going to be, LD’s Micheal Glassman, Jennifer Hilton Monroe, Lucy Kitada from Michael De Luca Productions, while Mickey Liddel and Pete Shilaimon will produce, along with De Luca.

 

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Julia Cox is the screenwriter of the film, and her catalog consists of Amazon’s The Last TyphoonDo No Harm, and the film adaptation of the novel Something In The Water, which is being produced by Reese Witherspoon and Temple Hill.

 

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Everything I Never Told You  a Chinese-American family dealing with the loss of their teenage daughter, whose body was recovered from a lake in a small town in Ohio in the 1970s. The investigation opens up old wounds and family secrets are revealed.

In a tween dated January 22nd, Ng announced that Julia Roberts is attached to star in the film, however her role is as yet uncertain.

 

 

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10 Chilling Horror Novels That Should Turn into Scary Movies

It’s no secret that many people will say how some movies are better left as books. Details get changed, parts of the story get left out, and it never ends up the same. However, in this case, we know these eerie and bone-chilling horror novels should definitely be turned into movies. Check out these scary picks that should make it to the big screen.

 

1. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

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The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod combines the classic struggles of being a teen in high school while also keeping the dark secret that he is a vampire From gothic love to vampire hunters, this book is a go to for many horror readers and puts an exciting twist on our usual movies of teen rebellion and adventure with enough books for a sequel too!

 

2. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

 

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A tornado sweeps you up into a universe where the good guys are the bad guys and you are forced to take a second look at your enemies. Dorothy Must Die gives us everything we need in a great horror movie, because Dorothy isn’t all that she seems.

 

 

3. The Bone Witch by Ron Chupeco

 

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In a world where there are many types of witches circling around in pop culture, it’s nice to have a book that acknowledges all of them, even the ones that are a bit more sinister. In a time of war, a witch brings her brother back from the dead, unraveling many challenges in their path and the rejection of society. This is a gruesome tale tall enough to fit the silver screen.

 

 

4. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

 

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Nancy Drew’s got some competition in this novel about a suicide… or so they say. A girl ahead of her time and a questionable suicide leave you at the edge of your seat and needing to keep a nightlight close by. That makes it the perfect movie to watch at home on a Saturday night.

 

 

5. The Merciless by Danielle Vega

 

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If you thought girls in high school were mean imagine dealing with demons. This book is the Mean Girls of the horror universe and shows us that you never truly know someone, until you preform an exorcism on them.

 

 

6. Marked by P C and Kristen Cast

 

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Apart of the House of Night series we meet Zoey Redbird. A normal girl turned extraordinary, chosen to go on a four year journey to being a “Vampyre”. There’s Native American legends and a challenge at every corner. With over ten million books sold its hard to imagine why this wouldn’t be a movie!

 

 

7.The Outsider by Stephen King

 

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A vicious crime and a mystery the police can’t seem to crack leads them to dig deeper into a case where the monsters aren’t exactly human. Stephen King, a horror legend in his own right, gives us everything we could want in a horror movie.

 

8. Dark Visions by LJ Smith

 

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The Zetes Institute is the place where Kaitlyn Fairchild learns about her psychic abilities, but the school is doing far more than just teaching these gifted individuals. With a secret plot and danger lurking, we see some serious movie worthy qualities in this novel, but what else can we expect from the author of the hit TV shows The Secret Circle and The Vampire Diaries.

 

 

9. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

 

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A book on the brink of madness or greatness will leave you frightened beyond belief. This would be the movie where the dark leads you to a cult and the circus freaks take the standards of beauty into their own hands.

 

10. Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

 

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An underground rave in New York City goes wrong when a group of besties embark on what is supposed to be a night of fun, only to end up trapped in a battle for their lives. Survival skills and relationships are tested to their max while danger lurks in the shadows leaving readers, and possibly viewers, begging the question: would you survive the night?

 

 

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