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‘The Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Casts Will Poulter As Lead!

 

Exciting news for fans of The Lord of the RingsAccording to Deadline young British actor Will Poulter, star of franchises such as The Maze Runner, The Chronicles of Narnia, We’re the Millers, and Black Mirror, is poised to take the lead role of Amazon’s upcoming series based on the bestselling, ever popular fantasy novels. The series has no announced plot yet, but is known to take place in Lord of the Ring’s Second Age, after Sauron’s initial defeat in the First Age but before his return that kickstarts the main plot in the books proper in the Third Age.

 

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The series hails from writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay and director Juan Antonio (J.A.) Bayona. Amazon is reportedly putting out all the stops for the show, intent on making it a massive, big budget adaptation of the source material. Although Amazon has not confirmed who Poulter is playing yet, it is widely believed by several sources that he will play the show’s leading man.

 

Markella Kavenagh

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This means he’ll be acting alongside Markella Kavenagh. Kavenagh previously portrayed Cindi in Romper Stomper and Myrtle in Picnic at Hanging Book.

Although again not confirmed, it is believed that Poulter and Kavenagh will play the two leads: Beldor and Tyra

The show will be produced and collaborated with HarperCollins, the Tolkien Estate, and New Line Cinema to bring the rich world of Middle-earth to life once again. Are you excited to revisit Middle-earth? Are you also excited to see Will Poulter in the (potential) leading role? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

 

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Amazon Sends Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’ Early by Mistake

Amazon preorders of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments have been shipped out to readers ahead of schedule. By mistake.

A handful of reviews appeared on NPRThe Washington Post, and The New York Times yesterday even though there was supposed to be a strict embargo on the novel before its September 10th release date. And some readers are rushing to Twitter and Instagram to show off the copies they’ve received early.

 

 

 

According to BBC, Penguin Random House claims:

In the US a very small number of copies of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments were distributed early due to a retailer error which has now been rectified.

We appreciate that readers have been waiting patiently, in some cases for more than thirty years, for the much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling The Handmaid’s Tale. In order to ensure our readers around the world receive their copies on the same day, our global publication date remains Tuesday 10th September.

The small number of copies received by these lucky readers total around eight-hundred.

Though some Atwood fans may be celebrating that they could get their hands on The Testaments early, many independent booksellers are frustrated that Amazon seems to have ignored the embargo. The fact that readers have received copies ahead of schedule from Amazon can drastically impact an independent bookstore’s bottom line, especially when they rely on the rush of first-day sales to drive their business.

 

 

Lexi Beach, one such bookseller whose “world is crumbling around [her] right now,” took to Twitter to vent about Amazon’s brazen disregard  of the embargo.

 

 

Unfortunately, Beach is kind of right. Amazon’s business model is much different from your average independent bookseller’s. The online-shopping behemoth can afford to take a lot of losses on titles like The Testaments in a strategy to grow their customer base. Independent stores, on the other hand, often rely on the buzz huge titles like Atwood’s generate to drive business to their stores. And given that Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale has been shortlisted for The Booker Prize and is already on many best-selling lists based on preorders alone, the fact that Amazon can shamelessly violate the embargo all booksellers had to sign is made even more disheartening and terrifying.

 

 

Paul Swydan, owner of Silver Unicorn Books, also took to Twitter to express his frustration:

 

 

Penguin Random House released a statement regarding the incident. However, they didn’t address Amazon by name, preferring to keep things vague.

 

 

Understandably, the independent booksellers Amazon continues to undercut are still angry and worried Amazon won’t be held accountable. After all, what can you actually do to affect the site that controls roughly 50% of book sales in the world. Even a publisher the size of Penguin Random House can’t really afford to tarnish their relationship with Amazon. Beach noted in another tweet that PRH could delay shipments of future releases to Amazon to prevent them from capitalizing on first-day sales. That’s the typical way smaller booksellers are disciplined, but who knows if PRH will or even can use those methods with Amazon.

 

 

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5 Upcoming Books Being Adapted for Film (That You Should Read)

 

We’re in an age where a lot of book properties like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO are grabbing books by the truckload to adapt them for television and film. With even more book adaptations arriving this fall, but some might end up flying under your radar, owing to the source material being more obscure than Stephen King or George R.R. Martin.

Thus, here are 7 books being adapted for the fall and winter that you might want to read before they get their onscreen counterparts do.

 

5. ‘Watchmen’

 

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Watchmen is a seminal graphic novel by famed writer Alan Moore, telling the story of a supremely screwed-up batch of superheroes against the backdrop of an alternate history of America, where Richard Nixon is still President and the world is on the brink of nuclear annihilation.

 

Screenshot from HBO's 'Watchmen'

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Although it already had a Hollywood adaptation by Zack Snyder in 2009, HBO is adapting the book as a series that is set to premiere in October 2019. Well, kind of. Instead of adapting the book straight, its a sequel to the graphic novel, set 30 years in the future and showcasing the fallout of the book’s mind blowing ending. Although Alan Moore is NOT a fan of his work’s adaptations, hopefully this one can win fans over with its new take on the classic material.

 

4. ‘The Good Liar’

 

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The Good Liar tells the story of a conman who meets a wealthy widow online and intends to swindle her out of as much money as he can, confident she’ll easily fall for his charms. But the widow proves a harder mark than expected and the conman finds himself falling for her for real, despite himself.

 

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This novel will see its big screen debut in November, starring Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren. You’ll have to read it or watch it to see the outcome of the con, one last scam that reveals the inner most hearts of people.

 

3. ‘The Earthquake Bird’

 

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The Earthquake Bird is set in Tokyo in 1989, where an English woman called Lucy with a dark past flees to Japan for a new lease on life. But her dark past haunts her, as her best friend is murdered and she begins an affair, with an ominous cloud growing darker on her each day.

 

Stars of 'The Earthquake Bird'

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Details on its film adaptation are scarce but its going to be a mystery film starring Alicia Vikander with a release sometime in 2019.

 

2. ‘His Dark Materials’

 

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His Dark Materials is a trilogy of fantasy novels set in a world called the North, where witch-clans rule and armored polar bears are used as weapons of war. The series centers on a young girl called Lyra, who finds herself in conflict with her fearsome uncle and dark forces conspiring against her, all to save her friend who was kidnapped.

 

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Probably one of the more high profile adaptations on the list, the fantasy series is being adapted by HBO and the BBC, where the first season will debut in late 2019. It will focus on the events of the first book, with more seasons doubtlessly to come after to focus on the rest of the series.

This is one you shouldn’t miss and the original books are classics, making them well recommended to check out.

 

1. ‘how to build a girl’ 

 

 

How To Build A Girl is a semi-autobiographical novel by Caitlin Moran, published in 2015. The book follows a 90s teen who reinvents herself as a fast talking, gothic writer and critic. By age sixteen, she’s become a fully fledged hard rocking, chain smoking woman who writes for high profile magazines. At once funny and horrifying, the book is a coming of age novel that showcases how the world can fail you and how making yourself into something else isn’t an escape.

 

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The film adaptation is coming sometime this year, starring Beanie Feldstein, Jameela Jamil, Chris O’ Dowd, and Alfie Allen. Its set to be a hard look at growing up we all need to see and read.

 

 

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Five Magical Books to Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday!

This week, Bookstr has decided to give you a special treat! To celebrate both Harry Potter’s and J. K. Rowling’s birthdays, we have decided to give you the definitive list of the best, the coolest, the most magical, books with wizards, witches, magic, or all three!

So take out your wand and whip out your flaming sword, here’s are five books that have pages racked to the brim with spells-galore!

 

 

5. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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The history of this trilogy doesn’t need to be reiterated, from Tolkien’s belief that fantasy isn’t just for children to Jackson’s monstrously huge trilogy to Amazon’s current ‘in-development’ prequel adaptation, but what does need to reiterated is how AWESOME this series is.

 

Gandalf

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With two wizards to boot, plus an assortment of creatures from devilish orcs, angelic elves, grumpy dwarfs, rambunctious hobbits and a world filled with giant spiders and talking trees, this series has no shortage of magic and wizards that’ll keep you turning page after page.

Plus, check out The Hobbit. The book (not the movie trilogy) is great!

 

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

What’s more magical than the Greeks Gods themselves?

 

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

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The first part of the Camp Half-Blood chronicles follows a teenage Percy Jackson who lives in the modern world. The twist? He’s a demigod, and he’s off to Camp Half-Blood.

Along the way, he discovers that not only are there other demigods like him out in the world, but he’s the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, earthquakes, and father of all horses. Does that make all the horses of the world his half-brothers?

 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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In addition, Percy also learns that his best friend is actually a satyr (a half-goat, half-man). With the first novel focusing on Percy uncovering a conspiracy against him, things couldn’t seem to heat up anymore.

But they do. As the series goes on, we get characters from Greek and Roman mythology, from Titans to Gods to demigods to pegasi and many more mythical creatures, this is a series that any magic fan wouldn’t want to miss.

Now if you plan to check out this series for the first time, just do yourself a favor and pretend the movie adaptation doesn’t exist.

 

3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Who forget these books? Every child this century reads at least one book (probably The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) from this series as a kid.

If you didn’t, you had no childhood worth acknowledging.

 

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A contemporary and best frenemy of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis’s seven book series might have jumped around when it came to the timeline, but since the series has been done and over with since 1957 you can start at the creation of Narnia with The Magician’s Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle.

What other series can boast that it goes through the history of an entire world, including it’s creation and destruction?

If this seems a tad overwhelming, don’t worry. With magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, Narnia is a fantastical realm, and the words on its pages ship you off to another realm the way the wardrobe and the paintings do the same to the characters.

 

2. The Worst Witch Series by Jill Murphy

The first 6 books in 'The Worst Witch' Series

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You might have heard of them, but The Worst Witch is a series of children’s books written and illustrated by Jill Murphy. First published in 1974 by Allison & Busby, the series focuses on Mildred Hubble, a young witch who attends Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, an all-female boarding school of magic.

 

The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star

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Well-intentioned but clumsy, Mildred often finds herself in disastrous situations, leading to her being labeled as the worst student in the school.

 

First Prize for Worst Witch

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Each book in the series focuses on each individual two-term school years. With eight books in the series published, the most recent published in 2018, these stories about finding your place in the world is relatable to those of all ages, even if they aren’t magically inclined.

 

 

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Did you seriously expect anything else?

 

J K Rowling

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Not only is it J.K. Rowling’s/Harry Potter’s birthday, but in addition to her many witches and wizards…

 

Dumbledore, Grinwald, and Voldemort

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Hogwarts students

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…she’s got so many magical creatures in her books, it’s insane!

 

A creature from the Harry Potter World. Do you know which one?

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Check out the list here for the most obscure ones. Or have you been drinking too much butterbeer?

 

 

 

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‘Jurassic World’ Director for Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’

J.Al. Bayona, the director who got his big break with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, will be directed the first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings.

 

Amazon's map of Middle Earth

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With Amazon going full speed ahead with the Lord of the Rings television series, this is the first big news about who’s running the show that we’ve gotten. Before this, we knew that the television series will set during the 3,441-year period, known as the Age of Númenor, or the Second Age.

For the record, the Second Age is about 3441 years that ends the downfall of Sauron’s army when he was defeated by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

 

Saurdon's defeat

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Instead of taking a children’s book written by Tolkien and trying to haggle it into something resembling into Lord of the Rings, something which Tolkien himself tried and failed at (detailed in Rateliff’s The History of The Hobbit), this new series isn’t based on any specific work by Tolkien but will act as a prequel to Lord of the Rings.

 

 

This is a full swing effort in trying to bring the tone of Lord of the Rings and its history and somehow create an original story, and Amazon is pulling all the stops, reportedly preparing to spend at least $1 billion in addition to the $250 they spent to outbid Netflix for the rights.

 

Patrick McKay and John D. Payne

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The crew currently consists of show creators Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, both un-credited writers for Star Trek Beyond and who are working on a screenplay for Flash Gordon. As for Peter Jackson, whose name is synonymous with Lord of the Rings.

 

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Also, Peter Jackson will not be left to the sidelines.

 

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Adding to this short list of television show creators is Juan Antonio J.A. Bayona. A key hire, Bayona will direct the first two episodes.

Deadline quotes the director as saying:

J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honor and a joy to join this amazing team…I can’t wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story.

Bayona will be responsible for giving audience their first, and second, impression. From the opening shot to the credits, Bayona will have to get the audience hooked for good. Will he succeed?

 

 

Well, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, his only major film production, hold a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 5.45/10. However, on a personal note, I think that movie was doomed after the shooting script was approved.

Still, the question remains, is Bayona up for the challenge?

 

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Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, surely thinks so. Comicbook.com quotes her as saying:

The scope and breadth of J.A.’s world-building is exactly the right fit for our ambitions for the Lord of the Rings. He’s a passionate and collaborative director who has brought new stories to life with his multitalented producing partner, Belén,…We are all excited for them to join our writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and we can’t think of a better way to begin this journey to Middle-earth.

Salke infamously spoke to sat with JRR Tolkien’s grandson, Simon, after the rights were acquired. Historically the Tolkien family has had a tumultuous relationship with the film adaptations.

 

Christopher Tolkien

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Christopher Tolkien, J R R Tolkien’s last surviving son, pent an enormous amount of time by editing and publishing thousands of pages of Middle-Earth material his late father left behind. However, when Jackson tried to meet with Christopher he was rejected and Christopher voiced his displeasure even before a single frame of the triology was shot, latter noting that, “[t]hey eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged fifteen to twenty-five“.

In fact, a little while before the deal with Amazon was reached, Christopher Tolkien had stepped down from the director of the Tolkien estate.

 

Simon Tolkien

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However, Simon Tolkien hasn’t been receptive to all adaptations. Notably the Tolkien estate disavowed the film based on the Father of Fantasy, and the film went on to make $7.8 million of off a a $20 million dollar budget.

How will this adaptation do? It’s not based on any specific work by Tolkien, and that might prove to be this adaptation’s greatest asset or its greatest handicap.

Can this show give us a story tonally similar to Lord of the Rings but still stand on its own? Or will its fall under the weight of Tolkien? That is now in the hands of J. A. Bayona.

 

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