The train ride to Hogwarts is a long one, so when you finally run out of chocolate frogs (or Galleons for that matter), I have five YA books all for you.
Exciting news for fans of science fiction literature! China’s biggest science fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem, is being adapted for television according to The Verge! The science fiction epic novel has become a phenomenon in China and received international acclaim. Written by Liu Cixin, who has won the Galaxy Award nine times, the 2017 Locus Award, and the 2015 Huge Award. He has written numerous acclaimed science fiction books, including The Wandering Earth, Ball Lightning, and also two sequels to The Three-Body Problem. A film adaptation of The Wandering Earth, released in February 2019, became the second highest grossing film in China in only two weeks!
The Three-Body Problem was published in 2006 and begins in the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A dissident exile is sent to a remote research facility and makes first contact there with a hostile alien species known as Trisolarans. She learns the aliens are planning to take over Earth. The novel skips ahead to the modern day afterward, following a team of scientists preparing for the aliens arrival. The novels themes not only deal with the alien invasion but the nature of the universe itself.
The novel has been attempted to be adapted before, first as a short film by director Fanfan Zhang but was shelved due to quality issues. However, interest in Cixin’s work picked up again with the release of The Wandering Earth, especially after it was picked up and began streaming on Netflix. Chinese production company YooZoo Entertainment holds the rights to the series and is reportedly developing it for television. The series is planned to run as a 24 part series and is slated (unofficially) to begin shooting this September. While no further information is available at this time, it’s not hard to imagine that Netflix might stream the series as it did for The Wandering Earth.
We’ll keep you updated as further information comes out. But are you excited to see this Chinese science fiction epic adapted for the television screen? Let us know in the comments!
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According to NPR, there is big news in the publishing world for bookseller Barnes & Noble. Eight months ago, Barnes & Noble revealed it was exploring possible avenues for a potential sale. Now, Barnes & Noble revealed in a press release on Friday that it had reached an agreement with Elliott Management and will be sold to the corporation for 683 million. This move will mean Elliott Management will own the largest bookseller in the United States, which unfortunately has been suffering as of late. Much like other physical bookstores, Barnes & Noble is facing stiff competition from online competitors: primarily Amazon, which today dominates the book world. Amazon regularly sells over 50% of books, leaving bookstores such as Barnes & Noble in the dust. For the past several years, Barnes & Noble has seen its revenue slid downward slowly but surely, presenting numerous challenges for Elliott with this newfound sale to the corporate giant.
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James Daunt will act as the CEO for Barnes & Noble. Recently, he helped British bookstore Waterstones turn its profits around and pull itself from a similar slump to the one Barnes & Noble has found itself in. Elliott’s financial backing, with 34 billion at least in store, should prove a boon for the struggling giant in booksellers. In any case, the deal will be finalized in September, and we’ll see if the deal pays off.
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments!
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The summer is ending, school is starting. We’ll soon be looking to while away our lonely Septembers with books in some cold corner. Oh, is that just me? For those of you who are looking for a slightly more social way to spend their leisure time, here are the book-to-film adaptations hitting theaters (and streaming services) this month.
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Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel of the same name, Tulip Fever is a classic story of love and art set in 17th century Netherlands. Painter Jan Van Loos (Dane DeHaan) is commissioned to do a portrait of Sophia Sandvoort (Alicia Vikander). They fall in love, but Sophia is married. You can get a sense of the drama. Having had its release date pushed back several times, this film finally drops on September 1st.
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Based on Stephen King’s classic, It will follow seven kids from Derry, Maine who must face off against the shapeshifting monster called only “It.” Well, not only It. Most famously, the creature takes the shape of Pennywise the Clown to terrorize the Losers Club. Audiences look forward to It’s scares, but real-life clowns are scared for other reasons.
The Limehouse Golem
Based on Peter Ackroyd’s 1994 mystery Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, the new film is a murder mystery set in Victorian England. Faced with a string of brutal murders, the public begins to think a mythical Golem is to blame. September 7 will be a great weekend for fans of murder mysteries featuring ancient monsters.
Based on Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the same name, American Assassin is an international spy thriller starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Taylor Kitsch. When Mitch Rapp (O’Brien) enlists in the CIA, he’s trained by grizzled Cold War vet Stan Hurley (Keaton). The duo must take on a mysterious agent named “Ghost” (Kitsch) who’s causing chaos in the Middle East.
Rebel in the Rye
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Not only does this follow legendary Catcher in the Rye author J. D. Salinger during World War II, it’s also based on Kenneth Slawenski’s novel J. D. Salinger: A Life. It’s a movie about a book about a book. Triple threat. Nicholas Hoult stars as J. D. Salinger. Hoult is joined by Kevin Spacey and Sarah Paulson.
First They Killed My Father
Coming to Netflix, First They Killed My Father is based on Loung Ung’s memoir of the same name. This will follow Ung’s experience growing up during the Cambodian Civil War. Having been separated from her family, Ung became a child soldier. This will surely be one to remember.
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Based on the memoir of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, Stronger tells the story of Bauman, who lost his legs after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman.
Victoria & Abdul
Based on the book of the same name by Shrabani Basu, Victoria & Abdul explores the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim. Dame Judy Dench stars as Victoria (the Empress of India) and Ali Fazal plays Abdul Karim. It looks like September will be a good month to be transported back to the Victorian era!
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