Sometimes she writes for adults and sometimes she writes for teenagers, but Rainbow Rowell has been capturing the spotlight with works like Carry On, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Attachments for some years now, and that’s not all. Just in time for fall, Rainbow Rowell is prepping for the release of her new graphic novel, Pumpkinheads!
Pumpkinheads is about two high school co-workers, Deja and Josiah, who work together every fall season at the local pumpkin patch, it’s their senior year and soon they will have to say their final goodbyes. However, instead of just letting their last season just wash over them like regular, Deja is determined to make it the best memories they’ve had and also help Josiah finally speaking to the girl he’s been having a crush on. Through their interactions together, we can only hope that we will see the beginning of their relationship and the development of what is now.
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Collaborating with Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks, an illustrator and author of The Adventure of Superhero Girl, is looking forward to bringing Rainbow Rowell’s story to life. Both women have experience working in comics, working on things such as The Runaways and The Last of Us, the two have come together to create this fun romance comedy!
The cover page of the upcoming depicts the two friends and coworkers laying beside one another as they are illuminated by the formatting and lettering. Pumpkinheads will sure to be just enticing and fun to read like all of Rowell’s other work and we look forward to its release date.
This weekend, Goosebumps! authorR.L. Stine spoke to a panel at the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, and man, was it thrilling! The world-renowned Young Adult Horror author told-all, starting with where his fame began…
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According to Stine, he’d never joined this industry with the idea of being a horror writer for children ages eight-to-twelve in mind:
I wrote joke books…I had no idea that children love being scared!
In fact, it wasn’t until Stine wrote his first creepy novel, Blind Date, and was quickly thrust into the world of praise from his new cult of pint-sized and happily terrified fans, that he realized he might be onto something. So, Stine decided to trust in his instincts and take the leap out of the world of comedy, and into the ever-so-spooky world of children, possessed dummies, gooey monsters, and all of the things that go bump in the night!
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And, as you may already know due to his international notoriety and the sheer prominence the entire Goosebumpsfranchise holds as an important part of our pop culture history; turning toward horror novels for kids could not have worked out better for our most nostalgic wordsmith. Soon, he was filling bookstores and meet-and-greets with his avid-readers and loyal fans who couldn’t wait to shake his hand and hear him speak.
And, at one particular meet-and-greet that still stands out to Stine today, a teacher approached him at the table and said,
Can I take a picture with you? The kids all think you’re dead…
Never one to get bent out shape too easily, Stine told this story with joy, laughter, and the dry hilarity his friends and family know him for.
R.L. Stine went on to talk about the process of taking his works from the page to the screen; revealing that the first Goosebumpsfilm adaptation was on the seventeenth version of the film script, written by the fourth team of writers, when they finally started filming. He even added that they hired a writer, paying him a flat-rate of $500,000 to go through the Goosebumps script for an afternoon and add-in jokes and silly phrasing. ($500,000?! Anyone know how I can sign-up for that gig?)
Stine also went on to talk about the difficulties and hurdles that came with casting, especially when it was nearing the time to decide which actor would take on the role of R.L. Stine, himself.
For months he mulled over the different actors he thought might be right for the role. And, every time the news broke about an actor who was potentially up for the part, fans would react in such an open (and slightly intense) manner; soon sending messages to Stine about how he should just play the role himself. Receiving an inbox filled with mixed signals and feeling more confused than ever before about who should play the role, Stine decided to take the decision to the two people he trusted most: his wife and son.
But, when he asked his wife, Jane Waldhorn, whether or not he should just play the role himself, she simply replied:
You’re too old to play yourself.
And, when he asked his son, Matthew Stine, for his hot-take on the whole casting process, and if he had any ideas about who should play the part, he said:
I think you should be played by Morgan Freeman.
Feeling like casting Morgan Freeman might be a bit of a stretch, Stine decided to once-again trust his gut and let the casting department go with their first choice actor: Jack Black.
Still, although he didn’t get to play himself, Stine was still granted his very own cameo within the film.
(Also, can we just take a second to talk about how beautifully meta it was for Jack Black, whilst in character as R.L. Stine, to bump into Stine and refer to him as “Mr. Black.” Clever, Goosebumps team, very clever…)
It was so, insanely exciting to spend the afternoon listening to such an important and iconic creator speak so candidly, and in such a fun, light-hearted manner, I’m still buzzing with adrenaline from it all!
The trailer for Goosebumps 2 was released this week, watch it here! The film is expected for release October 12, 2018 (and I don’t know about you but I am so ready!!)
The books will include a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the popular Netflix series entitled Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-The-Scenes Companion, a “gift” book aimed at younger fans detailing a fresh, inside look at the Upside Down, and a prequel novel written by author Gwenda Bond (Girl on a Wire, Girl in the Shadows) centered around the life of Eleven’s mother.
The books are part of a partnership Netflix has recently made with Penguin Random House and will include an accompanying series of audiobooks as well.
More information on the books has yet to be released but our return to the upside down seems to be very, very near so grab your Eggos, your flashlight, your baseball bat, and get ready!
Now, if you’re at all like me, then you already know that Buffy the Vampire Slayeris one of the greatest series to ever grace modern television. This layered, genre-bending series about a cheerleader-turned-heroine helped pave the way for a generation of girls who believed that they, themselves, could fight the monsters under the bed; a generation of girls who knew exactly how powerful they were.
Even without the very clear feminist foundation, Buffy had such intense, powerful messages hidden beneath the plot lines of monsters, demons, and vampires. Almost everything was a metaphor for something far more profound. Like when Buffy awakes the morning after finally sleeping with her first love only to discover that he’s not the same kind, loving, soulful person he was just hours before (of course, this has more to do with an ancient gypsy curse than anything else). Then there’s the way Buffy’s own mother kicks her out of the house after she“comes out” as a slayer and her mother fails to understand that it’s just the way she was born and isn’t something she can control. This is the clear sexuality and teenage rebellion embodied within each of the sadistic, wild vampires (like Spike and Drusilla).
Even the different ways mourning is expressed through each character as they cope with the heartbreaking (and ultimately shocking) deaths that occur throughout the series shows something so vulnerable and human. One would say it feels as though you’re mourning alongside them. Buffy was also progressively ahead of it’s time for how openly and realistically it portrayed the lesbian relationship between Buffy’s best friend and sidekick, Willow Rosenberg, and her girlfriend (and fellow Wiccan) Tara Maclay.
Buffy was a show that felt like a part of you. The characters were each so flawed, lovable, and developed. They matured in such a concrete, authentic way it felt like you knew them as more than just fictional characters on some television series; the heart of this show felt real. It was a seven season show that was nearly impossible to say goodbye to. This is true even though saying hello to the incredibly dark and insanely well done spinoff series Angeldefinitely helped to ease some of that pain.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a series that helped me grow; it influenced teenage me in more ways than I’m sure I even realize. It still continues to be something I turn to when life feels too intense and I need a quick escape route. And now, thanks to bestselling author Kiersten White (Paranormalcy), the world of Buffy has been raised from the dead with Slayer; a new young adult novel taking place within the Buffy universe.
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When Buffy began, as stated in the famed opening theme, there was only ever one slayer existing at a time:
In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.
Then, once the slayer inevitably passed away, another slayer would come into her powers and meet her “watcher”. They would be a mentor/teacher meant to help her understand her new place in this world and help her to hone in on all of her newfound skills and then begin training. But, during the finale, a spell was cast allowing every would-be slayer to come into her powers at once; the world was suddenly filled with young, powerful girls who had the agility and strength needed to keep the monsters at bay.
And now, it appears that Slayer is taking place where that world left off:
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.
Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.
Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.
As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…
But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.
One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.
Did you get goosebumps? I got goosebumps. This sounds so perfectly Buffy-esque, I can’t wait to see where Nina’s journey as a slayer takes her!
Slayer is set to release January 8, 2019. You can read an exclusive excerpt from it here on EW.
The overwhelming success of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children continues with the release of a fourth book in the spooky series. Capturing reader’s hearts from the very beginning, the newest installment Map of Days is set to be released October 2nd of this year.
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According to EW, Map of Days follows the peculiar world after Jacob Portman managed to save it, returning to Florida and trying to blend in. After finding an underground bunker that once belonged to Portman’s grandfather, he begins to find clues about a possible double life along with terrifying discoveries about the American peculiar world.
EW has an excerpt from the novel, which you canread here.