We mentioned last week that E.L. James' Fifty Shades trilogy reached the 20 million mark in the United States. In fact, sometimes it seems as though all chatter in the book business revolves around this hot (sorry, couldn't resist) series.
Let's not forget about a certain bow-wielding super-heroine, however. This morning, Scholastic released the sales figures for The Hunger Games trilogy, to date. From the press release, here's the news:
As of today, Scholastic has more than 50 million copies of the original three books in The Hunger Games trilogy in print and digital formats in the U.S. (more than 23 million copies of The Hunger Games; more than 14 million copies of Catching Fire; and more than 13 million copies of Mockingjay).
Any Book Case readers out there just now diving into The Hunger Games trilogy? What made you decide to read the books?
Hi, everyone! BookPage is closed today and Monday to make way for poppers and champagne -- or curling up with some dogs and the Alexander McQueen book (ahem).
But there were a few things I've been soaking up this week I just had to share in our weekly links...
One of my favorite art & culture blogs, Colossal, completely knocked my socks off last week with these carved book landscapes by Guy Laramee. (HuffPost also took note.) Colossal quoted Laramee: "So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains."
We got the scoop from GalleyCat about songs from a forthcoming companion album to The Hunger Games movie (the soundtrack will be released separately). It will include Arcade Fire with a song titled "Horn of Plenty" and The Decemberists with "One Engine."
Below is the track for "Safe and Sound" by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars:
Read more to get info about Jennifer Lawrence's contributions to the album!
After a banner year for YA movies (War Horse, HP 7.2, Tintin, Hugo and Twilight) and 2012 looking strong as well (of course, Hunger Games), Salon asked a number of authors -- including Sherman Alexie, Gregory Maguire and Sara Zarr -- to name their best and worst picks in teen book-to-movie adaptations and to name the titles they favor for future features on the silver screen.
For example, here's what Kathryn Lasky (the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series) had to say:
Which book would I like to see adapted? “The Giver.” Why that book has not been turned into a movie I don’t know. I suppose right now, everybody’s into … vampires and very flashy, brutal dystopias; “The Giver” is so quiet, compared to that — no vampires. But that is the one movie that I feel absolutely should be made.
Have a wonderful weekend! We'll see you next year! (har har)
Just in case any readers missed the big reveal on Good Morning America today, here is the official Hunger Games trailer!
Ever since I read The Hunger Games and heard it was being turned into a movie, I've thought that it's one thing to read about teenagers massacring each other—and another thing to see it unfold on a 50-foot tall screen. (Although now that I think about it, I'm not sure which is worse. It's pretty horrifying to have those images come alive in your imagination.)
If you've wondered about the look in Katniss's eyes when she hears Prim's name called during the Reaping, or when she talks to Gale . . . wonder no more, and watch the trailer now.
The movie hits theaters on March 23. Who's excited? (And who's worried that she will have to watch half the movie with covered eyes?)
Generally at the Book Case we try to stay above tabloid gossip. But when one of the biggest literary names around decides to start joking about Kim Kardashian's divorce, it's impossible to resist sharing.
Salman Rushdie also hosts a twitter thread called #LiterarySmackdowns, which pits two classics against each other every Monday. This week, it was American Pastoral vs. Portnoy's Complaint. (To find out who won, you'll have to visit the thread.)
Here at BookPage, we've pretty much been drooling over any Hunger Games movie-related news for at least a year. So, when we heard that Vanity Fair scored a photo shoot with the cast—and posted the photos online—it was music to our ears. Check out the photos here, and don't forget to hover your mouse over the various actors. The shot is interactive, and you can read info about each actor (and their role in the movie).
What literary links have you enjoyed this week?
Reader name: Ramsey
Hometown: Dover, DE
Favorite genre: literary fiction, suspense, psychological thrillers, dystopian, post-apocalyptic
Favorite authors: Cormac McCarthy, George Orwell, Albert Camus
Favorite books: The Road, The Stranger, 1984, The Alchemist
While I do recommend the literary/dystopian “biggies” from the past few years (think: The Handmaid’s Tale, The Hunger Games, The Passage and Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers), I figure most lovers of dystopian lit already have those on their to-be-read lists. More obscure is America Pacifica by Anna North, the post-apocalyptic story of a girl in search of her mother. (North described it as “literary sci-fi” in a BookPage interview.)
For a disturbing story about what happens when God returns to Earth at a time when the planet is on the brink of world war, turn to God is Dead by Ron Currie.
Finally, this is a big week for Americans who love 1984: Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, an ode to Orwell’s classic, is finally available to American readers.
What books do you think Ramsey should read, based on his list of favorites?
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The first clip of The Hunger Games movie was released last night during MTV's Video Music Awards. Jennifer Lawrence introduces the clip, which I'll let speak for itself:
What do you think of the clip?
If you're already itching for the March 23, 2012, release date of The Hunger Games movie to arrive, you could always re-read the book. Thanks to Scholastic, come November 1, you can re-read it in style. Behold The Hunger Games gift edition:
It can be yours for only $30. :) I haven't seen the gift edition yet, but I'm most excited about it because it includes "exclusive new mockingjay artwork." As you can probably tell from the photo, it also includes a slipcase, a cloth cover and deckled edges.
Are there any book collectors/Hunger Games fanatics out there who want to get their hands on this special edition?
Rocker Lenny Kravitz will be play one of my personal favorite characters in the series, stylist Cinna.
In the series, stylists are the people who prepare the tributes to appear in public and on television. Cinna becomes an ally of Katniss, and he is also the brains behind her memorable "girl on fire" look. Don't you remember this passage?
"I want the audience to recognize you when you're in the arena," says Cinna dreamily. "Katniss, the girl who was on fire." It crosses my mind that Cinna's calm and normal demeanor masks a complete madman.
Can you imagine Kravitz as Cinna? Who is your favorite character from The Hunger Games?
Sorry to keep teasing you with books that aren't coming out for months, but Macmillan's pitch for Gabrielle Zevin's teen novel All These Things I've Done (September 27, 2011) is too good not to share.
The story is about a 16-year-old named Anya Balanchine, whose life is relatively normal—except for the fact that she's the daughter of New York City's most notorious crime boss. (And she may be falling in love with the assistant D.A.'s son. Whoops!)
The action happens in NYC of 2083, and it is not a place I'd like to live; chocolate and coffee are illegal. (And Anya's family manufactures chocolate.) A Macmillan rep described the book as "The Godfather meets The Hunger Games". . . and that's about all I need to be intrigued.
What can I say: I've always had a thing for mob stories—add chocolate to the mix and I'm sold.
Are you a fan of Gabrielle Zevin? Will you look for All These Things I've Done?
Read a review of Zevin's adult novel The Hole We're In on BookPage.com.
Still have doubts about Jennifer Lawrence playing the role of Katniss, heroine of The Hunger Games? Well, if her squirrel-skinning skills demonstrated in Winter's Bone weren't enough for you, this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly (on sale May 20) might be. I'm putting it after the jump for maximum effect . . . and just in case anyone wants to keep her appearance a surprise. Lawrence spent time learning archery in LA before going to North Carolina to film. In the EW interview, she says that her sudden rise to stardom (with an Oscar nomination) gives her an understanding of Katniss: "She was a girl who’s all of a sudden being introduced to fame. I know what that feels like to have all this flurry around you and feel like, ‘Oh, no, I don’t belong here.’ ”
“I love this story,” she told EW, “and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.” Aside from being a little airbrushed (hey, it IS a magazine cover, after all), Lawrence looks at least as authentic as Daniel Radcliffe's blue-eyed Harry. Do you agree?