‘Twilight’ DVD countdown at Borders (what are you doing?) March 13, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
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Edward and Bella followers can work themselves up into fan frenzy with their buddies as they wait for the “Twilight” DVD to go on sale March 21. Borders says it will “count down the minutes until Twilight goes on sale.” Call your local Borders for more info or check out what your neighborhood store is doing by going to the Borders Web site HERE.
Of course, the DVD has been available for order at a lot of places, including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. (Barnes & Noble deal includes a “customizable Twilight Skin for your cell phone, PDA or MP3 player” while supplies last. (You receive an individual code that’s redeemable at Skinit.com. Note that it’s not available on all models.)
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It took me a while to see this vampire movie because it looked scary, and the kids were so young. While intense — and it’s definitely one of those cool horror movies — it is tender, with the undercurrent of a romance that only two very young outcasts can create with their friendship. Oskar, A frail 12-year-old who lives in a frozen and stark Swedish suburb has zero friends. The kids at school pick on him, too. And then he meets Eli, the girl next door who never gets cold, doesn’t go to school — and sometimes smells funny. Directed by Tomas Alfredson from a screenplay by John Ajvide Lindqvist (who adapted his own novel) the film is scheduled for DVD release on March 10.
Ask Sam the shapeshifter from True Blood a question March 7, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
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If you aren’t listening to the Last Bite Podcast or checking out www.sookiestackhouse.com, you’re missing out on some cool interviews with the cast, the latest on the what’s up with the HBO series and a discussion of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series and heroine Sookie Stackhouse.
Saturday — March 7 — the trio is interviewing cute little shapeshifter Sam (who turns into a collie) — played by actor Sam Trammell. They are taking questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Not sure when they will air the interview. I can usually get it by Monday, but I forget if they’ve switched to every other week. (UPDATE: CLICK HERE to download their interview with Sam.)
The trio of women who run the fun podcast have previously interviewed Charlaine and Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Eric on the series. Go to the Web site for the podcasts of those interviews.
Economy got your down? Let a vampire take you away March 7, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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According to USA Today, one-quarter of the list’s top 50 books are romance novels. USA Today also notes that 20% of the books new to the list are in that category. According to the article:
“It could be a sign of the times. Romance, especially paranormal romance, and science-fiction/fantasy novels are “outperforming all other categories” at Borders, says buyer Micha Hershman. “There is some escapism going on. There’s clearly an element of ‘How do I get out of the daily grind?’ “
In a story last month for “The Inquirer” reporter Jen A. Miller cites stats from Business of Consumer Book Publishing:
“Romance fiction generated $1.375 billion in U.S. sales in 2007 – a 5 percent increase over 2006 – which made it the biggest fiction publishing category for that year. In fact, romance consistently holds the largest market share for fiction; in 2006, for example, the next largest market (sci-fi/fantasy) generated $495 million. And Harlequin Enterprises, the Ontario-based queen of romance publishing, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year; in that time, it has shipped more than five billion books worldwide.”
While your paranormal hero/heroine might not find you a job, at least you escape to a world whose biggest worry isn’t the demise of credit and capital markets or foreclosures/real estate. (If you want to read about real estate though — here’s an excellent blog by a buddy who has no clue I’ve inserted him into the paranormal romance genre. There’s always a house in our stories tho, eh??)
‘Evermore’ hits No. 1 on NYT children’s paperbook list March 6, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in Book lists.
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Author Alyson Noel blogs her good news that “Evermore” — the first book in her new Immortals series — just hit the top spot on The New York Times best-seller list for children’s paperbooks. Last month, Alyson also shared on her blog that “Evermore” has been optioned by Spring Creek Productions and Warner Horizon for a TV series. To read more, check out her blog HERE.
I’m trying to hook up with her for an interview. (We are both in Orange County, CA., so keep your fingers crossed.)