It’s old news by now and it’s bad news for my beloved JLA (Justice League America). I still think it’s a great idea to stock up on JLA graphic novels, despite Batman vs. Superman changing its release date. Remember my last post about the Maze Runner movie? Changing a release date means that the studio thinks it isn’t good enough to compete. Batman vs. Superman or (as Sarah from Cinesnark likes to call it) Superhero Face Punch, was moved immediately after the record breaking numbers for Guardians of the Galaxy was released. The nerd world is in a tizzy that DC/WB changed the release date in reaction to Guardians numbers.
I don’t care that DC/WB flinched and showed holes in their PR game. I think flinching is healthy. It’s a sign of being self-aware and preserving the brand. Here is a list of YA book to movie fails that should have flinched! Divergent, City of Bones, Vampire Academy, Beautiful Creatures, Hunger Games (Yeah, I went there). Here is a list of YA book to movie wins, like The Outsiders, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Harry Potter, Princess Diaries, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Ender’s Game.
Please email me and share your list of wins and fails for YA to book: CHill@libraryconnection.info
The one book I’ve been holding my breath for is Unwind and it just suffered another one year delay for their production. Sad face. It isn’t all bad news in the world of YA books to movies. Anna Dressed in Blood has had the movie rights purchased! It is one of the best written and appropriately creepy books I have read in a long time. I would never dare to read this before bed. I think this movie has serious potential, despite the fact Stephanie Meyer’s purchased the rights.
So let me conclude with an open letter to the producers of Batman vs. Superman:
I didn’t go out to see Superman at the theater and I could barely get through the first 10 minutes ON DEMAND. I would never entertain the idea of bothering with Batman vs. Superman. However, I would totally see a move called Superhero Face Punch without reason. So please, consider a name change.
I will sign off with another Sad Batman meme I entitled, “No, Ben Affleck! I know it’s been 11 years but I will NEVER forgive you.”
I was not the biggest fan of the book. I didn’t bother with the rest of the series and now, I am going to bother with it. The Maze Runner is coming to theaters Friday, September 19, 2014. Filming happened in Baton Rouge, LA last year late spring. It flew under EVERYONE’s radar. Its original release date was supposed to be Valentine’s Day of this year. The delay of that date means two things, 1. They realized how immensely unromantic it is to watch a science-fiction movie on Valentine’s Day and 2. That it was too terrible to release without working on it some more but not so terrible it couldn’t be at the tail end of a mediocre summer blockbuster season. (Have you heard? This summer box office is the lowest in 8 years.)
I saw both trailers, one looks weak and the other looks awesome. My main reason to see this film is Jojen Reed (Game of Thrones!). Thomas Brodie-Sangster is the actor’s name and in the movie he plays, Newt.
I love Jojen’s #Monday death meme. Its too macabre for a library blog but…Incredible!
What’s awesome is that I already have an interactive book trivia created. So there is a chance that we will do a Maze Runner Book Brawl. Send me an email if you’re interested or if you want the smart board program CHill@libraryconnection.info .
I have to be honest, it seems like Hollywood is cranking out any teen book they buy the rights to hoping its the next “Twilight”. You know what I’ve been waiting for? I’ve been waiting for Unwind, Neal Shusterman. The rights were purchased ages ago by Constantin Inc. They are a German movie distribution company. The only movie I’ve seen from them was on TV last year in Mexico and I had terrible nightmares; it was called, Perfume: Story of a Murder. The good news about my nightmares as a full-grown adult is that the Unwind is seriously dark and creepy. There is a chance that they won’t water down the true nature of the book and everything that makes it incredible. I’ll attach a video of a fan-made video of a mock “unwinding”. Unwinding is when they take apart a person piece by piece for re-distribution for those in need i.e. in need of a hand, eye(s), teeth… you name it. I showed it to a room of 50 people for my Unwind book brawl and the room was stunned silent.
Unwind Fan-made Unwinding
Maze Runner Movie Trailer
Kody Hildebrand a.k.a. DJ Kranex. The teens went crazy for him. Within 30 minutes DJ Kranex created a sick loop. We have three videos showing how simple it can be to drop build and drop a beat. One teen made his own loop before the end of the class (listen below). I recommend Kody for anything, a party, a workshop, with kids. I also added a bonus video of his Street Magic sample he showed the teens.
Follow DJ Kranex:
Basics of Dubstep
Finishing touches on the group song
Julien S. – Dubsetp Workshop Creation
Sneak peak for next Tuesday, July 29 at 1 pm Program: Street Magic
I just want to commend Marvel on its diversity. There has been a huge movement in the literary world to diversify Juvenile Literature. Before I can sit down and make a fully thought out response to all of this commotion, let us celebrate the new faces of Marvel. I would have been elated to have these characters to look up to when I was a child.
Thor (female form)
Captain America who is African-American
Prosser Teen Zombie Horde
We had an awesome time hosting Special Effects Makeup Artist, Kyle Pasciutti. He taught us how to make fake puss, blood, burns, scabs, and peeling skin. We have tutorial videos and pictures of self-application. My make-up was all applied by Kyle and it only took him 5 minutes to make me look burned. Patrons at the library were too afraid to make eye contact with me. He is incredible! Take a look at his website: DecimatedDesigns.com
He was such a sweet person!
Ms. Christina Zombie Teen Librarian
Light & Dark Corn Syrup : 4 Parts Light Corn Syrup + 1 Parts Dark Corn Syrup
Gel Food Coloring (Red and Green)
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (easy cleaning) just a drop.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil (prevents foaming of soap and prevents insects from being attracted to the corn syrup) just a drop.
Clear Elmer’s School Glue
Water in a Plastic Cup
Two of the most acclaimed mangas were literally handed to me for free. A mom donated her son’s collection. I tried to find this woman for over a week because it looks like a legit personal collection. I could not find it in myself to take these books until I made an honest search. I hid the two most precious titles, Cowboy Bebop and Rurouni Kenshin. If you claim to love manga or anime and do not know these two titles, “FOR SHAME!” I am not even into manga, and when I pulled those books out of the box a shiver went down my spine. Despite how awesome these titles are, they aren’t really in print anymore. So getting a hold of these on library shelves is few and far between. If I get the thumbs up, we will have almost complete series of the two best English translated series from Japan. There is an insanely good Rurouni Kenshin anime movie and live action movie. (We should buy it!) You can also catch Cowby Bebop very late at night on Saturdays on the Cartoon Network. Give me a call if you’re interested in putting it on hold: 860-769-3560 What makes Rurouni Kenshin so wonderful, is the characters’ metamorphoses. The story is about a legendary assassin, who decides to atone for his murderous past. As he wanders Japan, anonymously aiding those in need, he meets a beautiful widow that convinces him to become a part of her village. Kenshin agrees and discovers a tragic link between him and the widow. Unfortunately, Kenshin’s bloody past comes back to destroy the fragile peace that he forged. The live action movie trailer: Cowboy Bebop seems to be the hardest to describe. After Earth has been destroyed by the terraforming created to save it, civilization has collapsed along with the police system. Bounty hunting is the only sufficient way to manage crime; enter a laid back, handsome (Jordan Catalano – Random 90’s reference!) bounty hunter, who uses his skills in martial arts to capture high priced fugitives. His partners are a former intergalactic police officer named Jet Black, a beautiful con artist named Faye Valentine and a computer hacking child named Ed. I leave you with one of the most iconic anime intro’s to date: Man, these guys CAN LEAN!
Spike Spiegel of Cowboy Bebop Jordan Catalano of My So Called Life
Daenerys (Stormborn) Targaryen’s husband just got a movie deal, you know, Kahl Drogo? The Father of Dragons, Jason Mamoa. Jason Mamoa is quite possibly the manliest man ever on television and he is set to play one of the least cool superheroes ever created; Aquaman. How could this information possibly be important and why are you now expected to care about not only Antman but now Aquaman? Because it means a Justice League movie is in the works. I’ve been waiting for a Justice League America movie since I was in middle school and quite a number of years later it is finally being made. Unfortunately, as lame as Aquaman is, ain’t no JLA without Aquaman. I believe WB/DC decided that the manliest of male actors needed to make up for the lame that is Aquaman. What they still haven’t made up for is Ben Affleck as Batman (WHY!?). Even “Sad Batman” memes aren’t funny. How did you manage to ruin memes too, Affleck? Anyhow, I thought a JLA movie was impossible. Most JLA characters only seem tough on paper. However, a recent mock trailer by Rainfall Films and Jesse V. Johnson sparked hope that Wonder Woman could be hardcore. Moving forward, JLA has a green light and that means it’s time to brush up on your JLA (Justice League America) reading. Do you know who has a ton of JLA? Manchester Public Library. Do you know who needs more? Prosser and it’s on my “to order” list. In other news, a new superhero is coming out of obscurity, Mole Man. So yes, now we have Antman, Aquaman and Mole Man. WHY!? Wonder Woman Trailers (That gave hope to JLA)Wonder Woman Fan Film
from Jesse V. Johnson
. Moving on from nerd culture turned pop culture; let’s talk about The Fault in our Stars
. I don’t think any library still has it on their shelves, however, there is a great recommendation I’ve heard repeatedly. If you can’t get a hold of The Fault in our Stars
, then check out The Spectacular Now
. It’s about a high school boy that is surrounded by people (high school seniors) thinking about their future, like which college to apply for. In the meantime, he tries to live in “the spectacular now” through alcohol. After a bender he meets a socially low standing peer, who he is determined to make popular. Of course tragedy strikes. Do you know who doesn’t have the book? Prosser! My maternity leave took a toll on our collection. Sorry about that everyone. It’s another “to order”. In the meantime, put it on hold but definitely make sure you say, “Please hold the BOOK– not the movie.”
I had a great time at Hartford ComicCon on Saturday. I hope you guys were able to make it. I got to meet Anna Hendricks from one of my favorite horror movies Cabin in the Woods. It is a Joss Whedon MUST! Anyhow, I made a great find and purchased the first appearance of Rogue from the X-Men. You know, the one where she takes Ms. Marvel’s powers sending her into a coma and permanently taking on her super strength and ability to fly? But with a price… Ms. Marvel haunts her from within her mind.
She first appears in the Avengers Comic Volume 1 Issue 10. A beauty! Uch, Uncanny X-Men was the best (other than the Dark Phoenix Arc).
Then on Sunday, I watched X-Men: Days of Future Past. I liked it a lot! I was worried that the past cheese in the first X-Men movies would ruin the flawless new revamp, however, it blended perfectly. Despite how incredibly made this movie was Maleficent doubled in ticket sales this weekend. I haven’t seen it yet but I’m totally throwing it side glances. REALLY? Is Jolie THAT magnetic… still? You guys are too young to remember but I, yes, I was in high school when she broke out. Whatever, I guess I’ll have to put it on my checklist of movies to watch even though I really don’t have enough time anymore.
I am done cooking a baby and he turns 12 weeks today! I have a great line up of programs for this Summer 2014, SPARK A REACTION!
Every Tuesday in July at 1 pm we have something for the 6th grade and older crowd. Crime Scene Investigation (CSI: Bloomfield), Zombie Makeup Workshop (after your makeup is done we’ll let you loose through the library to give patrons a fright), The Science of Mountain Climbing (the first African-American to climb all of the most dangerous mountains including Everest will share footage and stories), Dubstep Workshop (DJ Kranex is going to teach you his secrets to this unique style of music), and a Street Magic Workshop (cringe and gasp worthy tricks will be taught to delight the mass).
I will leave you with my parting words… the extended Godzilla trailer. Holler!
I wanted to let everyone know that as the Youth Services (mainly Teen Librarian), I will be starting my maternity leave the day I go into labor. I’m not sure when that will be but it can happen any time between mid- January through mid-February. We will have two programs planned for our sixth grade and above crowd (Chocolate Workshop on Sat. Feb 1 at 3 PM and an Improv Workshop on Thurs. Apr 17 at 6:30 PM). Remember to sign up online using our calendar at ProsserLibrary.info)
We have two new wonderful youth services librarian that you should visit and meet named, Heidi and Ericka. They would be thrilled to get to know you all. Thank you for all of your support and thank you for your company whenever we have programs. Feel free to email me at CHill@LibraryConnection.info
Also the upcoming Summer Reading 2014 theme is Science… I’m currently trying to work on a Forensic Science angle. Wish me luck and take care!!