BEEPnews is a feature I post ever Sunday to keep you up to date on any book, event, entertainment, publishing, or other news that you may have missed in the past week.
LATEST COVER REVEALS
DESIGN PROCESS OF SCHWAB’S ‘VICIOUS’ COVER
Tor recently revealed the cover for Victoria Schwab’s Vicious, a tale of an experiment gone wrong involving extraordinary abilities. This novel has me definitely intrigued. But Tor increases that interest by posting how the cover designer and illustrator came about to get the finished cover that you see on the left. Victo Ngai was the illustrator, the first name that came to editor Miriam Weinberg’s mind when the time to begin work on the cover came.
The last of these posts I read was for Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer, which was fascinating. I like what Tor does, and they’re a publisher that fits right with my fantasy and science fiction devoting side. Their covers are equally amazing. And I absolutely love when covers are illustrated as there is a uniqueness and possession that that book holds that covers with stock images do not.
If I ever have my science fiction or fantasy works published I want them to be published by Tor with illustrations on the covers like these.
Read the post on Tor.com here, which at the end has Victoria Schwab discussing her thoughts on the cover, too.
MILA 2.0 TRAILER
EW’s Shelf Life had the honour of revealing the book trailer for Debra Driza’s young adult debut Mila 2.0, which is published by Katherine Tegen Books and released in a few days time on March 12th, 2013.
Debra Driza’s MILA 2.0 is a high concept sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an android who was created in a U.S. government lab. If the title sounds familiar, it might be because a television drama based on the book is already in development with ABC and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.
I had not known that this book is being adapting for TV, and by Shonda Rhimes, too! I love Scandal, which was created by Rhimes, and so I’m definitely looking forward to the adaptation of Mila 2.0. I had an eARC but I didn’t get around to it. Will check it out though.
DARK DAYS BEHIND THE SCENES
HarperTeen posted on YouTube a behind-the-scenes look and a culmination of recordings filmed during the latest Dark Days winter tour, featuring Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Tahereh Mafi, and Veronica Rossi, as they travel across US states with early morning plane flights and lots and lots of book signings.
BEA BUZZ BOOKS ANNOUNCED
BEA has announced its adult’s, young adult’s and children’s buzz books for the 2013 expo. Are you going to BEA and want to know which books are going to be buzzing endlessly for the duration of the expo? Check out the list of books at Publisher’s Weekly here.
For the young adults books the only one I recognise is Anna Jarzab’s Tandem, coming October 2013 from Delacorte Press.
CATCHING FIRE PORTAITS
Over the past week a number or character portraits for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire film were released featuring the dazzling costumes designed by Trish Summerville.
The faux-magazine for The Hunger Game‘s setting Panem (a.k.a. the dystopian future version of North America), Capitol Couture, has begun unveiling a series of “Victory portraits” that showcase various main characters in new fancy attire – as should be featured in the actual Catching Fire movie.
The characters include Katniss (on the left), Peeta, Gale, Joanna, Finnick, President Snow, Cinna, Beetee, Effie, and Haymitch. Check out a gallery of all these portraits at Screen Rants here.
These portraits make me so giddy about Catching Fire. I WANT IT NOW! (By the way, do you notice the mocking jay on the top of Katniss’s dress?)
MAZE RUNNER LEAD OFFERED
Will Poulter, best known for his role as the annoying Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader film, has been offered a leading role in the film adaptation of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, in cinemas February 14th, 2014 and directed by Wes Ball.
It is not known which role Poulter has been offered but fans of the books have announced their thoughts on James Dashner’s Facebook posts such as this and this. Many are against him playing Thomas, and I too don’t think he fits the part. But in my opinion I think he could be good as Newt or Alby.
As this is the first of the casting news for The Maze Runner we will surely get more announcements within the next few months.
Read the article at Deadline here.