Seventh Son was first set to come out in February 2013. That’s almost 2 years ago! The fantasy movie starring Jeff Bridges has had its release date pushed back four times already from Feb 2013, to Oct 2013 to Jan. 2014… and now finally to the 27th March 2015.
If you are done with waiting, what better way to spend the two months before the movie comes out, than by reading the books it was adapted from?
1 film vs 13 books! Joseph Delaney has written 13 books following the antics of the Spook, so you get more thrills and more adventures
We always advocate reading the books AND watching the film. The two are never going to be exactly the same and by overlooking one you’ll enevitably end up missing some people’s favourite bits out. Imagine all the hilarious or life changing moments you could be missing out on by not reading the books. Just think all the people who have only seen the Hunger Games movies, have completely missed out on the line “Well don’t expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.”
We are very excited to see the beautiful Ben Barnes staring as Thomas Ward, especially after Joseph Delaney said he was a “great action hero who is the true star of ‘Seventh Son’”. In the books Thomas is quite a lot younger than in the films and we love having relatable, kick-ass, teen characters!
With the film just days away from release, we’re all getting pretty excited, but also rather impatient, waiting to see it. So, we’ve decided to put together a list of 5 interesting (well, we think they’re interesting) bits of information about If I Stay and its incredibly talented, bestselling author, Gayle Forman.
1. Did you know that the wonderful Gayle Forman hasn’t always known she wanted to be a writer? In fact, when she was little, she wanted to grow up to be the sun! This was, however, before she realised that being the sun was not a viable career option.
2. Dakota Fanning was in talks to play the part of Mia but turned it down to focus on her studies. However, it’s a good thing Chloë got the role though, as we think she fits the Mia we had in our heads perfectly. It’s not just us that thinks that, Gayle posted this image on her Tumblr saying:
‘After seeing Chloë Moretz practicing cello for the If I Stay movie, it is so obvious how meant for this role she is. Look at this picture. It’s Mia!’
3. Despite the many musical references in If I Stay, Gayle Forman actually says she isn’t musical. On her website she is asked ‘Are you a musician?’ To which she replies:
‘Not even a little bit, but if you think I am because of my books, I’m so glad because it means I did a good job of fooling you.’
She fooled us! Did she fool you?
4. Gayle Forman was asked to sort her If I Stay characters into Hogwarts houses by Buzzfeed recently. She put Mia and Adam in Gryffindor (aww) and Kim in Ravenclaw. Do you agree with her choices?
She also drew some delightful pictures of her characters, which you can see here. (Although, just a word of advice, Gayle, maybe you should stick to writing…!)
5. Our final thing for you will probably make you cry even more than the story itself, but we think it’s very important piece of information. Basically, Gayle reveals in a note at the end of If I Stay that the idea for the story came from real events that happened to a family she knew. She says:
‘Once upon a time there was a family: a mother, a father, a boy like Teddy and a baby. And once upon a time there was a snowy day. And a drive in a car. And a devastating car accident. And an unfathomable tragedy.’
(the rest of the story can be found in the back of copies of her paperback)
That’s all we have for you today sadly, so you’ll have to deal with your If I Stay pangs a little bit longer. While you wait, check out the trailer here:
Or, if that’s not enough to keep you going, and you want to know more about the inspiration behind the story and read exclusive interviews with Chloë Moritz and Jamie Blackley, who play Mia and Adam, pick up a copy of the book here.
AND if that’s still not enough!! Check out Gayle’s website for more interesting facts and updates on the film and the book from her super cool tumblr here.
This year, Random House Children’s Publishers, in association with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, are asking you to join our CHOOSE KIND schools campaign. This nationwide initiative was inspired by a very special book: Wonder by RJ Palacio.
The prestigious CILIP Carnegie shortlist has finally been announced and Random House Children’s Publishers has three fantastic titles competing for the big prize – Blood Family by Anne Fine, which tells the absorbing yet gripping story about a young boy’s struggle …
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It’s a curious thing this business of having been around publishing for rather a long time. Along with the usual manifestations of the passing years come the puzzled looks from younger colleagues when one mentions working before the advent of the internet, personal computers and even faxes. And then there are references to cultural icons they’ve never heard of.
True, I’ve usually never heard of the so-called ‘celebrities’ which dominate the current ‘reality’ TV they all seem to enjoy, but the blank faces I got when I mentioned how excited I was that Steeleye Span’s latest album was based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel, Wintersmith surprised me. How could they not know the folk-rock band whose All Around My Hat was a UK chart hit (got no 5 at a time when being a chart hit really meant something), or whose Gaudete is a Christmas perennial? …
Now that the hectic Christmas season has ended, the Publicity team here at RHCP has been thinking about what other excitement is in store – i.e. the lovely new books publishing in 2013. From quirky picture books; to fabulously funny new kids on the block in young fiction; to some super-scary happenings, here are our personal picks of some of the standout titles for the year…
Clare’s Pick: Anne Fine – BLOOD FAMILY
I was completely captivated by Anne’s THE DEVIL WALKS. Set in the past it featured a young boy Daniel who was sent to live with his uncle. In this novel, which is loosely linked to THE DEVIL WALKS, the protagonist also grows up in the shadow of his mum’s mental illness and a highly abusive father. He’s adopted into a loving family but despite their support struggles to shake off his past. How can he save himself when he goes off the rails? This is another gripping and darkly disturbing story from a master storyteller.
Charlotte’s Pick: Rebecca Patterson – MY BUSY BEING BELLA DAY
Following her first adventure in MY BIG SHOUTING DAY, Bella is back in a brand new story from award-winning author Rebecca Patterson. In MY BUSY BEING BELLA DAY, released May 2013, Bella is going to have a very busy day at nursery, but she can’t help wondering what Mummy and her brother Bob are getting up to at home. Yet Bella soon discovers that there are good things about being bigger, and maybe nursery isn’t so bad after all…
Harriet’s Pick: Laura Dockrill – DARCY BURDOCK
I am soooo excited about the launch of the fantastic DARCY BURDOCK series by the wonderfully quirky and completely cool LAURA DOCKRILL! Darcy is funny, smart and completely nuts and I couldn’t help but fall in love with her right from the first line of the book: ‘Have you ever noticed your noticing? Sometimes I notice so much that I get trapped in noticing my noticing.’ And this is Darcy down to a tee – one of life’s ‘noticers’ who sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her. Her ability to capture everyday situations and describe them in such a hilarious but completely honest way had me in stitches. But what I love most about Darcy is her passion and enthusiasm for just BEING YOURSELF! By the end, I actually shed a tear and rejoiced at the fact that we are all different and this is indeed something to be celebrated. As Darcy says, from bobbly bumps on your skin to holes in your knickers, ‘these are the things that make you special, that make you YOU.’
Lauren’s Pick: Malorie Blackman – THE NOBLE CONFLICT
The book I am most excited about this year is the brand new teen novel from Malorie Blackman. In The Noble Conflict, out this July, Malorie returns to what she does best in a dystopian futuristic thriller complete with a clever twist in the tale that she is famous for. I know fans of the Noughts & Crosses series are going to LOVE The Noble Conflict.
Alex’s Pick: Rachel Campbell-Johnson – THE CHILD’S ELEPHANT
My pick for 2013 is the beautiful The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston. This debut novel captured my heart and imagination with its vivid imagery and original story. It follows the story of Bat, a young African herd boy who takes in an orphaned baby elephant. The elephant (named Meya) becomes part of Bat’s family and his village. Eventually, Meya is set free into the wild again. But her and Bat are later reunited when a child army arrives in the village… Rachel Campbell-Johnston brings the African savannah to life in this poignant tale.
Lisa’s Pick: Jonathan Stroud – LOCKWOOD & CO.
I cannot say too much about this book just yet but suffice to say Lockwood & Co is going to be HUGE! It’s the brand new series from the wonderful Jonathan Stroud, whose Bartimaeus series was a global bestseller. Featuring young operatives of a Psychic Detection agency tasked with battling an epidemic of ghosts, it is a supernatural thriller like no other. Film rights have already been hotly snapped up, everyone is clamouring to read the manuscript and there’s just no end to the anticipation and excitement for this book. I love Jonathan’s blend of humour, mystery and adventure but it’s also the fantastic characters and spooky twists and turns that really had me hooked. Coming in September…be ready for a fright!
Stephie’s Pick: CUPCAKE FAIRIES
These adorable new books will mean baking abound for the whole summer – not that the RHCP PR team ever need much encouragement to bake! Due to it’s pink and girlie perfection, it will be no surprise to the rest of the team that I have selected the Cupcake Fairies as my ‘excitable’ pick, and will probably be posing as blondie Butterfly (one of the fairies!) come July, when this series launches. All about fairies, friendship and baking, each story also has a great message for young readers. The illustrations are fresh, modern and absolutely pitch-perfect – almost as if they had been sprinkled with picture-book pixie dust for that special magic finish!
In 2011 the streets of London witnessed the worst violence in over 25 years. Suggested contributing factors included family breakdown, social breakdown, poor relations with the police and unemployment. A YouGov poll was carried out on 8–9 August 2011 for The Sun asking what those surveyed believed to be the main cause of the riots. In it, 26% of those polled thought “gang culture” to be the main cause. In particular, young people were singled out by media and politicians as those responsible.
One year on, Random House and Live Magazine have teamed up to create two short videos focussing on what has changed for young people over the last year, and what positives have come out of the 2011 riots.
The first film shows LIVE contributors debating the issues, one year on, in a variety of locations. They are sitting in the high street, asking whether or not adults are obsessed by the riots; they’re drinking coffee in a cafe, talking about whether the riots politicised young people; and they’re at the bus stop, asking whether the riots opened up new, positive platforms for young people.
The film also contains a specially-commissioned new poem from LIVE contributor Clarissa Pabi, who was singled out by Michelle Obama on the First Lady’s visit to Oxford in May last year. The film can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQxn2GGP6DY&feature=context-gau
The second film is a conversational piece between author John Lucas and 17 year old Monique Howell one of the young contributors from Live talking about his book TURF, and about the gang context of the riots in more depth. The second film can be viewed here: http://www.live-magazine.co.uk/2012/08/the-london-riots-john-lucus-speaks-on-new-book-turf/
To coincide with the anniversary of the riots, RHCP are publishing TURF, which explores issues of teenage gang violence on the streets of London and the issues that lead these youths to makes the choices they do. Author John Lucas was born and raised in Hackney and has been both a witness to and a victim of street violence. He was heavily influenced by the glut of stories about gang violence and knife crime in the press while writing TURF and this along with his own personal experience of growing up and living in Hackney led him to write a story which reflects the lives of many inner -city teens living in today’s society.
John Lucas says ‘‘I have a lot of sympathy for people caught up in that world, partly because of my own experiences, but also because I think our unbalanced society is more to blame than they are. I don’t believe the riots would have happened, and I don’t believe gang violence would be anywhere near the issue it is if there were more opportunities out there and people had a better quality of life. Dealing with that should come first before people point the finger. It’s a theme that runs through both the issues in Turf and the fallout from the riots. Also, far too much one-dimensional demonization goes on, both in fiction and in the media, and I felt there was a gap there for a different take on those issues.’
You can read an extract from TURF HERE
As an avid follower of all things glossy and gorgeous, in recent weeks I have noticed an overwhelming trend towards that most decadent of decades – the 1920s. First it was the fashion designers (always the first ones to spot a trend), who sent model after model charleston-ing onto the catwalk in all manner of twenties fabulousness:
Now it’s the turn of the film world to jump on board. Hands up who’s excited about Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby? *waves hand around uncontrollably*
But, RHCB is ahead of Paris and Hollywood this time . . . Oh yes. Publishing next month is VIXEN – the first instalment in a sensational new series set (you guessed it) in the roaring twenties.
I first read Vixen at the beginning of 2011, and instantly knew that it was something really special. Full of intrigue, glamour and plenty of dashing boys, this is escapist literature at its best. So don’t worry if you’re not quite brave enough for a flapper-style dress or, for the boys, a Leonardo DiCaprio-style straw boater – you can still enter the spirit of the dazzling 1920s with The Flappers.
Who knew the world of children’s books could be so glamourous?