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Mads Mikkelsen in Talks to Play Villain in 'Chaos Walking' (Exclusive)
Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley are starring in the Lionsgate YA movie being directed by Doug Liman.

Mads Mikkelsen is going back to his evil ways.

After a turn as the heroic and reluctant scientist who designs the Death Star in Rogue One, Mikkelsen is in negotiations to make life hard for Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland in Lionsgate’s post-apocalyptic thriller Chaos Walking.

Doug Liman is directing the project, an adaptation of the best-selling YA novel by Patrick Ness.

The story takes place on a colony planet where almost all women have been killed by a virus and all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise. The cacophony drives many mad until a young man (Holland) makes a silent discovery: there is a girl (Ridley), who may be the key to unlocking the New World’s many layered secrets.

Mikkelsen will play the ruthless Mayor of Prentisstown who is searching for the young man he once mentored and who is a religiously-minded keeper of his own secrets who is planning to expand his reach.

The movie will begin shooting later this summer in Montreal.

It’s a conversation any books-first Harry Potter fan is all too familiar with: You’re talking about how wonderful Harry Potter is (because just because it’s nearly 2014 doesn’t mean you’re stopping that conversation any time soon), and your friend brings up that it doesn’t make any sense Harry wound up with Ginny Weasley of all people, because Ginny is the worst.

I’m sorry. This isn’t true at all! That’s just what Warner Brothers inexplicably wanted you to think because of the fact Ginny was in roughly 20 minutes of the entire franchise (time spent nearly dying in the Chamber of Secrets when she was 11 not included). Ginny is a really cool girl who becomes a really cool lady and –bonus! — through her J.K. Rowling taught teenage readers a lot of really valuable lessons about being yourself, owning your own accomplishments, and not waiting around for guys (well, at least not too much).

But while Book Ginny was a dynamic, feisty character, Film Ginny is a Manic Pixie Wallflower that could be literally anyone Daniel Radcliffe had zero chemistry with. Seriously, was it not possible for her to accio a personality from anyone in the general vicinity? Her entire role in the movies was to awkwardly kiss Harry once at the Burrow and once at Hogwarts, and then stare at him while he ran around actually doing things during the final battles.

There are plenty of Harry Potter book-to-film changes I’m still not over. (Who are the Marauders, you ask? Don’t ask anyone who only watched the movies!) But recently, what’s bugging me more and more is how little respect Ginny gets — and I think a lot of it is because of the films. It’s time someone stood up and defended her; She’s actually a really cool character — it’s just that none of her awesomeness translated onscreen.

Book Ginny would never. Let’s take a trip down memory lane…

Number One: Ginny from the book didn’t wait around for any man. When the boy of her dreams appeared disinterested (he had a few other things on his mind!) she didn’t get desperate. Instead, she got friendly with Dean, showing The Chosen One she had plenty of other things going on in her life. Next!

Number Two: While Harry is crushing on Cho in Order of the Phoenix, Ginny didn’t let her crush stand in the way of being useful and smart. She gave him support for Dumbledore’s Army, and helped fight at the Department of Mysteries, among other battles.

Number Three: While Harry, Ron and Hermione were off roaming a forest, Ginny was actually braving things out at Hogwarts — and it wasn’t all Yule Balls and Quidditch. In the books, Ginny and Neville are shown to be keeping the rebellion going at school (“Dumbledore’s Army, still recruiting“) – but only Neville’s heroism made the film. Ginny got to be a movie girlfriend, instead. -100 Points from the House of Movie Studios.

Number Four: This isn’t badass, per se, but I always thought it was really cool that right before Harry and Ginny finally kissed, Ginny was off winning a Quidditch game because her dumb crush was stuck in detention. Guys, am I right?

—  Entertainment Weekly’s Erin Strecker on why Book Ginny is cooler than Movie Ginny
Has Tim Federle Written the Best Gay YA Novel Ever?
Young adult novelist Tim Federle returns with The Great American Whatever.

What’s been the response from public high and middle school libraries?
“Librarians are rock stars. And I receive so many emails from LGBTQ+ kids saying how much they love reading a snarky gay teen who doesn’t hate himself. He just hates the world, ha ha.“

The Great American Whatever evokes the books of Beverly Clearly and John Knowles’s A Separate Peace — was that intentional?
“Maybe subconsciously. I definitely pulled some middle-schooler all-nighters reading Beverly Cleary under the covers (and in the closet). And I remember having the biggest crush on the guy in the sweater on the cover of A Separate Peace. And then somebody revealed that the other guy was behind him hidden in the tree and I gay-gasped. But, yeah, I think a lot of YA fiction stands on the shoulder of the books that cover before it.“

People like you hold their loved ones above ideals. They’ll do anything to protect them, no matter what it costs. But me—I hold ideals above people. No single life is as important as this revolution, not even mine.
—  Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion series), Aimée Carter

today-she-wore-red  asked:

Hi! I'm really hoping for some Nic and Ashur moments in Immortal Reign. Are my hopes going to be crushed? And thank you for lgbtq+ representation. I think the way you included their relationship is one of the best I've seen in ya novels!

  • Me reading best-selling YA novels with a heterosexual couple whose love is threatened by another character whom one of them finds attractive: meh.
  • Me reading a 60k+ words fanfiction of my OTP whose love is threatened by...almost anything from a century of brainwashing to a soulmarking gone wrong to one of them being turned into a cat: OH MY GOD YOU ARE THE ABSOLUTE PINNACLE OF THE BEST THERE EVER IS.

Celebrate Book Expo America and the Reblog Book Club with Tumblr!

Thursday, 5/28 at 7pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in NYC

Join patriarchy-smashing, Pushcart Prize-winning cheeseburger enthusiast Katie Coyle, who will read from her debut novel Vivian Apple at the End of the World, named by Rolling Stone as one of the best YA novels of all time, along with writers Ashley C. Ford and Julie Buntin, for free drinks, snacks, music, and teen-style fun for all ages.

Some of you you may remember this as the party that was blizzarded out in January. As promised, we will rise again, sledgehammer in hand, to celebrate great writers, great readers, and the reblogbookclub community.

Hope to see you there!

(Fan art by Simini Blocker.)