March 2014 (issue 7)

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March 2014

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             This month was the month of excitement for all Divergent fans as they all gathered to see the movie they had anxiously waited for. Some fans have waited as long as 3 years to see Veronica Roth’s debut novel Divergent transform from a book that touched many hearts, into America’s #1 March movie.

Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Theo James (Four) at the L.A. Divergent Premiere

             Before Divergent was released into theaters, there was a wonderful L.A. premiere where the cast and crew of the film were able to show off their style. Some fans also had the opportunity to meet the stars of the movie, and the ones who made Divergent the novel come to life.

Maggie Q at the L.A. Divergent Premiere

The stars of the film were very daring with their choices of clothing. Maggie Q who plays Tori, showed up pantiless. She was heavily critiqued on her choice of clothing. Some thought her daring move was sexy, and some thought it was scandalous and revealing.

Ellie Goulding at the L.A. Divergent Premiere

Famous British singer Ellie Goulding also showed up at the premiere. She is called the “singing voice” of our main character Tris, who is played by Shailene Woodley. Goulding recently revealed that she filmed a music video for her song “Beating Heart” on the Divergent soundtrack. The music video was just released. Watch it below.

  Thursday March 20th, the Divergent movie was shown in exclusive 8PM showings across the U.S. In that one night, Divergent made an impressive $4.9 million. Lionsgate was so impressed that they have already announced that they are preparing to shoot the second movie in the Divergent trilogy—Insurgent. Shooting will begin in May. The predicted release date of Insurgent is supposedly March 20, 2015. Allegiant, the third and final installment of the Divergent trilogy is expected to released in March 2016. Divergent made a whopping $56 million on its official opening weekend, beating Muppets Most Wanted and God's Not Dead.

Shailene Woodley (Tris) at the L.A. Divergent Premiere

Theo James (Four) at the L.A. Divergent Premiere

Zoe Kravitz at the L.A. Divergent Premiere

Kate Winslet at the L.A. Divergent Premiere

Ashley Judd at the L.A. Divergent Premiere

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             The upcoming release of The Fault In Our Stars is so close yet so far away. Fans are extremely excited to see the #1 New York Times bestselling novel by John Green come to life on the big screen! The movie stars actors Shailene Woodley (Hazel Grace Lancaster) and Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters).
             The Fault In Our Stars is a highly imaginative and absorbing story that will sweep you off your feet. It’s bold with a clear message that life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to live extraordinarily. The best-selling novel can be humorous and heartbreaking at the same time. It was beautifully written.
The Fault In Our Stars summary (from The Fault In Our Stars cover): Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
Here are the release dates for countries that are showing the movie (release dates subject to change):
June 4, 2014: Egypt, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago
June 5, 2014: Australia, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Switzerland (German), Ukraine
June 6, 2014: Bulgaria, East & West Africa, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Poland: Russia (June 2014), Turkey, USA
June 12, 2014: Bahrain, Brazil, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates: June 12, 2014
June 13, 2014: Norway and Romania
June 16, 2014: Iraq
June 18, 2014: Belgium
June 20, 2014: Ireland, Lithuania, and UK
June 22, 2014: Sweden
June 26, 2014: Portugal
June 27, 2014: Ecuador
August 14, 2014: Hong Kong
August 21, 2014: Singapore
August 22, 2014: Spain, Taiwan, and Indonesia
August 28, 2014: Denmark and Slovenia
September 4, 2014: Chile, Italy, Malaysia, Switzerland (Italian), Uruguay
September 17th 2014: France
October 2, 2014: Argentina
October 3, 2014: Mexico
Not specified yet: India (2014)

Also, the book cover for The Fault In Our Stars movie tie-in novel was released!
The cover is The Fault In Our Stars movie poster featuring Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort). You can buy it in stores on April 8, 2014.

The Fault In Our Stars Tie-Movie novel cover

                 Along with The Fault In Our Stars movie, Paper Towns, another novel by John Green, is in the process of becoming a film as well. The same producers that made The Fault In Our Stars movie will be the same to bring Paper Towns to life. The Paper Towns cast so far is rumored to be The Fault In Our Stars co-star Nat Wolff who was also in Palo Alto and Stuck In Love.

Nat Wolff

                 According to Deadline, “Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are going to adapt, and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowne are producing.” This is really a reuniting party. The same scribe team that adapted (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now will be writing the screenplay for Paper Towns.

Paper Towns by John Green

This is all very exciting for fans of the book. In 2009 (1 year after Paper Towns was published), John Green was asked to write the screenplay for the Paper Towns movie when the rights to the movie were optioned by Mandate Pictures (who made Juno). In the end, Mandate “Didn’t feel they had the kind of screenplay they could shoot” says John Green.
Fans were very disappointed that Paper Towns was never made into a movie. Lucky for them, The Fault In Our Stars has already received so much attention that Fox 2000 has decided to pick Paper Towns up!
At this this moment, it looks like none of the other John Green books will be turned into movies. However, most of the rights to his books have already been purchased. It might just be because producers do not know how to turn such books into movies. Production for all of his books are still being worked on, but it’s a long way off.

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             The movie The Maze Runner is finally getting the attention it deserves. The Maze Runner is a dystopian novel set in the future where teenage boys are sent into “The Glade” to live and find a way back home through The Maze, which surrounds The Glade. The novel was written by James Dashner and adapted into a movie by 20th Century Fox a few years after the first book’s publishing.
The movie was directed by Wes Ball, and the first official trailer for the movie was released on March 17. The film will hit theaters on  September 19, 2014.
During the trailer, we were able to see  Thomas (played by Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien) arrive into The Glade through a metal box carrying what looks like supplies for the other “Gladers”. Thomas can’t remember anything from his past life before coming to the Glade. That’s also how it is in the book as well. The book centers around finding a way out of The Maze. It seems that the movie will focus on this point as well. So far, the movie looks exactly like the book. But, the Maze does look more high tech and less like the mossy tree-like maze on the cover of the actual book.
These changes might be because the film producers want to take a more sci-fi approach to the making of this movie because sci-fi movies are now more popular amongst teens and young adults.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Originally, the film was supposed to hit theaters on Valentines day. Why was the release date moved so far back? 20th Century Fox wanted The Maze Runner to be released together with their other summer movies. Also, critics who had already seen the movie thought it was good enough to be released along with 20th Century Fox’s highly anticipated summer of 2014 movies.
20th Century Fox is releasing 4 films from May to September. Those films include X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet Apes, The Fault In Our Stars, and The Maze Runner. 20th Century Fox also adapted The Book Thief, which is another popular book. The Book Thief did do very well in box office. We’ll see where The Maze Runner goes.
Will The Maze Runner become the talk of the summer? Will the film live up to the book’s standards? We’ll find out on September 19 whether the prolonged wait for this movie was worth it, or not.

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             As a recent Harry Potter fan, I’ve only ever known one official ship (slang word for couple) that involved Hermione Granger: Romione. If you don’t know, this is the ship name for Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, two characters who-spoiler alert-end up together in the very end of Harry Potter.  I’ve also heard the term ‘Dromione’ thrown about as well, a ship of Draco Malfoy and Hermione.  But I have never- not once- heard of anyone wanting Harry and Hermione to be together. This is why I was so utterly shocked when in a recent interview J.K. Rowling admitted putting Ron and Hermione together was “an act of wish fulfillment.”
The Harry Potter fandom (fan base) , which has been considerably quieter since the release of the final movie several years ago, exploded. Some were outraged, some admitted they’d been feeling the same for years, others were indifferent. I, however, was just very confused.
J.K. Rowling is definitely allowed to have an authorial opinion, as it is her book series in the first place. But new regret seven years after the release of Deathly Hallows? Seven years after an epilogue explicitly states that Harry marries Ginny and Hermione marries Ron? Really?

The full Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

This sort of news isn’t new to the Harry Potter fandom. In 2011, Rowling confessed she nearly killed off Ron Weasley halfway through the series, simply out of spite. Although Ron does survive in the end, he has a near-death experience in Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince after being poisoned. Was this Rowling’s way of fulfilling her spiteful wishes?
J.K. Rowling’s regret has made me wonder. If she regrets allowing two characters to be happy together, why doesn’t she regret killing off some of our favorite characters? And why, honestly, would she want to turn a perfectly good companionship into romance? To me, Harry and Hermione’s friendship is one the greatest in all of YA and Middle Grade. Too often do these kinds of friendships develop into relationships. It was refreshing to see a guy and girl remain just friends but stay with each other until the end. That and many other well-developed elements in the Harry Potter series, made me truly enjoy the books.
Thankfully though, these sudden instances of regret Rowling seems to feel are nothing more than what if's in the back of her mind. What has happened in the Harry Potter books is still there and won’t change anytime soon.

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             Stills for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie were released. This is a little bit awkward since the movie has been out for a while.
             The first two stills are of Katniss, who is played by Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. The first one features Katniss in a high tech chair, which must be a chair in the capitol’s hovercraft. 

The second is of Katniss with her hunting gear on while she is in the woods.

The third still is of Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch walking to District 12’s square.

The fourth is of Gale being taken away by peacekeepers.

As everyone prepares for the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, little news has been released about this highly anticipated film. Charity Buzz has organized two auctions for fans of "The Hunger Games" franchise, to bid for non-speaking roles in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 or The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2 movies.
All of the proceeds earned from this event will go to benefit the Kristen Ann Carr Fund, a nonprofit organization that raises money to find a cure for sarcoma, a form of cancer.
Whoever wins the auction may catch a glimpse--or even meet--the biggest stars of the film, which include Julianne Moore and Robert Knepper, in addition to mega-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. But what exactly is part of this auction?
The first “item” is a visit to the set of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which is worth $5,000. Jon Kilik, the film's producer, will be an escort for the winner and one friend or family member. Bidding for the first item ends on March 20, 2014.
The second “item” is a non-speaking role for the film, which is worth $10,000. The winner will also be able to meet some of the actors and the film crew. Bids will be accepted for the second item until March 27
To bid for these items, go to the Charity Buzz website and in the search for lots bar, type in “The Hunger Games Mockingjay—be an extra on set in Atlanta

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                It’s shadowhunter month! Cassandra Clare has so many new things for The Shadowhunter’s Chronicles fanbase. In honor of the  upcoming release of The Bane Chronicles in print edition, a beautiful cover was released. This beautiful print addition of The Bane Chronicles will be released in November of 2014. Along with The Bane Chronicles cover release, a City of Heavenly Fire snippet was also released by Cassandra Clare’s tumblr. City of Heavenly Fire is the sixth and final book in #1 New York Time’s bestselling author Casandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.

The full The Bane Chronicles series in print cover

Here is a snippet from City of Heavenly Fire
Idris had been green and gold and russet in the autumn, when Clary had first been there. It had a stark grandeur in the winter: the mountains rose in the distance, capped white with snow, and the trees along the side of the road that led back to Alicante from the lake were stripped bare, their leafless branches making lace-like patterns against the bright sky.
Sometimes Jace would slow the horse to point out the manor houses of the richer Shadowhunter families, hidden from the road when the trees were full but revealed now. She felt his shoulders tense as they passed one that nearly melded with the forest around it: it had clearly been burned and rebuilt. Some of the stones still bore the black marks of smoke and fire. “The Blackthorn manor,” he said. “Which means that around this bend in the road is …” He paused as Wayfarer summited a small hill, and reined him in so they could look down to where the road split in two. One direction led back toward Alicante — Clary could see the demon towers in the distance — while the other curled down toward a large building of mellow golden stone, surrounded by a low wall. “ … the Herondale manor,” Jace finished.
The wind picked up; icy, it ruffled Jace’s hair. Clary had her hood up, but he was bare-headed and bare-handed, having said he hated wearing gloves when horseback riding. He liked to feel the reins in his hands. “Did you want to go and look at it?” she asked.
His breath came out in a white cloud. “I’m not sure.”

City of Heavenly Fire. The last installment of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Cassie also did a Q&A with fans of her books via tumblr. Here are some of them.

Hi Mrs. Clare! I was just wondering if we would see any more shadowhunters with the ability to see ghosts as Will does in your upcoming work. I found this ability very interesting and I was sad there wasn’t more about it. I was also wondering if we would ever see Jessamine again. It’s okay if you don’t respond, either way I hope you have a good day! Also I can’t wait for CoHF, I’m counting down the days!

Hello! Well, Will’s ghost-seeing ability was really seeded in so he’d be useful to Magnus and also able to talk to Jessamine in book three. Will does not go ghost-hunting all over London because Shadowhunters don’t have a huge amount of truck with ghosts. Most are not as entrepreneurial as Molly and just hang about haunting where they have unfinished business. It is true that when ghosty errands come up, Will gets stuck with them, which may figure into Last Hours. As for Jessie, you’ll see her again. In fact, if you squint, you’ll see her in City of Heavenly Fire. :) The UK and Australia editions of City of Heavenly Fire* are also set to have a special mini-comic in the back, of a certain wedding, attended by a spectral Jessamine. 

Hey Cassie! I love your books!!! Well, I was looking at the family tree of Clockwork Princess and I realized something strange: why did all Sophie’s kids die before her? Is this going to be explained in TLH (The Last Hours)? Poor Sophie… Kisses and thank you!!

Remember that not everything about the family tree is accurate - it’s meant to be a found object, something made by a person, so the person who made it could have made mistakes/been concealing things on purpose. Maybe one of Sophie’s kids married a mundane, or turned into a vampire, or an Iron Sister, and the person who recorded the family tree politely left that info off.

Hi Cassie! I’m super excited for TLH ( I know, I know, it’s a long wait)!! I was looking at all the posts about it, and I thought about something. According to shadowhunter’s wiki and the family tree, Lucie Herondale (can’t wait to hear more about her and her brother!) was born in 1891, which means she’d be about 12 in TLH. Isn’t Jesse like 12 years older than her? Also, will Gabriel an Cecily appear in TLH? Or other characters from TID?

Yes, according to the family tree Jesse is way older than Lucie. Of course he’s also dead according to Midnight Heir. You’re just going to have to trust that the weird stuff with time and dates in the family tree is meant to represent deliberate mysteries that are also mysteries for the characters! Gabriel, Cecily, Will, Tessa, Jem, they all appear in TiD. They’re part of their children’s lives — think of them as occupying the places that Maryse, Luke, Robert and Jocelyn occupy in TMI.

Matthew Fairchild has been pictured with a green carnation multiple times. Is this a hint to his sexuality?

Mm, doin’ your history research! Oscar Wilde popularized the wearing of green carnations with the opening of his play Lady Windermere’s Fan. Because of him, the wearing of green carnations did become a symbol for gay male communities in London and Paris.  The green carnation though does mean more than that. 
Oscar Wilde and the Green Carnation: Note that the green carnation that Wilde wore in his buttonhole was not natural. A florist had to dye a carnation in order to make it green. It had to be created. The green carnation has resonances that encompass not only Wilde’s sexuality, but his views on literature and art. Matthew is a fan of Oscar Wilde (dead three years by the time Last Hours begins) and the aesthetic movement, which believed that art didn’t need to be moral, it just needed to be beautiful — challenging the predominant didactic ethos of Victorian art and writing, which believed the sole purpose of art was to educate and elevate. So anyway, that’s a long way of saying Matthew might be gay, or he might be bisexual, or he might be straight and a fan of the aesthetic movement. We must wait to see. There is a gay male romance in The Last Hours, and also a lesbian pairing.

Well that’s it for all things shadowhunter!  Stay tuned to Fandom Monthly Magazine for more updates on City of Heavenly Fire (May 27,2014) and The Bane Chronicles (November 2014)!

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The Giver trailer was released on March 19, with the movie set to come out on August 15th. So far, this movie has not been well marketed. If it had not been for several twitter feeds from production companies and websites, no one would’ve known that the trailer was even released. Although I did enjoy The Giver, I wouldn’t consider it my favorite book. That being said, the film looks pretty promising. Watch it below.

Just by the looks of the trailer, it’s obvious that some portions of the novel have been altered to make for an exciting movie. This is certainly understandable because not much happens in The Giver until the very end, because the story is mainly centered on Jonas’s self-discovery. For example, they seemed to have given a rebellious and more important role to Jonas’s friend Fiona, who in the books never questioned society. This isn’t at all a problematic change because there is a lack of action in The Giver.

Despite being very enthralled by the trailer, I did have some minor grievances with it. The book begins with Jonas seeing everything in black and white because he has a lack of emotion in his life. But as he is given memories from the Giver, the world around him slowly gains color. Because of this, the trailer is entirely too colorful for my tastes. That was one of my favorite parts of the book and I thought it could’ve have translated well to film and been very visually appealing. I’m hoping, however, that they chose to omit the black and white for the trailer only, as to not confuse the viewers who haven’t read the book.

Jonas (Brendan Thwaites) deep in conversation with the Giver (Jeff Bridges).

The trailer opens with Meryl Streep (the Chief Elder)’s voice-over explaining their society’s purpose. This is extremely helpful to the outside viewer because as of now, the set doesn’t look like it differs too much from our world today. I noticed that they seem to be making Meryl Streep more of a villain in this film, whereas society was the main opposing force in the book. I like this change because they seem to be making her almost Jeanine Matthews-like (from Divergent). There is even a line in the trailer in which Streep says, “When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong,” which reminded me of Jeanine’s “The future belongs to those who know where they belong,” line in the theatrical Divergent trailer.

Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder

The Giver is classified as a dystopian but the trailer seems to be giving off a very sci-fi vibe, which I’m still debating whether, is a good feeling or not. The technology was very minimal in the books, but in the trailer we see what looks to be a hovercraft and futuristic motorcycles, which almost clashes with the modern looking scenery. Is this the producers trying to market towards a different audience rather than be part of the mainstream dystopian genre that is so popular at the moment?

Because the book lacked the action present in most popular films now, it is completely understandable that these changes are being implemented into this movie. These new changes could do very well at the box office, but possibly lose some of the devoted reader audience that surrounds most adaptations. Hopefully, this film will do The Giver justice.

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