Wonder, based on a novel by R.J. Palacio (pen name), has performed marvelous at the box office as it made domestically $ 27 million dollars. It played 3,096 theaters and made an average $8737 per theater. The movie has also made an A+ CinemaScore.
The film is directed by Stephen Chbosky and screenplay written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Stephen Chbosky. It stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, and Daveed Diggs.
So check out the movie this holiday season and don't forget to read the book as well.
I'm delighted to introduce to my readers Mr. Andy Weir, the once self-publishing author of The Martian(novelpro.weebly.com/latest-news/matt-damon-stars-in-the-acclaimed-novel-turned-to-movie-the-martian), which was adapted into a successful film with an all-star casts. He's the very example of how an original, self-published story could become a huge blockbuster success for a Hollywood studio. Now he is releasing his latest novel Artemis on Nov. 14, 2017 which, may I add, is being made into a film as well. No doubt it will be success as well. So I hope you enjoy reading it and definitely check out his latest work.
1. Tell us a bit about Artemis and the inspiration behind it.
Artemis takes places in a city on the moon in the late twenty-first century. The main character is a woman who is a small-time criminal, and she gets in way over her head.
2. What are some of the similarities between The Martian and Artemis? And the differences?
They’re similar in that they both involve scientific solutions to complicated scientific problems, but The Martian was a straight-up human versus nature story, where the goal was simple survival. Artemis is a crime story with mysteries involved—a plot that was harder to write but also more interesting, I think.
3. Mark Watney’s voice defined The Martian. In Artemis we meet Jazz Bashara. Tell us about her.
She’s another first-person-smart-ass narrator. But, while Mark is just a hard-working scientist trying to stay alive, Jazz is a sneaky criminal trying to get ahead. She was sort of a delinquent growing up, and now she realizes that she made a lot of mistakes in her youth and she’s trying to make up for some of them. She is very flawed in a lot of ways, but hopefully also very likable. So, very different personalities and priorities.
4. Artemis is set sometime in the late twenty-first century. Is lunar colonization something we could see within the next fifty or a hundred years?
I think so, yes. Artemis is based on the presumption that commercial space travel, and competition within that industry, will drive the cost of putting mass into low Earth orbit down low enough that middle-class people can afford a trip to space. Once that becomes a reality, lunar tourism becomes a viable business model. And that’s the economic foundation of Artemis.
5. When you first self-published The Martian, could you have imagined that it would become not only a bestselling novel but a hugely popular movie as well, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and more? What have been the best things about the level of success you have achieved with your first book? Has there been any downside?
Well, the best part about The Martian’s success is that I get to be a writer now, which is what I’ve always dreamed of doing for a living. The worst part is that I used to be a computer programmer and I really enjoyed going into work in the morning and saying “hi” to my co-workers. I’m a pretty social guy, I like working on a team, and now I don’t get to do that anymore, and I miss that.
6. What would you be most excited to see from a film version of Artemis?
I’d love to see the visual representation of the city itself. It would be a fantastic visual.
7. Which book (besides yours of course) have you read that made you laugh a lot?
Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. They're all hilarious. But if I have to pick one to single out for humor, I'd say Small Gods.
8. What was the hardest part about writing a follow-up to The Martian, a book that made a crater on pop culture?
It’s pretty scary. It’s going to be a hard act to follow. I think I’ve done a good job, but in the end all I can do is my best and hope people like it.
9. What is the scariest book you’ve ever read?
I generally don't read horror or suspense. So I actually don't have an answer to that.
10. What was your favorite book as a kid?
Probably "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel" by Robert Heinlein.
11. What television show has gotten your undivided attention?
Game of Thrones, of course!
12. What do you hope readers will take away from Artemis?
I hope they have a fun time reading it. That’s all I ever want when I write a story. None of my stories have a moral or a point to be made. I just want the reader to think “well, that was cool” when they’re done.
13. Have you read any self-published novel that you thought might make an excellent movie? If so, what is it?
"Wool" by Hugh Howie.
14. Last question, What if Jazz Bashara meets Mark Watney in Hartnell’s Pub in Artemis. Would they get along?
If Jazz met Mark, I imagine they’d be really, really smart-ass toward each other.
I'm really grateful to Mr. Andy Weir for taking his time to answer my questions. I'll definitely suggest you guys to put Artemis in your to-read pile. I can't wait to hear more news about the film adaptation as well. So far we know Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing it for 20th Century Fox. Take care everyone and I hope you have a peaceful day today.
The Paper Bag Princess by Mr. Robert Munsch and Illustrated by Michael Marthenko would be made into a movie by Universal Pictures. The plan is to have Ms. Elizabeth Banks to direct the live-action movie adaptation. Ms. Katie Silberman would pen it and Ms. Sara Scott, Universal's VP Production, would oversee it. Ms. Banks and Mr. Handelman is producing the feature along with Ms. Robbie and Mr. Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment, Mr. Krech and Mr. Unkeless( Clubhouse Pictures).
The book has been adapted before, but in animation only. It was part of the animated series Bunch of Munsch. Here is the Youtube read-aloud for The Paperbag Princess: (BTW, I do not own this youtube clip)
I'll like for everyone to take a look into the world that Ms. Lani Sarem created in Handbook for Mortals. As you can see from the trailer you'll experience romance, adventure, and intrigue. So take this time to get to know the latest author here at novelpro.weebly.com...
1. Could you tell me about yourself?
Sure what would you like to know? I'm an actress, writer, producer and former band manager. I've been in the entertainment business since I was 15.
2. Could you give a brief summary about the first book to Handbook for Mortals series?
It's about a young woman to goes to Las Vegas to work for a magic show...but she can do REAL magick. Her mom reads tarot cards and her wish is to just get to have a somewhat normal life. There's also some danger and love triangle.
3. What makes Handbook for Mortals series different from other YA fantasy novels?
Well it's not actually a YA book I guess even though the NY times labeled it that...the characters are in their 20's...but besides that I think there are some cool twists that you will find in the book that you don't see I think in a lot of other books...but you gotta read it to find out.
4. How many books would be in the series?
Right now there are 5 planned...but I could see it going to 7...gonna see how it's going by book 4.
5. First of all, congratulations on your book getting optioned, will you be involved in the production in any way?
Thanks and yes I'm producing the film with Thomas Ian Nicholas...and I just may be playing a part as well! :)
6. Would you like to make a cameo in the film adaptation?
I'm pretty sure that will be happening! :)
7. Which author would you love to invite over and chat with?
Can it be anyone? dead or alive? if either than Charles Bukowski or CS Lewis...if alive than Neil Gaiman or Joyce Maynard.
8. Why did you decide to choose this genre as your first novel?
Magic is and has always been a big part of my life...so I gravitate to that and I love stories about shows and the crews behind the shows...
9. What is your greatest accomplishment so far?
This book probably...I'm pretty proud of it...
10. What book (besides yours) do you think everyone should read before he or she dies?
The chronicles of Narnia....I know that's a series but I can't really pick one out of that.
11. In what way did being an actress help you write the first book to Handbook for Mortals?
I think I can think about what it's like to BE someone else and write about that. Not everyone knows how to think as someone else...but as actors, we have to...
12. Could you explain the situation about your novel and its removal from the New York Times best-seller list?
Well, I'm the only person that's ever had that happen to them...people jumped to a lot of conclusions without all the facts and then started saying things that weren't even close to being true...I hope people will take the time to understand what really happened and enjoy the book for what it is....
13. For those who haven’t heard of your book Handbook for Mortals, why do you think he or she should get it?
If you like fun urban fantasies and both kinds of magic(k)....then you will love story...
14. Last question, if you could have supernatural power for a day, what would it be and why?
That's a tough one...being able to print money sounds fun or travel back in time! but I might actually pick reading peoples minds cause I'd really love to know what some people are REALLY thinking :)
I really like to thank Ms. Lani Sarem for answering those questions. If you find her novel interesting you can get the book Handbook for Mortals where books are sold. Thanks for visiting my blog once again and I hope you come back again. Take care:)
If you want to try something new and interesting then I would strongly suggest reading and watching The Devotion of Suspect X. I stumbled upon the book at a dollar store and I'm very glad that I found it. More excitedly I saw on Wikipedia that it has been made into a feature film. There are already more than one film adaptation of this book. The only film version I watch is the Japanese version (which is titled Suspect X), but if you want to check out the other adaptations i really think you should (That's why I have two trailers on this post).The South Korean version is called Perfect Number. Click this link to watch that trailer: youtu.be/x_ewHZu7JNs
The one I watched isn't dubbed as I understood what the characters were saying with English subtitle (and trust me it was well worth it). Don't let subtitle scare you away from watching an incredible movie. The trailers might be a bit off-putting, but trust me this story and characters would make your eyes glue to the situation right to the very end. Again, please don't be scare off by movies with subtitles, because you'll truly miss out on an excellent mystery/suspense/drama-filled movie. The mystery-crime novel has received awards and nominations both in the U.S. and Japan.
What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?
I hope you take this time to check out Mr. Simon Lelic latest novel called The House. If that headline didn't capture your curiosity then my interview questions with him might just be the thing to spark your interest. So go ahead and get to know a bit about the author and his latest novel...
1. How did you get the idea for The House?
The very best way to get ideas, I find: by talking to a stranger in a bar. This bloke (whose name I have forgotten, if indeed I ever knew it) mentioned a friend of his who’d recently bought an apartment that had come complete with all the former owner’s belongings – which seemed just too spooky an idea not to develop further . . .
2. Could you tell me a little bit about the leading couple in the novel?
In many ways Jack and Syd are diametric opposites. Jack is (ostensibly) the solid, dependable type; Syd is effusive and emotional, quick to both laughter and anger. But somehow they complete each other. As Jack says, ‘She stops me gazing at my feet so much, I stop her floating off into the sky.’
3.Did you know how the novel would end before you started or did you go along and eventually things fell to place?
I never know how a novel will end when I start writing it. I think writers are split fairly evenly between those who sketch out a structure before they start work, and those who prefer to feel their way forwards in the dark. I am firmly in the latter camp, which makes the process more exciting (I think) but perhaps also more wasteful.
4. How do you select the name of your characters?
Frequently the name will be there the instant the character comes into being in my mind. Other times I am forced to graze the spines of the books on the shelves near my desk for inspiration, or even consult the little book of babies’ names I stole from the house after we’d settled on a name for our third child.
5. What was the hardest scene to write in The House? (which scene did you rewrite over and over to death)
Without wanting to give too much away, the scenes that delve into Syd’s personal history. Which I hope will also be the hardest scenes to read.
6.What was your favorite novel as a teenager?
I could name a dozen, but I would probably have to say The Lord of the Rings.
7. What is the first book that made you cry or laugh? (either/both would be fine to answer)
I’d probably laughed at a book before I got to Douglas Adams, but I don’t think I had any idea a novel could induce such uncontrollable hilarity before I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
8. What is the first book that made you think for days after reading it?
Tough one. Again, there were probably many, but no author came close to having as much of an impact on me as Tolkien did when I was a kid. I was a bit of a Middle Earth nerd.
9. Which fictional character did you admire?
Strider. See above!
10. What book have you read over and over again?
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Technically and philosophically, it probably isn’t McCarthy’s best book. But it’s my favourite of his novels (and one of my favourite novels of all time), if only for the devastating portrait he paints of a father’s love for his son.
11. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Read more. I mean, I read a lot – but I could have always read more. Which still holds true today, actually.
12. What television show do you binge watch right now?
My wife and I are between box sets at the moment, having just finished Big Little Lies. So any recommendations would be welcome!
13. If you could be any animal for a day, which animal would it be?
14. Would you like to see The House made into a feature film?
Rather thrillingly, the novel has already been optioned with a view to turning it into a TV series – which would be even more amazing than seeing it on screen as a feature film.
15. Last question, Who is your favorite male and female tennis player? (on your website you stated tennis as a hobby of yours)
Oddly, I love playing tennis, but I hate watching it! I’m a big sports fan generally, and the relationship I have with tennis is one I don’t have with any other sport.
Thanks to Mr. Simon Lelic for answering my questions and sharing his wonderful story to the world. I hope you all would give The House a try. If you want to know more about the author and his other works please check out his website: www.simonlelic.com/ Take care and as always thanks for visiting my blog. I hope each and every one of you have a fantastic day and a happy read:) Stay amazing, everyone.
Isn't that book trailer captivating? If that trailer doesn't get you to the bandwagon then you are missing out on something special. I'm just honored that Ms. Kendare Blake was able to give up her time to do an interview for her latest book, One Dark Throne. You guys should surely get it and experience this unique fantasy sequel.
1. First off, describe your experience during Solar Eclipse Day (Aug. 21, 2017)?
Well, it wasn't too exciting. We kept the dogs inside so we wouldn't have to fit them with doggles, and just noted how odd the light got. And then it was over.
2. Could you give us an interesting fun fact about One Dark Throne?
I re-wrote it once. And in the first draft, fewer people died.
3. What challenges did you face writing the sequel to Three Dark Crowns?
Sequels are easier in a way, because the world and the conflicts have been established and simmering. But One Dark Throne was meant to be a series ender as well, and endings are always rough. Then we decided to extend the series by two more books, so I was actually able to go back in and leave a few smaller plot lines open. So it was all less tied up in a bow.
4. In one word how would you summed up One Dark Throne?
5. Could you give a brief description of your favorite scene from One Dark Throne? (make it as spoiler-free as possible)
I love dialogue. I love the scenes where characters finally come face to face and start to understand each other.
6. Could you give a sneak peek about any new character in One Dark Throne?
Sure. She's a chicken. A pretty, brown chicken.
7. What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
Too hard! The Shawshank Redemption is a great adaptation. So is the Neverending Story, though the author disagrees. I'm really, REALLY excited for the new IT. Though I did love the original IT, too.
8. What was the last book you gave to someone as a gift?
I gave my best friend Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics, because it's like Stephen King wrote Little House on the Prairie, and my friend LOVES Little House.
9. What television show do you think doesn’t get its due?
Penny Dreadful. I adored that show. Eva Green is transcendent. And it made me like Josh Hartnett again, which was previously inconceivable.
10. What was the scariest book you’ve ever read?
Pet Sematary? I don't know. I don't scare easy.
11. Which book (besides yours of course) have you read that made you laugh a lot?
Anything by Lish McBride. She's hysterical. Highly recommend her new one: PYROMANTIC. About a girl who controls fire and works for a shady, magic mafia. She has a friend who is a sexy were-fox. A vain, sexy were-fox. You can't beat it.
12. Did you ever listen to music while writing One Dark Throne?
Afraid not. I find music too distracting.
13. What book do you like to read over and over again?
LOTS. Jane Eyre, Anne Rice, various Stephen King passages, the Iliad, etc. I don't actually have a lot of time for re-reading anymore, with so much new reading to do!
14. Last question, could you share a quote or two that inspire or motivate you in life?
I despise myself, yet I also esteem myself as one who despises. - Nietzsche. I probably messed that quote up, and I don't find it all that inspiring. But it amuses me.
And there you have it. Another delightful interview from a fantastic author. I greatly appreciate her for doing this and I hope those reading this would read what this unique, fantasy series is all about. The first book being Three Dark Crowns and now the sequel One Dark Throne. Both books are already available where books are sold. Thanks for visiting my blog once again and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Keep calm and read more books:)
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