"Matched" author Ally Condie closes out our celebration of all things fierce and futuristic with something a bit more fuzzy—her Guide to a Dystopian Holiday. Ally's latest novel, "Crossed," is out now.
It’s the season—decorations are up, festive music is in the air and people are pepper-spraying each other on Black Friday at Wal-Mart. (I still can’t believe that happened!) This perfect storm of holiday-ness and just plain craziness made me think: What if we had a dystopian holiday celebration? Here are some suggestions for getting in the proper mood:
Listen to this: “Machine” by Regina Spektor. One of my favorite things about Spektor is that I’m never entirely sure what her songs are about—they are full of layers and nuance. I like writing that is open to interpretation, and Spektor has that in spades (plus the music itself is gorgeous, of course). This song just has a dystopian feel. I’ve been listening to it over and over as I’ve worked on the final book in the "Matched" series.
What's the mathematical probability of miracles? Dunno, but it's got to get greater around the holidays! And that makes this the perfect time to debut our EXCLUSIVE look at the trailer for "The Probability of Miracles," a new book by Wendy Wunder.
Maybe it's just because we always get a little sappy in December, but this sneak peek at the story of a dying girl's last chance at living, loving and finding friendship totally poked at our hearts in some seriously tender places. There's Cam, doing her best to make a gracious exit from an existence cut short by cancer. There's a town called Promise, where her mother takes their family in the hope that something incredible might happen to save her daughter's life. And...well, no spoilery details, but there just might be a romance in there somewhere.
We don't want to freak you out or anything, but have you realized there are only 24 shopping days left until Christmas? Wait! No! Please don't make a mad dash for Wal-Mart, grabbing every package of tube socks and windshield wipers in a "Supermarket Sweep"-style frenzy. You're better than that! And we're here to help. All week, Hollywood Crush has been rolling out our Holiday Gift Guides, recommending the best buys for your buds this season. Today, we're taking a look at gifts for fans of all things...
The Cassandra Clare series is a prequel to her best-selling "Mortal Instruments," and tells the story of demon-slaying Shadowhunters in Victorian London. With the latest installment, "Clockwork Prince," hitting bookstore shelves on December 6, what better time to shop the series?
For today's Dystopian Week entry, we asked Hollywood Crush friend and "Hunger Games" Examiner Sara Gundell to compile the ultimate Dystopian Survival Guide. Take a look and tell us: Are you ready?
It’s no secret that dystopian fiction is "the new black" these days. I mean, that’s why we’re celebrating Dystopian Week, right? The genre litters the shelves of book stores right now, especially in the young adult section, with dozens of new titles competing for the attention of "Hunger Games" fans eager for something new to read.
But do you have what it takes to survive a dystopian future? If books like "Blood Red Road," "Legend" and "Divergent" are to be believed, we’re on our way to a less than picture-perfect future—and who knows if it could happen sooner or later. So best be prepared, just in case. Here are a few tools and skills you’ll want to acquire now to make sure you survive:
Christmas is still 24 days away, but the fine folks at Scholastic have gifted Hollywood Crush with two sneak peeks that will undoubtedly leave "Hunger Games" fans in a festive mood: the covers of "The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion" and "The Hunger Games Tribute Guide" (both due February 7, 2012)!
The works are part of the publishing house's extensive movie tie-in program, which also includes "The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-In Edition" (our friends at TheFABlife have that cover for you) and "The World of The Hunger Games" (to be released the same day as the film, March 23).
See the full covers after the jump!
Our fight against future foes continues this week as we, along with our friends at TheFABlife and NextMovie, celebrate all things dystopian!
With all of our, um, gentle prodding over the past few months, we can only hope you've made time to dive into one of our favorite dystopian reads of the year, Tahereh Mafi's intriguing "Shatter Me." The novel follows teen Juliette, who's been locked in solitary confinement for nearly a year thanks to her
curse gift: her touch is lethal power.
Tahereh recently chatted with TheFABlife about her inspiration for the novel and her take on the dystopian trend, and we've got a bit of bonus material from the interview.
You don't have to be a book fiend to know that the YA literary world is where all the Next Big Things in entertainment seem to happen—and if you've got a pop-cultural pal on your holiday gift list, there's no better gift than one of the smokin' hot titles in our Literary Gift Guide! Because, you guys, a book is a present that you can open again and again. (I think Mahatma Gandhi said that... or maybe it was on a needlepoint sampler I had in my room when I was five. EITHER WAY. Books! Winning!)
The neat little trick to our gift guide? Each book is different—and each fills the void left by an ultra-popular title that left readers yearning for another page to turn. So whether your giftee is a closet anarchist, a steampunk rocker or a lovestruck sap, there's something here for everyone.
Talk about fighting words! When our friends at the blog Page to Premiere caught up with "Twilight" producer Wyck Godfrey recently, he insisted that his upcoming project, the big-screen adaptation of Marie Lu's dystopian tale "Legend," would "[blow] the socks off of 'Hunger Games.'" In the interest of not getting pelted with rotten loaves of Peeta bread, we won't be taking sides in this debate, but we will say that "Legend" (out today) is one of our favorite YA reads this year (check out The FABlife's review!).
The novel takes place in a near-future Los Angeles and centers on two very different teens: military-brass-in-training June and notorious criminal Day. When June's older brother Metias is murdered (presumably by Day), June is tasked with hunting him down and bringing him to justice. But the two soon discover that much greater (and sinister) powers are at work.
Hollywood Crush had the pleasure of hopping on the phone with Marie recently to get the scoop on her buzzy novel's inspiration, her thoughts on being part of the dystopian trend and a progress report on the movie adaptation.
Dystopian Week is back at Hollywood Crush, and this time we're teaming up with our friends at The FABlife and NextMovie to fight the forces who would control our future. In that spirit, we'll be rolling out interviews, reviews and guest blogs all week, dedicated to the genre that won't stop.
"Delirium" came out early in 2011 as part of a big wave of dystopian young adult fiction, ready to feed the readers who'd read "The Hunger Games" and wanted more. But author Lauren Oliver wasn't exactly thinking in terms of the hot trend.
"I didn't actually think about it as writing a dystopian fiction," she said. "I always kind of joke about that: If you believe love is a disease, then it's utopian fiction... I tend not to think about genre at all. I get ideas and characters kind of speak to me in my head, and I just kind of pursue that idea to its natural conclusion. 'Before I Fall,' my first book, really took place in a world that is very similar to the world I grew up in. It took place in a high school that was very similar to mine. And with 'Delirium,' I obviously had to do a lot more re-conceiving of the world itself, which was exciting as a challenge."
After conceiving her whole new world, Oliver had new challenges to face when writing books two ("Pandemonium," due out in March) and three ("Requiem") of the trilogy.
With their inspired collaboration, "The Future of Us," hitting bookstore shelves November 21, we asked authors Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher to explain the unique premise of their novel and reflect on how today's decisions shape who we become.
Carolyn: In "The Future of Us," Emma and Josh are two teenagers in 1996 who've lived next door to each other their entire lives. Emma gets a new computer and, even though there's no such thing as online social networking yet, this random thing called Facebook appears on her screen. Emma and Josh are completely baffled, but soon realize her computer is offering a time-warp glimpse of their lives 15 years in the future. They see who they marry, where they work, what they just cooked for dinner and they can even check what kind of adults their friends have become. A lot of what they learn is surprising, and some are absolutely shocking.