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Fiction2Film: Zombies … an Oral History & a Love Story

In our Fiction 2 Film (F2F) posts, we will share news and tidbits we learn about author’s stories which have made the jump from paper to film.

~ Zombies … An Oral History ~

If you are a fan of zombie novels, you have already heard about Max BrooksWorld War Z film adaption starting Brad Pitt.  In fact, if you’re a major fan, you’ve already read the book.  But, have you heard the major changes to the story?  writing for Screen discusses the fact that, although it is a “tricky narrative format to transfer to film” the main character, who in the book is a U.N. employee that interviews zombie apocalypse survivors on their experiences, will be quite different in the film.

Paramount’s announcement stated, “The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.”  This is indeed a different take on the story.  How does author Max Brooks feel about the change?

He acknowledges how difficult it could be turning the book into a film during his interview with the Daily Record.  He admits, “It doesn’t have a main character, the storyline is told from a hundred different points of view, would be prohibitively expensive filming in all these different countries.”  He also realizes the challenge this brings saying, “You couldn’t pay me to turn it into a film.”  However, he doesn’t seem worried about the changes, but rather excited to see how it all turns out.  “I’m not involved so I just want to be able to enjoy watching the movie when it comes out,” he explained. “At least I know they did at least as much research into things as I did for the book.”  In his 26 Aug 2011 blog post, after visiting the set in Glasgow, Max stated, “While I’m still largely in the dark concerning the overall story, it was reassuring to hear from Brad Pitt and Marc Forster that their goal is to make a smart, deep, geopolitical movie. I trust their talent and their intentions and I look forward to seeing what they come up with.”  He also learned from the January 3rd LA Times article, that states, “Forster [the director] and Paramount Pictures each view “World War Z” as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, Damon’s Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.'”  That’s a nice thought (for them financially), but will fans love the first film enough to support the making of a trilogy? 

‘World War Z’, the Fiction

“The end was near.” —Voices from the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.

‘World War Z’, the Film

Will the film be a hit among Brooks’ fans?  Zombie fans?  Pitt fans?  Only time will tell.

But, in E! News’ interview with actress Mireille Enos, who plays Pitt’s wife in the film, she said, “It’s like zombies are the new vampires.” And, it would seem she isn’t far off as we have seen the number of zombie-related books increase over the past year.  “It’s taking over. But somebody said to me this movie might end the zombie genre because, after this, what else is there to do? It’s huge!”  Now, this statement is not one with which I can agree.

I’ll watch the movie, I may even love it, but “end the zombie genre” because of its awesomeness?  Nah, probably not.  Romero has been doing good zombies for many, many years.  Others will surely follow.

‘World War Z’ is scheduled to hit theaters on, you guessed it, 12/21/12.  How apropos.

[Trailer can be viewed here.]

~ Zombies … A Love Story ~

Now, I have to admit that about a year ago, someone told me about a zombie romance and my first reaction was “Thanks, but no thanks.”  Then, I decided to give Isaac Marion‘s Warm Bodies a go.  The story is told from the perspective of R, a zombie who, try as he might, cannot remember much about his life before now.  Then, he meets his (living) sweetheart.  The book was a quick read, but one that proved in the end that Virgil may have had it right when he said, “Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.”

I was happily surprised to see on that Isaac’s book is also being adapted to film.  Unlike Brooks’ “fiction2film,” Marion’s appears to be more of a direct adaption than a variation on the story.  Although director Jonathan Levine is writing the script, he consulted with Marion during the process.

In an interview with Jonathan Liu, or “GeekDad” of Wired Magazine, he explained, I’ve not been directly involved as far as collaborating on it, but I’ve been consulted a lot, a lot more than what’s normal, from what I’m told. When they first hired the director he had lunch with me and just chatted about his ideas and vision for the whole thing, and he’s been interacting with me as he wrote the script. He’d call me up and ask me questions: what’s this part about, or how do you see this and that.

I read some draft of the script — I’m not sure how far along it was — and then I got to give notes on that, and later read another draft and gave some notes. It seems like they’re really respectful of my opinion and they seem to really care what I think, which is cool. Very unusual, from what I’m told. Even major best-selling authors who have all the clout in the world, sometimes they just tell them: “Get lost, we don’t care what you think. Just let us make this movie.” Everyone I’ve told about this who knows how that works has been amazed, that they actually have involved me.

Do you think that will make a difference to those who have read the book and watch the movie?  I know it will for me.  As much as I enjoy seeing a film director’s interpretation of a novel, sometimes I want to see the author’s original story, as is, on the big screen.  Of course, just because there has been so much director-author collaboration does not mean the film will be identical to the novel.  It is always hard to completely translate one to the other, yes?

Either way, Marion sounds excited about the film.  Although he did not have much say regarding the casting process, per the USA Today article, he didn’t see that as a problem because he wasn’t sure “how it would have been if [he] had hated them. But they worked out.”  He plans to watch the film in the theater instead of with the executives because “If something bad happened, [he] wouldn’t want them to see [him] cowering.”  That said, he wants to visit the production set as much as possible because, “The whole thing is fascinating and exciting.”   He may even try to “… sneak in the background and get eaten by a zombie.” 

‘Warm Bodies’, the Fiction

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

‘Warm Bodies’, the Film

As I said, it was initially hard for me to envision a zombie novel as a romance.  However, either Marion’s writing changed my perception or love really does affect us all – living or undead.  Marion can relate to our uncertainties about a romantic zombie.  “I didn’t want to sanitize him into something I called a zombie,” Marion says. “You watch him kill people and eat people and do horrific things zombies do. There’s a germ of change in there, so you hear him give his distaste for things but this is what we do.

“A lot of people can relate to that mindless repetition, that people do things they don’t want to do all the time. It’s the starting point for his character, and he develops an awareness for what his options are. It seemed natural to make him sympathetic because everyone’s been there at some point, in a place of misery and wanting to get out.”   The fact that R goes through his routines even while he dreads them was absolutely something to which I could relate.  It made him feel more real, I guess.

Teresa Palmer, who plays R’s love interest, Julie, says Nicholas Hoult is “… so beautiful to work with. He does such an incredible performance. He’s playing a zombie, so he can’t say much, but he’s very expressive with his eyes.”   And, he would have to be to pull this off.  The book is full of R’s internal dialogue, so  I’m very interested to see how that will be represented on screen.  I’ve certainly seen that work well in some and not in others.

I wasn’t going to say this because so many others are asking the same question, but after seeing this picture I feel I have to ask … Will these two be the new Edward & Bella?  It may not be too far fetched a question since Summit Entertainment, the production company behind Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight films, is also behind Marion’s film. The picture is certainly reminiscent of Twilight pics.  I’d say they should try to be more original, but on second thought, it was most likely intentional as they try to lure young adult paranormal romance readers into the theater.

‘Warm Bodies’ is scheduled to hit theaters on 8/10/12.

[To date, no official trailer exists, but you can view the book trailer here.]

Related posts: “Fiction2Film” feature on Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’ and our “Zombie Awareness Month” posts


“Cold Winds Are Rising” ~ Game of Thrones S2 Teaser

Season two teaser of Game of Thrones narrated by Stannis Baratheon, the dead King’s elder brother.

Game of Thrones Season Two Sneak Peek

A behind-the-scenes look at season 2 which premieres April 2012.

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

Release Date: 4 January 2011
Read Date: 13 November 2011

The best YA angel book I’ve read. Fully-fledged characters with no self-respect issues and solid, healthy relationships. No insta-love here, and no plot holes plus, there’s a truly mysterious mystery…but I won’t be reading the sequel.

Clara is one quarter angel who has just received her Purpose, the one thing she was born to do as an angel. Her vision of her Purpose implies she will be rescuing a boy from a forest fire. Small details show her he is somewhere in Wyoming so the whole family moves from California so she can fulfil her destiny. She finds the boy, Christian, is the most popular guy in school with a possessive girlfriend. Clara studies him to the point of obsession in order to understand the where, when and why she is to save him. She comes to believe she has quasi-romantic feelings for him until he manages to completely embarrass her at the school dance and sees Tucker, Clara’s best friend’s twin brother, step in to save the day.

Previously Tucker had acted like a child, calling Clara “Carrots” due to the shade of her dyed hair and picking on her. It isn’t until a school break when all her friends, including Christian and her mother, leave town and she’s alone on her 17th birthday when Wendy sends Tucker to be her present. He takes her on a nature tour over a number of days, always setting up another appointment to spend the day together. It’s during this time they grow closer. Unfortunately, when they first kiss, her angel powers activate and his love turns to fear…I absolutely loved this aspect of the story. It’s so well written I was right there experiencing the wilderness with them, wishing I could be doing the same activities. I was pleased to see Tucker and Clara gradually fall for each other. Tucker was a true gentleman cowboy with an easy smile and a loveable character. I was disappointed in Clara’s mother’s reaction though. Any mother would be happy for her daughter to be dating someone like him. And it’s not like it was against the rules to date a human. All work and no play…

Clara’s mother is a half-angel with secrets. She holds so much back to the point of putting her children in danger but as a mother she’s loving and caring and fully involved in their lives, always knowing how and what they’re doing. I do wonder what her Purpose is/was and whether it has something to do with her children. On the other hand, Clara has a long-distance, almost non-existent relationship with her human father who sends guilt presents.

Jeffrey, Clara’s younger brother, is practically an open book at first, struggling to balance his need to compete in sports, wanting to be the best but also needing to hold back to ensure he’s not accused of cheating. He feels like a fraud. At some point I believe he receives his Purpose but tells no one, he becomes pensive and broody. I’m assuming his Purpose isn’t a particularly “good” deed.

I liked these angels and the concept of White Wings (the good) and Black Wings (the bad, who don’t fulfil their Purpose and are unable to love). However, I found it strange there were so many angels in one small town, albeit a tourist one. Angela came across as not just intense but I kept expecting her to turn on Clara because she’s so enthusiastically helpful when it came to anything angel-related.

My only problem I have with this book is the serious implication that the reason Clara must save Christian is because they are meant to be together, romantically-speaking. I abhor love triangles. I hate them, I do. In this case, it really makes me mad because the love Clara has for Tucker, and vice-versa, is genuine. I fell for Tucker right along with Clara. Why must Hand go the route of so many other authors and implement a love triangle? It feels like a huge insult to have these characters form a strong relationship we rarely see in YA paranormals and then basically say “Nope, he’s not for you. This one is.” For a moment there I really thought “Yay! We have an honest to god healthy teen relationship.” And now, I’m pretty sure that will be ruined in a sequel, for a character I never cared about. I don’t want to see this happen so I doubt I’ll be continuing with this series.

ETA: I will, however, be interested in watching the TV show of the same name based on this book, announced in October.

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“The Secret Circle” Pilot Available Early @ iTunes

Watch the pilot for free @ iTunes

Cassie Blake was a happy, normal teenage girl – until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington – the town her mother left so many years before – where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them – until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers. But it’s not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother’s childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny. What Cassie and the others don’t yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana’s father and Faye’s mother – and that Cassie’s mother’s death might not have been an accident.

The Secret Circle is based on L. J. Smith‘s young adult trilogy by the same name. The show was well cast. I haven’t read the books, but the familiar (and some not so familiar) faces should prove to be a big draw. My favorite – Gale Harold, who I first fell in love with when he starred as Brian Kinney on the amazing series Queer as Folk, plays a baddie. He’s the father of Diana, who I’ve nicknamed Glenda, the good witch. Here’s a breakdown on the characters we’ve met so far.

Cassie Blake, 16 years old
— Mom, Amelia, deceased (died in fire “accident”)
— Dad, “a bad man”, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
— Grandma, Jane
Nick Armstrong, “guy in the window”, Cassie’s neighbor
— Mom ?
— Dad ?
Adam Conant, Cassie’s “star mate”, but Diana’s boyfriend
— Mom, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
— Dad, owns Boat House, a drunk, loved Cassie’s mom, she was his “star mate”
Diana Meade, appears to want to do the right thing
— Adam’s girlfriend
— Dad, Charles, powerful baddie
— Mom, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
Faye Chamberlain, loves her the new strength of her powers, doesn’t want control
— Mom, HS principle, Dawn, working with Charles to “bring power”
— Dad, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
Melissa, appears to be Faye’s follower
— Mom ?
— Dad ?

These six make up the “Secret Circle”. The five had some powers prior to Cassie’s arrival in town. But, since her arrival, their powers have increased. In the pilot, we find out that some sort of “accident” happened 16 years earlier. In that accident, each of them lost one parent. Diana tries to convince Cassie that she too is a witch. They all must bind their powers so they can learn to control them. Faye isn’t looking to control her powers, she’s reveling in them. But, her arrogance may just get the best of her. Adam’s dad tells Cassie how much he loved Amelia, “It was written in the stars …” they were meant to be together. But, her father came to town and everything changed. He also tells Cassie that she and Adam are fated to be together too. Que love triangle between Cassie – Adam – Diana. I really don’t like love triangles. But, we’ll see how this one plays out.

So, will you be watching? Have you read the trilogy? If so, let us know how the show compares to the books.

Where, Oh Where Have My TB Recaps Gone?

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In case you’re wondering what happened to my weekly True Blood recaps … the answer = RL got in the way! I’m behind on watching, so I haven’t had anything to recap. BUT, I know the Season 4 Finale, “And When I Die”, premieres this Sunday, 11 September on HBO. I’ll try to catch up quick, so we can chat next week about the finale and the season as a whole.

What do you think of this season? Lovin’ it? Left it? Share your thoughts with us!

So, who will die? Who will survive? And, for the love of Pete, who will Sookie pick? Has she kicked Bill to the curb yet? And, if not, WHY?!

Here are two clips to get ya pumped up for Sunday’s finale.

Recap: True Blood ~ S4, Ep6 “I Wish I Was The Moon”

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“I Wish I Was The Moon” ~ Song by Neko Case

Eric Gets Some Sookie Nookie!

Of course that is what sticks out in this episode for me. After Pam slipped the news that Eric is hiding out at Sookie’s place, Bill zips over only to catch them semi-nekked on the sofa. Eric immediately pops fang and attacks this Wimpy King. Sookie stops him from harming Bill telling him he’s his King. To which Eric drops to one knee and says, “My liege, forgive me.” Oi! Bill arrests Eric for being a threat, saying he’s being controlled by necromancers. He even goes so far as to ask for the Council’s approval for final death. Eric awaits his sentencing in a cell with Pam. When he walks in he says, “It smells like death in here.” Poor Pam!

Sookie begs Bill to let Eric go. She believes he’s doing this solely because he’s jealous of the two of them together. Bill delivers one of the season’s best lines when he tells her, “Believe it or not, my entire existence does not revolve around what or who is between your legs.” OUCH! He also tells his henchmen to arrest her if she ever steps foot on his property again.

Meanwhile in the cell, Pam reminds Eric, “Let me tell you a little something about King Bill: He is a self-loathing, power-hungry, pompous little dork, and you hate his guts.” When Eric won’t hear it, Pam gives it to him straight, like no one else can by saying, “Eric, snap the fuck out of it! You are a Viking vampire and a god and you bow to no one. If someone crosses you, you rip out their liver with one fang.”

Silver, Kingly stake in hand, about to deliver Eric’s sentence and Eric says, “Please tell Sookie I went to my true death knowing how to love, tell her thank you. I hope you two find your way back to each other.” Bill is taken aback by Eric’s statements and asks why he would say such a thing. Eric says, ” … she deserves happiness with whomever can give it to her.” Awwww. Now, kick his ass and get outta there! Thankfully, for reasons yet unknown, Bill lets him go and Eric finds Sookie wandering the woods in search of a traumatized Jason. Que the Marvin Gaye tunes …

“It’s like a werewolf, except a big-ass cat.”

No one can say Sookie doesn’t know her stuff. Very informative indeed. Jason’s freakin’ out because it’s the night of the full moon and he’s convinced he’s going to turn into a werepanther. When he tells Sookie, she promises to help him out, “And I’ll be here to help you any way I can. Other than shoot you in the head.” When he takes off into the woods, Sookie follows after him. She bumps into Alcide and Debbie, who have decided to run with the Shreveport pack, and asks them about werepanthers. Apparently, in TB TV, you cannot be turned by a bite, you are born a shifter – one or both of your parents must have shifter blood. Will Jason turn or not? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

The Wee Wicked Firestarter

Arlene and Terry awake to a flaming house. Terry carries Arlene out of the house. She’s kicking and screaming about Mikey and all I kept wondering is … what about your other two kids? No worries – they were already outside safe and sound. Seems Mikey has a ghostly friend who must’ve helped him outta the house because the kids tell Arlene, he was just sittin’ in the yard with the freaky doll when they got there. When Sam asks if they are all okay, Arlene says, “The ghost of my serial-killin’ ex-fiance just tried to murder us in our sleep. We’re just peachy.”

Sam’s gotta deal with the mess, so he calls Tommy to let him know what’s up and asks if he can open Merlotte’s for him. Tommy agrees and proceeds to throw a self-hate pity party. During his tantrum, he morphs into Sam. Remember earlier in the season when Luna told the story about shifters being able to shift into any animal, even humans, if they kill a parent?

Tommy is all excited about trying out his Sam Powers. He prances around Merlotte’s, fires Sookie when she comes into the office asking for the day off (to deal with Eric business), chats up Maxine and POP! His bubble bursts when Maxine rants to Sam/Tommy about Tommy saying, “That boy’s dumber than a bucket of spit, and just as useful.” While back at Sam’s trailer, Sam/Tommy gets a surprise visit from Luna who undresses while telling him what a handsome, thoughtful and caring man he is. No post-coital snugglin’ here – Sam/Tommy kicks Luna out, tossing her dress at her, like she’s a $10 whore he picked up. Ooooh, Sam’s gonna pay for that one later!

Got Tongue?

Jesus and Lafayette are down in Mexico seeking a way to gain power from Jesus’ freaky Grandfather and his pregnant wife. Sitting around the table, they are given goat tongue for dinner. Yum! The look on Lafayette’s face was hilarious! Grandpa tells Jesus he doesn’t know what he wants, but if he can bring a sacrifice, he’ll think about helping him. Out in the fields, waitin’ for a sacrifice to “come to them”, Lafayette tells Jesus his Grandpa is crazy. Jesus keeps insisting they need the help. Their sacrifice ends up being a rattlesnake. Hokus Pokus, Mumbo Jumbo, POOF! Grandpa makes the rattler bite Jesus and locks them in the room. Lafayette is crying for help when some spirit floats into him and chants a healing prayer over Jesus. Guess Jesus lives because he’s hollerin’ at Lafayette in the next episode’s preview.

Look Who’s Coming to Dinner!

Tara’s lover, Naomi, shows up at Lafayette’s looking for her. Tara tells her why she went to New Orleans and changed her name. Basically, why she lied about everything. Naomi forgives her and they have some make up sex. Afterward, Tara takes her to Merlotte’s. While strolling through the parking lot, Pam shows up all pissed off and … I’m guessing by the preview clip that she snacks on Naomi causing Tara to go all vamp-hunter with Marnie/Antonia.

Ep. 43/Season 4, Ep. 7 ~ “Cold Grey Light of Dawn” Preview

“May the odds be ever in your favor!” ~ Hunger Games Movie News

The Poster

Prepare to be wowed! Click on the poster below and it will take you to an absolutely stunning motion poster! You have to see it to believe it.

Entertainment Weekly ~ The Boys

We saw Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in an issue of last month‘s Entertainment Weekly, this month we’ve got the boys 21-year-old Liam Hemsworth as Gale and 18-year-old Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.

[Source: Photos]

The Soundtrack

12-time Grammy winner T Bone Burnett (Cold Mountain, Walk the Line) will team up with award-winning composer Danny Elfman (have you seen a Tim Burton movie? Or any movie really, he’s done them all it seems) to produce the score and soundtrack to The Hunger Games.

A Message From Suzanne Collins (posted on Facebook)

“Now that the filming of The Hunger Games has begun, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the script, so I thought I might share a little of my experience with you. Back in early 2010, Color Force and Lionsgate began the process of adapting the book to the screen and I wrote the first draft of the script. After that, we brought on veteran screenwriter Billy Ray to further develop the piece. Not only has he written and directed excellent films like Shattered Glass and Breach, he was a complete pleasure to work with. Amazingly talented, collaborative, and always respectful of the book. His adaptation further explored the world of Panem and its inhabitants. As though I wasn’t lucky enough, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross, known for his wonderful works such as Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, came on board. As part of his creative process, he wrote a subsequent draft which incorporated his incredible directorial vision of the film. And then he very generously invited me in to work with him on it. We had an immediate and exhilarating creative connection that brought the script to the first day of shooting. Of course, the piece will naturally continue to evolve through the filming, as the actors bring the characters to life, as the entire crew brings their significant talents to the piece, as the editors work with Gary to best realize his vision. The final draft will be on the screen next March.

So that’s been the script process, and as an author, I’m truly grateful for the journey.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Suzanne Collins

Recap: True Blood ~ S4, Ep5 “Me and the Devil”

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“I had a bad dream.” ~ Eric

I had a dream … Godric was there
Our favorite 2,000 yr old vamp makes an appearance in Eric’s dream. This time Godric’s not the peaceful mentor, but the “you know you wanna drink her blood and be able to walk in the sun” type. He gets Eric all hot and heavy, fangs drop and he’s panting over Sookie when he awakes from his nightmare.
Still aroused from the dream, he wanders into Sookie’s room. She’s startled awake before he can take a nibble. Old Eric would’ve taken what he wanted, but Eric 2.0 goes Weepy Wendy and tells Sookie, “I had a bad dream.” He lays down with his head in her lap and cries bloody tears seeking comfort.

He says he’d never hurt someone as beautiful as her. He asks permission to stay with her, she agrees as long as he keeps his hands and fangs to himself. While they spoon, it’s obvious that his vulnerable new self is slowly, but surely breaking down Sookie’s “I’ll never be with Eric Northman” wall.

Tara pops over for some BFF support after her girlfriend finds some mail with her real name and address on it. Needless-to-say, Naomi is hurt to learn that “Toni” has lied to her. Sookie advises Tara to go to her now and fight for the girl she loves. She’s also trying to get rid of her before Eric saunters out of his cubby. Tara realizes something’s up with Sookie and before she can tell her, Eric walks into the room. Tara freaks out, screams and cusses at Sookie for housing such an evil vamp after all he’s done to her. When Tara leaves, Eric is once again saddened to learn that everything Tara said is true. And when the wall finally comes tumblin’ down, we get our moment … Eric and Sookie k-i-s-s-i-n-g! If you missed it, here’s a loop for ya.

I had a dream … I killed mama and papa
Tommy, still caught in Joe Lee’s choke collar, passes out – or so they think. Instead he jumps Joe Lee and wraps the chain around his neck trying to kill him. Mama’s none to happy and starts beating on Tommy begging him to stop. Joe Lee just won’t die – kinda like a cockroach – so Tommy grabs a pipe and beats him in the head until he’s dead, dead, dead. Only problem, mama got so angry and kept jumping Tommy, so he OOPS! kills her too.

In his panic, he packs them up in a van and heads to Sam for help. Sam helps Tommy wrap them and drives them to the swamp for gater bait. On the way, Andy pulls him over demanding to see in the back of the van. Tommy, grew a brain for 5 seconds and shifted into a gater to scare him off. The bodies, which are floating, are finally gobbled up by gaters when Sam tosses in some marshmallows because, “Gators love marshmallows. You should know that.” Umm, ok.

I had a dream … I f**ked Jessica and Hoyt was there
At the end of the last episode, Jason was found passed out on the side of the road by Jessica and Hoyt. Jessica feeds Jason some of her blood to help heal his wounds. They get Jason home in bed to rest and recover. Hoyt can sense something is up with Jessica, she’s being distant, but insists she’s just exhausted from being a blood donor. Hoyt, not buying what she’s sellin’, decides to stay with Jason for a bit. The brofriends have a chat about Jason’s Hot Shot “experience”. He tells Hoyt, in his best God-voice (actually sounded more like the movie trailer guy, but no less hilarious) “Jason Stackhouse, you have f**ked too many hot women. Now let’s see how you like it!”

Back at home, Jessica crawls up Jason and he’s quick enough to ask, “Is this a dream?” Jessica confirms and he puts a short stop to the seduction as he feels a pang of guilt over Hoyt’s love of Jessica, then he blows it off … it is a dream after all. While smexin’, she keeps calling out Hoyt’s name which is freaking him out, but nothing does that as well as Hoyt showing up on top of Jason which shocks him awake.

I had a dream … my face was falling off
Poor Pam! She shows up at Bill’s decked out in her best funeral attire, veil and all. He says, “Oh good, the world needs more beekeepers.” Best Bill line in a looong time. She is understandably pissed off and exclaims, “You f**k with my face, it’s time to die.” She demands that he “Convene your sheriffs so we can kill this uppity wiccan c**t … your majesty.”
He tells her that cannot be done, vamps cannot kill humans. Bill’s wicca spy meets with Marnie and Bill’s goons step in to “arrest” her. They lock her up in Bill’s state-of-the-art prison. He whammies her to find out exactly what she knows about the disappearance of Eric and how to reverse the melting spell on Pam. As we all know, she knows nothing. Pam and Bill meet with the other sheriffs in Louisiana to discuss the wiccan threat. Pam accidentally spills, in front of them all, that Eric has had his memory wiped. Bill demands to know everything she knows and where he is staying. Pam can’t resist his Kingly powers and tells him Eric’s at Sookie’s house.

I had a dream … Zzzzz I dosed off, what’d I miss?

Jesus convinces Lafayette to head to Mexico to visit Grandpa. Why? When Jesus was young, his grandpa gave him a goat. Little Boy Jesus was thrilled to have a pet, only grandpa had other plans. Demanding he kill the goat and take in his essence. When he did, he felt something so powerful …. he believes that power is what he and Lafayette need now to protect themselves from two vamps and a crazy ass witch.

Sookie listens in on Holly’s inner monologue and learns about the Moon Goddess Emporium. She heads over there and introduces herself to Marnie. When Marnie refuses to do a reading for her, she says, “When I was a kid, my two favorite TV shows were Sabrina and Charmed!” Marnie gives in and during the reading Sookie’s Gran shows up. Gran tells Sookie not to lose her heart to this boy, his situation is temporary. Then, she tells Sookie to stay away from this witch, she’s dangerous … RUN! Sookie thanks Marnie, telling her when her Gran tells her to run, she runs.

Arlene is freaked by the writing on the wall. Terry calls for some religious back up to cleanse the house of Rene’s spirit. Turns out the preacher he calls is Reverend Daniels and his wife, Tara’s Mom. They sing some songs and do some smudging around the house. Great line: Arlene says, “Smells a little like pot.” Terry responds, “Not really.” Convinced that took care of their problem, they have some satin sheet nookie and spoon. On the dresser, a matchbook lights and burns out on it’s own.

Alcide gets a visit from Shreveport’s pack master, Luna’s baby daddy. He tells Alcide he’s been in town long enough and should’ve registered with pack by now. Alcide’s decided to go it alone and tells him to buzz off. (In case you haven’t seen it, Alcide, in all his hot muscled glory, is sportin’ the cover of Muscle & Fitness’ July 2011 issue. The photos are hawt! It’s a MUST see!)

Portia just can’t take no for an answer and shows up at Bill’s with reasons why incest isn’t a good enough reason for the two of them to stop f**king seeing each other. He puts the vamp whammy on her so that anytime she sees him she’ll want to run from the room screaming, which she does.

Check out the trailer HBO premiered at Comic Con! Looks like it should be an interesting season!

Ep. 42/Season 4, Ep. 6 ~ “I Wish I Was the Moon” Preview

If the House is a’Rockin’ …

Spoiler Alert


Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!!

E! Online’s  shared some True Blood news I just had to share with you!

But, Sookie, I luuuuv you...


A fan asks the team for any news on Bill with all the Eric + Sookie togetherness so far this season.  They tell us, “Bill (Stephen Moyer) has awful timing. Horrific timing actually. In an upcoming True Bloodepisode he vamp-speed runs into a mostly naked Eric-Sookie moment, and to say he doesn’t react well would be putting it mildly. But between the true death orders and heartbreaking look, it is abundantly clear that Bill still loves Sookie and would do anything to make her happy. Even if that means letting her move on with a gorgeous amnesiac Viking.”

Woohoo, baby!  Can’t wait! 🙂

{Artist Verauko} Awww, Poor Bill. NOT!