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August 14, 2012

Women On The Rise Among The World’s Top-Earning Authors

Janet Evanovich

By Jeff Bercovici

Watch your back, James Patterson. Sleep with one eye open, Stephen King.

Men still top the list of the world’s highest-earning authors, but this year it’s the women on the list who’ve been making the boldest moves, led by a trio of genre phenoms: Suzanne Collins, E.L. James and J.K. Rowling.

With $20 million in earnings, almost all of it from sales of her “Hunger Games” books, Collins didn’t quite make the most recent edition of the FORBES Celebrity 100. But that was only because she had yet to see her full portion of the proceeds from the first “Hunger Games” film.

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July 2, 2012

Your E-Book Is Reading You

Digital-book publishers and retailers now know more about their readers than ever before. How that’s changing the experience of reading.

By ALEXANDRA ALTER

It takes the average reader just seven hours to read the final book in Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” trilogy on the Kobo e-reader—about 57 pages an hour. Nearly 18,000 Kindle readers have highlighted the same line from the second book in the series: “Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.” And on Barnes & Noble’s Nook, the first thing that most readers do upon finishing the first “Hunger Games” book is to download the next one.

In the past, publishers and authors had no way of knowing what happens when a reader sits down with a book. Does the reader quit after three pages, or finish it in a single sitting? Do most readers skip over the introduction, or read it closely, underlining passages and scrawling notes in the margins? Now, e-books are providing a glimpse into the story behind the sales figures, revealing not only how many people buy particular books, but how intensely they read them.

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April 9, 2012

A Radical Female Hero From Dystopia

  By A. O. SCOTT and MANOHLA DARGIS

KATNISS EVERDEEN, the 16-year-old “Hunger Games” warrior who has torn through the box office, is one of the most radical female characters to appear in American movies. The film’s stunning success can partly be explained by the print sales of Suzanne Collins’s trilogy of young-adult novels, which jumped to more than 36.5 million in March from 16 million in November, suggesting that the anticipation for the film was feeding demand for the books. At the same time there’s more to Katniss fever than page-screen synergy. Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott, the chief film critics of The New York Times, examine this complex, at times contradictory character.

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March 22, 2012

When a book gets popular, parodies aren’t far behind

By Carol Memmott

Parody may be the sincerest form of flattery, especially when it comes to blockbuster books.

The Hunger Games and A Game of Thrones are just the latest to be spoofed.

The Hunger Pains from The Harvard Lampoon (Touchstone, $13.99, in stores) is a send-up of Suzanne Collins’ young-adult novel about a dystopian society in which teenagers fight to the death on live TV. The parody arrives as the highly anticipated movie version is set to open Friday. Collins’ heroine is Katniss Everdeen; Hunger Pains renames her Kantkiss Neverclean.

•On sale Tuesday is A Game of Groans: A Sonnet of Slush and Soot (Thomas Dunne, $9.99) by George R.R. Washington (Chicago-based writer Alan Goldsher). It’s a parody of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, the first book in the epic A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. It’s perfectly timed, too: The second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones miniseries premieres April 1.

•Published last year, The Girl With the Sturgeon Tattoo (St. Martin’s Griffin, $9.99), by the pseudonymous Lars Arffssen, was inspired by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.Stieg Larsson’s computer hacker heroine, Lisbeth Salander, is called Lizzy Salamander in the parody.

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March 4, 2012

Top 10 YA Books That Adults Will Love

By Meredith Borders

Even as a young adult, I never read much Young Adult fiction. But a few years ago my friends started Forever Young Adult, a hilarious site aimed at grown-ups who love YA. Being friends with YA experts means that I always have someone to weed through the dross and recommend (and loan me) the best the genre has to offer. I’m here today to pass on their expertise to you. I’ll leave out the classics (Wrinkle in TimeThe Outsiders, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, etc) because most of us read those back when we were little lit-fiends. Today, I’m going to stick with more recent YA success stories.

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October 17, 2011

Philip Webb’s top 10 pulse-racing adventure books

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From classic adventures Treasure Island and Call of the Wild to modern dystopia Hunger Games, Philip Webb chooses his favourite page-turning, heart-stopping, killer adventures.

“When I set out to write Six Days, I was clear about one thing – that the plot had to rattle along so fast your heart would be pounding to keep up with it. These are the sorts of books I loved as a teenager – ripping yarns that absolutely refused to be put down.

My whole childhood was spent dreaming about (and occasionally getting into) adventures. I loved Tarzan so much I made serious plans to run away to Africa when I was eight. I got as far as packing a water bottle, food, pen knife and antiseptic, and waiting for my friend at the rendezvous at four in the morning. We were going to walk to Dover and become stowaways. I was mortified when my friend didn’t show up.

Anyway, adventure books are the next best thing. Here are my top 10 page-turning, heart-stopping, killer adventures. Well, OK, there are 11, but who’s counting? Some of them aren’t specifically written for teenagers, but in the best traditions of adventure tales, they appeal to all ages from 10 to 100. Beware – they’ll make you want to turn your back on that safe career your mum and dad want you to pursue and take to the high seas instead!”

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March 8, 2011

‘Hunger Games’ search heats up with Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin vie for lead.

By Justin Kroll

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With the Oscars over, two of this year’s up-and-coming nominees are being considered for the hottest female role available at the moment: the lead in “Hunger Games.”

Sources tell Variety that 2010 Academy Award nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Hailee Steinfeld — as well as Abigail Breslin, nominated for “Little Miss Sunshine” — are all vying for the Liongate tentpole, due next March 23.

While no offer has been made, insiders say that Lawrence has generated the most interest.

Studio has Gary Ross directing and Billy Ray set to pen the script that Lionsgate hopes will be the next “Twilight”-like franchise. Source material is the hit book series by Suzanne Collins, which takes place in a dystopian future where a young girl joins a survival contest to save her community.                                             …read more

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