Foreign Sales for Charlaine Harris
By Ian Randal Strock January 20, 2010
Agent Joshua Bilmes reports many foreign sales for Charlaine Harris:
Jo Fletcher at Orion/Gollancz bought rights to 19 books, including: a major six-figure buy for the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth "Sookie Stackhouse" novels; UK rights to the entire "Aurora Teagarden" and "Lily Bard" series; rights to the anthologies Many Bloody Returns, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, and Death's Excellent Vacation (all co-edited with Toni L.P. Kelner. John Parker, of the Zeno Agency in the UK, handled the deal on behalf of Bilmes at JABberwocky.
Korean publisher Bada bought rights to the first two "Harper Connelly" novels, Grave Sight and Grave Surprise
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The battle for Jane Austen Great novelist, chick-lit pioneer, vampire. Will the real Miss Austen please stand up?
From Salon Magazine
Salon"The novels of Jane Austen/Are the ones to get lost in," wrote G.K. Chesterton, and millions of readers have done just that. Since 1995 in particular, when the BBC adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" starring Colin Firth conquered untold numbers of female hearts, Austen and her (now) most celebrated creation, Mr. Darcy, have become touchstones for a certain strain of contemporary feminine longing. That the following year brought Helen Fielding's "Bridget Jones's Diary," which borrows its plot and hero's last name from "Pride and Prejudice," only cemented this idea in the public mind: Jane Austen is the grandmother of chick lit.
While she didn't quite invent the romantic comedy (Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," a clear inspiration for "Pride and Prejudice," can probably claim that honor), Austen surely conceived and perfected it in its modern form; no one has ever surpassed "Pride and Prejudice," and not due to any lack of trying. Still, literary achievement can hardly explain the Austen craze. Many books labeled "classics" can also be fairly called "beloved," but Austen is canonical in two senses of the word at once. Who else among the acknowledged greatest novelists of all time has inspired such an abundant and robust body of fan fiction? What other author's fan fiction gets published so extensively?
The Austenphile Web site the Republic of Pemberley lists 60 published "sequels and continuations" of "Pride and Prejudice" alone. Austen's five other major novels have their spinoffs, as well, though none so many as "Pride and Prejudice." That count doesn't even include "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," a surprise bestseller last year and the first in a seemingly endless proliferation of classics mashups. It also doesn't factor in all the fiction in which Austen herself is a character, such as Stephanie Barron's mystery series in which the novelist plays detective. Or the newly published "Jane Bites Back," in which multiple publishing trends converge to make Austen a vampire who survives to this day in the guise of a lonely middle-aged bookseller in upstate New York, miffed by her posthumous transformation into a global brand. And then there's the subgenre of chick lit about contemporary women struggling to resign themselves to a dearth of Darcyesque beaux ("Austenland," "Me and Mr. Darcy"). We may love to get lost in Jane Austen's novels, but it's worth wondering if, by this point, they haven't gotten a bit lost in us.
Twitter has been buzzing all morning with news that "Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1" will be on sale March 16, 2010. Amazon now has a pre-order page for the highly anticipated graphic novel version of Stephenie Meyer's vampire bestseller.
Here's more about the illustrated novel: "Beautifully rendered, this first installment of Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a must-have for any collector's library ... About the illustrator: Young Kim graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in painting from the College of Fine Arts. She has worked on numerous animation and cover illustration projects and currently makes her home in Yongin, Korea."
Entertainment Weekly has a page from the graphic novel as well. According to Publishers Weekly, the book will be published by Yen Press, a graphic novel and manga imprint at Hachette Book Group USA.
For Ian Somerhalder, playing ‘Vampire’ is in his blood
Read on Boston Herald
From Ask Ausiello
Question: I’m literally dying for True Blood news. Please save me from dying a slow, painful death. —Demi
Ausiello: Your life-saving scoop has arrived! It’ll take three villains to replace last season’s one Big Bad, Maryann. “We have a triumvirate of evil this season,” reveals exec producer Alan Ball. “I’m talking about Franklin Mott, Russell Edgington, and Debbie Pelt. They are all bad to the bone. They’re not just crazy, they’re evil.” Speaking of the yet-to-be-cast Debbie Pelt, Ball tells me that the Alcide’s psycho ex will actually have a bigger role than first thought. “We actually beefed up Debbie,” he says. “She’s going to be in more episodes, so maybe that will have an impact on [what actress] we can get for her, which is a big question right now.”
Question: Loved the pic you snapped of Alex Skarsgard at the Golden Globes. Did you by any chance get any True Blood scoop out of him? —Jessie
Ausiello: No, I just took the picture and ran off. Of course I got some scoop out of him. Specifically, I asked him to give me a preview of Eric’s season 3 journey. “I’d say it’s about revenge,” he told me. “He will continue to explore the whole Sookie thing and what that’s all about. He’s trying to figure out what’s different about her. He’s intrigued by that. And in addition to that, there’s something that happened a thousand years ago that he’s still carrying in his heart. All I’ll say is he’s trying to avenge someone.”