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Adult Reactions to Kidlit Horror Stories

nypl-lion-statue.jpgThe New York Public Library‘s monthly children’s literary salon recently featured authors Kate Milford, Adam Gidwitz, and Michael Teitelbaum. The afternoon centered on their scary stories, The Boneshaker, A Tale Dark & Grimm, and The Scary States of America.

Moderator Betsy Bird asked about the adult reactions to their books. Milford responded: “A [unnamed] reviewer once said ‘I wouldn’t really recommend this for a kid. It’s too unsettling for me.’”

Gidwitz added: “Most kids love it. Many adults really love it.” Teitelbaum concluded: “I haven’t gotten any hate mail from the kids … Most adults ask, ‘Is that [your story] true?’”

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Twilight Director Adapts Red Riding Hood

Catherine Hardwicke, the filmmaker who brought the first Twilight film to the big screen, has directed what appears to be a dark adaptation of Red Riding Hood. The trailer is embedded above.

David Johnson based his script on the Grimm Brothers‘ version of Little Red Riding Hood. Amanda Seyfried (star of the recent adaptation of Nicholas SparksDear John) stars alongside Gary Oldman (who co-starred in several Harry Potter films).

The tale of Little Red Riding Hood has existed for 700 years. The earliest known printed version was found in a 1697 story collection by French fantasy author Charles Perrault. The title in French is Le Petit Chaperon Rouge. (Via Ace Showbiz)

How an Elementary School Library Inspired Adam Gidwitz’s Debut Novel

Elementary school teacher Adam Gidwitz (pictured) incorporated classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales in his debut novel, A Tale Dark & Grimm. We caught up with him to find out how he did it. The following features highlights from our interview.

Q: What inspired you to write your book?
A: I was substituting at the library in my school. I was supposed to be reading a story to second and third graders, but I didn’t know what story to choose. So I picked up my thick, musty old book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales off the shelf and began to thumb through it. I stopped on a story called Faithful Johannes.

Now, I had read this story myself. I knew that it involved multiple close encounters with death, intrigue, betrayal, and a shocking happy ending. I knew that I had always wanted to read it to students. But I also knew that the happy ending involved two sweet, lovely children getting their heads cut off. So I didn’t think I could read it to these library students. And then I thought, what the heck? Let’s see what happens!

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