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Posts Tagged ‘Kody Keplinger’

CBS Films Unveils Trailer For ‘The DUFF’ Movie

CBS Films has unveiled a new trailer The Duff movie. Thus far, it has drawn more than 10,000 “likes” on Facebook. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Mae Whitman in the titular role (whose real name is Bianca).

When we spoke with author Kody Keplinger, she explained that the word “duff” (which stands for “designated ugly fat friend”) is “a real word that real teens use.” Little, Brown Books for Young Readers first released this book back in September 2010. This film adaptation is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.

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Are Greek Myths the Next Trend for Teens?

Publishers are always on the lookout for the next big trend as evidenced by the wave of vampire and dystopian stories throughout the last few years. In the coming months, teen fiction readers can expect several new titles inspired by Greek myths.

The video embedded above features a clip chronicling the rise of debut novelist Josephine Angelini who inked a seven-figure deal with HarperCollins for her fantasy trilogy. The first book, Starcrossed, stars demi-gods in a modern-day version of The Iliad and will be released on May 31st. According to Publishers Weekly, Angelini’s agent Mollie Glick pitched it as “a Percy Jackson for teenage girls.”

Writer Meg Cabot recently released the first title of her new paranormal series Abandon. The Wall Street Journal reports that this series drew inspiration from the tale of Persephone and Hades. Back in December we interviewed Kody Keplinger who revealed that her Fall 2011 title, Lustruck, is “a modern re-imagining of the Greek play Lysistrata.” What do you think of this trend?

Lit Resolutions from Kody Keplinger, Victoria Dahl, Stephen Markley & Isobella Jade

Yesterday, we revealed the literary New Year’s resolutions from authors. Today we continue with a few more authors who have set literary goals for the upcoming new year. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter.

The Duff YA writer Kody Keplinger: “My goal for 2011 is to break out of the ‘box’ and write something different from anything I’ve written before. Whether that means writing a screenplay for fun or writing a fantasy story, I don’t know yet. But this year, I want to challenge myself.”

Crazy for Love romance author Victoria Dahl: “I’d like to spend more time reading than writing.”

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Kody Keplinger on Balancing a Writing Career & College

Kody KeplingerKody Keplinger (pictured, via) debuted with her novel, The Duff at age 18-years-old. She is currently an honors student at Ithaca College where she majors in writing. We caught up with Kody to find out how she balances all the responsibilities of undergraduate studies and a professional writing career. Here are the highlights from our interview.

Q: Being only 19-years-old, how do you balance writing novels and meeting the demands of being a college student?
A: I don’t sleep. Yeah, that wasn’t entirely a joke either. In all honesty, it is hard. I’m an Honors student, an active member of a performing arts group, and a writer – all that on top of being pretty social. It’s a lot to handle without going crazy sometimes. Luckily, Ithaca College has been a great environment for me. I’m in the middle of my sophomore year, and thus far I’ve survived. The teachers are usually really understanding when I have to miss class for a signing or something, and my friends understand. One thing that helps is that my agent and editor both know (and enforce) that school comes first. So I have my priorities straight. But seriously – I don’t sleep much. That’s just how it goes.

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