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The Hunger Games Parody to Be Published

As fangirls prepare to dress up in their Katniss Everdeen costumes for Halloween, a Hunger Games spoof will be published on November 15th.  The video embedded above features the book trailer for The Hunger But Mainly Death Games–what do you think?

Curious readers can access the first chapter on Scribd. Here’s more about the book: “[This is] the only book brave enough to suggest that The Hunger Games was way more about death than food. Or at least this is what Bratniss Everclean discovers, when she shortsightedly volunteers for a teenage death tournament. But she soon realizes there are fates worse than death…like having to kiss her fellow competitor and lifelong stalker, Pita Malarkey.”

On Amazon, “Bratniss Everclean” is listed as the author, but the cover image lists Aaron Geary and John Bailey Owen as the authors.  According to Amazon, Harvard Lampoon will publish another spoof  in 2012, The Hunger Pains.

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Charlie Sheen Reads His ‘Big White Phone’ Poem

Happy National Poetry Month? In the video embedded above, Charlie Sheen reads his original poem, “Big White Phone.” Sheen self-published a poetry compilation back in the 90′s.

In February, he began pursuing a book deal. Esquire magazine created a Dr. Seuss-stylized-parody cartoon along with a “Charlie Sheen quote generator.”

Speaking of quotes, The Associated Press reports that Sheen has “applied to trademark 22 of his catchphrases including ‘Duh, Winning,’ ‘Vatican Assassin,’ ‘Tiger Blood’ and ‘Rock Star From Mars.’” (via Sarah Weinman)

Weird Al Yankovic On Writing in Verse

In celebration of both April Fool’s Day and National Poetry Month, we bring you an interview with Grammy Award-winning parody musician Weird Al Yankovic (pictured, via Seth Olenick).

As we reported, Yankovic’s children’s book (When I Grow Up) recently climbed The New York Times‘ bestseller list. Here are highlights from the interview…

Q: How did you land your book deal?
A: I was approached a few years ago by Anne Hoppe, an editor at HarperCollins. She was a fan of my songwriting, and thought that the wordplay and sensibility displayed in my lyrics suggested that I might be adept at writing children’s books. I readily agreed, having felt the same thing for quite some time.

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Write Bad Jane Austen for Prizes and Publication

Ever read Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and wish you had wrote it first? Now you can enter the Jane Austen parody game with the Bad Austen contest and win $250 in prize money.

Read the complete rules here. Eighty of the 800-word entries will be published in Adams Media’s upcoming compilation,  Bad Austen. Runner-up winners will receive two free copies of the anthology. The judges include Patrice Hannon, Ph.D, Carrie Bebris, and Gregory Bergman. The deadline is March 1st 2011.

Here’s more about the contest: “Our distinguished panelists will then decide which awful scenes to feature in a Bad Austen compilation that will be published in Fall 2011 by Adams Media. You can also vote for your favorite scenes on the site. The top reader-voted scene will receive special recognition in Bad Austen, the book.”