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The Walking Dead: Gale Anne Hurd Talks Differences Between Comic and Show

Gale Ann Hurd

We’ve all experienced it: the pain and outrage that occurs when book-based movies and shows deviate from the original story lines. It gets our blood boiling just thinking about it.

Admittedly though, some plot changes aren’t that bad, especially if they serve to make a show more interesting. This just might just be the case for AMC’s hit show, The Walking Dead. Hey, we don’t want to know who’s going to be eaten by a zombie right from the get-go, do we?

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, The Walking Dead‘s executive producer, Gale Anne Hurd, talks about some of the choices she’s made for the show:

How much of an obligation did you feel to the original comic book storyline?

Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic book series, has been a partner and a fellow executive producer since the very beginning. We always wanted to follow the comic book to a certain extent, but never to the degree that fans would know exactly what was coming. So we’ve deviated from it: We’ve introduced new characters, killed off some who are still alive in the comic book, extended the life span of others. That’s a real tribute to Robert Kirkman being willing to change it up.

For more on creativity and writing, read: So What Do You Do Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead?.

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Half Price Books Starts Book Beard Trend

Bookseller Half Price Books has launched a Book Beard tumblr page. They urged readers to imitate the catbearding photo trend, using books instead of cats.

You can share book beard photos on Instagram with the hashtag #BookBeard and will host weekly giveaways around book themes.

This week’s theme is “Book of Your Choosing, and/or Favorite Childhood Book.”

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Goodreads Choice Award Winners Revealed

With 11,525 votes, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards. Earning 20,328 votes, Veronica Roth was named Best Goodreads Author for Insurgent.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winners below.

All these authors were nominated and picked by Goodreads users. Did your favorite writer make the list?

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The Only 3 Pieces of Writing Advice You Will Ever Need

At the Los Angeles Festival of Books, we uncovered the only three pieces of writing advice you will ever need.

In the middle of a panel discussion about “Creativity & Imagination,” one audience member asked three great nonfiction writers if they had any advice for aspiring writers.

1. Magic Hours author Tom Bissell repeated the first piece of advice twice: “Read a lot. Read a lot.”
2. I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts author Mark Dery chipped in a simple response: “Write a lot.”
3. Is That a Fish in Your Ear? author David Bellos contributed the final, and perhaps most important, piece of advice: “Don’t expect to make any money.”

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The Walking Dead: The Rise of The Governor Cover Revealed

The cover for Robert Kirkman‘s first novel set in the world of The Walking Dead comic book series has been unveiled. Entitled The Walking Dead: The Rise of The Governor, the book debuts at the end of September.

Last year Kirkman landed a series book deal with the Thomas Dunne Books imprint at St. Martin’s Press. The first book in the series will be co-written Jay Bonansinga.

Above, we’ve embedded the cover for the new novel. SPOILER ALERT: The description of the book below reveals a few broad plot details from the comic book series.

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The Walking Dead Creator Unveils Time Travel Comic Book Series

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman announced a new monthly comic books series today–The Infinite. Rob Liefeld (New Mutants) will illustrate the series.

Published by the comic creator’s Image Comics imprint, Skybound, the science fiction series will follow a time traveler trying to connect with his teenage self and stop a war. The first issue will come out in August.

Kirkman explained in the release: “The Infinite is a new way of looking at time travel, we’re throwing out all the old rules of time travel fiction and coming up with new ways of dealing with it.  We’re definitely doing things in this series that no one has ever seen before.  I can’t wait to share this concept with the world.”