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Anne Rice Compares Her Characters to Twilight Vampires

Just in time for Halloween, novelist Anne Rice wrote a Facebook post critiquing Twilight–comparing Stephenie Meyer‘s vampire characters to Rice’s famous Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac.

Rice wrote: “Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town —- anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful.”

What do you think–how do the two vampire books stack up? The post has already generated more than 8,000 likes and 1,800 comments on Facebook. (Via)

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Video Peeks at Wedding Scene

Summit Entertainment has released a sneak peek of Edward and Bella’s wedding from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. In the video embedded above, the cast talked about the scene.

Kristen Stewart (who plays Bella) commented: “I’ve sorta been ramping up to do that scene for three years.” Ashley Greene (who plays Alice Cullen) said that William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired the wedding.

Author and co-producer Stephenie Meyer has revealed in past interviews that the book drew inspiration from The Merchant of Venice as well. Facebook users can sign Bella and Edward’s wedding guest book before the film’s November 20th release date. (via CinemaBlend.com)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Theatrical Trailer Released

A full theatrical trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 has been unveiled.

The trailer has already received more than fifty-eight thousand “likes” on the movie’s official Facebook page, We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

The trailer has been released in bite-sized pieces. Back in June, the MTV Movie Awards featured a two-minute teaser trailer. Just last week, Entertainment Weekly released a sixteen-second snippet from the theatrical trailer. (via Shelf Awareness)

Lagardere Publishing Revenues Down 6%, eBook Sales Up

Lagardere Publishing, the company that owns the Hachette Book Group, reported €900 million in revenues in the first half of 2011, down 6 percent on a like-for-like basis from 2010.

The company attributed these figures to “expected decline in sales of the last book in the Stephenie Meyer series, significant progress in eBooks in English-speaking countries and solid performances in France by the General Literature and Education segments.” According to the press release, if you strip out the Stephenie Meyer issue, net sales were stable in the
US and in the UK.

While overall revenue was down, the company saw sharp growth in eBook sales in English-speaking countries during the first half of this year. In the US, eBooks accounted for 20 percent of net sales in the trade segment. In the UK, eBooks accounted for 8 percent of net sales in the trade segment. Both countries doubled their eBook net sales figures from last year. Lagardère Publishing revealed that eBook sales now represent 5 percent of total net sales throughout the company.

Forbes Unveils Highest Paid Authors List

This week Forbes published their annual list of the highest paid writers. Novelist James Patterson leads the pack with $84 million–a $14 million increase from last year.

Here’s more from the article: “The jump comes courtesy of a 17-book, $150 million deal Patterson signed with his publisher, Hachette Book Group, in 2009. The peerlessly prolific Patterson, who works with a team of co-authors to boost his output, published 10 of those books during this period. All told, including his backlist, he had an astonishing 20 titles on PW’s year-end lists of bestsellers, comprising more than 10 million copies.”

Like Patterson, Stephenie Meyer and John Grisham write both children’s and adult books; they both made the cut raking in $21 million and $18 million respectively. The authors on the list who write exclusively for children include Rick Riordan, Jeff Kinney, Suzanne Collins and J.K. Rowling. The list included three members of the Kindle Million Club. Below, you can check out the top five authors.

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Twilight as an 8-Bit Nintendo Video Game

What if Stephenie Meyer had published her Twilight in the mid-1980s? We would have all grown up playing the 8-Bit Nintendo video game version of the movie!

In the satirical YouTube video embedded above, you can see a clip from a Twilight: Eclipse video game from this alternate universe. What do you think?

Here’s more from the YouTube page: “Will Bella end up with Edward or Jacob? Find out in Twilight: Eclipse in this 8-Bit Interactive! Created by The Station Written, Directed and Executive Produced by Benny & Rafi Fine.” (Via Figment)

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Faker Impersonates Writers House Agent & Offers Book Deals

Yesterday novelist Lisa Yee warned her followers about an online fraud–somebody pretending to be her agent has been contacting writers about book deals.

Aspiring authors should beware. Here is the complete tweet: “Someone is impersonating my agent, Jodi Reamer & offering book deals. If the email addy doesn’t have Writers House in it it’s fake!”

You can read more about the real Jodi Reamer at Literary Rambles. Her all-star list of clients includes Stephenie Meyer, John Green and Lisa Yee.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 Trailer Unveiled

At the MTV Movie Awards last night, the first full trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 was unveiled–complete with gratuitous wedding invitation imagery, shirtless werewolves, and waterfall make-out scenes.

We’ve embedded the trailer above, but be aware–it contains spoilers about the strange plot of Stephenie Meyer‘s novel.

What do you think? Will you join the millions of readers in line for this movie on November 18th?

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Teaser Released

On June 5th, the first trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will air during the MTV Movie Awards. WARNING: The video embedded above and this post contain Twilight spoilers.

Fans can watch this 15-second clip advertising the awards show, getting a glimpse of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan‘s wedding. What do you think?

When screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg spoke with MTV last year, she described the premises behind each Breaking Dawn movie: “The first half is really about Bella as a human and a newlywed and then pregnant, and the second half is about her as a vampire and a parent, so somewhere in that transition is where the break is.”

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Should Literature Professors Read Twilight?

(The Customer Is) Not Always Right published a brief anecdote from a Canadian bookseller who recently sold Stephenie Meyer‘s complete Twilight series to a literature professor. The story raised a funny question.

Here’s the professor’s explanation for the purchase: “I’m really not looking forward to reading these … Every time I reference low forms of literature, I always use Twilight as the example. Today a student asked if I’ve actually read them, and I had to say no. They demanded that I do.”

What do you think about this attitude–should literature professors read Twilight? In general, should literary experts be familiar with popular forms of writing as well as the classics? The question spawned a heated debate at Reddit and is part of a larger series about booksellers coping with Twilight-mania.

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