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Authors Unite in Full Page NY Times Ad Against Amazon

authorlistMore than 900 authors including Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins have signed a letter calling readers to email Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and ask him to end the company’s dispute with Hachette.

“We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers,” reads the letter published under the name Authors United.

The anti-Amazon letter ran as a full page ad in The New York Times yesterday. The ad campaign was spearheaded by thriller author Douglas Preston. Here is more from the letter: Read more

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Thailand Protesters Adopt the Three-Finger Salute From ‘The Hunger Games’

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Protesters who oppose the recent military coup in Thailand have adopted the three-finger salute that originated from The Hunger Games.

Time reports that “scores of those proffering the salute during weekend street protests have been dragged off by troops, in scenes eerily reminiscent of the Suzanne Collins novels and movie franchise, which depict a dystopian future society ruled by the totalitarian Panem regime.”

According to Wired, many of those who support this cause have posted photos of themselves performing the salute on social media platforms. Below, we’ve embedded a tweet of one protester thanking the series for its inspiration. What do you think?

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‘The Hunger Games Exclusive’ Website Offers Fans First Look at ‘Mockingjay Part 1′ Film

Lionsgate has launched TheHungerGamesExclusive.com to give fans their first look at the next installment of The Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay Part 1. The Facebook announcement has drawn more than 48,000 “likes.”

Visitors who explore the website will find notes from a filmmaker roundtable, excerpts from the script, and a Mockingjay motion poster. The photos feature Julianne Moore dressed as Alma Coin, Woody Harrelson playing mentor Haymitch Abernathy, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman portraying head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

In the video embedded above, Moore sits for an interview and shares her thoughts on Suzanne Collins’ books, the characters, and the story itself. Mockingjay Part 1 will hit theaters on November 21, 2014. Mockingjay Part 2 is set to follow on November 20, 2015. What do you think? (via BuzzFeed)

Jennifer Lawrence Stars in Comic Book

FAMEJenniferLawrenceKINDLEBluewater Productions has released a comic book biography profiling Hunger Games film star Jennifer Lawrence. Writer Michael Troy penned the story and artist Ben Eargle created the interior illustrations.

According to the press release, it also “features three unique covers each exclusively through Nook, Kindle or iTunes. Iordan Terziiski illustrated the Nook cover, Kindle by Jaume Font (pictured) and iTunes cover by Ben Eargle.”

Vanity Fair has posted excerpts from the book. In the past, the indie comic publisher has released biographical comics about Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, comedian Betty White, Apple founder Steve Jobs, former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, and politician Ron Paul.

eBook Discounting Takes Off This Holiday Season

mockingjayOn Cyber Monday Open Road Integrated Media offered eBooks for up to 80 percent off. The publisher is not alone in offering such major discounts on eBooks this holiday season.

Many of the big retailers are offering huge discounts on bestselling eBooks. For instance, Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins is currently $6.99 from Kindle, down from the $14.99 eBook list price.

Digital Book World has more: “Authors, publishers and agents are still being paid the same amount for each copy of the book by the retailers, meaning that many of these books are being sold at a loss, the aim likely to accrue market share. While publishers with discounted books are likely moving many copies and shoveling in revenue, they may also be disconcerted with the new perceived value of their wares.”

The Hunger Games is Making Archery Popular Among Young Women

hungergames1Katniss Everdeen looks pretty cool operating her bow and arrow in The Hunger Games and young women in the U.S. have taken notice. In fact, Suzanne Collins‘ series is leading to a resurgence in archery among young adults in the U.S., especially among girls.

Membership in USA Archery, the association related to the sport, has doubled over the past two years. NPR has the story:

But Denise Parker, CEO of USA Archery — the governing body for the Olympic sport — says the boom following The Hunger Games original movie in 2012 caught many by surprise. ”We didn’t see that coming,” she says. “We’ve had archery in other movies, but never kind of that whole momentum at one time.”

Harry Potter Alliance Launches ‘Hunger Games’-Themed Social Justice Campaign

The Harry Potter Alliance has launched a Hunger Games-themed social justice campaign called “Odds In Our Favor.”

This nonprofit organization has created a video called “The Hunger Games Are Real.” Throughout the video (embedded above), the narrator refers to events which take place in Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy and shares statistics concerning poverty, hunger, and income equality within the United States. What do you think?

In a L.A. Times op-ed, Harry Potter Alliance executive director Andrew Slack writes: “Perhaps Lionsgate will embrace the simple but radical message of its blockbuster films: No one should have to go hungry in a nation of plenty. After all, fantasy is not an escape from our world but an invitation to go deeper into it. And we will keep going deeper until the odds are in everyone’s favor.” (via Upworthy)

Sesame Street Parodies ‘Catching Fire’

The Sesame Street gang stars in a parody of the Catching Fire film adaptation called “The Hungry Games: Catching Fur.”

Cookie Monster plays Cookieness Evereat; he is joined by a cast of friends that include “Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady, and Pita.” We’ve embedded the short film above–what do you think?

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‘The Harvard Lampoon’ Parodies ‘The Hobbit’

9781476763675The Harvard Lampoon has written a Hobbit parody entitled The Wobbit.

Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint will release the book in paperback format on November 26th. A reading event for this title will take place on December 12th at the Harvard Coop.

Here’s more from the press release: “When Aaron Sorkinshield and his band of Little People embark on a quest across Widdle Wearth to reclaim the hoard of Academy Awards stolen from them by the lonely Puff the Magic Dragon, senile wizard Dumbledalf suggests an unlikely and completely unqualified accomplice: Billy Bagboy, an unassuming wobbit dwelling in terrorist-riddled Wobbottabad. Along the way, the company faces internet trolls, moblins, one really big spider that must be at least an inch and a half wide, and slightly worse.”

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‘The Hunger Games’ Examined in the ‘Anatomy of Panem’ Infographic

543460_751572351526085_1331510802_nAMC Theatres has created a Hunger Games-themed infographic called “The Anatomy of Panem.”

It offers a look at the twelve districts within the fictional country featured in Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy. The movie hits the silver screen on November 22nd.

Follow this link to view one of the film trailers. We’ve embedded the complete infographic below–what do you think?

 

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