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Posts Tagged ‘Orson Scott Card’

Ender’s Game Boycott Movement Continues

As a movement to boycot Ender’s Game grew last week, Lionsgate said they will host “a benefit premiere” for the adaptation Orson Scott Card novel. The film comes out in November.

GLAAD, the one of the leading groups fighting for equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, reviewed the script and ruled: “to our knowledge, there is no anti-gay content in the film.” Deadline Hollywood had a statement from the movie studio:

As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from Gods and Monsters to The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of Ender’s Game. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form.

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Ender’s Game Trailer Released

The first trailer for the movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s Ender’s Game has been released.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? Here’s more about the film, from the release:

In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite.

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Orson Scott Card Superman Comic Draws Protest

Nearly 10,000 readers have signed a petition at All Out, protesting DC Comics’ decision to hire science fiction author Orson Scott Card to write the first issue of Adventures of Superman.

Card has been an outspoken critic of gay marriage, drawing criticism from some fans. Zeus Comics in Dallas has already decided not carry the print edition of the comic. Here’s an excerpt from the online petition:

He’s written publicly that he believes marriage equality would lead to the end of civilization. He’s also on the board of a notorious anti-equality organization. We need to let DC Comics know they can’t support Orson Scott Card or his work to keep LGBT people as second-class citizens. They know they’re accountable to their fans, so if enough of us speak out now, they’ll hear us loud and clear. Sign and share!

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Producers Launch ‘Ender’s Game’ Film Blog

The producers of the Ender’s Game adaptation have launched an on-set Tumblr for fans to follow the creation of the movie.

The weekly posts have featured photos of props, production sets and a sighting of Ender Wiggin himself, actor Asa Butterfield. What do you think of the casting?

Author Orson Scott Card will publish Earth Unaware, a prequel title to Ender’s Game, in July 2012. Besides that book, Card has several other manuscripts in the works including the next installments for the The Shadow Saga, the Women of Genesis series, the Pastwatch series, the Mithermages series, The Mayflower trilogy and the Pathfinder series. (via Shelf Awareness)

Police Drop Criminal Investigation into Middle School Teacher Who Read ‘Ender’s Game’ in Class

In South Carolina, Aiken Public Safety have closed a criminal investigation into a Schofield Middle School who read to his students from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. The investigation began when a mother complained to police and school officials over “pornographic” reading material in the classroom.

Here’s more about the case: “On March 12, the teacher was placed on administrative leave while police and school officials investigated whether he breached school policy or the law when he read from three books, among them Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, which became the focus of the probe when a 14-year-old student’s mother complained about the subject matter of the book.”

Despite the end to the criminal investigation, the Aiken County School District’s internal investigation is still ongoing. If you want to share your opinion about the controversy, here is contact information for the office of the school district’s superintendent.

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‘Legend’ Author Marie Lu on Social Networking & Writing YA Fiction

Marie Lu‘s debut novel, Legend, hits the shelves tomorrow. We caught up with Lu (pictured, via) to learn more about how authors can utilize social networking tools, the writing process for the book and her views on being an Asian-American author. The highlights follow below…

Q: How did you land your book deal?
A: My agent, Kristin Nelson, first took me on for a novel that we ultimately didn’t sell. While we waited for feedback on that one, I began writing Legend. After two intense rounds of edits with Kristin, we submitted Legend to publishers in the summer of 2010, and I recall shrieking in my apartment when Kristin told me it was going to auction with six interested publishers. Legend sold to Penguin a couple of weeks later!

Q: You drew inspiration for Legend from watching a musical production of Les Miserables. During the writing process, did you consult with Victor Hugo‘s Les Miserables?
A: It’s odd–Les Miserables triggered the first flash of inspiration for Legend (a criminal versus a detective-like character), but after that, I never referred to it again. I think the story just started going in a completely different direction. I did consult Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow a few times for inspiration on how to write from the point of view of a child prodigy.

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Readers Collect the Best Writing Books

flashlightworthy.pngLast week, we asked a simple question (inspired by Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations): What books helped you learn how to write?

Responses have poured in ever since we asked, a virtual bookshelf full of writing handbooks by teachers, authors, and bestselling novelists. Be sure to check out the original Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations post, Ten Great Books on Writing.

The complete list of reader-submitted suggestions follows after the jump. If you missed the first round, feel free to add your favorites in the comments. We’ll periodically update the list for readers.

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Borders Offers Unauthorized Harry Potter Books

Borders announced today that, no doubt in a bid to cash in further on Harry Potter-mania, they are offering two exclusive Harry Potter related books: THE GREAT SNAPE DEBATE, by Amy Berner, Orson Scott Card and Joyce Millman, and THE UNAUTHORIZED HARRY POTTER by Adam Troy Castro. Both are priced at $14.95 and available from now till the end of September. The release describes the former as “a clever and humorous exploration of whether the character Severus Snape is a friend or foe to Harry Potter” and the latter as “a light-hearted look at all things Harry Potter.”