Random News: Cruella and What Terrifies Teens

Hello Lovely Readers,

I have a sort of strange mix of news for you today. The first is that work is being done an a movie starring Cruella de Vil, tentatively named Cruella. This is in line with the new Sleeping Beauty re-make starring and named after, Maleficent (with some great photos of Angelina Jolie in the Maleficent costume!). While Cruella is still in very early writing stages, it could be a very interesting film. Even better, Glenn Close, who played an amazing Cruella in the live action adaptation of 101 Dalmatians, is an executive producer on this script! I think this is something to watch, especially after we find out if Maleficent the movie is any good! You can read the article here.

Second, is an interesting piece over at NPR about What’s Terrifying Teens In Today’s YA Novels (click to go to the article). Specifically the article talks about how a lot of the current fears of adults trickle into popular YA novels, even if the novels were written just before things got really bad. Right now every country seems to be experiencing some economic troubles, and as I write this the USA government has shut down because of money based disagreements. Specially, the author of the article highlights The Hunger Games and Divergent, as books with terrifying economic based distress and how brutal unemployment is. I really suggest reading the article as it provides a lot of food for thought.

Until next time,


About Lynne

I am currently a PhD student of Forensic Psychology, which may explain the off mix of extremely morbid books sitting next to children’s books. Hailing from the Midwest in the United States of America, I have now lived in England for over 2 years (which will explain any strange grammar usage). From a very young age, my parents cultivated a love of reading, and never restricted what I read. When I reached middle school I began reading Shakespeare (a lifelong love affair), but had also discovered the wonders of young adult fiction. While the world may now expect me to read books more reflective of my age, I have fought this and am a strong supporter of the YA novel! Despite having very little free time, I still sets aside time for a reading every evening, and listens to books on my way to University. I dream of one day being a published novelist and published scientist!

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