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BOOK NEWS FOR OCT 11: WITCH AND WIZARD SERIES GRAPHIC ADAPTATION & NEW CLASSIC VAMPIRE NOVEL

by Dawn, October 11, 2010

Source: mania

JAMES PATTERSON’S WITCH AND WIZARD GETS GRAPHIC ADAPTATION

Hachette Book Group USA announced yesterday at New York City Comic-Con that its graphic novel imprint, Yen Press, has acquired world rights to a graphic adaptation of the first three books in James Patterson’s young adult series Witch and Wizard.

The #1 New York Times bestselling series, for which a hotly anticipated Hollywood screenplay adaptation is currently in the works, tells the story of Whit and Wisty Allgood, who only learn about their magical powers when they are arrested by guards of the New Order dictatorship and locked in a reformatory.

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TERRY ELLIS RELEASES NEW VAMPIRE NOVEL, CLASSICS STYLE

According to the author, Terry Ellis, “Over the last two decades, movies and books have seemed to follow the trend of the newer, faster, more furious, instant gratification trends, in which there is more of everything. Action movies have more action, to the point of having almost no story. Horror movies have five times more gore per second as their predecessors. There seems to be a competition as to who can create the most shocking, bloodiest, most action-packed story to make it to the public eye. Generation X commercials on television are the loudest, fastest, sensory-bombarding sixty seconds of all.”

If you can imagine it, Bela Lugosi as Dracula never showed a single second of Dracula’s fangs. It showed two small puncture wounds on the victims neck, but the rest was left to the imagination. Boris Karloff’s rendition of Mary Shelly’s monster was never actually seen killing anybody. You never even saw the monster himself die. You saw the windmill burn down or the castle explode in the distance. The story was the most important part of these classic, hugely popular movies, not the amount of blood and gore or the number of murders per minute.

In the traditions of old, a Dallas housewife has written a book in which the story is the main point of interest. It contains werewolves, vampires, Gypsies, magic and spells, but does not bombard the reader with gratuitous sex scenes, pointless gore scenes, or sensory overload. It instead harkens you back to those days of comparative innocence, the middle 1950’s, in which three kids become entangled in a web of mystery, danger, and the supernatural.

In the days before computers, the Internet, cell phones, and video games, eleven-year-old Terry Bishop and her thirteen-year-old brother Ronnie begin their summer by finding what looks like a box of tools used by a vampire hunter. Over the next few months, these two innocent children and their best friend grow in strength and courage, and facing the impossible, eventually come to realize their true roles in life, their true identities.

You can get the ‘Identities’ paperback book or eBook by going to lulu.com/terryellis or you can find it at other book retailers.

Will you be reading ‘Identities’? What do you think of James Patterson’s ‘Witch and Wizards’ being adapted?

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