From Crystal Patriarche at sheknows. com Entertainment: Vampires vs Werewolves: books battle
The thing is, I’ve been into vampires for a long time. For all you teens out there, dig up an oldie at your local movie store – ask the clerk for The Lost Boys. It’s a classic vampire flick you must see — if you haven’t already.

But now, thanks to New Moon hitting theaters soon — it might be the time of the werewolf. Are you team Edward or team Jacob? I love both and can’t wait for New Moon, but right now, I’m team Sam.

Who’s Sam, you ask? Well, he’s the main character in a great new young adult novel that I think Twilight and paranormal fans will love. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is supernatural love story between two teenagers — Sam and Grace.

Sam lives two lives. In the cold of winter, he is a wolf. He belongs to a pack that resides in the woods behind Grace’s house. She loves the wolves and has watched them for years. Especially the one with the yellow eyes.

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By Ian Randal Strock at Sookie Stackhouse breaks into even more markets

Agent Joshua Bilmes tells us that Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books “are now selling in well over 30 languages.” He reports recent sales in both new and continuing markets.

In new territories:
the first four books sold to Nha Nam in Viet Nam
the first five books sold to Lindhardt & Ringhof in Denmark “in a major five-figure deal”
the first two books sold to Forlagid in Iceland
the first two books sold to Gummerus in Finland
Dead Until Dark sold to Mettis Bukvarna in Slovenia

See where else the books are selling here

By Alonso Duralde at Kids’ books face a rough path to the big screen
In an era when most mainstream films seem to have originated as TV shows, old movies or even action figures and board games, it’s no surprise that beloved children’s books are considered ripe for big-screen adaptations.

Novels, like the Harry Potter series or the works of Roald Dahl (including “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” coming to theaters in November), easily lend themselves to a three-act structure and two-hour running time; if anything, the adaptations become a question of what elements from the original book get to stay in versus what gets cut for time.

Turning a children’s book into a feature film is akin to making a parachute out of a handkerchief, with the adapters having to adopt various strategies for fleshing out the material.

You may ask yourself, well? How did I get here?
Providing back story to the events that unfold in the book not only beefs up the story but also adds a narrative hook, often absent from the source material, that movies so desperately need. In “Wild Things,” screenwriters Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze start the story before Sendak does, giving us an idea of Max’s life and the factors that guide his behavior. The Sendak book kicks off with Max being sent to his room without his supper, but the movie lets us know not only how Max misbehaves but also, and more importantly, why.

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I’m so excited to read Shiver. It just sounds good. And it’s amazing that the Sookie Stackhouse books are being translated into Vietnamese. How cool! And It takes a lot of effort to take a short story and turn it into a movie. I thought Jumanji was well done (of course that was a game) and I’m looking forward to Where the Wild Things Are.

Are you going to read Shiver? What short story would you love to see as a movie?