Net News: 14th November

 1. Book Banning the Second.

So last week there was the google map and I was quietly smug because Australia is extremely enlightened and would never ever etc etc.

Gold Coast, I believe you’ve met Tim Winton’s Breath ?

I admit I had a chuckle at this little section:

She said her attempts to have the book removed from the school library had failed and the school had told her it would also have to ban 50 other books if it banned Breath.

It, in a strange way, answers the question I’ve always had: why book banning isn’t as big a issue in Australia as in America (not that I want us to, you understand, I just wondered why). The answer? Banning one book would lead to banning more books and that would lead to work.

Genius. And so Australian.

 2. Neil Gaiman, God is coming!

I just about squealed with this little titbit:

 Wheeler Centre, Athenaeum Theatre, 9:00PM – 10:00PM, Friday 16 December 2011

From Coraline to the Sandman, the controversial American Gods to Doctor Who, Neil has made his mark by bringing fantasy and sci-fi from the fringe and into the spotlight. Join us as Neil talks about his work, his adventures and why comics aren’t just for kids.

You can buy tickets to both sessions for a special festive price here.

OH. MY. GOD. I am, unabashedly, a groupie.

 3. Breaking Dawn (part 1) – Crazytown.

 Another day, another Twilight movie. A marriage, a birth scene, a brewing war; what more could a fan want?

Australian release date is Thursday 17th at midnight. I’d venture to say there will be a lot of tired teenagers at your school come Friday. 

 4. Inheritance

 Random House America has confirmed Inheritance has sold 489,500 in its first day of sales. Long live fantasy, I say.  

 5. The list keeps growing.

Here’s a list of YA books being turned into movies. It’s… extensive.

 Mortal Instruments Trilogy (Cassandra Clare)

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Wicked Lovely (Melissa Marr)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (

Incarceron (Catherine Fisher)

Shiver (Maggie Stiefvater)

Fallen (Lauren Kate)

In development (i.e. could go south veeery quickly)

Firelight (Sophie Jordan)

Wake (Lisa McMann)

The Maze Runner (James Dashner)

If I Stay (Gayle Forman)

Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead)

Wings (Aprilynne Pike)

Divergent (Veronica Roth)

Luxe (Anna Godbersen)

6. Teen Librarians Toolbox, Top 10 Trends.

 The lovely librarians over at the teenlibrariantoolbox have compiled a top 10 list of young adult fiction trends. I admit to being partial to ‘1. Evil Geniuses’ as a plot ploy. Everything is so much more exciting when there’s an evil genius about the lines.

7. Hunger Games Trailer

It will be airing on Good Morning America sometime this afternoon (for those Australian’s playing at home). A Twilight movie AND the Hunger Games trailer? Is it too much excitement for the kids, do you think?

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