Enter to win a Paperback edition of GRACELING

In our recent Fandom Hangout that took place earlier today from 7:30pm to 9:30pm Eastern Time, we announced a bunch of book giveaways that we have to officially launch most of our new fandom sites, including this site, Graceling.

Now’s your chance to enter to win a paperback copy of the first book of the trilogy, Graceling.  Just click on the image below or on the sidebar to enter!

You can watch our Hangout below to see what else we talked about, including other giveaways!

New Fandoms Will Be Introduced in TheFandom.net Site!

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Last night, TheFandom.net had their first ever live hangout session in which we got to talk about the movies that are coming up for some of our fandoms that we have on the site.  However, one of the most exciting news to come from the hangout happened near the beginning of the hangout, where we revealed that we will be adding more fandoms to the site in the very near future!

A little after the 4:20 mark, I get to announce which fandoms will be getting their own fandom site, which are listed right here:

  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone (book series by Laini Taylor)
  • Graceling (book series by Kristin Cashore)
  • Legend (book series by Marie Lu)
  • Shadow & Bone (book series by Leigh Bardugo)
  • Sherlock (BBC TV Series)
  • Supernatural (The CW TV Series)
  • Under the Never Sky (book series by Veronica Rossi)

As to the reason we chose each series, it’s really just a matter of the quality of the books and the TV shows.  They either have a certain unique quality about them, either through the story that’s told, through the characters that we learn of, or both, and we’re very excited to give these fandoms an opportunity to grow on the site and expand the fandom to many other people who are looking for new books or shows to gush over.  We hope you agree with us when you do get a chance to learn about each one of them.

You can watch the rest of the hangout episode below:

I’ll send you notice when the new fandoms have been integrated into their new homes!

GRACELING Fan Art: “Sparring” by Linnea

In recognition of the fact that the movie rights of the Graceling trilogy had been bought, I present you with some fan art of Prince Po and Katsa.  

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art by Linnea

I would admit to preferring a certain change from the book if the movie does get made, but in doing so, I would probably be ousted from the fandom for wanting such a thing.  As such, that is what I want.  I won’t tell you what I would like changed about it, but those who’ve read it might have an idea of what I’m talking about.

I would just like to add that there is a shocking lack of fan art for this trilogy.  Artists who are reading this should take note!

Art is by Linnea

GRACELING Rights Acquired By Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures

And the search for good young adult literature to be made into possible movie franchise success continues!  Here’s yet another amazing story that could be brought to screen in the near future.  It was just announced that the same studio companies that are bringing The Vampire Academy (starring Zoey Deutch) just acquired the rights to Graceling.  Not only that, it’s by the same producer that created some really amazing movies, including the Academy Award-Winning movie Slumdog Millionaire.  

gracelingbookcoverLES, CA(Marketwired – Apr 25, 2013) – India-based Reliance Entertainment has acquired as a film franchise starter the rights to Kristin Cashore’s bestselling, award winning young adult fantasy trilogy Graceling in partnership with Kintop Pictures.

Producer Deepak Nayar (Paranoia, Bend It Like Beckham, Buena Vista Social Club) will oversee the project for Reliance and Kintop Pictures and will produce alongside Tabrez Noorani (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi) of Tamasha Talkies and Leigh Ann Burton for Blu-Sky Media.

British screenwriter Piers Ashworth (Nostradamus, St Trinian’s 1, 2 & 3) has signed on to write the script. Graceling is the first installment of a trilogy, which also includes The New York Times bestsellers Fire and Bitterblue. These New York Times bestselling books have won numerous awards, including the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature, the SIBA Book Award/YA, Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

Some of you may find the idea of all your favorite books being turned into movies as appalling, but really, what did you expect?  If it’s a good story, you’d better believe there’s a chance that it can be made into a movie, a mini-series, or even a TV series.  Sure, some don’t turn out the best, but there’s always a chance that it will be beautiful as well.  I can see this being beautiful before I can see it being less than.  And with the studio and the people they have backing it, it’s looking good already.

Here’s what producer Deepak Nayar said:

“We are very excited about a potential franchise with a strong and original female lead. Graceling offers an original storyline that we haven’t seen before that combines elements of Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.”

via BWWMoviesWorld.

GRACELING Fan Art: Sassy Po and Katsa by ~Undatoad

Katsa’s a great fighter.  No question there, with her grace.  But Po is so much more awesome, I gotta say, and Katsa would probably agree with me. 

I find it so amazing that Po comes bombarding into the life of Katsa (who hasn’t really laughed or had fun.. well, EVER) and it’s she’s like what is this sorcery with Po and Po’s just all casually poking fun at this stone-serious girl who could potentially kill him in a matter of seconds and just blargjksdfhlkjasdf

via Sassy Po and Katsa by ~Undatoad on deviantART.

REVIEW: Graceling (novel) by Kristin Cashore

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some spoilers involved in this review, but nothing outright.

I think I can include Katsa in my Top 5 Favorite Female Fictional Characters, although I felt a bit unsatisfied with the way it ended, only because I’m too much of a romantic to have left it there. But being that she is Katsa (annoyingly so sometimes), I guess I can understand why it ended the way it did. Still, I feel their story has yet to be finished and maybe, just maybe, there would be a conclusion more fitting my desire for her.

Anyway, for the most part, I enjoyed the story, maybe the pacing could’ve been just a tad faster, but even as it was, it was enjoyable to read. Katsa is a harshly independent girl, as most female protagonists are these days in YA literature. However, she can be slightly too clueless when it comes to other people’s feelings, as well as her own. I found that to be humorous and somewhat ridiculous at the same time. I suppose there are females who are like that.

Her male counterpart was so complementary to Katsa, which is the reason for my insistence on a more fulfilling ending, because I felt Po deserved it. Actually, I felt Po deserved it more than I did Katsa. I mean, I shed a tear for dear Po. But as it is, these characters sometimes cannot help who they love, and it’s sometimes those qualities that they love about them can also make things difficult. Anyway, he was so much not like her, that he was able to help her when she could not help herself.

You can say that Katsa succeeded in the end all by herself, but her journey towards the goal would not have been successful without the help of others, especially Po. It was love, the one thing which she sought vehemently to live without, that helped her stay alive.

As with many YA books these days, there’s a couple of things to keep in mind when reading such. Firstly, YA books do not mean it’s free of sex or violence. The amount of sex and violence and the description of either might be slightly less graphic, but not always (read The Hunger Games for an example in how graphic violence can be). Secondly, one thirteen year-old may be able to handle it more than another thirteen year-old. It truly depends on the individual. If you’re a parent who has reservations about such things as sex, violence, or language, I’d recommend reading the book first then before handing it off to your teenage child.

Why do I state this? Only because there was a scene in this book that I hadn’t expected to be so… intimate. (I still hold Christian values important even though, as you can tell from my list of reads, I read a lot of non-faith-based books). However, I suppose there’s really nothing in this book that would be regarded as more than rated PG-13. You can just consider me a prude then, when it comes to the lovemaking stuff in YA novels.

That being said, I still liked the story overall and it wasn’t just about love, but being able to be yourself, not having to hide who you are, especially around those you love and care about. And yes, I guess also about learning to protect yourself from the dangers around you, whether it be people or nature or beasts or even yourself at times.

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Graceling Fan Art: Silver and Gold by *Ingvild-S

Prince Po of the Lienid Kingdom

Click on the image to go to the deviantART page, or click the following: Graceling – Silver and Gold by *Ingvild-S on deviantART.