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'Twilight' parody 'Nightlight' excerpt: An EW exclusive!

nightlight-cover_jpegNightlight — the Harvard Lampoon’s first novel parody in since 1969’s Bored of the Rings — features the “pallid” Belle Goose, who falls for Edwart Mullen on the first day of school in her new hometown, Switchblade: “Looking into his eyes I felt waves of electricity, currents of electrons charging towards me … Caught in his ionized hypnosis, the old adage came to mind: Beautiful enough to kill, gut, stuff, and frame above your fireplace.

The book goes on sale tomorrow, but you can read the first chapter exclusively on EW.com.

How much would you pay for a first edition?

salems-lot-stephen-king-front-angleOne time in college, while browsing in an old-timey bookstore in Evanston, Ill., I came upon a first edition of my favorite book, John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. I thought to myself, “Wow, it would be cool to own this!” Of course, that was before I flipped it over, discovered the $100-something price tag, and immediately thought, “Wow, it would be cool to have money!”

But compared to the price of a first edition of Stephen King’s 1975 book, Salem’s Lot, $100 is nothin’. Just how much is the asking price for a true first edition of King’s novel? According to AbeBooks.com, $90,055. That’s two years of Ivy League tuition, folks. Three brand-new cars. Ninety-thousand bags of M&Ms.

Now, there’s a reason the asking price is so high: Apparently, because of a last-minute price change by Doubleday, there are only four known copies of the book that feature the original price stamp, which was $8.95. But it would sure make you feel like a sucker (no pun intended) to have that price tag looking you in the face when you’ve paid nearly $100,000 for the book, huh?

Tell me, Shelf Lifers, do you think this first edition will sell, especially when you consider the vampire craze that’s taking over our nation? Would it even be worth it? And how much would you pony up for a first edition of your favorite book?

Exclusive! The trailer for 'The Van Alen Legacy,' Melissa de la Cruz's fourth Blue Bloods vampire novel

Often when fans talk about a book or TV show in the vampire genre, they feel the need to qualify their enjoyment by saying “It’s my guilty pleasure.” Not so with Melissa de la Cruz’s New York Times best selling Blue Bloods series. Sure, as we pointed out when teen protagonist Schuyler Van Alen made EW’s list of the 20 greatest vampires in pop culture, we may have come for the star-crossed lovers: The Blue Bloods are a society of ancient vampires who cycle through lifetimes bonded to the same person (when they find one another, the memories of their previous incarnations return), which means Schuyler’s romance with handsome Jack Force, who’s tied to Mimi (the meanest — and most entertaining — girl on New York’s Upper East Side) was never going to end well. But we stayed for the slow-build family and murder mysteries. The more Schuyler learns about her unique past and the return of the Silver Bloods, vampires who prey upon their Bluer cousins, the more we want to know. Which is why just the title of Book 4, The Van Alan Legacy, on shelves Oct. 6, got us excited. Now that we’ve seen the trailer — nice and moody à la the Mad Men opening credits — we’re thinking about pre-ordering. (If you haven’t read the series, start at the beginning.)

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Ever tempted to skip around in a book series like 'True Blood'?

dead-to-world-eric_lI’m one of those people who’s not only picked up HBO’s True Blood this summer, but also Charlaine Harris’ best-selling Southern Vampire series, upon which the show is based. I enjoyed the first book, but I’m busy, and impatient, and I keep seeing the words “Eric” and “shower” mentioned in reference to Book 4, Dead to the World, on our True Blood blog posts. I own the first seven novels (they were on sale!), but here’s my dilemma: Do I skip Books 2 and 3, vowing to return to them even though I know I won’t to get to scenes of showering Eric quicker, or do I exercise restraint?

I took the question to Twitter, and Harris fans talked me down (SPOILER ALERT!): “Do NOT by any means skip book 2!!! Eric at the orgy is hilarious!” “Book 2: pink spandex bodysuit… Book 3: he, um, makes 1st ‘contact’ w/Sookie. Plus many many other essential things.” “Nooo! You can’t skip them! Besides there is an awesome Sookie/Eric scene on a hood of a car in book 3. You gotta have build up.”

What book series have you been tempted to skip around in? And if you jumped ahead, did you regret the decision later?

Photo Credit: Alexander Skarsgard: John P. Johnson/HBO

Are the Amish the new vampires?

34533962Forget Team Edward. Bring on Team Amos! According to an article today in The Wall Street Journal, readers are going buggy for a new literary genre: Amish romances, a.k.a. “bonnet books.”

It sounds crazy, right? I think not! In fact, it makes perfect sense that the genre would begin attracting fans. After all, there are more similarities than one would think between romances about the Amish and ever-popular vamp tales. Forbidden love, anyone? And like many YA bloodsucker novels, bonnet books are generally G-rated — making them attractive to parents and youngin’s alike — and penned mostly by women (who, interestingly enough, are not Amish themselves).

I have yet to read a bonnet book, but now I’m more than curious. Would you get drawn into stories of forbidden love in places like Lancaster County, Pa., Shelf Lifers? Or are you already addicted?

'Twilight'-branded 'Wuthering Heights': Love or loathe?

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In hopes of taking advantage of the never-ending Twilight frenzy, HarperCollins decided to design a new cover for its paperback editions of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights that’s inspired by the teen vamp franchise (as noted by Ron Hogan at the books blog Galleycat). Why, you ask? As all Twilight fans know, Brontë’s classic novel is Bella and Edward’s favorite book (duh!). Don’t believe me? Well, just look at the new cover, branded with the sure-to-pull-in-young-readers slogan, “Bella & Edward’s Favorite Book” (as well as the Team Edward appropriate tagline, “Love never dies”).

Though most people taking a first glance at the new cover might be overwhelmed with images of Brontë rolling in her grave, I can’t completely dismiss it. I’m always in support of corporate decisions that encourage young readers to pick up the classics, even if said decisions are likely inspired by moolah. And at least the U.S. cover is better than the U.K.’s (the middle one above), which features a font that I probably used while designing posters in seventh grade.

Are you shuddering, Shelf Lifers? Or do you see merits to the re-branding?

P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast talk about writing together

On Tuesday, we showed you the cover of mother-daughter team P.C. and Kristin Cast’s sixth book, Tempted, in the best-selling House of Night series. P.C. and Kristin also chatted with Shelf Life about how they work together as a team. And for more with P.C., pick up this week’s issue of EW, on stands now.

EW: It’s very interesting the whole mother/daughter dynamic and working together and working on this series together, so tell me a little bit about the mother/daughter working relationship.

PCC and KC: We get this question all the time.

KC: I confer as an editor, almost. She will write the first draft, and I will go back in and fill in the parts that she hasn’t, like the descriptions, or similes and metaphors, or the the plot references. I do a lot of those. But if there’s a word that I can tell one of the teenagers wouldn’t use, I’ll change that and use the comment bubbles and put notes all throughout it, and she goes back and reads it and rewrites it…and then we send it in.

PCC: People are always like, “So how has this changed this relationship?” It surprised us when we first started getting the questions, because we have always been so close that it’s very easy. It’s very easy between the two of us, because we had been communicating well for, I mean, she’s 22 ½.

KC: Actually, the only thing that’s different now in our relationship now versus before we started the series together is that when we travel, we get to go to cooler places. But we have always been really close. It’s just been the two of us for pretty much 22 years, so nothing has really changed. We still have an excellent relationship, and I love working with her.

PCC: We’ve been communicating really well and easily about everything for 22 years. People are like, “The sex parts, isn’t that kind of awkward?”

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Neil Gaiman: Why vampires should go back underground

For this week’s cover package about vampires (on stands today!), we chatted with writer Neil Gaiman about how vamps have changed through the years, what they stand for and why they should go away. For more on vampires, including our picks for the top 20 greatest vampires of all time, pick up this week’s issue of EW.

EW: How have vampires gone from being monsters to anti-heroes? For example, in contemporary pop culture, we’ve seen vamps make that move from horror flick fear agents to misunderstood social outcasts.

NG: I think mostly what it has to do with is what vampires get to represent. Dracula was a great novel of sexual seduction, full of repeated sexual seduction and rape and sex. So it makes complete sense that your solid Victorian vampires were fundamentally evil. And you can have that nice big stake hammered through them as a way of putting them to rest. After that, I think the next big, huge, cultural, “somebody’s just written a vampire story” is probably Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. Steve basically wanted to do Dracula again, only in a small town in Maine. At that point you got vampires still sort of representing the “other.” Then Anne Rice wrote Interview with the Vampire, which as a teenager I thought was a rather drippy book. I have to say as a teenager who loved vampire fiction and wanted vampire fiction, I thought they all sort of sat around being miserable.

But I think then the thing that changed everything and that gave vampire fiction a new lease on life and death was AIDS, because you hit the early ‘80s, and suddenly you have something in the blood that is an exchange of blood that kills and is altogether fundamentally about sex. And vampirism essentially came out of the closet as a metaphor for the act of love that kills. Stephen King once said, using the Erica Jung quote, that vampirism is the ultimate zipless f—. And then a sort of continuous transmutation, you had Lost Boys, which is essentially vampirism as wish fulfillment. Finally, of course there’s Sesame Street, which I think may well have created the sympathetic vampire for the world in Count. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: News about new 'House of Night' Novel

Here’s a first look at the cover of Tempted, the sixth installment in the best-selling House of Night series by mother-daughter writing team P.C.  and Kristin Cast. The novel will hit bookstores on October 27, and publisher St. Martin’s already plans to print over a million copies (a number that will likely go up). We talked to both the Casts yesterday, who offered some exclusive tidbits about what fans can expect in this latest installment.

Tell us what’s different about this book.

KC: The main thing is we’ve gone from having not just Zooey’s point of view, but we have Aphrodite’s, Stevie Ray’s, an Heath’s, and there’s another character, too…

PC: We can’t tell you who that is. We’d have to kill you.

Why do it?

KC: Because we’re going to have a spin-off series following Stevie, so it’s kind of a way to lead into that.

In terms of plot, is there anything that’s going to be drastically different?

KC: Well, I think our readers need to get out their boxes of Kleenex out again. There were three points in it that I cried.

Is it romance, or is there a death?

KC: There is a death.

Is it a major character?

KC: Yes.

PCC: Not “dead, come back” death. Death.

(Additional reporting by Christina Amoroso)

'Twilight' exclusive: Graphic novel version on the way!

twilight-manga_l[1]For those of you who can’t get enough Edward and Bella, EW can announce — exclusively — that Yen Press will be publishing Twilight in graphic-novel form, publication date still to be determined. Though Korean artist Young Kim is creating the art, Meyer herself is deeply immersed in the project, reviewing every panel.

Take a close look at the biology-class sketch we’ve obtained (that’s an empty dialogue bubble between their heads, if you’re wondering). What’s interesting to me is that it doesn’t look simply like an artist’s rendering of Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson. In fact, the characters seem to be an amalgam of Meyer’s literary imagination and the actors’ actual looks. The description of Edward from biology class: “His dazzling face was friendly; open, a slight smile on his flawless lips. But his eyes were cautious.” And Bella: “I was ivory-skinned …. I had always been slender, but soft somehow, obviously not an athlete…” To me, this graphic-novel Bella seems much closer to me to Meyer’s book than to Stewart’s sultry portrayal. The Edward shown is closer to Pattinson, but not a real duplicate; there’s something very winning in the sketch that I don’t see in Pattinson’s all-too-perfect tousled bronze locks and piercing eyes.

What do you think? If you’d like to see more before weighing in, pick up a copy of EW magazine, which will hit newsstands on Friday, July 17 — it contains finished illustrations of Edward, Bella, and Jacob.

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