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Road Trip Wednesday #78: Who Should Narrate the Book?

Posted on May 13th, 2011 by Anna in Books
This Week’s Topic:
Some audiobooks are read by celebrities. Most recently, Cassandra Clare’s CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS was partly read by Ed Westwick of Gossip Girl.

So, if you got to choose a celebrity narrator for the audio book of your WIP or your favorite novel, who would it be and why?

This week’s question is extremely exciting!!! OK, maybe just moderately exciting… Semi-exciting… Meh…

Given the vast amounts of books and various celebrities at my disposal, I had near infinite possibilities. Spongebob reading Hamlet, Snooki reading quantum physics, OJ Simpson reading If I Did It. Dispite these numurous options only one celebrity sticks out, Betty White. She’s sweet (almost too sweet), jolly, and has experience with audiobooks both from her own If You Ask Me and her guest appearance on Family Guy. Obviously, because of her super sweetness, Betty White can only be cast as reading a dark, violent, sexy book like Venomous by Christopher Krovatin. It would be like your old Nana Betty telling all the youngins about her teenage years in New York, sprinkled with crazy parties, gruesome fights, a cat that can apparently play scrabble very well, and running from the po-po. Imagine Betty White telling you about running from the po-po, or even saying “po-po”. Still not convinced? Fine, I’ll tell you about the book. Venomous is about Locke Vinetti (Coolest Name Ever) coping with his overwhelming anger that is developing its own personality and trying to take over. Locke has a pretty good hold on his anger, called “The Venom”, until he meets Renee Tomas, goth extraordaire and younger sister of Andrew Tomas, meathead extraordinaire and Locke’s bully. Renee tries to help Locke get control of his anger and Locke tries to just figure Renee out. This book was pretty good, with a few parts that didn’t seem realistic. How many of you would ever walk up to your and use the phrase “improper advances” to describe a gay friend kissing you? Exactly.

Now, back to Betty, her sweet demenor would somehow make this book hilarious. You could invite some friends over, pop in the audiobook, and make a day of it. Even gruesome quotes become silly when said by a nice old lady. Imagine Betty White saying “So then I tackled Tommy Ferrero and bit off the tip of his nose.”

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YA Highway is a blog (www.yahighway.com) by a group of young adult authors from all over the world! And every Wednesday YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination, from their blog, and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

But, why not do the same thing on our blog every week? I’ll post their question and you can put your answers in our comments section, or on your own blog and link back to it in our comments (and theirs too, if you’d like, because I’m sure they’d enjoy reading your answers!)

Road Trip Wednesday #77: Your Manuscript Music, Revisited

Posted on April 28th, 2011 by Anna in Books

This Week’s Topic:
Way back in November 2009, we asked what songs represent or influence your WIP. SEVENTY road trips later (seriously! seventy!), we’re coming back to the topic to ask:

If your WIP or favorite book were music, what song(s) would it be?

Of course, not all of you are writing a novel. If you’re not writing one, choose your favorite novel, tell us the title, author, what songs it would be, and why.

As for me, I’m going to choose Brian Jacques’ Redwall series. If it were a series of songs it would be the entire Pirates of the Carribean Trilogy soundtrack. Why? Because both pack a lot of adventure into them, there is romance involved in both, and a lot of the adventures both happen on ships in large bodies of water. What other music could be better for adventuresome woodland creatures?

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YA Highway is a blog (www.yahighway.com) by a group of young adult authors from all over the world! And every Wednesday YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination, from their blog, and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

But, why not do the same thing on our blog every week? I’ll post their question and you can put your answers in our comments section, or on your own blog and link back to it in our comments (and theirs too, if you’d like, because I’m sure they’d enjoy reading your answers!)

Road Trip Wednesday #74: The Year 2011

Posted on April 7th, 2011 by Anna in Books

This Week’s Topic:
Assuming we make it through the 2012 apocalypse, what do you imagine the publishing world will look like 100 years from now?

This is a great question! But, I’m gonna say, if all the sci-fi books are right, publishing will be similar to ebooks, only everything will get downloaded right into our heads. It’ll be similar to the book Feed by M.T. Anderson, not that I like that idea, cause I don’t. And, I happen to like books in print. They have specific smell that’s sooo good! lol, and when you’re tired and your eyes hurt, it’s easier to read print than something on a computer. 

What do all of you guys think? Is there a book that you think most represents what the future might bring? How so? Is the wave of the future something you like, or are you against it? Let’s hear your thoughts!_____________________________

YA Highway is a blog (www.yahighway.com) by a group of young adult authors from all over the world! And every Wednesday YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination, from their blog, and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

But, why not do the same thing on our blog every week? I’ll post their question and you can put your answers in our comments section, or on your own blog and link back to it in our comments (and theirs too, if you’d like, because I’m sure they’d enjoy reading your answers!)

Road Trip Wednesday #73: When I Was Young…

Posted on March 30th, 2011 by Anna in Books

This week’s topic:
What books were you obsessed with as a kid?

For me, I was obsessed with Alphabears by Kathleen Hague and illustrated by Michael Hague (who also illustrated The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien) when I was really young. In fact, my Dad read it to me so many times he eventually had the whole thing memorized. It’s still my favorite book today too and reading it was the last thing I did right before I got into the car to go to college because I wasn’t taking it with me. Why do I love this book so much? The illustrations are amazing and the rhymes are great! “F is for Freddy, a big frightful mess. What he’s been up to, no one can guess.”

After that, I was obsessed with the Thoroughbred series by Joanna Campbell because, well, duh, if you read the last post you know I love horse books. It’s about horses and girls who need to be given a chance to shine, and once they do… well, you get the idea. I love books like that. I would get one and spend the entire day reading until it was done, and then go get the next in the series.

My third obsession was the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. Why? Well, let’s start with the adventures, the sword of Martin, fighting animals who have hilarious wit, animals who talk in various dialects, the feasts, everything is just awesome. They’re a great, enjoyable read, and Brian Jacques has the best narrative voice and was always entertaining when he did book signings.

So now that you’ve heard about my childhood reads, what are some of yours? Don’t forget to give us the title, author, and the reason why you loved the book(s) so much.

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YA Highway is a blog (www.yahighway.com) by a group of young adult authors from all over the world! And every Wednesday YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination, from their blog, and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

But, why not do the same thing on our blog every week? I’ll post their question and you can put your answers in our comments section, or on your own blog and link back to it in our comments (and theirs too, if you’d like, because I’m sure they’d enjoy reading your answers!)

Road Trip Wednesday #72 Lend Me Some Sugar, I Am Your Neighbour!

Posted on March 23rd, 2011 by Anna in Books

This Week’s Topic:
Which book character would you like most as a next door neighbour?

This is a good question! There are soooo many characters I would LOVE to live next to, that it’s a tough choice. One of them would be many of the girls who love horses, or who live on horse farms, since I love horses. Or the superheros would be great to live next to as well, for obvious reasons.

So… who would you like to live next to? Perhaps the cute girl or the hot guy? Tell us your character’s name, author, and book title, unless you’re sighting a “type” like I did.

Road Trip Song of the Week:
Hey Ya” by Outkast

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YA Highway is a blog (www.yahighway.com) by a group of young adult authors from all over the world! And every Wednesday YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination, from their blog, and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

But, why not do the same thing on our blog every week? I’ll post their question and you can put your answers in our comments section, or on your own blog and link back to it in our comments (and theirs too, if you’d like, because I’m sure they’d enjoy reading your answers!)