Ferretbrain Presents the TeXt Factor Halloween Special Girl Books for Girls: Episode/Phase/Part Five

by Wardog

Girl booking continues!
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In which we offer Jamie at bedtime, find that Fallen continues totally metal, and that Lauren Kate is really pretty. We apply the half-your-age-plus-seven rule to Glass Houses, and discover that Vampire Academy may not be as girl-on-girl-tastic as heretofore believed.

00:47 Fallen
09:17 Glass Houses
27:34 Vampire Academy

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Robinson L at 20:02 on 2010-12-18
… We should explain, for the sake of our American listener …

Sweet of you to think of me.

Glass Houses promoting friendship and support networks? That is awesome!

… Maybe review [Vampire Academy] once we've all read it …

Yes, please! One of the most frustrating things about the TeXt Factor (for me, anyways) is how you hear all this great stuff about these great books—and even some not-so-great books, Exhibit A: Drood—and get all curious to find out the rest … and then get cut off half-way through.

Of course, you could just then go and read the books yourself, but with me that can take ages. I'm still working my way through the runners-up on the original round—I only finished The Woman in White earlier this month. And that was on audio.
Jamie Johnston at 11:36 on 2013-08-24
So there's a Vampire Academy film coming out next year and apparently also a Fallen film expected. Meanwhile Rachel Caine has a kickstarter to make a Morganville vampires TV series. TeXt Factor: Girl Audiovisual Entertainments For Girls?
Arthur B at 14:14 on 2013-08-24
Oh cool, the Kickstarter got funded? I hadn't kept track after I posted the link.
Jamie Johnston at 15:27 on 2013-08-24
Oops, didn't realize you'd already posted that one! I tried doing a search of the site to see whether any of these had already been mentioned but the ferrets were a bit wonky earlier (or maybe it was just my computer).
Arthur B at 15:30 on 2013-08-24
No problem, still interesting to hear that all of these things are getting the old actors-and-camera treatment.
Robinson L at 20:30 on 2013-08-24
Yeah, I'm kinda psyched Morganville Vampires is getting a webshow. That trailer for Vampire Academy also looks like it might be good, (although whose bright idea was it to draw in new viewers by leaving them in suspense as to which character is the actual protagonist)?

Checking IMDB, I find that also in the very very early production stages is Infinity: Chronicles of Nick, and another nothing-known-but-the-title project called Hush, Hush, which may or may not be related to the book of the same name by Becca Fitpatrick. No sign of an audiovisual adaptation of Marked so far.

Of course, when that happens, you know there'll only be one thing to do: get the original TeXt Factor Halloween crew together for a weekend with all the adaptations on DVD, watch the first ~10 minutes of each, check which ones are better than/worse than the Twilight film, then vote which one not to watch then next ~10 minutes of until you have a winner.

... I kid of course (but oh, it would be glorious), but I would be quite interested to get people's opinions on at least the Vampire Academy, Fallen, and Morganville Vampires media.
Jamie Johnston at 21:35 on 2013-08-24
I think Hush, hush must be the same thing — can there really be more than one person who would think that's a good place for a comma?
Shim at 23:05 on 2013-08-24
Of course, when that happens, you know there'll only be one thing to do: get the original TeXt Factor Halloween crew together for a weekend with all the adaptations on DVD, watch the first ~10 minutes of each, check which ones are better than/worse than the Twilight film, then vote which one not to watch then next ~10 minutes of until you have a winner.

I think, on balance, I might actually prefer to finish reading Wolf Hall. But probably not The God of Small Things.

Although saying that, I've read 76 new books this year and adding Wolf Hall to the pile might finish me off.

... I kid of course (but oh, it would be glorious), but I would be quite interested to get people's opinions on at least the Vampire Academy, Fallen, and Morganville Vampires media.

I'm not sure they'd differ hugely from the books? Maybe I can see that adaptations of some of the middling books might end up with quite different ratings if the adaptation was particularly inspired. But FWIW, I don't think I could give the beginning of either Fallen or Morganville a fair shake, knowing that massive bait-and-switches will rapidly render the first tedious to me and the second revolting - and nothing short of a complete rewrite could prevent either.
Robinson L at 18:06 on 2013-10-30
Jamie: can there really be more than one person who would think that's a good place for a comma?

Oops, I think that was my bad. I checked the IMDB page again and there wasn't a comma. Could still be the same thing, but maybe not.

Shimmin: I don't think I could give the beginning of either Fallen or Morganville a fair shake, knowing that massive bait-and-switches will rapidly render the first tedious to me and the second revolting

In that case, you're excused. I still think it would be a fun idea (which will never happen), but if the prospect is the excruciating for you, of course I wouldn't ask you to participate.
Shim at 22:21 on 2013-10-30
Shimmin: I don't think I could give the beginning of either Fallen or Morganville a fair shake, knowing that massive bait-and-switches will rapidly render the first tedious to me and the second revolting

Robinson: I still think it would be a fun idea (which will never happen), but if the prospect is the excruciating for you, of course I wouldn't ask you to participate.

Those two aren't an excruciating prospect, though they wouldn't get fair dealing from me; it's the first three that horrify me... actually watching the biology classes from Hush, Hush? *shudders*
Ibmiller at 16:56 on 2014-05-05
I'm still working through my thoughts on the Vampire Academy film (didn't help that I watched it before I read the book, and I'm spottily reading the series between grading right now) (reason for seeing it before reading book: Claire Foy). Hopefully will post thoughts on book and series here soonish. Have been marathoning this text factor because of the film, though. I miss the podcasts... :)

Apparently, they also just released promo photos from the Fallen film. Given how poorly YA adaptations have been faring (with the exception of The Hunger Game and Divergent), I wouldn't be surprised if that's another one-and-done, sadly.
Shim at 23:37 on 2014-05-05
Would be glad to hear them, so please keep at it!

It's a shame about the podcasts, and listening to them again does give me the urge to Text Factor things. Life just got on top of everyone though - speaking for myself, another time-consuming and sometimes stress-inducing commitment would have been an astonishingly bad idea these last few years. Perhaps one day we'll do another special, though?
Robinson L at 03:30 on 2014-05-06
I still haven't seen the movie yet, and am working my way slowly through book 5 (of 6) - combination of new job and technology in general apparently having decided it hates me recently. I hear the film has gotten pretty negative reception, but I still want to check it out when it hits DVD.

And yeah, thirded on missing podcasts.

Shimmin: Perhaps one day we'll do another special, though?

I certainly hope so - that would be delightful.

Robinson L at 03:02 on 2014-07-16
Vampire Academy movie update!

I watched this on DVD today and ... I liked it. I really liked it. Zoey Deutch as Rose blew me away: tough, snarky, loyal, vulnerable, immature, lovestruck; knocked them all out of the park, as far as I'm concerned. Also impressed by Gabriel Byrne as Victor, and Sarah Hyland as Natalie (the latter especially was adorable, and I was so sad when
she turned Strigoi at the end
). Lucy Fry as Lissa ... she wasn't bad, but she just felt weird to me, as if her character belonged in a subtly different movie from all the others. The leading males were okay, but I wasn't exactly swooning over them, even taking gender preference into account.

I can see where at least some of the negative reaction to film is coming from: indeed, I dread to think what it would be like for someone who hasn't already read the books. The filmmakers go to great lengths to work in all the necessary backstory and world-building as seamlessly as possible - and it's still awfully clunky, and the story hurtles along at such a breakneck pace that you're liable to miss a vital piece of information unless you're paying very close attention (or unless you already know it from the book). (The fast pacing leads to some unintentional hilarity, when you realize how so many plot points happen one on top of another, and the sheer abruptness of the car crash scene at the beginning is just comical.)

As a feature film in its own right, it's probably pretty bad, but as a "book-nerd adaptation" (terminology courtesy of my sister KorraWP) I think it worked very well.

It looks like the producers may be working on adapting the next book, Frostbite, even though this one tanked at the box office. I hope they succeed, I'd definitely be up for more of this franchise.
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