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‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Casting News! Will Nat Wolff be Isaac?

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Actor Nat Wolff says he’s up for a role in The Fault in Our Stars movie. Wolff was originally in the running to be the lead male role of Gus but as that part eventually went to Ansel Elgort, he’s free to pursue other roles.

“It was really great. The script is really great,” Wolff said about auditioning for Gus. But the second part of his comment was more interesting, “Josh Boone, who did Stuck in Love is directing the movie, and I think I might—it’s still in negotiations—but I might be playing another role in the movie. [We’re] still figuring it out. I’d love to be a part of it, just to work with Josh, and it’s a cool story.” – Hollywood Crush

The obvious choice for Wolff would be Isaac, the cancer patient who lost both of his eyes and is Gus’ best friend.

Wolff starred in Boone’s Stuck in Love, which is how he probably auditioned for Gus in the first place. We’re glad to see that Boone and producer Wyck Godfrey are still trying to have him be a part in The Fault in Our Stars. He played the role of Rusty, brother of Samantha (Lily Collins) and son of William (Greg Kinnear). Stuck in Love hits United States theaters July 5.

The Fault in Our Stars movie will begin shooting this August. The highly-anticipated adaptation of John Green’s beloved novel stars Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Tris. The two are currently shooting another book to film, Divergent by Veronica Roth, in Chicago.

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‘The Fault in Our Stars’ To Begin Shooting in Amsterdam from Late August

nerdfightersAccording to the latest EW issue featuring Divergent, which stars Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Ansel Elgort (Augustus), filming for The Fault in Ours Stars will begin towards the end of August. The director of the film, Josh Boone, and producer, Wyck Godfrey, confirmed filming and also are officially location scouting. The film will start shooting later pivotal scenes of the novel in the historical city they are placed in – Amsterdam! This news was confirmed by Josh Boone himself.

Wyck Godrey is still busy on the set of another Young Adult book-to-movie, The Maze Runner. You can follow Josh Boone @JoshBooneMovies and Wyck @wyckgodfrey on Twitter for updates on both films.

Exciting stuff and we can’t wait to hear some more casting news for The Fault in Our Stars.

Quote of the Week: What is Your Miracle?

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“The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightening, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us. I could have seen it rain frogs. I could have stepped foot on Mars. I could have been eaten by a whale. I could have married the Queen of England or survived months at sea. But my miracle was different. My miracle was this: out of all the houses in all the subdivisions in all of Florida, I ended up living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman.”
― John GreenPaper Towns

What is your miracle?

John Green Releases Limited Time Only Self Read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Audiobook

the fault in our starsIf you want to listen to the audiobook version of The Fault in Our Stars, you have always been able to purchase it, but for a limited time, you can now order a copy read aloud by John Green himself.

John Green has always maintained that he thinks that if you’re going to a young adult book, it should be by somebody who is not only a person who does that sort of thing as a profession, but also somebody who is better able to capture the voice of a 16-year-old. But fans want more of their favorite author. John Green has remained a public author who has lots of contact with his fans through his numerous YouTube videos beginning with his and his brother Hank’s Vlogbrothers channel. So Green has decided to produce an audiobook version of The Fault in Our Stars that will only be available for a limited time due to the few copies that will be sold.

Being sold on DFTBA records, the Green read version of the The Fault in Our Stars audiobook will only have 3,000 copies produced, so if this is something you want, you’ll have to move fast. It’s being priced at $40.

There’s more to this set than just the audiobook, however. According to the DFTBA records listing page, all of this is included:

– Six CDs of me reading The Fault in Our Stars.
– One DVD including eight bonus videos in which I discuss themes from the book, visit settings, talk about different inspirations, and explore the ways the nerdfighter community shaped (and made possible) the story I ended up writing.
– A wristband for The Hectic Glow, a band so beautifully underground that they don’t even exist. (light blue, different from those received in 1st edition box sets)
– An awesome concert ticket for The Hectic Glow, a concert so epic that it never technically occurred.
– Four TFiOS-themed postcards designed by nerdfighters that you can send to your friend to brag that you own the John Green-narrated audiobook and they don’t.
– Also, all 3,000 copies are–get this–UNSIGNED.

If you love The Fault in Our Stars this is a collectors item you’ll want to get your hands on. With the other, Kate Rudd read version always available, you can’t be sure this will ever be for sale again. There will be no digital version so you’ll have to buy this hard copy if you want it.

Sixth Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Winners Announced

ChildChoiceAwards.gif.pagespeed.ce.Tx0-eBQwdnLast night in New York, the Children’s Book Council held it’s annual Children’s Choice Book Awards. The charity gala was the sixth held since the book award’s inception. The announcement is an annual highlight of Children’s Book Week (May 13-19, 2013) as the CCBAs is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by kids and teens. Young readers across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and atbookweekonline.com, casting more than 1,000,000 votes. Full video footage of the awards ceremony is available for book lovers of all ages at bookweekonline.com/gala.

And here is what you’ve been waiting for – the list of winners!

The 2013 Children’s Choice Book Awards winners are:

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Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

THIRD GRADE TO FOURTH GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)

FIFTH GRADE TO SIXTH GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renée Russell (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)

TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR
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AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel (Amulet Books/Abrams)

ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Congratulations to all of the winners! The Fault in Our Stars was against stiff competition including Divergent, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel, Wonder, and The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3).

John Green Responds to ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Casting Dissenters

the fault in our starsJohn Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, took to his Tumblr to respond to fans who are not happy about the casting of actor Ansel Elgort for the role of Gus.  An anonymous person wrote to Green expressing his disappointment over the choice of both Ansel and Shailene Woodley as the stars of The Fault in Our Stars film.

Green responded with a few points in the hope that fans disappointed with the choice might reconsider their feelings and wait to see how the actors take on the roles.

On Shailene Woodley he said:

“1. Shailene Woodley is a brilliant actress and Golden Globe nominee. I cannot think of any 18-year-old actress who has received the kind of critical acclaim that she has (she also won an Independent Spirit Award).

She auditioned for The Fault in Our Stars not because she needs the part (I mean, she’s in the new Spider Man movie, for God’s sakes) but because she loves the book. Her depth of understanding were immediately obvious in the audition and for me there could be no one else to play Hazel. (There were a bunch of really good auditions, but Shailene just understood Hazel as I imagined her.)

John Green then pointed out that he is “not particularly concerned with physical looks; Hollywood can fix that stuff.” But rather that he is more concerned with the actors in question embodying the character in temperament and experience.

On Ansel Elgort:

“2. Ansel Elgort is also a huge fan of TFiOS (it is, in fact, his favorite book). He was a high school basketball player who also happens to be a very intellectual guy. Most importantly, when he auditioned, he became Augustus. Watching him audition with Shailene, he was just Gus and she was just Hazel. He understood Gus, and clearly had a very deep and thoughtful relationship with the book. Honestly, I’m a bit confused as to how you can dislike an actor whose work you have definitionally never seen, since his first movie isn’t out yet.”

And as Green states in his Tumblr, he was not directly responsible for the casting of the movie, despite having a say in the choices, the final decision was down to the director.

You can read the rest of what John Green said on his blog here.

Ansel Elgort Is Gus In ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Movie

ansel elgortAnsel Elgort has been cast as Gus in The Fault in Our Stars movie, based on the book by celebrated Young Adult author John Green!

“Ansel is whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters. I am by nature a cautious pessimist, but I’ll just say it: Now that we have Shailene and Ansel, I am completely, unreservedly psyched about this movie.” John Green told Entertainment Weekly who broke the news.

Director Josh Boone also added his own words on his choice of Ansel, “Ansel Elgort is the epitome of the boy John Green brought to life so vividly in his novel and he truly embodies the character traits we admire so much about Gus. His humor, sensitivity, honesty and confidence floored us. Watching him with Shailene was like seeing the film for the first time. Hearing then say okay to each other was incredibly moving. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have found our Gus.”

Ansel Elgort is already starring with Shailene Woodley in Divergent. They will play brother and sister Caleb and Tris in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s dystopian novel. Shailene has been cast as Hazel, the central character of The Fault in Our Stars. It will be interesting to see the pair play off a tragic romance and a brother-sisterly love in two separate Young Adult book-based movies.

Producer Wyck Godfrey spoke also about Elgort’s audition to play Gus: “We were all swept away by the humor, charm, and aching vulnerability Ansel brought to his portrayal of Gus. His performance completely annihilated our concerns about his playing Caleb in Divergent with Shailene, and we are confident that the fans of Fault will fall in love with him the same way that Hazel does–slowly, and then all at once.”

The Fault in Our Stars movie plans to shoot later this year. It will be released sometime in 2014.

What do you think of Boone’s choice for Gus? 

Top 10 Inspirational Quotes From Your Favorite YA Authors

Every Monday for the past few months Young Adult Book Reviewer has brought you a quote to start off your week. I was looking around for this week’s quote and came across so many I liked that I decided that this week will be a mega Quote of the Week! So here listed in no particular order are some inspirational quotes by some of your favorite YA authors and books Enjoy!

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
J.K. Rowling

“What’s the Future? It’s a blank sheet of paper, and we draw lines on it, but sometimes our hand is held, and the lines we draw aren’t the lines we wanted.”
John Marsden, The Dead of Night

“Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me.”
Stephenie Meyer, New Moon

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”
Cassandra Clare

“Saying ‘I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?’ In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even ‘lame’ is kind of lame. Saying ‘You’re lame’ is like saying ‘You walk with a limp.’ Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he’s done all right for himself.”
John Green

“Nature didn’t need an operation to be beautiful. It just was.”
Scott Westerfeld, The Uglies Trilogy

“Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn’t exist and never shall. There is only now.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
Veronica Roth, Divergent

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Philip Pullman

Quote of the Week

“Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. it’s gonna hurt. it’s gonna hurt because it matters.” – Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Who Made NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels List?

I’m always a little wary of lists like these. I’m aware that it was compiled through the votes of the public but I’m sure lists like these already exist on Goodreads. The simple fact is that the top 100 are going to be the absolute classics mixed with the latest new releases in 2012. Maybe if NPR had made two lists or reduced the number to top 20 we would have seen voters change their minds and really choose the novels that have affected them the most. Don’t get me wrong though, I think John Green’s books absolutely deserve to be in the top 20. He’s a masterful writer of Young Adult fiction. I don’t mean cut the books that were recently published either, but I think readers get so caught up by the last book they read that they forget the books that helped shape their character.

I did like the way NPR compiled a series into one placement in the list. Can you imagine the top 10? Harry Potter would have dominated the first seven spots! Although I wonder why The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were able to take 2 separate spots…

Anyway here’s the top 10. Check out the rest of the list over at NPR!

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

“The adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron and Hermione must master their craft and battle the machinations of the evil wizard Voldemort and his Death Eaters.”

2. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

“In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.”

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from author Harper Lee explores racial tensions in the fictional “tired old town” of Maycomb, Ala., through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch. As her lawyer father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, Scout and her friends learn about the unjust treatment of African-Americans — and their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.”

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”

5. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

“Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.”

6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

“With the author’s death, the classic novel about young Holden Caulfield’s disillusionment with the adult world and its “phoniness” will only rise in popularity — and controversy, since it is a favorite target of censors, who often cite profanity and sexual references in their efforts to ban the book.”

7. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Tolkien’s seminal three-volume epic chronicles the War of the Ring, in which Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to destroy the evil Ring of Power and restore peace to Middle-earth. The beloved trilogy still casts a long shadow, having established some of the most familiar and enduring tropes in fantasy literature.Literary Award Winner.”

8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“In a far future world, television dominates, and books are outlawed. The totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be burned by “firemen,” whose job is to start the fires rather than stop them. But one fireman begins to see the value of the printed word.”

9. Looking for Alaska by John Green

“Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.”

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.”