Taylor Swift Cast in ‘The Giver’

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File this one under “Hm. Really?” From The Huffington Post: Taylor Swift is returning to the big screen with a part in the upcoming adaptation of “The Giver.” The 23-year-old singer, who previously appeared in the romantic-comedy “Valentine’s Day,” and played a bit role in the Fox series “New Girl,” has nabbed a supporting part [….]

‘The Giver’ One Step Closer to the Big Screen

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Fans of dystopian young adult books and their subsequent film adaptations have yet another potential franchise to look forward to, and this one sounds promising. Variety’s Jeff Sneider reports that The Weinstein Co. and Walden Media are close to locking down director Phillip Noyce (Salt, Patriot Games, Dead Calm) for a cinematic version of our [….]

Featured Auhthor Review: ‘Gathering Blue’ by Lois Lowry

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  Gathering Blue Lois Lowry Ember/Random House, Inc. Copyright 2000 ISBN 978-0-440-22949-0 Written seven years after her iconic “children’s” book, The Giver, Lois Lowry returns to a future world in the companion piece, Gathering Blue, but this time, society has not advanced.  Instead, the future appears desolately dystopian, with rigid social mores and traditions even [….]

Featured Author Review: ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry

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LITSTACK’S FEATURED AUTHOR REVIEW The Giver Lois Lowry Published in 1993 from Bantam Books “Once, back in the time of the memories…” The Giver is a Newberry Award-winning dystopian novel featuring a child protagonist who is chosen to receive the memories of ages past in order to aid and advise his community in the future.  [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Subversive Fiction

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Great fiction is meant to inspire. That may not, perhaps, be the agenda of the novelist at the outset of writing, but when one is discussing topics that seem out of the social norm or that demonstrates the act of subverting common convention, then inspiration is inevitable. Subverting what is accepted, what is considered safe [….]