A Look Ahead: Which John Green novel should make the Hollywood leap next?

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With The Fault in Our Stars a hit at the box office, new John Green movie projects are coming out of the woodwork right and left. Potential movies of both Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns are in the works, but are these the book adaptations that the studios should be focusing on? Read on to find out! Continue reading

LOOKING FOR ALASKA (Image Credit: John Green) / John Green (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Four Reasons We Can’t Wait for John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’ On-Screen Adaption

LOOKING FOR ALASKA (Image Credit: John Green) / John Green (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

LOOKING FOR ALASKA (Image Credit: John Green) / John Green (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

In 2005, Paramount Pictures bought the rights to author John Green’s first novel, Looking For Alaska. They even had the writer of The O.C. draft a script. It is now 2014…Where’s my movie, Paramount? Often times when rights to novels are purchased, this doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a movie. Sometimes, it means the hopes of that movie will be locked away in a vault, never to be produced for the fans aching to see it. Well, I say that’s cruel and unusual punishment. Luckily for me, Hollywood seems to agree with me. After nearly a decade, they have begun reworking the adaptation, picking Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz, Away From Her) as the screenwriter. Here are four reasons why we are excited for Looking For Alaska to be brought out of the labyrinth of suffering and onto the big screen. Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: Win a special ‘The Fault in our Stars’ prize pack!

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The wait is almost over, nerdfighters! The theatrical release of John Green’s The Fault in our Stars is just around the corner, and if the wait hasn’t killed you, these last three weeks might. But, in order to make the anticipation a little less trying, The Daily Quirk is offering you a chance to get your hands on an awesome TFIOS prize pack. Continue reading

Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Image Credit: James Bridges/20th Century Fox Film)

‘The Fault in Our Stars’: How close will the film follow the book?

Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Image Credit: James Bridges/20th Century Fox Film)

Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Image Credit: James Bridges/20th Century Fox Film)

Every day that passes brings a dedicated fandom closer to the movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Now that the trailer has been released, emotions are ramping back up in anticipation. Tears have been spilled, fangirls have squealed and everyone wants to predict just how closely the book and movie will line up. Let’s analyze together. Continue reading

Young Adult books that deserve big screen adaptations

Young Adult books that deserve big screen adaptations

2013 has been a great year for book-to-movie adaptations. There has been the continuation of the Hunger Games Trilogy when Catching Fire came out in November. Ender’s Game was great and The Book Thief made me cry just like it was supposed to. Next year, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars movie adaptations are sure to please crowds across the world.

No matter if people love the transformation from pages to the big screen or not, I think every reader can agree the anticipation is exciting. Who will they cast? How will they make my favorite scene work? Are they going to mess it up? It gives you a chance to bug your friends to read the book you’ve been telling them about forever again. 2014 will no doubt bring its very own interpretations of favorite books. Here are a few Young Adult books I think could handle the transition. Continue reading

Top 5: Holiday/Winter Book Recommendations

Top 5 Holiday/Winter Books

It may not officially be “winter” just yet, but the holiday season has kicked into high gear. What’s better to do on a cold, gloomy day than cozy up on the couch and read a book? Below are a few of my favorite winter and holiday-themed young adult novels to help get you in the spirit Continue reading

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Book Cover and Set Shot (Image Credit: John Green / Instagram)

The latest ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Updates from John Green!

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Book Cover and Set Shot (Image Credit: John Green / Instagram)

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Book Cover and Set Shot (Image Credit: John Green / Instagram)

If you’re a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, you probably know that John Green is a bit of an Internet celebrity. If you follow John Green throughout the Internet, you may have an idea of just how excited he is about this movie. Just in case you don’t follow him or don’t have the time, I’m going to attempt to do a roundup here of all of the great updates that he’s sharing on Tumblr, YouTube and Instagram, almost all of which can be found on his Twitter stream.

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Youtube: A Beginner’s Guide to Quality Online Entertainment

Grace Helbig (Image Credit: Grace Helbig/Daily Grace)

Grace Helbig (Image Credit: Grace Helbig/Daily Grace)

Kevin Spacey was a keynote speaker at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last Thursday and he had a very interesting message about how content delivery is changing. Spacey has a specific perspective on this, having successfully brought House of Cards to Netflix and having them produce two seasons of the exclusively streaming hit. An international festival that is supposed to celebrate TV may seem like an unusual place to bring up such facts, but he’s right.

Spacey’s main point was that audiences want control, whether that be the ability to stream an entire season of a show at once or to get it wherever they want it. Audiences want stories and if you give them to us the way we want them, we will consume them. Continue reading

John Green & Shailene Woodley announce she’ll be cutting her hair for ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and donating it to charity!

The Fault in Our Stars (Image Credit: John Green) / Shailene Woodley (Image Credit: Crestock)

The Fault in Our Stars (Image Credit: John Green) / Shailene Woodley (Image Credit: Crestock)

One of the best things about John Green being internet famous is that he’s constantly online and sharing awesome details about the production of the movie based on his novel, The Fault in Our Stars. On Tuesday he announced via YouTube and elaborated on Tumblr about the big aesthetic change that Shailene Woodley is making this weekend to play Hazel Grace Lancaster.

There’s no denying that Shailene has gorgeous hair. When it’s not pulled back, it reaches almost to her natural waist and has the kind of beauty that you know comes from being healthy, not from hours at the salon. Her character in The Fault in Our Stars (or TFiOS as it’s known online) is a 16-year-old cancer patient, so fans already expected to see a very different look in the movie. What wasn’t necessarily expected though, is that rather than wear a wig for the role, Shailene is going to cut her hair and donate it to Children With Hair Loss, a non-profit organization who provides wigs for children dealing with medically-related hair loss.

As a founding member of Nerdfighteria, John is a big believer in promoting awesome and decreasing world-suck (all the things that suck in the world), so of course he’s excited over something like this! He shared it in his Vlogbrothers video on Tuesday as well as on his Tumblr, not exactly compelling the community to do the same, but wanting to share the idea with them and encourage them to do so if they had any inclination to do so. John did ask that if anyone does participate, to post about it and use the tags #hairforhazel and #itgrowsback to keep the posts trackable.

I hope that Children With Hair Loss is ready for the donations they’re about to get; Shailene has joined the conversation and explained her own relationship with her hair and is urging anyone who is in a place to do so to donate theirs as well. She is also gracious enough to be clear that if you love your long hair, you should definitely keep rocking it.

Just from the volume of posts on tumblr about people cutting their hair, I’m going to guess that they will be receiving many more donations in the next few weeks than they typically do. As someone who has donated her hair in the past, I think it’s a fantastic thing and would encourage anyone who is comfortable doing so to check out the donation page and head to a salon. When I cut mine, I went to a SuperCuts and they did it for free, you may want to call a local place and see if that is offered near you!

I’ve been scrolling through the tags on tumblr and I can’t help but notice that every single person I’ve seen with a before and after picture looks AMAZING in the after picture. It’s starting to make me want to go for a super short cut myself! I’ll probably just end up donating some money to help CWHL fund the wig making.

As soon as there are pictures of Shailene’s cut, we’ll be sharing them, in the meantime, please leave a comment sharing your donation stories or whether you’ll be participating in this unofficial hairforhazel drive!

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‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie has cast its Hazel, Actress Shailene Woodley!

The Fault in Our Stars (Image Credit: John Green) / Shailene Woodley (Image Credit: Crestock)

The Fault in Our Stars (Image Credit: John Green) / Shailene Woodley (Image Credit: Crestock)

It’s official! After weeks of rumors and speculation, actress Shailene Woodley has been offered the part of Hazel Grace Lancaster in the movie adaptation of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars.

Many people will recognize Woodley from her role as Amy Juergens in the ABC Family hit The Secret Life of the American Teenager. In 2011, Woodley’s portrayal of Alexandra King in the movie The Descendants earned her Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress. She has also recently been cast as Tris in the Divergent film adaptation and as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider Man 2. Continue reading

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What’s the big deal about… Author John Green?

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This article is the second in a new series we’ll be running on The Daily Quirk called What’s the big deal about…where we highlight a topic that is on the tip of everyone’s tongues and clue you in on why it’s such a big deal right now. For our second feature, blogger Abbie Reetz will be telling you all about why author John Green is such a big deal… Continue reading

What We’ve Been Reading: December 2012

What We've Been Reading: December 2012

When The Daily Quirk Bloggers aren’t writing, they’re reading! We decided it would be fun to share our bibliophilia with you by listing what we have been reading each month and give you our opinions on a three point scale: Recommend It, Maybe, or Skip It. Have fun checking out what pages we’ve been turning, and feel free to share your recent reads in the comments! Continue reading

Top 5: Holiday/Winter Book Recommendations

Top 5 Holiday/Winter Books

It may not officially be “winter” just yet, but the holiday season has kicked into high gear. What’s better to do on a cold, gloomy day than cozy up on the couch and read a book? Below are a few of my favorite winter and holiday-themed young adult novels to help get you in the spirit! Continue reading