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I found out today through scifiwire that Alex Flinn's book Beastly is coming out in movie form in July 2010. Looks like it could be a bit cheesy, but I may watch it on DVD. I like the Beauty and Beast retellings.. From hitfix.com:

"Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all – looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity – and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating “aggressively unattractive” classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash.  Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion.  She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is – a task he considers impossible.  

Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle’s callous father banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper and blind tutor. As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer.  Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter, Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) if she will consent to live in Kyle’s Brooklyn home.  Thus begins Kyle’s journey to discover true love in this hyper-modern retelling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” story.

Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer star in "Beastly" Daniel Barnz (“Phoebe In Wonderland”) directs for CBS Films, the film division within CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS).  The project commenced principal photography in Montreal on June 13, 2009. Susan Cartsonis (“No Reservations,” “What Women Want”) is producing through her company, Storefront Pictures.  Roz Weisberg is co-producing.  In addition to his role as director, Barnz wrote the screenplay, which is based on the Alex Flinn novel of the same name."


In other news, Dear Author has posted about cheap kindle deals and how to search for them on Amazon. If you don't have a kindle, don't despair, because Amazon now has a Kindle for PC beta up. I downloaded it, and although it sometimes seems like they don't have all the kinks out yet (like it made me come back later to register my Amazon account, and it's having problems synching right now), it seems to do the job.

Some free books right now:
1)  The Wild's Call by Jeri Smith-Ready (distant prequel to the Aspect of Crow trilogy)
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Book 1) by James Patterson
 My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent
4)  The Demon Awakens by R.A. Salvatore
Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
6)  A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
7)  Starfist: First to Fight by David Sherman
Plus I see all the free harlequins from their 60th anniversary celebration.

Originally posted on janicu.vox.com


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 24th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
Cool, I could see that movie
Nov. 24th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
:) Have you read the book?
Nov. 25th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
No, I have not even heard about it, but I like the sound of it
Nov. 24th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hey! I like the sound of that plot, but I sure wanted the trailer to be longer. Also, as usual, the "unattractive" girl is actually cute. Like you, I will probably be seeing this, tho!

~Carolyn Crane
Nov. 24th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
But she's "Beauty" so she's allowed to be cute here!
Nov. 28th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
I like! I am such a sucker for this kind of movies, but everything will be ruined if I read the book first, for I'll be filled with all kinds of expectations. I'll wait until it comes out on DVD and watch it too. If I really love it, I'll read the book next.
Nov. 28th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Hi, I have a question and since you are posting on more than one site...is there anyway to export what I write on blogger to LJ, without me having go on copy pasting (I seem to be too lazy *blush*)
Nov. 28th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Well my three mirrored blogs are LJ, vox and wordpress. vox has an option which automatically cross posts to LJ and I just check the "post this in livejournal?" box when I post there and it shows up in LJ. Then I cut and paste to wordpress, although I think I could import LJ posts into wordpress in Tools-> Import.

Blogger, I don't know since, I don't really have a blogger blog, I just use my google ID when I comment. Um.. I googled:

1) this looks like a possibly easy tool:

2) Found this post which sounded maybe complicated the first time but once it's set up - not too bad?

3) another possible way (also sounded complicated to me):

Nov. 29th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
Thank you so much :)
I must have a look at that second tomorrow and see if I can get something to work. I feel so bad for forgetting about LJ when I move on to blogger
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