Critical Linking: August 17, 2014

According to The Beat, July’s profits beat previously held records to become what may have been the most profitable month in comic book history, at least according to monthly records recorded since 1997. Customers bought comics in some form or another worth a total of $53.63 million this July, beating October 2013’s record by more than $3 million.

The month’s huge profits are only part of an overall trend of growth in recent years.

Comic book buying is surging, and July was the best month on record.


People in the know say “The Giver” was the first young adult dystopian novel. I majored in English in college so I read the classic dystopian novels like “1984” and “Brave New World.” But apparently it hadn’t been done for kids before “The Giver.” So I’m not sure what happened between “The Giver” and maybe 15 years later when these others suddenly burst forth. Nobody copied “The Giver.” Those ideas are out there and emerge. But I’m glad it happened. Although there’s too many of them now. But I think that trend is ending. We’ll go on to the next trend and we all wish we knew what that was so we could go out and write it. Dystopian fiction is passé now.

Lois Lowry: over dystopian fiction.


Fans have been waiting over 20 years for a movie version of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, and we’re finally getting one this weekend. But this isn’t the only classic novel that’s overdue for a movie adaptation. Here are 10 beloved YA novels that would make for incredible movies… and why they probably won’t get adapted.

A pile of classic YA novels that would make great movies. You can enjoy this for the vintage YA book covers alone.


For six Wednesdays through October 15, Porter Square Books will sell picture books about farms published by Candlewick – from Martin Waddell’s Farmer Duck, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, to Vivian French’s Yucky Worms, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg. The bookstore is also planning to hold story times and to offer other activities at its book stand.

A bookstore selling books at the farmer’s market? Pretty smart stuff.


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