Today, starting at 7:30pm Eastern Time/4:30pm Pacific Time, TheFandom.net is going to be hosting another Google Hangout! If you missed our very first episode, don’t worry, you wouldn’t have needed to see it before watching this one to understand what’s going on.
But you certainly won’t want to miss tonight’s hangout, because we’ll be announcing some cool giveaways to help officially launch the new sites that have been basically transferred from tfgeekgirl.com to their own fandom!
We’ll be announcing the prizes and how you can enter each one as well as some news from our various fandoms.
MTV’s Hollywood Crush recently posted a poll asking you to pick your favorite book of the year and Reached happens to be an option!
From series enders (Ally Condie’s “Reached;” Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s “Beautiful Redemption”) to debut efforts (Kiera Cass’ “The Selection,” Julie Cross’ “Tempest”) to the book that left us all quivering in a puddle of our own snot and tears (John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars”), it’s been another great year to read young adult. Though it may be tough to play favorites, that is the task before you. Cast your vote for the best YA novel of 2012 after the jump (or else we’ll send a hydra demon after you!).
Anorie’s Whimsies on Etsy (aka our very own Annie!) is one of the few retailers with fantastic original Matched themed jewelry. She’s too modest to have ever mentioned her own jewelry on the site, but we love it so much that we just had to!
We’re especially attached to this beautiful pendant featuring Cassia’s poem to Ky, the featured lines of which originally appear in Crossed:
by Anorie’s Whimsies
“I climb into the dark for you Are you waiting in the stars for me?”
Happy Reached day! Along with the release of the book, Ally Condie has also released the official playlist for Reached through Hollywood Crush. Here’s what she had to say:
I love making playlists for the books, and it’s one of my favorite ways to interact with readers—it’s fun to hear their responses to the songs on the list! When I was writing “Reached,” these are the songs I listened to most. I tried to arrange them a little in the order of the story—which songs seem to fit the beginning, middle, end, etc., but they all work for the whole story.
Here are some of the songs and their significance:
1. “Save the World” by Swedish House Mafia. I picture Xander walking down the street to this song at the beginning of “Reached,” and I love the mood it sets.
5. “All the Rowboats” by Regina Spektor. Love this song, its allusions to museums and art, the way it fits the story…especially a certain scene involving Xander in the middle of the book.
12. “Land of Hope and Dreams” by Bruce Springsteen. I love the line about the “brother” and being a good companion for the ride. This song, with its epic-sounding feel, is great for the end of a series. Substitute the word “ship” for “train” and it’s pretty much an exact fit.
You can listen to them here:
You can check out the entire list of 13 songs and their significance over at Hollywood Crush right here.
Write a short story about that artifact that is no more than 400 words in length
Post the photo of the artifact and your story on your blog, Tumblr, Facebook, etc to spread the love!
Here’s our take on one of the items, which turned out as a mini-fanfic from Cassia’s POV:
The concept was as beautiful as it was dangerous: metal scissors in the shape of a bird, its beak poised to cut through the silence. It opened with a slight creak and closed with a gentle snipping sound, creating a new song for a new life. A birdsong that dared us to glide away from the ideals of the Society, to create our own way of thinking.
I knew as I cut into the paper, pouring my soul and my passions into each dip and curve of the design, that I could be that bird. I could fly into the night and leave the Society and the Rising behind me, if only I could take the people I love with me. I realize know how we might survive on our own, free of the power struggle between two groups of strangers that are neither friend nor enemy. Together, who knows what new things we could create?
If you create a story of your own based on the artifacts, be sure to link to it in our comments!
Some authors embarking on a trilogy of novels might find the focus of their story narrowing toward the end. Ally Condie, somewhat to her distress, found her narrative road widening the longer she traveled it.