Wednesday, March 20, 2013

YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday

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This Week's Topic: This month's Bookmobile selection, The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd, is inspired by The Island of Doctor Moreau, and its sequel takes inspiration from the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. What other novellas would you like to see inspire YA books?

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson would be an amazing YA Paranormal.  There have been a few movie adaptations Hollywood has butchered produced, including the title film starring Will Smith that came out a few years ago.  That version deviated quite a bit from Matheson's novella (and he was also not credited. . . tsktsk, Hollywood, tsktsk), but it kept almostsortakinda with the general plot.

Vampirism? Check.  Zombies?  Check.  Virus that infects mankind? Check.  Survival?  Ch--well, that's a spoiler so I will spare you the details.  

Of course the protagonist would have to be changed from a middle-aged man with a wife to a teen whose parents/siblings are infected with the virus.  Maybe?  Yes?  Gosh, this makes me want to break my "Never Write Fan Fiction" Rule & go write some fan fiction.

What I'm Listening To:

Spoken-Word.  Panama Soweto's Powerful "I'm Taking My Ball & I'm Going Home."  Check him out on Twitter @PanamaSoweto


  1. Oh, you are so right. I forgot all about "I am Legend." This would make a good YA book. I understood the Will Smith version and the lure to deviate in that direction for money and a broader audience, but if a writer took the original and made the MC younger; it could work for teen.

  2. I really need to read I Am Legend, because there is not a single thing I do not like on that handy checklist of yours.

  3. I haven't read 'I Am Legend', but you know the movie was butchered when the biggest audience reaction was when the camera panned up to the imaginary gasoline prices. Vampire/zombies creatures should have been way more scary that $6/gallon.