Rating The Hunger Games: As The Hunger Games movie buzz continues, Entertainment Weekly asks a good question: how will The Hunger Games manage a PG-13 rating? While there are recommended ages for children's and teen titles, there are no set guidelines as in the movie rating system. In this case, The Hunger Games is considered a teen book, but on the big screen the violence of young adults fighting to the death (and pretty horrific deaths, at that) could be a tough sell for the same rating as a Harry Potter movie. The bigger question may be whether the studio can achieve a PG-13 rating and still satisfy the legions of Hunger Games fans.
A long wait at the airport: Author Alain de Botton (How Proust Can Save Your Life) spoke with David L. Ulin from the Los Angeles Times recently about his 2009 stint as writer-in-residence at London's Heathrow Airport. The result of de Botton's experiences is A Week at the Airport, released last month in the U.S. as a paperback original (and eBook).
The wolf wins it: Earlier this month, Michelle Paver won the 2010 Guardian Children's Fiction prize for Ghost Hunter, the final book in the "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness" series. Full disclosure--this has been a favorite series of mine since I read the first book, Wolf Brother, and learned that the author insists on experiencing the same things she sends her protagonist, Torak, off to do (including swimming with killer whales).
Moving and shaking: Following an announcement that the CIA did in fact file a lawsuit against former spy Ishmael Jones (a pen name), Jones' unauthorized memoir, The Human Factor, moves up the Movers & Shakers list this morning.