Mundie Moms

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Thank's to Sony Entertainment, we have 10 pairs of tickets to the premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to give away. The premiere is Monday, August 12th in Los Angeles, California. Please read this before you decide to enter. We are not paying for your hotel, transportation, or anything. All this is, is a set of tickets to the premiere.

Here's what you must do to enter -

 (1) You must be following @mundiemoms on Twitter
 (2) You must tweet @mundiemoms in one tweet why you want to attend the premiere
 (3) For an extra entry follow @fangirlishness and @tmi_source and tweet "I love @fangirlishness, @mundiemoms, and @tmi_source"

 You have until 8:59pm PST on August 9th to tweet us. We will DM winners by 11:59PST on August 9th. You will have until NOON on the 10th to respond to us or we will choose another winner to take your spot.

The S.W.E.A.T. Tour Featuring: Shannon Messenger, Amy Tintera, Debra Driza & Kasie West

Check it out TX readers! Some of my favorite authors are in TEXAS this week for a fabulous S.W.E.A.T. tour! You guys do not want to miss this. I am totally bummed I am. I was so excited to help set up the Austin and Round Rock stops for the event, and attend, but I'm currently in Los Angeles for the TMI Movie premiere. Luckily these amazing ladies understand, BUT, I really hope YA fans are able to make it out to one of their 4 stops to show them their support. I've met Shannon and Amy before, and I've heard how fabulous Debra and Kasie are. If you're able to attend any of the TX stops, please let me know how it was.

Check out The Book Spot to find out TONIGHT's event info, here.

Check out Book People's website here, to find out more about their event.

Cassie Confirms Robert Sheehan Will Be at L.A. Mall Tour Stop

Great news from Cassie on the added L.A. mall tour stop:
So fun news, Robbie Sheehan is joining us for the new LA mall tour stop! This is the first and only one he’ll be at and the biggest of the cast events, so I’m sure it will be chaotic fun. Things with Robbie usually are. :) Hope you guys can make it: again, it’s Tuesday August 13th at The Americana at Brand – 889 Americana Way, Glendale CA 91210 and you can pick up your wristbands for the event there at 11am at the Green (the park at the mall) — first come, first serve, starting at 11:00am on Tuesday, August 13th.
SoCal Simon fans this is a must-see tour stop!

Thoughtful Thursday: Ally Carter and Cassie Clare on YA Books to Movies

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Ally Carter posted a very thought-provoking post on her blog yesterday about movies and YA books-to-movies in particular. Here's a bit of what she had to say (link to full post here):
But we are in an interesting time, Hollywood-wise… And a part of me can’t help but allow myself a tiny, sliver of hope that this time might be different.

You see, for many years now, a lot of YA properties have been optioned for film. Remember in the Twilight heyday? It seemed like there was a new paranormal property getting optioned every other day. But none of those properties got made.


Well, I’m sure there were probably, technically, dozens of reasons (after all there were dozens of properties set up with dozens of companies), but I think the biggest reason is that this thing…this YA thing…it was unproven. Unreliable. A fluke.

And furthermore, it was a fluke made by and for teenage girls. If there is one group of people who are universally discounted it is teenage girls.

Now flash forward a little book called Hunger Games.

Finally there was a book series so successful that no one could ignore it. Something had to be made. There was just too much potential money on the table not to make something. But even then, the chatter on the Hollywood boards for weeks leading up to the release was…skeptical.
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On her tumblr, Cassie linked to Ally's post and added a few comments of her own:
So first, when you see people comparing CoB to Twilight or whatever, I understand why the reaction is “But it’s totally different! I am bewildered.” What’s bewildering you is this: What Twilight, City of Bones, the Hunger Games, and Divergent have in common is that they are about teenage girls, and to people who know about YA, about fiction, even just about stories, that’s really not that much, or even a notable similarity. But to the media at large they are part of a great big unknowable mass of stuff “not aimed at straight white men between 15-35” and therefore totally inexplicable, and so they are treated as things in need of explanation to “normal people” who could not possibly understand what this movie is unless they are pointed at something that already exists and is popular. City of Bones is more like Constantine than it is particularly like Twilight or The Hunger Games, but because the incredible rarity and weirdness of a movie with a teen girl lead overcomes absolutely everything else, there are no questions about movies that are similar in plot, tone, look, even characters — just questions about girls, as if they are an alien species recently arrives from Mars.

There’s plenty for boys and men in City of Bones. There’s plenty of action, and there’s plenty of male characters, like Jace, who have their own arcs and their own stories, if a boy’s story of growing up is what you want to see. It would be a shame if that got buried in the narrative of “all YA is for girls” or “any movie with a girl lead is for girls.” So fingers crossed, let’s hope that doesn’t happen — and let’s hope for a time where discussion about movies with young female leads who aren’t in bikinis is about the plot, the characters, the world-building — anything but the weirdness of the fact that the movie exists at all.
As Mundie Moms and primarily YA readers, both Katie and I have much to say on this subject, but Ally and Cassie have covered it so nicely. From personal experience, I have a 14 year-old son (his comments on the books are in parentheses) who adores The Hunger Games ("best dystopian ever, Mom, you have to read it NOW")  series, has read City of Bones ("a little darker than I expected") and is looking forward to the movie. He also listened to GG1's audiobook (I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You) on a road trip with me and declared it like "Harry Potter but with spies". I know that there are plenty of book-to-movies out there that he'd like, but as a mom to two girls, I want there to be just as many strong female characters in movies for them to see. Plus perhaps selfishly, I want to see the books I love to read made into movies.

So I'm going to go and vote with my wallet and see these movies. I know movie making is a business, first and foremost, and if they see profits then more movies in that genre will follow. Now on to the most important question in my mind -- who could play Mr. Solomon in the Gallagher Girls movies?

But what are your thoughts on this, Mundie Moms?

Hollywood Crush Reveals the Final Shatter Me Series Cover

MTV's Hollywood Crush just revealed the final cover in Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series, Ignite Me:

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew—about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam—was wrong.

In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was “dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

We're huge fans of the series and we have to say that this cover is GORGEOUS! Now the wait begins until February 2014.

Mundie Moms Is Red Carpet Bound: We Need Your #TMIFanQuestions!

Cassie and MM's founder, Katie B. at TMI's BEA party.
We are so excited here at MM's because our founder, Katie B. is headed to Los Angeles for TMI's press junket. 

But we need your help! Mundie Moms along with fangirlsh and TMI Source will be collecting your questions to ask the stars of the movie and Cassie. If you're on twitter, use the hashtag #tmifanquestions and ask away! We will be sure to get to all those questions you are dying to ask. 

If you're not following Katie on Mundie Moms' twitter, please do so because she will be posting her adventure in Los Angeles mostly on twitter and doing updates when she gets back on Wednesday (August 14th). We also have our Aussie Mundie Mom Emm, joining Katie in L.A. Be sure to follow Emm on twitter, too. 

Now the rest of us can just sit back with our laptops/PCs on and sip our coffee/tea and enjoy their adventures virtually.

Leaf Trading Cards Presents TMI Trading Cards

The Cardboard Connection post (here) refers to Leaf Trading Cards announcement that they will be manufacturing TMI Movie trading cards:
Hoping to expand their presence in the entertainment area, Gray unveiled that Leaf has acquired the license to The Mortal Instruments films. Based on a series of best-selling young adult novels, the first film, City of Bones, is scheduled to hit movie theaters in August.
The cards will be available in :

  • 12 Boxes Per Case 
  • 24 Packs Per Box 
  • 6 Cards Per Pack 

A note on Leaf Trading's website states that "this release is available in hobby stores only Retail version available in Wal-Mart, Target and other specialty retailers at the end of July!". Now, I'll have to look at them next time I'm in Wally's or Tarjay. Have you seen them yet, MMs??