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TCWT June 2014 Blog Chain

**Quick announcement: On June 14-15, just outside Chicago, Illinois (U.S.A.), a few really great people are hosting a writing conference for teen writers known as the Chapter One Young Writers ConferenceIt’s led by CEO Julia Byers, Creative Director Molly Brennan, Associate Online Administrator Kira Budge, Event Aide Lynn Byers, and a number of other contributors heavily involved in the teen writing world. They have workshops and speakers (one of the coolest people out there, Amy Zhang, whose equally amazing YA contemporary Falling Into Place releases in September, is the headliner!), and the conference is open to all writers from middle school to undergraduate level. If you’re interested, you can register now, and you can find more info on their website.**

(Note: I’m not personally associated with the conference, but it looks fantastic so I agreed to post about it!)



I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that May’s blog chain has been one of my favorites since the inception of this blog. Everyone who participated had such brilliant responses, which meant each post totally gave me a host of shiny-new-ideas-I-will-probably-never-write–which, as far as I’m concerned, is always a plus. So thank you endlessly to all who participated and followed along; it was tons of fun. (If you missed the chain, you can still see the list of participants and their posts here.)


Now, for June’s blog chain, the prompt is:


“What are your thoughts on book-to-movie adaptions? Would you one day want your book made into a movie, or probably not?”


This topic feels especially relevant because of the large number of “YA movies” that are releasing (or have already released) this year, and I know from talking to a lot of you that your opinions on book-to-movie adaptions vary wildly, the latter of which should hopefully make the chain all the more interesting.


As always, you’re welcome to approach this prompt however you like. You can discuss some book-to-movie adaptions you’ve liked or disliked in the past, you can talk about your thoughts on adaptions in general, or if you just want to do a review of a recent book-to-movie adaption (or talk about why you are excited about an upcoming one), that’d also be awesome! And for the second part of the prompt: we all know from seeing our favorite books in movie form that it’s unlikely Hollywood will completely capture the essence of a novel, as chunks of the story will always get lost of translation. So if given the opportunity to work with a film studio on adapting your book, would you risk it? Or would you be like Salinger and never let it happen? I’m curious to hear what you all think!


If you’re interested in participating in the blog chain, just comment below with a link to your blog and any days you can’t post on, and I’ll try to assign you a date as quickly as possible. (First-time visitors: you are completely welcome to join as well!) The final schedule for June’s chain will go up on our blog chain page on June 4th, so you have until then to sign up.


Thank you! You guys, as always, are amazing.



About Michael Waters

I'm Michael, I'm eighteen, and I blog about YA books for Barnes & Noble.

70 comments on “TCWT June 2014 Blog Chain

  1. Julia Byers
    May 29, 2014

    Thanks for the shout out, John! 🙂

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  3. Christina
    May 30, 2014

    I’d like to sign up! If it’s not too much, could I request any date that’s on a Saturday or Sunday NOT in the first week of June?

    Thank you! My blog is at http://fairyskeletons.blogspot.com.

    • John Hansen
      May 31, 2014

      The 14th is a Saturday, so I’ll put you down for that. 🙂 Thanks for joining!

  4. coruscantbookshelf
    May 30, 2014

    Count me in again. http://nasrielsfanfics.wordpress.com. Any day goes fine for me.

  5. Miriam Joy
    May 30, 2014

    I’m in, but for once I’m going to be fussy about the dates. Can I have the 20th or later? My exams finish that day. 🙂 (But please not the 21st, as I’m in an all-day rehearsal…. blahhhh.)

  6. Ooh, this is exciting! I love the topic. The only dates I can’t do are the 5th and the 11th. Other than that, anything suits 🙂

    • John Hansen
      May 31, 2014

      Woohoo! I’ll put you down for the 6th, then. 🙂

  7. nevillegirl
    May 30, 2014

    May I have the 15th? 🙂 Thanks!

  8. Miss Alexandrina
    May 30, 2014

    Probably going to attack this prompt as from the point of my own book being theoretically turned into a movie. 🙂

    The later the better. Definitely after the 22nd. 27th would be cool.

    • John Hansen
      May 31, 2014

      Yeah, that could be really interesting.

      I sort of don’t think we’ll get enough people for the 27th, so can I put you down for the 23rd and we can cross our fingers that enough people will sign up to fill up slots through then? (If we do get to the 27th, though, I’ll just switch the dates and give you that.)

      • Miss Alexandrina
        May 31, 2014

        Go for it. It’s just that – being in the middle of exams at the moment – I’ve not sorted what’s happening for me in June at uni, though I know I have various commitments going on throughout the month. I think 23rd is okay. It’s not the Summer Ball, in any case, and I think my open day work has finished by then. As you say, we can always rearrange.

  9. Charley R
    May 30, 2014

    Ah, count me in! It’s been an age since I did one of these, and lord knows I’m loud about this subject, haha!

    I’m happy for any day, but would really appreciate a Wednesday (any one) if possible 🙂

    • John Hansen
      May 31, 2014

      Awesome! Glad to see you again!

      I’ll give you the 11th (a Wednesday) then.

  10. spreaderofawesomeness
    May 30, 2014

    I’m in!

  11. Liam, Head Phil
    May 30, 2014

    Count me in. Sounds like a good prompt– it’s a big can of worms you’re opening, but a blog chain is the place to do it.

    • John Hansen
      May 31, 2014

      Ha, but that makes it so much more fun. 😉

      I’ll give you the 9th, then.

  12. maralaurey
    May 30, 2014

    I can tell already that this is going to be interesting — sign me up! 🙂

  13. erinkenobi2893
    May 30, 2014

    I’d like to post for this. 🙂

    • erinkenobi2893
      May 30, 2014

      Whoops, I forgot to add my blog address: erinkenobi2893.wordpress.com

      • erinkenobi2893
        June 3, 2014

        No preferred date. I’m okay with any time.

      • John Hansen
        June 3, 2014

        Oh god, I totally missed this, sorry! I must have seen the reply to your comment and assumed I already assigned you a date. My fault. I just put you down for the 25th. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

      • erinkenobi2893
        June 4, 2014

        That’s okay. My comments have been glitching too. 🙂 Thanks!

  14. TheUnsimpleMind OFDIDA
    May 30, 2014

    Hello! Would like to sign up for this month’s blog chain. The only days I don’t have available afre days after the 26th. Thanks!


    • John Hansen
      May 31, 2014

      Would it be too evil of me to give you the 13th, considering that’s a Friday and all? 😛

      • TheUnsimpleMind OFDIDA
        June 2, 2014

        No! A Friday would be lovely. Honestly in the summer all days feel like weekends. Thanks.

      • coruscantbookshelf
        June 3, 2014

        Thanks for reminding me!!! I have a deadline on a bad-luck-themed story for Friday 13th.

  15. orphu44
    May 30, 2014

    I’d like to sign up, please! (I’d prefer later in the chain, but any day can work.)

  16. A.R. Files
    May 30, 2014

    I would love to do this one! Reserve me for June 16th!

  17. matttblack42
    May 30, 2014

    I’m in! Any date’s fine, although I’d prefer an early one if that’s okay.

  18. Tara Therese
    May 31, 2014

    I’d like to join please! I can take any day. My blog: http://taratherese.wordpress.com

  19. I’d love to join! 🙂 Would it be possible to post on the 19th, 23rd, or 26th? Sorry I’m so picky this month!
    – Brooke

  20. anqiyu
    May 31, 2014

    May’s chain was definitely very fun. I’d love to do it again! Any day will work for me.


    Thank you!

  21. magicandwriting583
    June 2, 2014

    This sounds like a really interesting one. I’ll make an exception to my supposed break… can I have the sixteenth, by any chance, or is that one taken?

  22. unikkelyfe
    June 2, 2014

    I am so in! I’m cool with any day as long as it’s after the 10th because that’s when I finish my exams. By the way the May prompt was so much fun, and this one really does best it.

    • John Hansen
      June 2, 2014

      Woohoo, I am super glad to hear that. 😀 And I’ll put you down for the 22nd!

  23. I’d love to participate if there are any spots left. I can take any day. Here’s the link to my blog:

  24. John Hansen
    June 2, 2014

    Welcome to the chain, Ana! And I’ll give you the 24th if that’s all right. 🙂

  25. Anah
    June 3, 2014

    Are there still spots available? If so, I’d love to participate, preferably whatever later spots are open. 🙂


    • John Hansen
      June 3, 2014

      Hey! Welcome to the chain! I just put you down for the 26th, if that works. 🙂

  26. Aaron cole
    June 4, 2014

    I hope I’m not to late , but are there any more times, id take any that are left. I’d love to join.

    • John Hansen
      June 4, 2014

      Hi Aaron,

      The sign ups technically ended, but I could sneak you in on the 23rd. Could you send me your blog URL? The one you listed doesn’t work.


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