M: I can't speak about movies without mentioning The Hunger Games. Like the Harry Potter series before it, this YA series has sold millions of books and the movies will make lots of money. None of that money is going into my pockets but it's still good for me and other authors.
Thousands of young people and their parents have read The Hunger Games series. Only a few days ago one of my fellow teachers asked me to recommend a book she would like after she had finished Mocking Jay. The popularity of the books, the movies, will inspire more people to read more. More, more, more books. I don't write dystopian, but I like reading it. I write epic fantasy, so perhaps some of those new readers of one kind of fantasy will enjoy another.
Between the Harry Potter and Hunger Games craze, I feel very confident in the generations of readers being created. I hope they continue to do a good job on the movies so even more people will want to read the books. And then other books.
No one has offered to make a movie of my book, The Keepers of Sulbreth. Yet. But I can dream about action figures, key chains and calendars in a front of the store display.
Do you prefer to read the book before seeing the movie? Do you think young people are reading more or less than in the past?